L’Oréal-Unesco awards "for Women and Science" 2011
Embassy of France, November 22nd, 2011
This year is the 9th Ceremony of the L’Oréal Canada “For Women in Science Program with the
support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’’. L’Oréal Canada annually awards fellowships
to four exceptional Canadian researchers.
In addition to the four L’Oréal Canada winners, this reception was an occasion to announce L’Oréal’s participation in the France Canada Research Fund. The first L’Oréal-FCRF scholarship was awarded to Courtney Calahoo, a doctoral candidate at Dalhousie University.
The Mentor Fellowships
The Mentor Fellowships reward young female scientists at the doctoral level
and encourage them to continue their studies. Thanks to NSERC, they
are identified as talented scientists.
Nagissa Mahmoudi (Ph.D. Candidate)
Environmental Organic Geochemistry Group, McMaster University
Nagissa Mahmoudi is a PhD candidate in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences
at McMaster University. Her research focuses on the bioremediation of organic
contaminants in the environment. Specifically, she studies microorganisms that are
capable of degrading petroleum-derived pollutants. Originally from Toronto, Nagissa
completed her Bachelors of Science at the University of Toronto in 2008 where she
specialized in Integrative Biology. She has received numerous scholarships and
awards including the prestigious Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship
and a Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement.
Jessica C. Selinger (Ph.D. Candidate)
Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
Jessica is originally from Burlington, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s
University in Kingston, Ontario. She was a Life Sciences major, with a focus in Neurophysiology. During
her undergrad, she was a team member and captain of the women’s varsity basketball team. Her athletic
pursuits ultimately influenced her academic path—she chose to continue on at Queen’s and study human
movement in a Biomechanics lab through the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.
In September 2010 she began
her PhD in the Locomotion Lab (Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology).
Excellence in Research fellowships
The Excellence in Research Fellowships aim to support major research projects by
women scientists at the post-doctoral level. The goal is to reward excellence and
enable Canadian women scientists to pursue and expand their research projects.
The 2011 fellowships are
dedicated to candidates in the field of engineering/pure and applied sciences.
Dr. Kristen Coppin, Ph.D
Post-doctoral fellow, Astronomy Group, Physics department, McGill University
Kristin is originally from Surrey, British Columbia. She traces her first interest and
love of astronomy to catching a view of Halley’s Comet when she was 8 years old
through a large telescope at the Vancouver Planetarium with her parents. She
received her undergraduate degree in Physics & Astronomy from the University of
Victoria in 2000. She completed her MSc. (2003) and Ph.D. (2006) in Astronomy
at the University of British Columbia. She was offered a postdoctoral research
position at Durham University in the North of England, where she was awarded a
prestigious UK Science and Technology Facilities Council fellowship shortly after
Dr. Bonnie O. Leung, Ph.D
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia
Bonnie O. Leung is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of
British Columbia. She is a native Calgarian and graduated with a B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry and
M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Calgary before completing a Ph.D in Chemical
Biology at McMaster University. Her research interests are centered on using novel surface sensitive
detection techniques to study model biological interactions at interfaces. In particular, she is interested
in understanding how biocompatible materials may improve currently existing implants in the human
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