National Recognition announced for CBU Faculty and Student Researchers

At Cape Breton University (CBU) research matters, and today, three CBU faculty members and two students proved that their research also matters nationally, as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced this year’s research grants and scholarships.

CBU mathematician, Dr. Scott Rodney, received a $75,000 grant for his research on the regularity of weak solutions to degenerate nonlinear/quasilinear equations with rough coefficients, while biologist, Dr. Vicky Salazar, received $145,000 for her work on neuroendocrine regulation of socially-driven circadian rhythms and also received recognition as a promising early career researcher. Chemist, Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie, also received an Early Career Researcher Supplement.

Margaret Gillis and Jean Gillis, 2012 CBU Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry graduates, received Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships valued at $17,500 each. They will be continuing their studies at Dalhousie University.

“Research is an important part of our mission at CBU, and it is wonderful to see the quality of our scientists and their work recognized by NSERC,” said Dr. Dale Keefe, CBU Dean of Research & Graduate Studies.

“Margaret and Jean have been prepared by our first rate undergraduate science program for great things in their future graduate work, and the Alexander Graham Bell Scholarships show the value of our integration of real research experience in their undergraduate programs,” says CBU Vice-President Academic & Professional Studies (Provost), Dr. Robert Bailey. 

Over the last 10 years, NSERC has invested more than $7 billion in basic research, projects involving partnerships between postsecondary institutions and industry, and the training of Canada’s next generation of scientists and engineers.