Research Nova Scotia has awarded master’s and doctoral students from Acadia University, Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Saint Mary’s University with the 2023/24 Master’s and Doctoral Scotia Scholars Awards.
The Scotia Scholars Award supports the growth 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.
“The Scotia Scholars Award allows students to engage in health research with the goal of improving the lives of Nova Scotians. This funding helps students to make novel health discoveries that advance research, and health care systems,” says Summer Fox, 2023/24 Master’s Scotia Scholars Award recipient at Acadia University. “This funding will allow me to continue my investigation into whether virtual reality rehabilitation exercises are a feasible treatment option for rural stroke patients.”
This year, 13 doctoral students each received a maximum of $18,750 per year for up to four years and 25 master’s students each received a maximum of $12,500 per year for up to two years to support their engagement in a health research project.
Recipients’ projects span a broad range of topics including fetus, infant, and children’s health, disease detection, rehabilitation, wellbeing of health care professionals, substance use, cancer, mental health, long COVID, and health inequities for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.
“These students have developed research projects to explore solutions to challenges faced by Nova Scotia’s health care system,” says Stefan Leslie, CEO of Research Nova Scotia. “Complementary to their supervisors’ expertise, students bring their education, experiences, ideas and support that are essential to the success of these research projects and the future of health care in our province.”
Funding for the Scotia Scholars Award is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.
Congratulations to all student recipients and good luck with your research!