The Microbiology and Immunology Department is unique in that it offers its Graduate students numerous opportunities to be recognized for their academic and research accomplishments through a series of prestigious awards. Apart from the Travel award, these awards are provided directly to the students on top of their regular stipends/scholarships. These awards all reward excellence pertaining to various aspects of the students' performance: Entrance awards based on entrance academic grades, the Roche award based on performance in the Graduate seminar series, Travel awards based on demonstrated scientific productivity that warrants presentation at conferences, and the Robinson, Thomas and Poland awards that each recognize comprehensive academic and scientific excellence at various stages of a Graduate student's career. Graduate students from the Microbiology and Immunology department can also compete for awards offered through the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry or the University of Western Ontario. See below for detailed information about these additional great opportunities.
Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Entrance Awards
Awards are based on academic achievement (minimum 80% academic average). Up to 4 recipients will be selected annually by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. The awards have a value of up to $5,000 per award, depending on budgetary constraints.
Danone Science Award
Annual award given to the student judged to have given the best seminar in the 9200Y / 9250Y student seminar series. The award consists of a $500 cheque and the recipient's name on a departmental plaque.
Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Travel Awards
Awarded to a full-time Master or Doctoral students based on academic achievement to enable graduate students to attend scholarly conferences or meetings to present their research. Students not complying with the minimum requirements for regular advisory committee meetings will be ineligible for internal awards and funding support. The number of awards will vary and value of awards will vary to a maximum of $1,000 per award.
Dr. John Robinson Graduate Scholarship
Awarded to a student in the second year of the Masters program conducting research in Microbiology in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry based on academic achievement and record of research productivity in the program. Preference will be given to an MSc student who successfully transfers to the PhD program. The award consists of a cash prize of up to $1,000 and the recipient's name on a departmental plaque.
John A. Thomas Award
The award is intended for a Ph.D. student during the last stages of the program in the areas of Bacteriology, Virology, Immunology, and Genetics. The Award consists of a cash prize of up to $1,000 and a plaque. The recipient's name will be displayed on a departmental plaque.
Stephen D. Poland Award
The Award consists of a cash prize of up to $1,200.00 and a plaque. The award will be presented to the outstanding graduating Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral student in any given academic year. The recipient's name will be displayed on a departmental plaque.
Collip Medal Award
The Collip Medal Award was established in 1959 and is presented annually to the outstanding Ph.D. student graduating from one of the basic science programs in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.
Nellie Farthing Fellowship in the Medical Sciences
This fellowship is available to doctoral students in the Medical Sciences it recognizes and rewards excellence in research. Generally one Nellie Farthing Fellowship is awarded annually with a value of $3,000.
Drs. Madge and Charles Macklin Fellowship for Teaching & Research
The award is available to doctoral students in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, it recognizes and rewards excellence in teaching and research. Generally two to three awards valued at a minimum of $3,000 will be awarded on an annual basis.
Drs. Madge and Charles Macklin Fellowship for Publication
The award is available to full-time doctoral students in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry who have published their doctoral research as first author in a peer reviewed journal. This fellowship is valued at $3,000.
Schulich Ontario Graduate Scholarships
Awarded annually to full-time graduate students in a Masters or Doctoral program at Western who are conducting research in Medicine. These scholarships are valued at $15,000.00
The Morris Kroll Memorial Scholarship
Awarded in odd numbered years to a full-time graduate student engaged in the field of cancer research as part of his/her graduate program at The University of Western Ontario. This fellowship is valued at $600.
Governor General’s Gold Medal
Western’s School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies presents the award annually to two PhD graduates and one master’s graduate. These medals recognize students who have completed their graduate studies at the highest level of academic standing.
University of Western Ontario Awards:
Graduate Thesis Research Awards
The purpose of this program is to help support costs of research undertaken by graduate students at The University of Western Ontario that are directly related to the successful completion of their thesis/dissertation requirements.
Western Graduate Research Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to aid in the support of graduate students who are enrolled in Category I programs. The value of the WGRS varies by program and/or by student.
Students may be eligible for External Scholarships through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Western. To assist students with these applications, effective scholarship writing seminars are held on an annual basis.
Several faculty members of the Microbiology & Immunology Graduate program are also mentors in a CIHR funded Strategic Training Program in Cancer Research and Technology Transfer (CaRTT). Students in those laboratories are also eligible to apply for these competitive scholarships.
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