TWU Students Receive Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Six students from TWU received Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) funded by NSERC.

Trinity Western University students Taylor CoftRose Rogawski, Caitlyn Grympa, Jessica Vanderploeg,Simon Steunenberg, and Carol Tadrous all received Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) during the summer of 2009, granted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

The USRA is meant to stimulate students’ interest in natural science research and provide undergraduates with valuable, supervised research experience. Recipients are awarded $4,500 for a 16 week period to support the completion of an approved research project.

These awards are quite significant in that they come from NSERC which is the primary funding agency for scientific research in Canada,” says TWU Professor and Chair of Chemistry and Assistant Dean of Science Dr. Craig Montgomery. “Coming from NSERC also gives the awards a certain level of prestige that can often open doors for the students to graduate school if they choose to carry on along a path of research.” 

The young researchers worked on a variety of projects from studying fruit flies, to researching genes involved in immunity.  

Montgomery says, “The fact that NSERC grants an allotment of these awards to TWU each year shows that they recognize the high quality of research that takes place here.”

 Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.

Last Updated: 2009-11-16
Author: Elisabeth Fallon