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Student Research

The MMSF Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Awards

The Foundation currently gives seven undergraduate awards to BSc Medicine students and up to four awards to recognize research excellence by graduating students in the basic health sciences (MSc and PhD awards). Two undergraduate awards are in memory of Morris Neaman, one in memory of Dr. Norman and Margaret Corne and one each in memory of Dr. Jack Wilt, Mr. Justice Wilson, Dr. F. W. Du Val and Dr. L. Israels.

The winners of the undergraduate awards are chosen by a four-member prize committee chaired by the BSc Medicine Co-ordinator at the Faculty of Medicine. The decisions are based on students' written reports after completing the first summer's work and their supervisors' supporting letters.

To date $45,000 has been contributed to these awards.

Basic Health Sciences Awards PhD and MSc

To recognize research excellence by graduating students in the Basic Health Sciences.

Completing PhD Studies


2017

  • Photo of Chukwunonso Onyilagha Chukwunonso Onyilagha $1,000
  • Photo of Rae Spiwak Rae Spiwak $1,000

2016

  • Photo of Scott Dyck Ka Yee (Grace) Choi $1,000

2015

  • Photo of Scott Dyck Scott Dyck $1,000

2014

  • Photo Kallesh Jayappa $1,000
    (MMSF $500 / U of MB $500)
  • Photo Yueqin Zhou $1,000
  • Photo Jose Palazuelos $500

2013

  • Photo of Nan Wu Nan Wu $1,000

Completing MSc Degree


2017

  • Photo of Anna Blankstein Anna Blankstein $1,000

2016

  • Photo of Tony Pereira Fahmida Jahan $1,000
  • Photo of Paula Espino Emelissa Mendoza $1,000

2015

  • Photo of Tony Pereira Tony Pereira $1,000

2014

  • Photo Matthew Hanson $1,000

2013

  • Photo of Jie Wang Jie Wang $1,000
  • Photo of Andrew McDermid Andrew McDermid $1,000

2012

  • Photo of Helen Muleme Lara Gushulak $1,000

MMSF Morris Neaman Memorial Award

Mr. Morris Neaman was associated with the Manitoba Medical Service for many years before it became redundant with the introduction of compulsory health care insurance in the Province of Manitoba. In 1972, Mr. Neaman became the first Chair of the Board of MMSF and remained in that position until his death in 1974. The Board initiated a memorial fund in his name with a donation in 1974 and solicited donations from the public. The interest from the capital (which was donated by family) has been used since 1990 to perpetuate his memory in two annual undergraduate awards for excellence and outstanding promise in research during the first summer of the BSc Medicine program.

To date $51,750 has been contributed to this award.

2016

  • Photo Ryan Henrie $1,000
  • Photo Tarun Chhibba $1,000

2015

  • Photo Hilary Bews $1,000
  • Photo Marina Rountree-James $1,000

2014

  • Photo Liane Arcinas $1,000
  • Photo Matthew Cheung $1,000

2013

  • Photo of Christopher Parr Christopher Parr $1,000
  • Photo of Jasgurpreet Singh Jasgurpreet Singh $1,000

2012

  • Photo of Paul Szelemej Paul Szelemej $1,000
  • Photo of Blair Peters Blair Peters $1,000

MMSF Dr. Norman and Margaret Corne Memorial Award

Dr. Norman Corne was also one of the founders of MMSF and was its Honorary President for many years. The Margaret Corne Memorial Fund was initiated by the friends of Dr. and Mrs. Corne in 1973. Dr. Corne wished the interest generated by the donated capital to be used to memorialize his deceased wife by granting small scholarships or awards. After the death of Dr. Corne in 1992, the fund was renamed the Dr. Norman and Margaret Corne Memorial Fund. The interest has provided an annual award to a BSc Medicine student since 1990.

To date $23,950 has been contributed to this award.

2016

  • Photo Uliana Kovaltchouk $1,000

2015

  • Photo Samuel Fineblit $1,000

2014

  • Photo Kirsten Penner-Goeke $1,000

2013

  • Photo Stephenson Strobel $1,000

2012

  • Photo of Daniel Palitsky Daniel Palitsky $1,000

MMSF Dr. Jack C. Wilt Memorial Award

Dr. Jack C. Wilt served on the Foundation Board intermittently from 1973 until his death in 1989. A former Chair of Medical Microbiology, a medical administrator, as well as a distinguished medical researcher at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Wilt brought considerable research and administrative experience to the Board. This award is supported by the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation.

To date $23,950 has been contributed to this award.

2016

  • Photo Matthew Paschak $1,000

2015

  • Photo Jordan Crosina $1,000

2014

  • Photo Margot Rosenthal $1,000

2013

  • Photo of Heather Ashdown Heather Ashdown $1,000

2012

  • Photo of Melina Zylberman Melina Zylberman $1,000

MMSF Justice J. Wilson Memorial Award

The Honorable Mr. Justice James E. Wilson died in 1989 after 16 years service on the Board. His contribution was immeasurable by the provision of quick and apparently easy evaluation of difficult problems facing the Foundation. In 1992, the Board established two undergraduate awards in memory of Dr. Wilt and Mr. Justice Wilson who had each made such a great contribution over many years. This award is totally supported by MMSF funds.

To date $23,950 has been contributed to this award.

2016

  • Photo Quinlan Richert $1,000

2015

  • Photo Matthew Packer $1,000

2014

  • Photo Stefan Edginton $1,000

2013

  • Photo of Matias Wengiel Matias Wengiel $1,000

2012

  • Photo of Lauren Garbutt Lauren Garbutt $1,000

MMSF Dr. F. W. Du Val Memorial Award

Dr. Fred W. Du Val served on the Foundation Board from April 14, 1976 until his death in May 2002. He was a Surgeon and as well as being a Director on the Foundation Board, he also served as Chair and Director of the Manitoba Blue Cross Board. This award is supported through MMSF.

To date $13,000 has been contributed to this award.

2016

  • Photo Kevin Shek $1,000

2015

  • Photo James Lytwyn $1,000

2014

  • Photo James Stone $1,000

2013

  • Photo of Luke Vanderhooft Luke Vanderhooft $1,000

2012

  • Photo of Tyler Burnside Tyler Burnside $1,000

MMSF Dr. Lyonel Israels Memorial Award

Dr. Lyonel Israels served on the Foundation Board from May 1988 until his death in September 2003. He was a Physician specializing in diseases of the blood. He was the former Director, Manitoba Cancer Treatment & Research Foundation and holder of the Order of Canada. This Award is funded by the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation.

To date $17,000 has been contributed to this award.

2016

  • Photo Mathieu Bourrier $1,000

2015

  • Photo Matthew Packer $1,000

2014

  • Photo Quyen Nguyen $1,000

2013

  • Photo of Harmandeep Kalkat Harmandeep Kalkat $1,000

2012

  • Photo of Chris Aiken Chris Aiken $1,000

MMSF Dr. William D. Bowman Memorial Award

Dr. Bowman was a member of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation from 1973 to 2007. Dr. Bowman retired due to illness after 34 years of dedicated service to the Foundation and passed away on March 2, 2011. Bill dedicated his life to children and became a renowned paediatric specialist. In 1955 Bill established the Department of Paediatrics at the Manitoba Clinic. He was a member of the active medical staff of the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg and of the Grace General Hospital of Winnipeg. He served for several years as president of the medical staff in both hospitals. Bill was active in paediatric teaching at the University of Manitoba. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Manitoba Blue Cross from 1972 to 1997 and was also Chair of the Manitoba Blue Cross Board for many years. The Manitoba Medical Service Foundation supports this award.

To date $6,000 has been contributed to this award.

2016

  • Photo Jack Heard $1,000

2015

  • Photo Samuel Fineblit $1,000

2014

  • Photo Jacqueline Richeller $1,000

2013

  • Photo of Jordyn Lerner Jordyn Lerner $1,000

2012

  • Photo of Stephanie Villeneuve Stephanie Villeneuve $1,000

MMSF Dr. James C. Haworth Memorial Award

In September 2014, the Foundation approved the MMSF Dr. James C. Haworth Memorial Award for excellence. Dr. James (Jim) Haworth was a member of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation for twenty years. He acted as Executive Director from 1995 - 2004 and was an active member of the Board from 1988 thru 2008. Dr. Haworth passed away on July 16, 2014.

To date $3,000 has been contributed to this award.

2016

  • Photo Stephanee Ophey $1,000

2015

  • Photo Conrad Goerz $1,000

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