Eight students from the University of Western Ontario have been awarded the chance to work on research projects this summer, under the supervision of University of Windsor faculty.
The Schulich-Windsor Opportunities for Research Excellence Program will provide funding for students to participate in a research project in biomedical, medical or health-related research. The research should take 18 months or less and each award is valued at $5,000.
Prof. Maher El-Masri, U of W Research Leadership Chair, said the partnership helps students get interested in the research process.
“(This program) gives us the opportunity to mentor the students and help them enter the research arena of medical practice. Medical practice isn’t just you learn how to be a doctor. They have to always look for the evidence and seek the evidence, as well, and (this program) is putting them on the road for that direction,” he said.
“We have been growing in leaps and bounds as a program, but this is truly a milestone that we should all pay attention to,” said Dr. Denise Figlewicz, vice-dean of research and innovation for the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Western. “Not only is this program critical for students, but it is also critical for researchers to see how much these students have to offer.”
Christopher Langley, who is one of the recipients, says he’s looking forward to getting some first-hand experience with the research process. He worked at Windsor Regional Hospital with Dr. Caroline Hamm, an assistant professor at Western and an adjunct professor inWindsor. Hamm was Langley’s course co-ordinator and that’s how he began to get interested in her research.
In some situations, grant candidates will pitch a research project to their supervisors and in other cases, they get involved in their supervisor’s research ideas, said El-Masri. Depending on the project, the students will be starting their research projects before the start of the next academic year.