Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients announced

Twenty-three doctoral students at UBC have received a Vanier Canada Graduate Fellowship, and three postdoctoral fellows have received a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. The announcement was made on May 16 by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario. Across Canada, 167 new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients and 70 new Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients were selected. These fellowships “will help train some of the brightest doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows and will strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class research talent.”

These young researchers are working on subjects that span the health sciences, the natural sciences and engineering, and the social sciences and humanities, from Jonathan Eaton’s research on Exploring Cultural Heritage as an Opportunity for Recovery in the Aftermath of Disaster (ECHORAD) to MengXing Na’s investigation on time-and-angle resolved photoemission studies of two-dimensional quantum materials, to Michelle Oldings’s work on optimizing the delivery of supervised drug consumption services.

UBC's newest Vanier Scholars are:

Name Faculty Graduate degree program funding agency
Daniel Holanda Noronha Applied Science Electrical and Computer Engineering NSERC
Alaa Abdelaal Applied Science Electrical and Computer Engineering NSERC
Julia Huggins Science Microbiology & Immunology NSERC
Cassandra Elphinstone Science Botany NSERC
Michelle Olding G+PS Interdisciplinary Studies CIHR
Hong Lu Medicine Psychiatry CIHR
Ehsanur Rahman Applied Science Electrical and Computer Engineering NSERC
Stephen Chignell Science Resources, Environment and Sustainability NSERC
Jonathan Eaton Arts Anthropology SSHRC
Wissam Nassrallah Medicine MD/PhD Program CIHR
Fuhar Dixit Applied Science Chemical Engineering NSERC
Ryan Huff Medicine Medicine CIHR
MengXing Na Science Physics and Astronomy NSERC
Alexander Terpstra Arts Psychology CIHR
Ryan Dwyer Arts Psychology SSHRC
Tuve Mikael Omstedt Arts Geography SSHRC
Rachel Brydolf-Horwitz Arts Geography SSHRC
Seyed Amirhossein Nasseri Science Chemistry NSERC
Karama Asleh Medicine Interdisciplinary Oncology CIHR
Wajiha Mehdi Arts Social Justice Institute SSHRC
Mollie Holmberg Arts Geography SSHRC
Bahaa Abu Raya Medicine Medicine CIHR
Temitope Onifade Peter A. Allard School of Law Law SSHRC

The list of UBC's new Banting Fellows is available on

The full lists of Vanier Scholars and Banting Fellows across Canada are available from the Government of Canada.

Thursday, 16 May 2019