Student Bursaries & Young Researcher Awards

Supporting the leaders of tomorrow, today


Student Bursaries
The NHPRS proudly supports the participation of trainees (students and postdocs) in our annual conference through the provision of bursaries to defray part of the costs of registration and/or travel and accommodation.
All students and postdocs who submit an abstract and register for the conference before April 15 are eligible to receive a bursary. When submitting your abstract,  go to “My Profile”  simply check the option if you want to be considered for bursaries and awards.

Notification: Student and Postdoc abstracts will be judged by an ad-hoc committee of Society members and applicants will be notified of their award status ahead of the annual conference each year.


Young Researcher Awards
The NHPRS proudly supports and promotes the achievement and professional development of trainees (students and postdocs) by rewarding excellence in research and communication with Young Researcher Awards presented at the annual conference.
All students and postdocs who submit an abstract and present their research at the conference are eligible to compete for research awards ($500-$1000). When submitting your abstract, go to “My Profile”  simply check the option if you want to be considered for bursaries and awards.

Notification: Oral and poster presentations by students and postdocs will be judged by an ad-hoc committee of Society members during the annual conference. Awards will be announced and presented at the annual conference Banquet/Awards Ceremony.

 2022 Award Winners

Young Researcher Awards – Live Presentations

Lauren Erland PhD, University of British Columbia (Kelowna)

Dr. Lauren Erland completed her PhD at the University of Guelph, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Susan Murch’s Lab at UBC (Kelowna). Her research uses interdisciplinary approaches such as plant tissue culture, metabolomics, analytical chemistry and quantum dot microscopy to understand the role of phytohormones, particularly the indoleamine neurotransmitters melatonin and serotonin, in plant perception and response to changes in their environment.

Haley Shade, Lethbridge University, Canada

Oki/Hello, my name is Haley Shade, and I am a member of the Kainai/Blood Tribe First Nation, located in Southern Alberta (Treaty 7). I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge during the spring of 2021. I am currently completing an NSERC URSA under the supervision of Dr. Roy Golsteyn. I will begin my studies in the Doctor of Medicine program at the Cumming School of Medicine, located at the University of Calgary (Treaty 7) in the summer of 2021.


My research focuses on the integration of Indigenous traditional knowledge with western sciences, specifically cell biology and natural product research. My research utilizes common cell biology techniques alongside the use traditional medicines and knowledge. It is important within our laboratory setting that this process is done respectfully and in consultation with community elders. The goal of my research is to bridge the gap between western science and Indigenous traditional knowledge.

I believe it is important to recognize that Indigenous peoples have established and possess knowledge and connections to the land we now call Canada since time immemorial. It is critical that Indigenous students such as myself can conduct meaningful research in which we have the opportunity to maintain our cultural ways and understandings while also moving forward with western science. I acknowledge Indigenous researchers who have come before me and celebrate future Indigenous scholars in the years to come.


Young Researcher Awards – Contributed Presentations

Caleb Vegh, University of Windsor

I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Windsor studying Chemistry and Biochemistry under the supervision of Dr. Siyaram Pandey. My research focuses on investigating the neuroprotective effects of Ubisol-Q10 (a water-soluble formulation of coenzyme-Q10) and ashwagandha root extract (an Ayurvedic herb traditionally used as a nerve tonic) in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. In particular, I’m investigating how these two NHP’s can be combined to target several biochemical mechanisms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease and halt neurodegeneration.

Alessia Roma,University of Guelph

Alessia Roma is a PhD candidate in the Spagnuolo Lab at the University of Guelph Department of Food Science. She previously completed her BAS in biochemistry at the University of Windsor. Her research has focused on the investigation of various nutraceuticals for their pharmacological activity. Specifically, she is investigating the application of nutraceuticals as anti-leukemic agents and using them as novel molecular probes to better understand the pathways that govern leukemia cell survival and death.                                        

Andie MacAndrew, University of Ottawa


3-Minute Thesis Competition (swept by the Pandey Lab!)

1st Prize – Benjamin Scaria, University of Windsor

2nd Prize – Darcy Wear, University of Windsor


Bursary Awards

Abisola Kehinda, University of British Columbia, Canada

Abisola Kehinde is interested in foods and bioproducts to mitigate or treat metabolic disease(s). She is currently pursuing an MSc in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Her current research focus is developing breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) as a source of high-value starch and a key ingredient for infant formula.

Chris Raad, University of Windsor

Hello, my name is Chris Raad. I have recently graduated from the Arts and Science program at the University of Windsor. I completed my undergraduate thesis project in Dr. Siyaram Pandey’s laboratory which focused on NHPs as candidates for cancer therapy. I will be pursuing my studied at the University of Ottawa’s medical school in September.

Oludemi Taofiq, Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal
Palak Tank, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Biotechnology, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Palak is a fourth-year student pursuing a BSc degree in the UBC-BCIT joint Honours in Biotechnology program. After completing my internship at BCIT-NRG in August 2020, her passion for the use of biotechnology and natural health products became rooted. Palak wants to further learn about the use of natural health products and how they play an essential role to reinforce a shift towards sustainability

Matthew Tcheng, University of Guelph, Canada

Matthew Tcheng is a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph. Under the supervision of Dr. Paul Spagnuolo, he studied acute myeloid leukemia (AML) mitochondrial metabolism. His project demonstrated the pre-clinical efficacy of avocadyne by targeting a unique metabolic vulnerability in AML, resulting in the selective elimination of malignant blasts but the sparing of normal blood cells.