Research and Innovation Award Winners 2021

Graduate Studies Awards

1) Three Minute Thesis Awards

  • Third Place:  Shadiya Aidid, Masters of Health Sciences, Divestment & Beyond: Perspectives from the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement. Supervisors: Drs. Charles Levkoe and Lindsay Galway

  • Second Place:  Taha Sadeghi, Ph.D., Biotechnology, Drug Delivery to the Human Respiratory Tract. Supervisor: Dr. Leila Pakzad

  • First Place:  Ashley Faulkner, Masters of Science, Biology, Using the Immune System to Tackle a Cancer-Causing Virus. Supervisor: Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe

2)      Graduate Studies Research Excellence Awards

  • NSERC Category:  Oleksandr Grynko, PhD. Chemistry and Material Science.  Supervisor: Dr. Alla Reznik

  • SSHRC Category: Keri-Lyn Durant, PhD in Educational Studies.  Supervisor: Dr. Pauline Sameshima

  • CIHR Category: Rebecca Tzalazidis, PhD. Clinical Psychology.  Supervisor: Dr. Kirsten Oinonen


3)      Graduate Student Conference Poster Winners

  • CIHR poster winner:  Jessica Allingham, PhD Chemistry and Material Science, Brightening Up Brain Injuries. Supervisors: Drs. Michael Campbell, Wely Floriano

  • Engineering poster winner:  Joseph Higginson, MSc Chemical Engineering, Research on Multilayer Biopolymer Films for Packaging Applications.  Supervisors: Dr. Ehsan Behzadfar  

  • NSERC poster winner:  Jocelyn Bel, PhD Biotechnology, Brown Adipose Tissue Adaptations Under Chronic Stress.  Supervisors: Drs.  Neelam Khaper, Simon Lees

  • SSHRC poster winner:  Cassandra Burgess, PhD Educational Studies, From Paper to Practice: Educator Understanding and Facilitation of Self-Regulation in the Kindergarten Classroom.  Supervisors: Drs. Sonia Mastrangelo, Alex Lawson


Special Awards

1)      Indigenous Partnership Research Award

  • Dr. Chris Murray, Department of Sustainability Sciences, Orillia campus, and Nancy Assance, Department of Education, Beausoleil First Nation for the research project titled, Agaaming ~ Across the Bay: Beausoleil First Nation Wind and Water  Monitoring Project.


2)      Ingenuity Award

  • Nehikhare Patrick Igbinijesu, Master’s student in Social Justice Studies for his company Manilla.


3)      Community-Engaged Research Award

  • Dr. Kathryn Sinden, School of Kinesiology in partnership with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue/Thunder Bay Professional Firefighters Association for the research project titled, Protecting those who protect us: Supporting development of a mental health management strategy for Thunder Bay Fire Rescue.


Canada Research Chair Award Recognition

  • Dr. Lindsay Galway, Chair in Social-Ecological Health, Department of Health Sciences


Senate Research Committee Awards

1)      Research Excellence Awards

  • Dr. Amir Azimi, Department of Civil Engineering

  • Dr. Salimur Choudhury, Department of Computer Science

  • Dr. Max Haiven, Department of English


2)      Distinguished Researcher Awards

  • Dr. Mitch Albert – Research Chair and Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • Dr. Edward Rawana – Professor, Psychology Department and Director, Centre of Education & Research on Positive Youth Development

Undergraduate Student Conference

Oral Competition Winners 

  • Nathaniel Oriecuia - Science and Environmental Studies
  • Justis Danto-Clancy and Kim Young - Law
  • Esteban Huerta, Michael Nikolich, Mark Seleski, Colton Wooster - Engineering
  • Erika Niva - Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Jaidyn Charlton - Health and Behavioural Sciences

Poster Competition Winners

  • Shivam Khurania - Business Administration-Accounting
  • Fraser MacKinnon, Zach Hoger, Kevin MacKinnon, Jonathon Shurvell, Brenden Mills - Engineering
  • Gil Angela Dela Cruz - Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Madison Mancusa - Science and Environmental Studies
  • Kayla Theriault-Weighell - Social Sciences and Humanities