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2016 Summer Student Awards

Twenty-one students were selected in the fourth cohort of the Summer Student Awards Program. Students receive up to $4,500 from CFN, with matching funds provided by the student’s supervisor.

Nicole Babin; Supervisor: Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, McMaster University

Bannuya Balasubramanaiam; Superivsor: Jacques Lee, Sunnybrook

Veronica Bergstrom; Supervisor: Carole Estabrooks, University of Alberta

Courtney Busson; Supervisor: Kathleen Valentine, University of New Brunswick

Charlene Chang; Supervisor: Stephen Robinovitch, Simon Fraser University

Karen Chiu; Supervisor: Andrea Iaboni, University Health Network

Chao Dong Hu; Supervisor: Tejal Patel, University of Waterloo

Patricia Julian; Supervisor: Lori Schindel Martin, Ryerson University

Andrew Lagrotteria; Supervisor: Cindy Hamielec, Hamilton Health Sciences

Antoine Lague; Supervisor: Marcel Emond, Laval University

Thalia Magyar; Supervisor: Melanie Martin, University of Winnipeg

Dawson McCann; Supervisor: Richard Sawatzky, Trinity Western University

Andrew Perrella; Supervisor: Vicky Chau, University Health Network

Andrea Petrella; Supervisor: Matthew Heath, University of Western Ontario

Karen Philpott; Supervisor: Joan Kingston, University of New Brunswick

Jessica Shannon; Supervisor: Greg Hirsch, Dalhousie University

Molly Steer; Supervisor: Kevin Woo, Queen's University

Kaitlyn Tate; Supervisor: Greta Cummings, University of Alberta

Mathilde Theriault; Supervisor: Sarah Pakzad, University of Moncton

Cody Weiler; Supervisor: Joel Lanovaz, University of Saskatchewan

Billy Zhao; Supervisor: Jennifer Baumbusch, University of British Columbia


About the 2016 competition

In the 2016 competition, funding of up to $4,500 each was available, with a 100% matching funds (to match CFN funding), and both paid as student salary and benefits only.  

Undergraduate students were eligible to apply if they are Canadian citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program at an eligible Canadian university at the time of application.  Applicants must have completed all of the course requirements of at least the first year of study in their programs (two academic terms), and must be in good academic standing with their universities.

Students from any discipline were encouraged to apply, so long as their proposed summer activities align with the strategic priorities of CFN related to improving health care for seriously ill, frail elderly Canadians.


A Pre-Application Indication of Intent was required for this competition by 12 noon ET on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Applications were not considered unless an indication of intent to apply wass received electronically using the online form.

Applications were due Thursday, March 10, 2016 by 12 noon ET from those who registered intent online by the deadline. 

Documents used in competition:

Eligibility and requirements are outlined in the Call for Applications/Program Guidelines (Appel de demandes/Lignes directrices du programme). Applicants should also consult the Application Instructions (Instructions sur la présentation d'une demande) before applying.

2016 Application Package elements:

  1. Application form
  2. Learning plan
  3. Student's CV/resume
  4. Endorsement from proposed supervisor
  5. Endorsement from proposed interdisciplinary mentor
  6. Transcripts