Trent University Graduate Student Receives $105,000 National Research Award


Indigenous Studies Ph.D. Candidate, Daneen Dénommé, Receives Prestigious 2009 Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Award

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, Peterborough

Trent University is pleased to announce that Indigenous Studies Ph.D. candidate Daneen Dénommé has received the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), valued at $105,000 over three years.

The Frederick Banting and Charles Best CGS Doctoral Awards are intended to provide special recognition and funding to students early in their academic research career who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health related field in Canada. The candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.

“I couldn’t believe it and had to read the offer a few times,” Ms. Dénommé said in reaction to learning about the award. “Among other things, this makes purchasing research equipment, paying for travel and compensation for research participants much easier.”

Ms. Dénommé, originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is in her second year of the Indigenous Studies Ph.D. program at Trent University. Under the research supervisor Dr. Chris Furgal, she is examining the relationships between the health of the environment and the health of people, and how they can be strengthened through effective environmental health management in First Nations communities.

Outside of her previous education field of applied science and human nutrition, Ms. Dénommé has found her first two years in the Trent program both challenging and rewarding. “I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to broaden my education in such a way,” she said.

The Government of Canada first announced the Canada Graduate Scholarships Program as part of Budget 2003. Canada Graduate Scholarships are awarded through national competitions by the Government of Canada’s three granting agencies, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


For more information, please contact:
Ms. Daneen Dénommé, Ph.D. candidate, Indigenous Studies Ph.D. Program, Trent University, (705) 255-6052