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SFU’s Vanier scholars begin studies

October 22, 2009

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Among the 4,462 SFU graduate students pursuing degrees this fall are the university’s first six Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients.

The six students are among only 166 of the world’s top doctoral scholars chosen last spring to receive the prestigious new award, the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Fulbright and U.K. Rhodes scholarships.

The winners will receive $50,000 a year for up to three years to support their doctoral studies.

Karen Chan
Karen Chan
Nadine Deslauriers
Nadie Deslauriers-Varin
Alan Cheng
Alan Cheng
Sai Soe Win Latt
Sai Soe Win Latt

The SFU Vanier scholars are:

  • Nadine Deslauriers-Varin (criminology) who is studying the hunting processes of high-risk sex offenders.
  • Sai Soe Win Latt (geography) who is researching issues involving the gigantic Tasang hydroelectric dam project in Burma (Myanmar) supported by the Asian Development Bank.
  • Kim Reeves (psychology) who is investigating decision-making aids in hospital emergency rooms. (not pictured)
  • Rowan Trebilco (biology) who is quantifying the role of top-of-the-food-chain predators in maintaining reef ecosystem resilience. (not pictured)
  • Karen Chan (chemistry) who is working on fuel cells.
  • Alan Cheng (chemistry) whose research focuses on early breast cancer diagnosis.

The Vanier scholarship program is administered by the country’s three federal research-granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

At full capacity, the program will support up to 500 doctoral students annually from Canada and abroad.

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