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Source: University College of Cape Breton

3 CBU grads receive prestigious scholarships

October 6, 2006

NS) Three recent Cape Breton University science graduates are amongst the
recipients for the 2006 National Sciences and Engineering Research Council
(NSERC) Grants and Scholarships competitions. The awards announced this fall
by Industry Minister Maxime Bernier and NSERC President Suzanne Fortier,
includes post graduate and graduate scholarships.

Kathleen Aikens, Jennifer MacDonald and Andrew MacDonald are the successful
recipients of the prestigious NSERC scholarships. Andrew, from Sydney, NS
has received the Canada Post-Graduate Scholarship prized at $17, 300 for one
year. Kathleen, of Upper Leitches Creek, NS and Jennifer of Bras dOr, NS
each receive the Canada Graduate Scholarship valued at $17,500 for one year.

Aikens, who is pursuing her research at McGill University by studying
arthropods in the forest canopy in Eastern Canada, views this award as a
huge honour. "I had not counted on being a recipient because the Canada
Graduate Scholarship is extremely prestigious," she says. "Receiving this
scholarship meant I no longer had to worry about funding for my Masters
degree. It also felt like a conformation that I had succeeded in my
undergraduate work at Cape Breton University." Kathleen graduated with her
Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Honours).

Jennifer earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry as well as
a Bachelor of Technology (Chemical Science) at CBU this spring. Currently,
she is taking on her graduate research under the supervision of Dr. Josef
Zwanziger at Dalhousie University in the field of material science.

Andrew who holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Honours) is
studying at the University of Toronto.

NSERC supports the efforts of university and industry partners to put new
knowledge to productive use in the economy. NSERC is a federal agency whose
role is to make investments in people, discovery and innovation for the
benefits of all Canadians. The agency supports some 22,000 university
students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies.



Kelly Rose
Communications Officer
Cape Breton University
Tel: (902) 563-1638



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