Four CREATE StFX graduate students receive Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships

Ministers Kelly Regan (left) and Randy Delorey with graduate student Michelle McPherson

The graduate students were awarded Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships to help them stay in the province to do research that could lead to new products and more opportunities. Recipients were selected based on their research potential, academic standing, and the link between their research and Nova Scotia’s priority areas like health and wellness, oceans and marine technology, information and communications technology, and life sciences.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan made the announcement at the University Tuesday. “These scholarships support graduate students who are committed to continuing their education and research here in Nova Scotia,” said Minister Kelly Regan. Local MLA, Finance Minister and Minister of Gaelic Affairs, Randy Delorey was also in attendance. “Not only do these scholarships help graduate students directly, they will also benefit our citizens and help boost our economy as that research turns into more opportunities,” Minister Regan said.

Nine St. Francis Xavier University graduate students were awarded provincially funded scholarships. Four of them are CREATE students:

Michelle McPherson, a master’s student from Dartmouth, NS, is working to visually demonstrate the estimates of current and future distribution of the Lyme disease vector to help increase awareness and enable timely diagnosis and treatment.

Stephanie MacIntyre, a master’s student from Antigonish, NS is researching the implications of forest harvesting on soil stability.

Danny Pink, a master’s student from Ramea, NL, is studying the greenhouse gas emitted from streams in agricultural areas as a byproduct of crop fertilization.

Warren Laybolt, a master’s student from Dartmouth, NS is working to evaluate the coupling between soil gas emissions and concentrations of gases in the lower atmosphere to help detect leaks in coal bearing and carbon capture storage areas.

 Michelle MacPherson talked to local radio about her award after the announcement at StFX on March 1.