Canadian Space Agency Awards Two Unique Scholarships to University Students

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Wednesday, June 7, 2000

Ottawa, June 7, 2000 - The Canadian Space Agency’s Space Sciences Program announced today the names of two Canadian university students who have been awarded a prestigious scientific scholarship to participate in a training program at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Jeremy A. Bamford, of Edmonton, and Roona Sinha, of Ottawa, were chosen among nearly 40 applicants from across Canada who competed for the Canadian Space Agency’s Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program Scholarship.

The scholarship allows the two university students to participate in an intensive six-week training program at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, with 25 other students in Life Sciences, Bio-engineering and other related fields. During the course of this program, the students will take part in the conceptualization, preparation, pre- and postflight testing, data analysis and report preparation phases of simulated space flight experiments and in NASA Life Sciences research. They depart for Florida on June 10, 2000.

Bamford recently completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta. He has been accepted into the school’s masters program. His particular area of interest is the study of skeletal muscle physiology and, more specifically, the expression of contractile proteins.

Sinha is a second-year student at the University of Ottawa, in biotechnology, which is a double degree program in Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering. In addition, she is a peer counsellor, works in the school’s math department, and volunteers for various community and environmental organizations.

This is the fourth year that the Canadian Space Agency has sponsored students who have demonstrated scholastic excellence and an interest in Space Life Sciences to participate in this unique learning experience. The scholarships are worth approximately $18,000 each and cover the students’ flights, accomodation in the Cocoa Beach area, and a meal allowance. Bamford and Sinha bring to six the number of Canadian students who have been awarded the Canadian Space Agency’s Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program Scholarship.

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 and located in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency co-ordinates all elements of the Canadian Space Program which include, Earth and Environment, Satellite Communications, Space Science, Generic Space Technologies and Human Presence in Space. The Canadian Space Agency is committed to leading the development and application of space-related knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

For more information:

Caroline Lavallée
Senior Communications Officer
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4370

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