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In Brief

Aboriginal writing and arts challenge

An initiative of The Historica-Dominion Institute, The Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge invites Aboriginal writers and artists (ages 14-29) to compose or create an original work that explores an aspect of Canadian Aboriginal history.

Emerging writers and artists have their work judged by the foremost in the field, including authors Joseph Boyden and Drew Hayden Taylor, and artists Kent Monkman and Stan Bevan.

Winning written entries are published in Canada’s History magazine, and winning artwork is exhibited in a gallery. Finalists are awarded cash prizes of up to $2,000 and published on the program website,

The program’s expansion to arts, which we hope will make the challenge available to a new audience of Aboriginal youth, should be of interest to you and your fellow students at Memorial University.

Things going swimmingly

Leah Tomblin and David Forbes are the Memorial University Subway Athletes of the Week for the period ending Feb. 6.

Ms. Tomblin delivered an outstanding performance at the AUS Championships in Halifax recently. The third year geography student from St. John’s earned a total of six trips to the podium, including three individual medals. She set a Newfoundland and Labrador provincial record in the 50 metre backstroke and captured gold in the 100 metre backstroke, and finished second in the 200 metre backstroke.

David Forbes also had a stellar weekend at the AUS championships, with seven podium finishes.

His results included a second place finish in the 50 metre backstroke, and another silver in the 100 metre freestyle.

Both swimmers will now represent Memorial at the CIS championships this week in Calgary.

Presentation on major research awards

Scholars interested in applying for prestigious national awards will be given a leg up on March 1. Dr. Peter Morland, special advisor to the Killam Program, will be visiting Memorial’s St. John’s campus to give a presentation on how faculty members can apply for the Killam Research Fellowships and Killam Prizes.

He will also offer tips on how to improve applications and is available to meet one-on-one with potential applicants.

Killam Research Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis to support distinguished Canadian researchers, normally full professors in Canadian universities, in any of the following broad fields: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and studies linking any of the disciplines within these broad fields.

Dr. Morland’s presentation will take place at 9 a.m. in the Junior Common Room on March 1. He will be available afterwards to meet with potential candidates or past applicants to discuss more specific questions they may have. An RSVP is required for this event. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Ellen Steinhauer, coordinator of institutional nominations and awards, 864-2651 or