Research Nova Scotia announces $186,000 for student Health Researchers

Research Nova Scotia has awarded undergraduate students from Cape Breton University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia Community College, St. Francis Xavier University, and University of King’s College with the 2022/23 Scotia Scholars Undergraduate Awards.

The Scotia Scholars Award supports the growth, acquisition, and retention of highly skilled individuals who are advancing and translating knowledge in disease detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, strengthening health care delivery systems, caring for vulnerable populations, and promoting better opportunities for future health and wellbeing.

“As an undergraduate student, it can be stressful to navigate where to begin when it comes to entering the field of research,” explains Brooke Kelly, a 2022/23 Scotia Scholars Undergraduate Award recipient at Cape Breton University. “The Scotia Scholars Undergraduate Award allows undergraduate students such as myself, the opportunity to gain quality experience and engage in health research to better the province of Nova Scotia.”

This year, 31 students received $6,000 each to support their engagement in a health research project.

Recipients’ projects span a broad range of topics including accessible and inclusive care and services, wellbeing of health care professionals, sports research, housing support, cancer, cardiovascular disease, sexual health, mental health, COVID-19, Alzheimer’s detection, and dementia prevention.

“Improving health care is a priority in our province and we have seen the value students bring to research teams that are working to address challenges within our health care systems,” says Stefan Leslie, CEO of Research Nova Scotia. “With guidance from their supervisors, the Scotia Scholars Award recipients have exceptional potential to be the next generation of health researchers who will inform the future of health care.”

Funding for the Scotia Scholars Award is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

View the complete list of 2022/23 undergraduate recipients and their projects.

Congratulations to all student recipients and good luck with your research!