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2018 Summer Student Awards

A crucial part of our Canadian Frailty Network’s mandate is to develop the next generation of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) – the scientists, clinicians and health and social services professionals that will improve care for older adults living with frailty. CFN’s Training Program offers undergraduate students an interdisciplinary, experiential program in partnership with member institutions and partners across the country. In New Brunswick, the competition was presented in collaboration with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF), who funded two students from New Brunswick. 

The 13 students in our sixth annual cohort represent seven disciplines at nine Host Institutions in five provinces. Click here to learn more about the 2018 CFN Summer Student Award recipients.



Host Institution

Gauhar Ali

Vickie Baracos

University of Alberta

Giulia Coletta

Janet Pritchard

McMaster University

Michael Connolly

Keith Brunt

Dalhousie University

Tim D'Aoust

Ana Johnson

Queen's University

Michael Elfassy

Laveena Munshi

Sinai Health System

Anna Eufemia

Jonathan Afilalo

Jewish General Hospital

Karl Grewal

Stuart MacDonald


University of Victoria

Hannah Leaker

Jayna Holroyd-Leduc

University of Calgary

Shyane McKay

Rose McCloskey

University of New Brunswick

Nishila Mehta

Sangeeta Mehta

Sinai Health System

Danielle O'Reilly

Emily Read

University of New Brunswick

Karen Rees-Milton

Rachel Holden

Queen's University

Grace Werner

Carole Estabrooks

University of Alberta

About the 2018 competition

Funding: Funding of up to $4,000 each was available, with at least 100% in guaranteed matching funds required from the student's supervisor. Both were to be paid as student salary and benefits only. In New Brunswick, the competition was presented in collaboration with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF), with up to two students from New Brunswick (NB) funded under the terms of the collaboration, with NBHRF as the matching fund partner for NB applicants. 

Eligibility: Undergraduate students were eligible to apply if they were 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 aligned with the strategic priorities of CFN related to improving care for older Canadians living with frailty.

Competition Requirements:Only students who submitted a Pre-Application Intent to Apply by the deadline (January 29, 2018) were eligible to submit full application packages (by February 12, 2018). Eligibility and requirements were outlined in the Program Guidelines. Applicants were advised to consult the Application Instructions before applying. 2018 Application Package elements were: Application Form, Learning Plan, CV/Resume, Endorsement from proposed supervisor, and transcripts.