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Research Manitoba Grants and Awards Competition recognizes UWinnipeg students and faculty

Top row (left to right): Winter Dawn Lipscombe, Anouska Agarwal, and Rosemary Minns. Bottom row (left to right): Nathalie Turenne, Patrick Carty, and Emily Unger.

Stellar research by six University of Winnipeg master’s students and one faculty member has been recognized through Research Manitoba’s Awards and Grants Competition.

With ongoing support from Research Manitoba, UWinnipeg has been able to advance research opportunities for students and faculty to new levels.

Dr. Jino Distasio

Each UWinnipeg student recipient will receive $12,000 as part of the annual Master’s Studentship Competition. In total, Research Manitoba and its partners provided $1,015,970 in funding for Trainee Awards and the New Investigator Operation Grant Competition.

In the last six years, 12 UWinnipeg master’s students have received funding through this competition, which means UWinnipeg student recipients tripled this past year.

“Receipt of the Master’s Studentships allow graduate students to focus on their research and professional training as they grow into academia and their careers,” said Dr. Manish Pandey, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. “We are thrilled to see Research Manitoba recognize and support the talent of UWinnipeg students through these awards.”

The annual funding is supporting 34 Master’s Studentships, four PhD Studentships, two Postdoctoral Fellowships, and 11 New Investigator Operating Grants in Manitoba in the topics of health, social sciences and humanities, and natural sciences and engineering.

“With ongoing support from Research Manitoba, UWinnipeg has been able to advance research opportunities for students and faculty to new levels,” said Dr. Jino Distasio, Vice-President of Research and Innovation. “It’s this type of investment that has also contributed to the substantive rise in overall research funding at UWinnipeg. Most importantly, this announcement further recognizes the excellence of our graduate students and programs.”

Congratulations to all of our student recipients:

Emily Unger, Master of Science in Environment and Social Change, awarded for her project: Building Adaptive Capacity Through Community Energy Planning in Eagle Lake First Nation.

Patrick Carty, Master of Science in Environmental and Social Change, awarded for his project: The Role of Traditional Knowledge in Building Adaptive Capacity in Northern Forest-Based Communities.

Winter Dawn Lipscombe, Master of Arts in Applied Economics, awarded for her project: Northern Infrastructure and Food Prices: To What Extent Does Road Connectivity Reduce Food Prices In Northern Indigenous Communities?

Anouska Agarwal, Master of Science in Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy, awarded for her project: Role of Micro-RNAs in the Pathogenesis of the White Nose Syndrome in Myotis Lucifugus.

Nathalie Turenne, Master of Science in Environment and Social Change, awarded for her project: Spectroscopy of Modern Low-Temperature Mg-carbonate Precipitates Near Atlin, British Columbia, Canada: Relevance to Jezero Crater, Mars. 

Rosemary Minns, Master of Science in Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy, award for her project: Effects of Elevating Carbon Dioxide Levels on Alarm Cue Response.


Dr. Yannick Molgat-Seon

Dr. Yannick Molgat-Seon, ©UWinnipeg

In addition, Dr. Yannick Molgat-Seon, Assistant Professor in the Department Kinesiology and Applied Health, received $50,000 over two years for his project: Determining the Effect of Sex-Differences in Respiratory System Morphology on Respiratory Muscle Function in Humans.

“I would like to sincerely congratulate all the recipients on their excellent research projects. I would also like to thank our partners and the Province of Manitoba for their continued support to advancing research and innovation,” said Karen Dunlop, CEO, Research Manitoba. “We are pleased to provide programs that support local talent development by funding students and early career researchers who advance knowledge and science through their research and innovations here in Manitoba.”

Recipients of the Grants and Awards Competition are highly qualified Trainees and New Investigators in Manitoba.

These awards enable recipients to prepare and train for their careers as independent researchers in industry or within the provincial research enterprise, establish independent research programs, and achieve the skills necessary to compete on a national level.


Research Manitoba promotes, supports, and coordinates the funding of research excellence and innovation in health, natural and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities in Manitoba. Research Manitoba supports local talent development by providing research support to early career researchers and graduate students, along with fostering strategic partnerships to strengthen research and innovation.

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