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Funding available for water-related research

The Harris Centre-RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund is now open for applications.

Research must be related to rural drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador. A list of priority areas can be found at the Harris Centre website ( Up to $15,000 per project/year is available, and project duration should not exceed one year.

Applications from all disciplines are welcome, and inter-disciplinary projects are encouraged, as is applying with a regional or community partner.

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 14, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by Feb. 4, 2011.

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Holiday hosting

This holiday season, you can make memories that will create good will around the globe for years to come – just by extending a dinner invitation.

The International Student Advising (ISA) Office is inviting the Memorial community to make this year’s Christmas festivities truly meaningful. By making room at your dinner table for students who are too far from their home countries to join their families this season, you can create a cultural connection with a lasting impact.

The ISA’s holiday hosting program matches students with local families who open up their homes on Christmas Day to share a home-cooked meal. In turn, families have the opportunity to learn about Christmas traditions from other parts of the world.

The ISA’s Rhonda Byrne said that last year, 19 local families played host to 52 international students from Memorial’s campuses – some hailing from countries as diverse as China, Bangladesh, Iran and Egypt. She hopes to top that number this year, pointing out that both local families and students stand to benefit.

Members of the university community who would like to take part in the holiday hosting program should get in touch with organizers as soon as possible.

Faculty, staff or other students who would like to learn more about the program can e-mail or call the International Student Advising Office at 709-864-7505.

WUSC committee recognized

Memorial’s chapter of the World University Service Canada University placed first in the Local WUSC Committee on the Rise category at the organization’s 64th Annual General Assembly.

Since its revival in early 2010 (after been dormant for about five years), the local committee at Memorial, spearheaded by Trina Porter and Ryan Gibson and a team of dedicated student volunteers, has been very engaged on a variety of activities on campus, including fund-raising for the Shine A Light Campaign (awareness on refugee girl’s education), taking part in the Go Abroad Fair, soliciting application for the WUSC 2011 International Seminar in Vietnam, a Blue Box seminar presentation, and participation at WUSC-Uniterra Leadership Training.

Representing Memorial University at the 64th AGA was Chelsey Laird of the International Centre and Ahmed Khan of the Department of Geography.

WUSC is a network of individuals and post-secondary institutions with the goal of fostering human development and global understanding through education and training.