Canadian Space Agency Awards Two Unique Scholarships to University Students

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Ottawa, May 22, 2001 - The Canadian Space Agency's Space Science Program announced today the names of two Canadian university students who have been awarded a prestigious scientific scholarship to participate in a research training program at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Jennifer Gelinas, of Edmonton, and Samuel Kohen, of Toronto studying in Vancouver, were chosen from among nearly 60 candidates who applied from across the country 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 research 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 9, 2001.

Jennifer Gelinas is a second year student studying Honours Biochemistry at the University of Alberta and hopes to conduct medically related space research some day.

Samuel Kohen is a third-year science student at the University of British Columbia. His most recent research experience has been examining haematological research in the treatment of fetal Rhesus disease.

This is the fifth 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 travel, accommodation and living expenses. Gelinas and Kohen bring the number of Canadian students who have participated in this summer research program to nine.

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.


For more information:
CSA Media Relations Office
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: (450) 926-4345 or 4370
Fax: (514) 943-4352
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