Research Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019-2020 Scotia Scholars Awards (Undergraduate). 

The Scotia Scholars Awards were created to provide financial support to high caliber trainees engaged in health research related academic study at Nova Scotia universities.

The value and duration of the Scotia Scholars Award is up to $5,000 for eight months for undergraduate students. Funds were allocated to Acadia University, Cape Breton University, Mount Saint Vincent University, and St. Francis Xavier University. The number of awards issued were determined by each university. Applicants were evaluated by their institution based on their past academic, leadership, and research achievements. 

Please join us in congratulating the following undergraduate recipients of the Scotia Scholars Awards.  

Undergraduate Recipients: 22         
Total Funding: $92,000

Lily Callon
Biology


Project: Investigating the Cytotoxic and Anti-Proliferative Effects of Phloridzin-Docosahexaenoate on Colon Cancer Cells

Supervisor: Melanie Coombs
Amount: $3,000


Tomer Chaffer
Biology


Project: Epidemiology, Behavioral Interventions, and Pharmacological Approaches to Primary Polydipsia in Persons with Serious Mental Illness: A Meta-Analysis

Supervisor: Brian Wilson
Amount: $3,000


Cristina Forcione
Kinesiology

Project: Whole-body Vibration Training as an Alternative Resistance Exercise Intervention in Type 2 Diabetes

Supervisor: Jonathon Fowles
Amount: $3,000


Yingqi Li
Biology and Mathematics

Project: Effects of Mastoparan Derivatives on Leukemia Cells

Supervisor: Melanie Coombs
Amount: $3,000


Katelyn McMillan
Biology

Project: Investigating the Anticancer Effects of Mastoparan Against HCT 116 +/+ Colon Cancer Cells

Supervisor: Melanie Coombs
Amount: $3,000


Brooke Thompson
Kinesiology

Project: The Effects of Neuromuscular Training Intervention on Clinical Risk Factors for Sport Related Concussion in Female Athletes

Supervisor: Lauren Lattimer
Amount: $3,000


Robert Tupper
Psychology and Computer Science

Project: I Want to Live: How Desire for Life Moderates the Impact of Self-Esteem and Mortality Salience on Anxiety

Supervisor: Joseph Hayes
Amount: $3,000


Lindsay Wyatt
Psychology

Project: The Neurocognitive Mechanisms Underlying a Gradual Home-Based Therapeutic Prism Adaptation Protocol: An Electroencephalographic Investigation

Supervisor: Anne Sophie Champod
Amount: $3,000


Samar Ali
Chemistry

Project: Synthesis of Lignin Nanoparticles for the Effective Administration of Antibiotics in Wound Care Management

Supervisor: Martin Mkandawire
Amount: $5,000


Rahaf Geisa
Chemistry

Project: Intercepting Plastic Toxins From the Food Chain Through Conversion to Oil

Supervisor: Martin Mkandawire
Amount: $5,000


Robyn Shibinette
Nursing

Project: Exploring Nursing Student Experiences with Symptoms of Burnout While Being Enrolled in An Accelerated Nursing Program: A Qualitative Study

Supervisor: Rebecca MacDougall
Amount: $5,000


Sarah MacNeil
Psychology

Project: Auditory Change Detection and Auditory Hallucinations in Bipolar Disorder

Supervisor: Derek Fisher
Amount: $5,000


Alexa Davis
Nursing

Project: A Multifaceted Evaluation of Provincial Maternal Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine) Immunization Programs

Supervisors: Donna Halperin and Scott Halperin
Amount: $4,800


Charlotte Elliott
Health

Project: Enhanced Microbial Detection using DNA Aptamer Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles

Supervisors: Geniece Hallet-Tapley and Mohamed Shahjahan Gulam Razul
Amount: $4,800


Andreina Gregor
Sociology and Psychology

Project: Barriers and Facilitators to Quality Late-Life Long-Term Care: An Intersectional Analysis of Care Relationships

Supervisors: Katie Aubrecht and Janice Keefe
Amount: $4,800


Prahar Ijner
Science

Project: Ensemble Learning Using Convolutional Neural Networks for Detecting Abnormalities in Medical Images

Supervisor: Jacob Levman
Amount: $4,800


Claire Joseph
Nursing

Project: Barriers and Facilitators to Accessing Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Services for Racialized Students on a University Campus in Canada

Supervisor: Debbie Sheppard-LeMoine
Amount: $4,800


Catherine Kennedy
Sociology

Project: A Phenomenology of Rest: Implications for Well-Being

Supervisor: Riley Chisholm
Amount: $4,800


Juliana Khoury
Psychology

Project: The Role of Risk Perception in Sexual Victimization

Supervisor: Margo Watt
Amount: $4,800


MacKenzie Muir
Psychology

Project: University Sexual Violence Policies: Perceptions of Students and University Counsellors

Supervisor: Angela Weaver
Amount: $4,800


Margaret Oliver
Human Kinetics

Project: The Comradery Effects of a Group Fitness Program on the Quality of Life of Older Men Living in Rural Nova Scotia

Supervisor: Angie Kolen
Amount: $4,800


Kamy Roberge
Health

Project: Health and Violence: A Cross-Country Comparison of the Role of Health Professionals in Policy Debates on Gun Violence

Supervisor: Christina Holmes
Amount: $4,800