Mentors for Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langley BC

Please take note of your top 3 mentors/programs. You will list them in order of preference when you will out the application form. Projects are designed specifically for Kirkness Program scholars. If you want more information on the mentors each University website has detailed descriptions for each professor.

NOTE: We will try and match each student’s preference but this is not always possible. The sooner you apply the better chance you have of getting your research preference. Applicants must be prepared to work in any laboratory and University that they are assigned to.


Cameron Lait
Plant Health, Entomology

My plan for the students is for them to actively participate in much-needed insect collection and curation activities for our university entomology teaching collection. A second project will relate to honey bee spring build up and evaluation of treatment options for Nosema disease, a devastating condition affecting pollinators in the Fraser Valley. Indigenous student participation in either of these projects would be a perfect fit and I am looking forward to meeting the students!


Kathy Dunster
Urban Ecosystems

This is a hands-on opportunity for students interested in design and nature, making cities healthier and happier places for all that dwell in them. We have two project areas where you can learn about the food, medicine, and technology plants used by the Coast Salish people. Along our salmon-bearing stream, students will assist in the ongoing decolonization of the Logan Creek floodplain by helping re-indigenize with native plants. On the Library roof, you will learn about green roof technology, grassland habitat, and the food and medicinal plants we are currently researching.


Deborah Henderson, Director
Institute for Sustainable Horticulture

Students will participate in a research laboratory setting investigating the identification and function of eco-friendly, biological (non-chemical) means to irradiate insects that prey on important greenhouse and agricultural crops.


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