WISEST is very proud to announce that it has received the 2011 Synapse Mentorship Award for a Research Group.
The awards, presented by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) acknowledge those who help Canadian youth understand the value of health research and the potential of a scientific future. Along with Ms. Alexis Given, a Doctoral Student at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Dr. Kurt Haas, an Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia's Brain Research Centre, WISEST was recognised for its outstanding efforts in science outreach that motivates young Canadians to consider both the value of health research as well career opportunities that exist within various scientific fields.
Vice-President of Knowledge Translation at CIHR, Dr. Ian Graham, applauded the important efforts of the recipients. "If students understand the merits of science, they may, ultimately, feel motivated to choose a career path that is similar to their mentors. The benefits of this could, in turn, be astounding. Not only would Canadian health researchers move forward in terms of discovery through another generation, but our country would reach scientific achievement on an international stage.”
Since 1982, WISEST has been working with government, industry, academia and a huge team of volunteers to offer dynamic programs and networks that motivate students to consider pursuing scientific careers that are less traditional for their gender. We love what we do and are so very pleased to be recognised for our efforts.
"It is wonderful that this program has achieved national recognition! Participation in this program has been just as rewarding for me and members of my lab as it has been for the students we have hosted. Keep up the good work!" - Monika Keelan, Associate Professor, Dept of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
Read the full CIHR press release here.
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