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(March 21, 2002, Gazette)

Annual Glenn Roy Blundon Award
On April 3, Memorial’s Student Volunteer Bureau will host a Student Volunteer Day Awards Ceremony, during which the 11th annual Glenn Roy Blundon Award will be presented. The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. in West Hatcher Dining Hall. The award is given to an individual or group who has promoted equality and accessibility for Memorial students with disabilities. Last year’s recipient was Nadine Green, an undergraduate student (now a Memorial alumna). Individuals are invited to nominate an individual or group by March 26.

The award is named for a former Memorial student and resident of Bay de Verde who died in 1984 and is remembered for his leadership and commitment to equality and accessibility issues. The campus facility named for him, the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre (Student Affairs and Services), co-ordinates services for students with disabilities. Nomination forms are available from the Blundon Centre (Room 4007, University Centre). Copies have been sent to all departments on the St. John’s campus. Return nomination forms to the Selection Committee, Glenn Roy Blundon Award, c/o the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre (UC-4007). For further details please email rnorth@mun.ca or telephone 737-2156 (voice) or 737-4763 (TTY).

History symposium examines WWII
The Newfoundland Historical Society is holding a symposium on the Second World War. The event is being held March 22-23 and is open to the public.

Newfoundland and Labrador was one of a handful of places in the Western hemisphere during the Second World War where the battle front and the home front coincided. The merging of these two wartime stories provides us with an invaluable opportunity to examine the interchange between civilian and military life. The influx of thousands of Canadians and Americans into the Dominion during the war quickly earned the status of a “friendly invasion.” The vibrant period is recognized as a pivotal one in the of Newfoundland and Labrador, yet has been overshadowed by the post-war constitutional debate,

For a complete schedule, see the society’s Web site at www.infonet.st-johns.nf.ca/providers/nfldhist/march2002.html

Giving students a taste for research
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has injected a further $2.9 million into its Undergraduate Student Research Awards bringing the annual program budget to $15.5 million.

The competition is open to Canadian university undergraduates and the successful applicants gain a paid, 16-week work experience in either a university or industrial research facility.

As a result of the announcement, there will be 250 new awards for students working in university-based research, and 50 new awards for those working in industry-based research. In total, 2,780 students will be working in a university and 650 in industry. NSERC will also increase its contribution from $4,000 to $4,500 per student. A further 20 of the research awards are reserved for qualified Aboriginal applicants.

The sponsoring university or company will supplement the NSERC payment to each student by a minimum of $1,125.

NSERC is the primary federal agency investing in people, discovery and innovation. The council supports both basic university research through research grants, and project research through partnerships among universities, governments and the private sector, as well as the advanced training of highly qualified people.

For more, see www.nserc.ca.

Grad student award night
The Annual Graduate Student Awards night will be held April 3 at 4:30 p.m. at Bitter’s Pub in Feild Hall. There are two categories of awards: Outstanding Research and Community Service, and Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Student Life. Nomination deadline is March 27 at 4 p.m. Nominations must be returned to the GSU office, Feild Hall, c/o VP Internal, Jennette Hibbs, and must include: a) letter of recommendation from a peer who has worked with nominee; and b) letter of recommendation from member of university or local community who is familiar with the work done by nominee.

Any other details or inquiries, please email jennettehibbs@hotmail.com or gsu@mun.ca.

Memorial to host biotech challenge
Memorial University will host the 2002 Aventis Biotech Challenge from March 21-23, 2002. The event gives Newfoundland high school students the opportunity to present their research on everything from asthma treatments to predicting epilepsy in a population. The challenge takes students out of high school science labs and puts them into hospital and university research facilities.

The science competition mirrors the real world of scientific research. Students write a project proposal that is reviewed by Newfoundland’s top biotech researchers. If the project bid is successful, the students must find a mentor to oversee three months of work. In 2002, the projects are competing for up to $5,000 in cash prizes to be given out March 22 at Memorial University’s Thomson Centre, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. The Newfoundland competition is one of 10 taking place across Canada this spring as part of a national campaign to promote science education and job opportunities in biotechnology. The lead sponsor of the competition is vaccine manufacturer Aventis Pasteur.