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Young Lakehead U Researchers Receive Funding: Money Offsets Travel Costs in the North

(March 17, 2010 - Thunder Bay, ON) Lakehead University's Centre for Northern Studies (CNS), which coordinates the Indian and Northern Affairs-funded Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP), is pleased to announce $19,900 in travel support given to students conducting research in Northern Canada.

"The funding provided through this federal initiative continues to support our activities in northern studies in Canada, and enhances Lakehead's identity as a university 'of the North, in the North,'" state CNS co-Directors Drs. Michel Beaulieu and Harvey Lemelin.

Through this program, senior undergraduate and graduate students receive partial funding to help offset costs associated with their research in the north. Since 1999, the CNS has helped distribute over $70,000 to 31 graduate and undergraduate students at Lakehead University. The amount awarded to Lakehead researchers this year is nearly a three-fold increase from past amounts. 

"It's very encouraging to see an increase like this," says Dr. Harvey Lemelin.  "Progress like this would not be made possible without ongoing support from the CNS' dedicated staff and volunteers."  The NSTP recipients (in alphabetical order) for the 2009-2010 academic year include:

Graduate Students

Jordan DeVito, second-year Master's student, supervised by Dr. Douglas Morris (Biology).  Jordan is studying the effect of age on habitat in brown lemmings.  His methods and hypothesis have already been tested in Ontario.

Jocelyn Inksetter, first-year Master's student (MES-Northern Environments and Cultures), supervised by Dr. Martha Dowsley (Anthropology/Geography).  Jocelyn will focus her thesis on assessing the degree of interaction that Inuit women have with their environment through their participation in traditional land-based activities. 

Adrianne Johnston, first-year Master's student (MES-Nature-Based Recreation and Tourism program), supervised by Dr. Margaret Johnston (ORPT).  Adrianne explores how climate change affects cruise ship tourism in Pond Inlet, Nunavut.

Charlie Mattina, first-year Master's student (MES-Nature-Based Recreation and Tourism), supervised by Dr. Harvey Lemelin (ORPT).  Charlie will examine the impacts of tourism in the community of Nain, located in Northern Labrador.

Sundararaj Vijayan, PhD student, supervised by Dr. Douglas Morris (Biology).  His study examines the indirect effects of predators on the habitat selection of brown and collared lemmings in Walker Bay, Nunavut. 

Senior Undergraduate Students

Three fourth-year undergraduate students from Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism are planning to conduct research in the Lutsel K'e First Nation, located in the NWT.  This is part of an ongoing partnership with the community as it develops a national park.  The students develop their research plans and raise funds for their field work throughout the academic year as part of course work.  Students Jaymie Kugler, Kalea Mullett, and Dana Harding are each working independently on their research projects and will spend one month in the field.  They are all supervised by Dr. Lemelin. 

Jaymie Kugler focuses on exploring the possibility of developing white water rafting on the Snowdrift River.

Kalea Mullett will focus her research on how an adventure tourism operation could be established in the community. 

Dana Harding explores what an increase in visitation (that will result from the creation of the park) will mean for the community.  She will also explore how this can be managed by the community.

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Media: Dr. Lemelin and some students are available for media interview today.  To arrange interviews, please contact Heather Scott, Communications Officer, at 807-343-8177, 807-472-9113, or commun@lakeheadu.ca; or Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications, at 807-343-8372 or eabaya@lakeheadu.ca.  

About Lakehead

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,700 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca

Last updated June 22, 2010

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