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.