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Health Sciences Research Plenary 2017

  • Celebrating
    Excellence
  • Poster and
    Oral Sessions
  • Graduate
    Student Awards
  • Postdoctoral
    Fellow Awards
  • Graduate
    Program Awards
  • Faculty
    Awards
  • Additional
    Awards
Celebrating Excellence

Celebrating Excellence
in the areas of graduate student and postdoctoral fellow health science research

Tuesday, May 16 - Thursday, May 18, 2017

Awards Reception: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This open forum event includes multiple poster and oral sessions over the course of three days. We are pleased to include over 150 poster and oral presentations from across the health sciences and FHS affiliated programs. Last year's poster and oral presentation topics may be found here.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 FHS Research Plenary Awards. We would also like to congratulate those who received an Outstanding Poster/Oral Presentation Award, Excellence in Poster Presentation Award and the MILO Commercial Potential and Social Impact Awards.

Photos from the 2016 Plenary can be found here.

Hosted by Catherine P.M. Hayward
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
(Health Sciences)

Poster Sessions

Jan and Mien Heersink Reading Pavilion (HSC Library, 1st floor)

  • May 16:
    10:00am - 12:00pm
  • May 17:
    10:00am - 12:00pm and
    1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • May 18:
    10:00am - 12:00pm

Oral Sessions

MDCL 3020, 3022, 3023, 3024

  • May 16:
    1:30pm - 3:30pm
    (four concurrent sessions)
  • May 18:
    1:30pm - 3:30pm
    (four concurrent sessions)

Awards Reception

May 31st
4:00-6:30pm

Jan and Mien Heersink Reading Pavilion (HSC Library, 1st floor)

Call for Poster and Oral Abstract Submissions

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows training in an area of health science research are invited to participate in this year's FHS Research Plenary Poster and Oral Sessions.

Those interested in presenting are encouraged to review the following guidelines on abstract submission.

Click here for the Abstract Submission form for Graduate Students.

Click here for the Abstract Submission form for Postdoctoral Fellows.

The deadline for receipt of all abstract submissions is March 24th, 2017.  Abstract submissions should be submitted by email to the relevant graduate program.  A complete listing of program contacts may be found below.

Top abstract submissions will be selected within each graduate program and those selected will be notified of their success.  Presenters will have the opportunity to showcase their work at one of the event's poster or oral sessions, and will have their names published in this year's program and on the FHS Graduate Studies website.  Winning presentations will also be celebrated on May 31st at the FHS Research Plenary Awards Reception.

Listing of Program Contacts:

If you are registered in …. Your program contact is … Abstracts are submitted to …
Biochemistry Lisa Kush kushl@mcmaster.ca
Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization Nancy McKenzie nmckenzie@mcmaster.ca
Biomedical Engineering Christina Tellier tellier@mcmaster.ca
Chemical Biology Tammy Feher fehert@mcmaster.ca
Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care Hanadi Attar-Elbard attarelh@mcmaster.ca
Clinical Investigator Program Sharon Ciraolo sciraolo@mcmaster.ca
eHealth Iris Kehler kehler@mcmaster.ca
Global Health Global Health Administrator globhth@mcmaster.ca
Health Management Michelle Benjamin mhm@mcmaster.ca
Health Policy Lydia Garland garlndl@mcmaster.ca
Health Research Methodology Kristina Vukelic hrmasst@mcmaster.ca
Health Science Education Darci Hill hsed@mcmaster.ca
Medical Sciences Daphne Kilgour kilgoud@mcmaster.ca
Neuroscience Sandra Murphy smurphy@mcmaster.ca
Nursing Mary Lynn Taylor taym@mcmaster.ca
Occupational Therapy Tania Baricevic baricevt@mcmaster.ca
Physiotherapy Liz Dzaman dzaman@mcmaster.ca
Master of Public Health Alyssa Beauchamp beauchaa@mcmaster.ca
Rehabilitation Science Catherine Magowan magowanc@mcmaster.ca

Postdoctoral Fellows and all other graduate students are asked to submit their abstracts to HSGS at fhsgrad@mcmaster.ca by March 24th.

Graduate Students

Health Sciences Graduate Programs invites nominations for Graduate Student (Category A) Awards. Winners will be chosen by a selection committee and the award recipients will be celebrated at the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary Awards Reception on May 31st, 2017.

CATEGORY A — GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS

Eligibility

Graduate students who are currently enrolled in a health science research-oriented program are eligible for these awards. 

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of graduate student nomination materials is 4:00pm on March 24th, 2017.  Completed nominations should be submitted to the Health Sciences Graduate Programs Office, MDCL 2235, or via email to HSGS at fhsgrad@mcmaster.ca.  Only completed nomination forms and the material provided will be considered by the Selection Committee.  All information, including nomination forms, will be kept confidential.

Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

This award is for graduate students in an area of health science research who, in their work as a teaching assistant, have demonstrated excellence in their teaching contributions. Nominations should include: 1) one or more letters of support from the faculty supervisor(s) of the course that the graduate student supported as a teaching assistant. These letters should outline the reason for the nomination and can be supplemented by copies of teaching evaluations and additional letters of support from students.

Graduate Student Publication Award

This award is to recognize outstanding publication achievements of graduate students in areas of health science research.  Nominations should include: 1) one or more letters of support from the supervisor and other faculty members that describe the outstanding publication achievements of the individual and 2) a copy of the trainee's CV that details their publication record.  

Graduate Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

This award is for graduate students in areas of health science research who have demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship in their research studies, such as making an outstanding discovery, patent or knowledge translation. Nominations should include: 1) one or more letters of support from the supervisor and other faculty members that describe the individual's outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship, and 2) a copy of the trainee's CV.

Graduate Student Leadership Award

This award recognizes graduate students in areas of health science research who have made outstanding contributions to the broader community, by leading graduate student initiatives. The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in leadership and generosity in initiatives to improve the community for other trainees. Nominations should include: 1) one or more letters of support from students, faculty and/or staff that detail the reason for the nomination, and 2) a copy of the trainee's CV.

HSGSF Excellence in Open Communication and Collaboration Award

The HSGSF would like to recognize graduate students in Health Sciences and affiliated Interdisciplinary graduate programs who demonstrate open communication and collaboration in their research. This award recognizes contributions of graduate students who seek to expand communication and collaborative research opportunities across graduate programs, departments and/or disciplines. This award requires a nomination form, CV and a minimum of one letter of support. Applications will be peer-reviewed by a selection committee comprised of HSGSF members.

Click here for HSGSF Excellence in Open Communication and Collaboration Award nomination form 


Click here for Graduate Student Awards nomination form

Additional Awards for Excellence are open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows training in areas of health science research. For more information on these awards and for nomination materials, please see Additional Awards.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Health Sciences Graduate Programs invites nominations for Postdoctoral Fellow (Category B) Awards. Winners will be chosen by a selection committee and the award recipients will be celebrated at the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary Awards Reception on May 31st, 2017.

CATEGORY B - POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW AWARDS

Eligibility

PDFs who were in training in an area of health science research between January 2015 and the present are eligible for consideration.

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of postdoctoral fellow nomination materials is 4:00pm on March 24th, 2017.  Completed nominations should be submitted to the Health Sciences Graduate Programs Office, MDCL 2235, or via email to HSGS at fhsgrad@mcmaster.ca.  Only completed nomination forms and the material provided will be considered by the Selection Committee.  All information, including nomination forms, will be kept confidential.

Postdoctoral Fellow Outstanding Achievement Award

Individuals in their final year of postdoctoral training in areas of health science research are eligible for nomination. Nominations should include: 1) one or more letters of support from the supervisor and other faculty members or trainees that describe the outstanding achievements of the trainee, and 2) a copy of the trainee's CV. Please note: individuals who were in their final year of training between January 2015 and March 2016 are eligible.

Postdoctoral Fellow Publication Award

This award is to recognize outstanding publication achievements of postdoctoral fellows training in areas of health science research. Nominations should include: 1) one or more letters of support from the supervisor and other faculty members or trainees that describe the outstanding publication achievements of the individual and 2) a copy of the trainee's CV that details their publication record.

Postdoctoral Fellow Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

This award is for postdoctoral fellows in areas of health science research who have demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship in their research studies, such as making an outstanding discovery, patent or knowledge translation.  Nominations should include: 1) one or more letters of support from the supervisor and other faculty members or trainees that describe the individual's outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship, and 2) a copy of the trainee's CV.

Postdoctoral Fellow Leadership Award

This award recognizes postdoctoral fellows in areas of health science research who have made outstanding contributions to the broader community, by leading graduate student or postdoctoral fellowship initiatives. The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in leadership and generosity in initiatives to improve the community for other trainees.  Nominations should include: 1) one or more letters of support from students, faculty and/or staff that detail the reason for the nomination, and 2) a copy of the trainee's CV.


Click here for the nomination form

Additional Awards for Excellence are open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows training in areas of health science research. For more information on these awards and for nomination materials, please see Additional Awards.

Program Awards for Graduate Students

The Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs and affiliated Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs are invited to select recipients for a third category of awards for graduate students.These awards do not require nomination forms.

Inquiries from interested registered graduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences or FHS interdisciplinary programs (Biomedical Engineering, Global Health, eHealth, Health Management, Health Policy and Neuroscience) should be directed to the relevant Assistant Dean or Program Director who can advise as to whether they are being considered for the awards noted below.

CATEGORY C - GRADUATE PROGRAM AWARDS

Eligibility

Graduate Students who have been registered in good standing in an FHS or affiliated Interdisciplinary program between January 2016 and the present are eligible. 

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of all graduate program award winners is 4:00pm on March 21st, 2017. Graduate Programs are asked to submit the names and email addresses of all student award winners to HSGS, at fhsgrad@mcmaster.ca.

Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Excellence Award

This award will be given to all students in thesis-based graduate programs who achieved a rating of excellent for their last two or more supervisory committee meetings (at least one of which was within the past year), or who have received 'Distinction' on their comprehensive examinations.  Individuals who have been registered in programs between January 2015 and the present are eligible.

Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Outstanding Achievement Award

This award recognizes graduate students in their final year of a Master's or Doctoral program who have made outstanding achievements, based on the opinion of their graduate program.  This award can be given to a maximum of 10-15% of all students in the final year of a Master's or Doctoral program affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Outstanding Thesis Awards

This award celebrates doctoral students who completed their defence during the period from March 2015 through the present and achieved an overall rating of excellent on their thesis dissertation, or were nominated for consideration of the Gold Medal and/or an External (e.g. CAGS) Thesis Dissertation Award.

FHS Faculty Awards

CATEGORY D - FACULTY AWARDS

The Health Sciences Graduate Student Federation (HSGSF) and Faculty of Health Sciences Postdoctoral Association (FHSPDA), in partnership with the Health Sciences Graduate Programs Office, are accepting nominations for three awards to recognize faculty members in Health Sciences who excel in teaching and/or supervision. These awards will require a nomination form. Winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of members of the HSGSF and/or FHSPDA and will be publicly recognized at the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary Awards Reception on May 31st, 2017.

Eligibility

Award criteria, details and nomination submission instructions are outlined in the Nomination Form.  If you have any questions about these awards, please contact the HSGSF Co-presidents (Valerie Bertram and Nick Quinn), at mcmasterhsgsf@gmail.com.

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of nomination materials is 4:00pm on March 24th, 2017.  Nominations should be delivered to the Health Sciences Graduate Programs Office, MDCL 2235, or sent by email to HSGS at mcmasterhsgsf@gmail.com.  Only completed nomination forms and the material provided will be considered by the Selection Committee.  All information, including nomination forms, will be kept confidential.

HSGSF Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision Award

These awards are for faculty members in the Faculty of Health Sciences who have demonstrated outstanding supervision of graduate students in Health Sciences Graduate Programs.

FHSPDA Excellence in PDF Supervision Award

These awards are for faculty members in the Faculty of Health Sciences who have demonstrated outstanding mentorship/supervision of postdoctoral fellows.

HSGSF Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award

These awards are for faculty members in the Faculty of Health Sciences who have demonstrated excellence in teaching in Health Sciences Graduate Programs.


Click here for the nomination form

Additional Awards for Excellence

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to supporting and increasing the recognition of research excellence among individuals in graduate or postdoctoral training. These additonal Awards for Excellence are available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have been traditionally under-represented in health science research within Canada, including individuals from racialized communities and internationally-trained individuals.

Eligibility

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in areas of health science research who have been in training between January 2016 and the present are eligible for these awards. 

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of all nomination materials is 4:00pm on March 24th, 2017.  Completed nominations should be submitted to the Health Sciences Graduate Programs Office, MDCL 2235, or via email to HSGS at fhsgrad@mcmaster.ca.  Only completed nomination forms and the material provided will be considered by the Selection Committee.  All information, including nomination forms, will be kept confidential.

Awards for Excellence – Health Sciences Diversity Graduate Student and PDF Awards

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to supporting and increasing the recognition of research excellence among individuals in graduate or postdoctoral training.  This commitment includes particular recognition of individuals from racialized communities that have been traditionally under-represented in the field of health science in Canada, including Aboriginal and African-heritage learners.  Individuals from the aforementioned communities who are training as a PDF in a field of health sciences research at McMaster, or as graduate students in an area of health science research, are eligible for consideration.  These awards require self-identification for eligibility.

Nominations should include: 1) one or more letters of support from the supervisor and other faculty members that describe the outstanding research achievements of the individual and 2) a copy of the trainee's CV.

Click here for the nomination form

Awards for Excellence — International Trainee Awards for Excellence

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to supporting and increasing the recognition of research excellence among internationally-trained individuals who are pursuing either postdoctoral training in a field of health sciences research at McMaster, or a graduate degree in an area of health science research. 

Nominations should include: 1) one or more letters of support from the supervisor and other faculty members that describe the outstanding research achievements of the individual and 2) a copy of the trainee's CV.

Click here for the nomination form