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MIRA awards Mac researchers more than $500,000 for work in mobility and aging

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Thirteen McMaster research projects, from every faculty and a wide range of disciplines, have received funding totalling more than $500,000 from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and its affiliate Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging.MIRA has awarded Labarge Catalyst grants totalling $240,000 to six interdisciplinary research proposals, each with team members from a minimum of three different faculties and the goal of improving mobility for older adults. Principle investigators areMichel Grignon, Faculty of Social Sciences, department of health, aging & society project: How can we improve mobility through alternative transportation modes for seniors? Measuring what works and what does not work in road safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclistsBenson Honig, Degroote School of Business, department of human resources management project: Older adults, ageism and entrepreneurship Ð Learning from failure and success and the interplay of national culture and institutional policiesVictor Kuperman, Faculty of Humanities, department of languages and linguistics project: Writing of age Ð Linguistic markers of cognitive, emotional and social well-being among older adultsRavi Selvaganapathy, Faculty of Engineering, department of mechanical engineering project: Bioprinted 3D in-vitro models to determine mechanisms of cognitive benefits of exercise in the elderlyLaurel Trainor, Faculty of Science, department of psychology, neuroscience & behaviour project: Movement sonification for testing mobility in the context of interacting with complex environmentsJanie Wilson, Faculty of Health Sciences, department of surgery project: A multidisciplinary approach to addressing mobility limitations after orthopaedic joint replacement surgeryMIRA has awarded three interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellows in the field of aging research a total of $195,000 for projects that aim to generate evidence that will contribute to the well-being of older adults. They areSophie Hogeveens, Faculty of Health Sciences, department of health research methods, Evidence and Impact Project: Promoting optimal aging through equitable access to specialized geriatric services in OntarioLea Ravensbergen, Faculty of Science, school of geography and earth sciences project: Understanding Older adults’ active travelTatiane Ribeiro, Faculty of Health Sciences, department of biochemistry and biomedical science project: Accelerating the aging trajectory through prenatal adversityMylinh Duongfrom the department of medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences is leading a team that will receive $100,000 to develop the first phase of wearable sensing technologies aimed at promoting early mobility in older patients hospitalized. Two Master’s students who are doing work in aging and mobility are receiving a total of $30,000 in Labarge Graduate Scholarships. They areGiulia Coletta, Faculty Science, kinesiologyErynne Rowe, school of biomedical engineeringMIRA and AGE-WELL, a federally funded Centre of Excellence, will co-fundRasmi Kokashfrom the Degroote School of Business, human resources management. Kokash will receive $25,000 for his project, which focuses on the extent technological expertise impacts entrepreneurship, economic mobility and wellbeing in older adults. Finally, MIRA is awarding two of its trainees,Ruheena Sangrarfrom the Faculty of Health Sciences’ school of rehabilitation science andEmily Dunfordfrom the Faculty of Science’s kinesiology program, a $2,000 grant to plan a forum for other trainees to collaborate, develop and share their research methods.MIRA’s mandate is to support innovative research approaches that build upon McMaster’s culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, and, where appropriate, to engage older adults and other key stakeholders throughout the conceptualization, evaluation and implementation of interventions and technologies. Funding listed above is supported in part by the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, which was created by a $15-million gift from McMaster’s former Chancellor Suzanne Labarge in 2016.MIRA’s next funding cycle will launch in early 2020. Visit MIRA’s funding opportunities for more information. […]

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Excellence in graduate community a focus for annual awards

Nominations for the 2017 Graduate Student Recognition Awardsclose on Tuesday, August 15, at 4 p.m.The annual awards celebrate the contributions of the graduate student community at McMaster.”The awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the important work done by students, supervisors and staff here at McMaster” says Doug Welch, Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.”Their efforts in the lecture halls, labs, on campus and in the broader Hamilton community, have a positive impact on so many aspects of life on campus and beyond.”This year a new award has been created to acknowledge contributions to the international graduate student community.”International students have challenges and needs that are unique. Over the years, we have seen so many outstanding grad students create opportunity and advocate for their international peers. This award is a more official recognition of such contributions” Welch says.The Dean’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contributions to the International Graduate Student Community recognizes the significant impact of an individual graduate student on the experiences of international graduate students at McMaster. These contributions may be to the spirit, morale, cohesion, quality of life, or positive outcomes for graduate students. Up to three awards in this category will be given.The McMaster Graduate Students Association partners with Graduate Studies to deliver the awards.Nomination packages are now available for:President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate SupervisionDean’s Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research is given to the top five Three Minute Thesis finalists from the 2017 competition in FebruaryGSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence AwardGSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic StaffTherese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics (GSA)Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster (GSA)GSA Millennium Award for Community ServiceTo learn more about GSA-sponsored awards, visit the GSA website.For more about the Graduate Studies awards, visit the Graduate Studies website.Winners receive certificates and a cash prize, which varies depending on the award. Recipients will be honoured at the Graduate Student Recognition Awards Reception in October.Nominations for the 2017 awards must be received no later than August 15, 4 p.m. Nomination packages should be emailed (details available on the nomination form) or may be delivered to the School of Graduate Studies, Gilmour Hall, Room 212. […]

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Apply now for IUSRS: invaluable experience for students, supervisors

Applications are now open for the the Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship (IUSRS) program.The IUSRS is heading into its third year, providing an opportunity for students Ð and McMaster faculty members Ð to be immersed in a unique research experience. In 2017, approximately 15 Indigenous undergraduate students will be accepted into the program.For more information about the program and to apply,visit the IUSRS online.Chelsea Gabel, Acting Director of McMaster’s Indigenous Research Institute and assistant professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences, supervised five visiting Indigenous Summer Scholars during the two-year pilot program, beginning in 2015.Invaluable experience for students”As an Indigenous scholar, I felt that it was very important to mentor, train, and better prepare Indigenous undergraduate students” she says. “The IUSRS is an opportunity to get them excited and interested in graduate school.â?Gabel describes her IUSRS supervisory experience as transformative, a description she hopes is shared by her former IUS Scholars.”This is a program that facilitates mentorship and training. It enables students to make more informed choices as they prepare for graduate school.â?Applications are now open for McMaster faculty researchers who are interested in supervising an Indigenous undergraduate student this summer. Please visit the School of Graduate Studies< > for more information and to complete an online application.Invaluable experience for faculty supervisorsAs a supervisor, Gabel says she was forced to think about issues in ways she hadn’t previously, thanks to the expertise and knowledge brought by the IUS Scholars. The provocative and insightful questions often changed how she thought about a particular issue.Gabel says a program like the IUSRS would have been a benefit to her during her undergraduate degree.”Having a relationship and being mentored by faculty would have been so beneficial for me. Mentorship often isn’t present in an undergraduate environment” Gabel says.”Research often involves group work, more in-depth interactions with colleagues, and improved communication skills. This program provides opportunities for students to learn to work as a member of a research team.â?She adds that it also provides an opportunity to improve writing, communication and presentation skills Ð all necessary tools for success at the graduate level.The 2017 IUSRS program runs from May 23 to July 21.Please visit the School of Graduate Studies for more information and to apply. […]

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Celebrating excellence at the Graduate Student Recognition Awards

McMaster teaching assistant Madeleine Mant believes it’s important to engage students in the classroom. That’s why she aims to make every class just as exciting as the last.
It’s a fitting aspiration for Mant, who is one of six winners of this year’s Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award.
She was joined by close to 150 students, supervisors and staff to celebrate the contributions of the graduate community at the 19th-annual Graduate Student Recognition Awards.
“I think it’s very important that students are engaged in the material, but it’s more than that. I want to inspire them to appreciate a subject even if it’s not the area that they are most interested in” says the anthropology PhD candidate.
When she was called to the podium to accept her certificate, Mant was thrilled — and a little choked up.
“It’s an incredible honour that felt a bit like winning a People’s Choice Award. It sounds silly, but the idea that a student was moved enough by my instruction, and the style of instruction particularly, was very heartening.”
The GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award honours the contributions of teaching assistants (TA) to undergraduate education at McMaster.
Nominated by undergraduate students, the TA’s are evaluated in numerous areas, from their enthusiasm for the subject to their communication skills.
Joining Mant for their important contributions as TA’s are Khaled Al-Kassimi, Saranya Amirthamanoharan, Hadi Eslami, Nick Randazzo and Natashya Wall.
2015 Graduate Student Recognition Award recipients:
President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Thomas Adams, Chemical Engineering
Mirna Carranza, School of Social Work
Rick Hackett, Management of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Karin Humphreys, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Peter Rosenbaum, Rehabilitation Science
Lorraine York, English and Cultural Studies

The Dean’s Award for Graduate Student Knowledge Mobilization and Innovation

Melissa Tanti

GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff

Elaine Whiskin

Therese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics

Aaron Bailey

Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster

Elyse Rosa

GSA Millennium Award for Community Service

Pei Yu
A-Rum Choi

The annual awards are coordinated by the McMaster Graduate Students Association (GSA) and the School of Graduate Studies. […]

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McMaster students receive prestigious Vanier scholarships

Two women and two men stand side by side as they smile at the camera.

(Pictured left to right) Nikol Piskuric, Allison Sekuler, associate vice-president and dean of graduate studies at McMaster University, Vladimir Miskovic and Derek K. Chu.
Eight students from McMaster University have received the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, a new program introduced by the federal government to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and make this country a global leader in higher education research.
Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology made the announcement in Ottawa yesterday.
“The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program demonstrates the federal government’s ongoing commitment to attract and support the world’s leading researchers,’ says Peter George, president of McMaster University. “Not only does a program like this recognize the important role graduate work plays in shaping our society, but also provides a valuable tool to train our next generation of researchers.”
“The fact that eight Vanier awards are coming to McMaster speaks to the incredible strength of graduate programs across our campus, and highlights the fact that we are attracting the best and the brightest into those programs,” says Allison Sekuler, associate vice-president and dean of graduate studies at McMaster University. “These students have a real passion for their work, and it shows in everything they do.”
A total of 166 scholarships, valued at $50,000 each, are to be awarded annually for up to three years. Canada’s three federal granting agencies, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) will administer the program.
Below is a list of winners from McMaster University:
CIHR Winning Recipients:
ï Beata Batorowicz, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
ï Derek K. Chu, Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
ï Suzanne E. Osborne, Department of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
ï Nghi Phan, Department of Medical Physics & Applied Radiation Sciences, Faculty of Science
NSERC Winning Recipients:
ï Vladimir Miskovic, McMaster Integrative Neuroscience & Discovery Graduate Program, Faculties of Science and Health Sciences
ï Nikol Piskuric, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
SSHRC Winning Recipients:
ï Sandra Josephine Bortolin, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences
ï Kate M. Mulligan, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, Faculties of Science, and Social Sciences […]

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Harvey Longboat Graduate Scholarship will honour Indigenous scholars

McMaster’s School of Graduate Studies has announced a new scholarship to encourage Indigenous undergraduate students to study at the graduate level. Students from First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities will be eligible for the $15,000 scholarship, named after Six Nation’s educator and Cayuga chief Harvey Longboat. The first award will be made for the 2010-2011 academic year. […]

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Anthropologist leaves gift, legacy to students days before her death

Shelly Saunders

Shelly Saunders made a donation to establish the Shelly Saunders Scholarship in Anthropology before her death in May 2008. File photo.
The legacy of internationally renowned anthropology professor Shelley Saunders, who spent her career teaching students how to solve the mysteries of the past, will be carried on thanks to a $547,250 gift to build the best anthropology program in the country.
Saunders died of cancer in May of this year, but days before her death, made the donation to establish the Shelley Saunders Scholarships in Anthropology, a lasting legacy for graduate students to give them the tools and resources they need to be the great thinkers and scientific detectives of our time.
“Shelley loved her students,” says her husband, Victor Koloshuk. “She particularly loved mentoring them and working very closely with them. She believed McMaster’s success as an international institution in anthropology meant attracting young, bright students and this gift would help them greatly.”
The formal announcement of Saunders’ gift will be made Thursday, November 6 at 5 p.m. before a room full of her friends and colleagues, in the West Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton. Earlier in the day, the Annual Meeting for the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology, which is being held at the same venue, will pay tribute to her life’s work in a special symposium.
“Shelley was a leader in the field of skeletal biology and physical anthropology, and certainly a leader at McMaster,” says Peter George, president of the University. “She was admired for her innovative teaching methods and research skills, and her clear-eyed approach to her work. She distinguished herself academically: as the first biological anthropologist to be elected to the prestigious Royal Society of Canada, and to receive a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. This donation is a bittersweet one for us; we are truly grateful for such a generous gift, and deeply saddened that we cannot share this occasion with Shelley in person.”
Saunders was instrumental in the development of research at McMaster University. She initiated the Children and Childhood in Human Societies research network, founded and established the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre, and directed the expansion of the McMaster Anthropology Hard Tissue and Light Microscopy Laboratory.
Saunders was also frequently called upon by local police to lend her expertise and help solve difficult forensic cases. Under her tutelage, Saunders’ students also flourished. Some of them worked on high profile investigations, including the Robert Pickton investigation in British Columbia.
“Shelley’s life was anthropology and delving into the past,” says Koloshuk. “It is my hope that this gift might be something the students will rally around, that it will help get them really involved and bring them together for a common cause. Hopefully this is just the beginning.” […]

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Graduate Students Recognition Day celebrates excellence

The McMaster University community is invited to attend the 12th Annual Graduate Students Recognition Day on Tuesday, March 18 in Convocation Hall. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
The event represents a collaborative effort between the Graduate Students Association (GSA) and the School of Graduate Studies to celebrate the contributions of graduate students to innovation and discovery at McMaster.
Graduate students help McMaster achieve its academic mission. The award categories honour graduate student excellence in research communication, teaching assistance, and leadership in athletics and community service.
The contributions of graduate faculty and non-academic staff are acknowledged with the President’s Awards for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and the GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff. […]

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