Attracting the best

(Edmonton) Three University of Alberta post-doctoral students have been awarded 2011–12 Banting Post-doctoral Fellowships to pursue research that contributes to Canada’s economic and social growth.

Susan Armijo-Olivo, in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, received her fellowship for her research project entitled “Informed decision-making in health care: the impact of research methods on treatment recommendations;” Angela Chow, in the Department of Psychology for “Gendered pathways from youth to mid-life in Canada;” and Dale Spencer in the Department of Sociology for “Missing the mark: The politics and institutional processes of criminal victimization.”

“The Banting Fellowships were awarded following a highly competitive national adjudication, and we are delighted that three Banting Postdoctoral Fellows will be working at the University of Alberta for the next two years,” said Lorne Babiuk, vice-president (research). “Post-doctoral fellows make a crucial contribution to the research enterprise at our institution, and these Banting awardees will add to the impact of research being done in a wide range of fields.

“We are very pleased to have them join us.”

In 2010, the Government of Canada established of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships to attract and develop the world’s best and brightest post-doctoral researchers in Canada. Under the program, 70 new fellowships will be awarded each year, with funding ($70,000 per year for two years) provided through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.