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New research awards for students

Memorial students pursuing ocean-related research can apply for new
research awards.
By Jeff Green

Some Memorial students pursuing ocean-related research are about to get a major financial boost.

The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) of Newfoundland and Labrador announced the creation of its RDC Ocean Industries Research Awards on Jan. 27.

Up to 20 student research awards will be available at the graduate (master’s and doctoral) and undergraduate (diploma and bachelor’s) level.

Awards will range in value from $20,000 to $30,000 per year at the graduate level, to $5,000 to $7,500 per year for undergraduate research.

The new awards will targeted at post-secondary students enrolled in science, engineering and technology programs who have an interest in pursuing research in the province’s growing ocean industries sector.

They will be open to post-secondary students across Canada and internationally, who are interested in pursuing their studies and conducting leading edge research in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Students who are studying and are interested in supervised research specific to offshore petroleum, ocean engineering, fisheries and aquaculture, and marine science are encouraged to apply.

“Ocean-related research is a priority area for not only Memorial but our entire province,” said Dr. Ray Gosine, vice-president (research) pro tempore. “These new awards will help develop a new generation of emerging researchers exploring a range of subjects which are important to the province’s growing ocean industries sector. I strongly encourage eligible and interested students to apply.”

Selection of award candidates will be based on academic achievement, the technical merits of their proposed research plan, and the relevance of the research to Newfoundland and Labrador’s ocean industries.

Final selection of award recipients will be made with advice from the RDC’s research awards committee, which is comprised of academia, industry and government stakeholders in ocean industries.

The new awards are being funded through the Industrial Research and Innovation Fund, which is administered by the Research & Development Corporation.

Applications are available online at
The deadline is May 5.