Science students receive Killam Fellowships

Aug 26th, 2013

Kelly Foss

Shruti Raheja and Catherine Woodford
Science students receive Killam Fellowships

Fulbright Canada is continuing a long and successful partnership with Memorial University with the recent announcement of this year’s Killam Fellowship recipients.

In one of its most successful years, Memorial will be sending two undergraduate students, Shruti Raheja and Catherine Woodford, to the United States for research and academic opportunities.

Ms. Raheja is currently doing a joint honours in behavioral neuroscience and English literature. She will spend a semester at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh this fall. Ms. Woodford is currently working on a joint honours in physics and math with a minor in Russian and will attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in the upcoming winter semester.

“I grew up in St. John’s and chose to stay at Memorial for university, so I was interested in applying for the Killam Fellowship because I wanted to still have the experience of living away from home, staying in residence and meeting new people,” said Ms. Raheja. “I liked the academic opportunities it provided as well.”

Ms. Woodford also applied for the fellowship because she wanted to experience life at another university.

“Memorial is a great school but it doesn’t offer a program in the area that I want to focus on, so I applied to schools that offered astrophysics and luckily I got accepted.

Both women are strong academic achievers and are active volunteers. A member of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program, Ms. Woodford is also actively involved in the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Kids Help Phone. Despite being diagnosed with type one diabetes, she has obtained her black belt in Shoalin Kung-Fu and has competed with the provincial rowing team as well as other martial arts and sports teams.

Ms. Raheja’s studies fuels her passion for both the arts and sciences. She has remained on the Dean’s List throughout her academic career and tries to make the most of her post-secondary educational opportunities. An avid musician, Ms. Raheja has played the violin and piano for most of her life and participates in many local competitions. She has recently gotten involved with the Autism Society.

Fulbright Canada is a joint bi-national, treaty-based organization created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America through academic and cultural exchange.

The Killam Fellowships Program allows undergraduate students from Canada and the United States to participate in a program of bi-national residential exchange. It is an integral part of the Foundation’s multidimensional strategy to foster mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America.


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