Every year two scholarships of $3000 each are awarded through the University of Manitoba on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division.
The awards are offered to graduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, and the Department of Psychology, who are pursuing studies in the field of oncology.
This year’s award recipients are David Busolo and Alexandra Kuzyk. Here is a glimpse of the recipients:
David Busolo holds a master’s degree in public health from Loma Linda University, California. David started his doctoral studies at the University of Manitoba in fall 2012. He is enrolled in the Cancer Control Program at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba where the focus of his research is on cancer knowledge and attitudes among Kenyan youth. His work extends Dr. Roberta Woodgate’s research work on youth’s perceptions and experiences of cancer. With cancer appearing to be the new health challenge in Africa, David’s research will advance our understanding of how adolescents conceptualize cancer, cancer prevention and management. His research will contribute to program and policy development in youth cancer and cancer prevention. His research work will also build on international relations between researchers in the University of Manitoba and Kenya.
The support of the S. L. Lee Family Scholarship will help David in achieving his goal of using interdisciplinary approaches in developing health promotion programs that will help in the prevention, control and management of cancer among youth.
Alexandra entered the University of Manitoba graduate program in the spring of 2010 to pursue a doctorate in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics and is also concurrently in her third year of medical school at the university. Alexandra is completing her PhD with Dr. Sabine Mai, studying cancer genetics. The goal of her work is to identify markers of tumor aggressiveness that may ultimately lead to clinical laboratory tests that can better stratify patient populations and personalize treatments. She hopes to graduate with an MD/PhD by the year 2016.
The support of the S.L. Lee Family Scholarship will assist Alexandra in reaching her goal to become a clinician-scientist with a future that includes a clinical practice as well as basic research. She hopes to be able to contribute to diagnostic, prognostic and/or therapeutic tools in the field of oncology that will bring laboratory techniques to the patient’s bedside.
We are proud to be able to help David and Alexandra pursue their studies and ultimately further the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society.