21, 2002, Gazette)
Annual Glenn Roy Blundon Award
On April 3, Memorials 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 years 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. Johns 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
For a complete schedule, see the societys 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 Bitters 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.
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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
The science competition mirrors the real world of scientific research.
Students write a project proposal that is reviewed by Newfoundlands
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 Universitys 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