U of M Students Awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

By Sarah Klein

University of ManitobaFour University of Manitoba students are recipients of the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship — Canada’s answer to the U.K.’s Rhodes Scholarship. The scholarship is only awarded to 166 of the world’s most promising students.

The inaugural recipients will each receive $50,000 a year for up to three years.

The University of Manitoba recipients are:

  • Meika Richmond, medical microbiology and infectious diseases, who will continue studying aspects of the immune system’s response to acute and chronic HIV infection.
  • Jennifer Juno, medical microbiology and infectious diseases, who will continue studying the role of a specific gene, GNB3, in HIV-1.
  • Kyle Elliott, biological sciences, whose research project is titled, How Do Wild Birds Work Hard and Live Long?
  • Brent Else, environment and geography, who will continue his investigations into air-sea exchange of carbon dioxide in arctic marginal sea ice zones and areas of open water amidst sea ice.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships nominees were evaluated by multi-disciplinary peer-review committees and selected by a blue ribbon selection board composed of world-renowned Canadian and international experts.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health, as well as leadership skills. Both Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.