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NSERC supports Queen's profs and graduate students

Queen's University professors and graduate students are recipients of recently announced grants, scholarships and fellowships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Five Queen's researchers have been awarded additional funding for their work through the Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) program. Professors Ian Moore (Civil Engineering), Kevin Munhall (Psychology), Martin Pare (Physiology), Geoffrey Lockwood (Physics) and Hagit Shatkay (Computing) will each receive $120,000 over the next three years.

DAS awards allow the researchers to hire more staff (students, postdoctoral fellows or technicians), purchase or gain access to specialized equipment and fund other initiatives to accelerate their research. Funds are allocated based on the results of NSERC's annual Discovery Grants competition. Out of more than 2,200 researchers who received Discovery funding in 2009, 100 have been granted supplements.

A total of 16 Queen's students will receive NSERC postgraduate scholarships. This brings the total number of Queen's graduate students holding awards from NSERC to 111. It is expected that the number of such NSERC holders will increase closer to the beginning of the academic year as more graduate students enter Queen's in the fall.

"These recipients represent some of Canada's finest researchers," says Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC and former Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen's. "They are advancing our understanding of the universe around us. They are uncovering and exploring new areas of knowledge. They are our trailblazers, driving the innovations of tomorrow. NSERC is proud to support their work and we look forward to their future achievements."