Mentors for The University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan

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.

Dr. Duncan Cree, Department of Engineering
University of Saskatchewan

Students will obtain hands-on experience with a small design project related to engineering. The students will learn how to go from a computer software drawing (Solidworks) to a finished three-dimensional part. The students will get all the training required, no previous experience required, just bring your enthusiasm for learning!

Dr. Alison Oates, Dr. Marta Erlandson, Dr. Leah Ferguson
College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan

Kinesiology is the study of human movement and how movement impacts how we feel and respond physically, mentally and socially. Students who engage with faculty members from Kinesiology will have the opportunity to learn about physical activity and sedentary behaviour, learn how to use equipment to monitor balance and movement and learn how our body’s mechanics affect that movement. They will also have a chance to examine the effect of physical activity on bone and muscle health using novel imaging machines and have their bones measured, as well as learn about how to interview athletes about the psychological well-being and sport experiences.

Dr. Christopher Phenix, Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan

The students who chose to participate in my lab will learn how radioactive isotopes are used in medicine to diagnose and treat disease, in basic science to understand molecular mechanisms of cellular metabolism and in plants to investigate why some species can produce and utilize a hormone that leads to tolerance to drought.  In addition, we will spend time at the new Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences to learn how radioactive isotopes are produced and their safe handling.

Christine Holstein
Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Students will have an opportunity to do what veterinarians do. They will help examine cats, dogs and other pets in our Veterinary Medical Centre; visit horses, cattle and other farm animals with our Field Service veterinarians; and learn about diagnostic testing such as medical imaging, clinical pathology, and autopsy.

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