Biology student nets major award
By Jeff Green
Jessica Bossé is the latest Memorial student to study in the United States with a Killam Fellowship.
Memorial University biology major Jessica Bossé is spending a year studying south of the border at a leading liberal arts college after winning the prestigious Killam Fellowship Award.
She is the fourth Memorial student to receive this award in recent years and the third to select Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts for the 2005-2006 academic year.
Memorial University President Dr. Axel Meisen said this year’s award underscores Memorial’s high-calibre students and programs. “Our students excel in many fields of study and are accepted by the best graduate programs in the world,” he said. “Receiving this fellowship is an honour for Ms Bossé and Memorial University. I am delighted by her accomplishment and wish her well.”
Ms Bossé has an outstanding academic record and has received a number of major scholarships, including the Millennium Excellence Award in recognition of her achievements. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to study in the United States and hopes that her experiences will help her in dispelling myths in Canada and the U.S. about American and Canadian cultures, respectively. A talented musician, she also intends to pursue her musical interests during her studies.
Smith College is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the U.S. with an enrolment of 2,800 students from every state and across 60 countries.
The 2005-2006 academic year marks the third anniversary of the Killam Fellowships Program, which was created through a partnership between the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States (the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program) and the American Killam-Rodgers Trusts.
“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Ms Bossé on her achievements and on being selected as a Killam Fellow,” said Dr. Michael K. Hawes, executive director of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States. “Ms Bossé is an exceptional student who will be an excellent representative of Canada while studying at Smith College.”
The fellowship program provides students from select universities in Canada and the United States with an opportunity to attend university in the other country for one semester or one year of their undergraduate career.
By engaging the brightest minds and identifying future leaders through academic exchange, the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States, which also administers the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program, seeks to develop greater understanding between the citizens of Canada and the United States.
Ms Bossé plans to return to Memorial next year to finish her degree with Dr. Brian Staveley in the Department of Biology.