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Queen's PhD Candidate earns Fulbright Scholarship

PhD candidate Leah Sarson (Political Studies) has been awarded a Fulbright Canada student grant. The prestigious funding will allow her to conduct research at Dartmouth College this academic year.

“The Fulbright award provides me with the opportunity to immerse myself in a new academic environment and explore different approaches to the study of international relations,” says Ms. Sarson.

“Working at Dartmouth exposes me to the many advantages of an Ivy League institution, including its renowned network of scholars and experts in the field of international relations. The award also affords me the financial latitude to focus on my dissertation rather than other commitments.”

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Vanier Scholar - Hannah Dies

In November 2015 we introduce our six new Vanier Scholars. Next in this series is Hannah Dies, a doctoral student in the Chemical Engineering at Queen's whose research focuses on creating a portable biosensor that may be used to detect pathogenic biomolecules indicative of various types of cancers and bacterial diseases.

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Palak Patel - Collaborative Cancer Research

Palak Patel has a "curious mind," as he puts it. He is keen to verify observations through experimentation - be it the perfect amount of chocolate to eat, or the accuracy of genetic tests for diagnosing prostate cancer.

Palak is a second-year PhD student in Pathology, working with Dr. David Berman in the Queen's Cancer Research Institute. They are part of a 13-lab, cross-Canada collaborative project focused on prostate cancer, funded by a Movember Team Grant (Prostate Cancer Canada).

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Melissa Bredow - A Scholarship for Research in Japan

Melissa Bredow's first trip overseas was about as far as you can go from Canada. Thanks to a scholarship from the Japanese Society for the Advancement of Science, Melissa traveled to Japan for three months to conduct research on the antifreeze proteins found in some hardy cereals. Freezing causes cellular dehydration, rupturing of cellular structures and cell death. However, the antifreeze proteins (AFPs) in hardy cereals allow for survival below -10 degrees Celsius.

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