The University of Prince Edward Island recently celebrated the behind-the-scenes efforts of two outstanding individuals with the first two Katherine Schultz Research Recognition Awards. Dr. Lisa Chilton, associate professor of history, and Dr. Jonathan Spears, assistant professor of biomedical sciences and UPEI’s University Veterinarian, were given these awards in thanks for their work to help promote the community of research and discovery at UPEI.
The Katherine Schultz Research Recognition Awards were created out of a gift received from Dr. Katherine Schultz, UPEI’s first Vice-President Research. Under her tenure, from 2001 to 2012, UPEI enjoyed a seven-fold increase in research funding and intensity.
“A university’s research doesn’t experience that much growth without the hard work of a lot of people—people who don’t often make it into the press releases or on the magazine covers; people who nonetheless deserve our praise and thanks. That’s what these rewards are all about. They represent our appreciation of Dr. Chilton and Dr. Spears,” said Dr. Robert Gilmour, UPEI’s current Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies.
Dr. Gilmour also opened the nominations for the 2013–14 Katherine Schultz Research Recognition Awards. Nominations can come from individuals or groups of people and should be accompanied by a supporting document demonstrating the nominee’s contributions to research at UPEI. The award does come with a thousand-dollar prize. Nominees can be a UPEI faculty member, staff member, or volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the research enterprise at UPEI. The Scholarships and Awards Committee will accept nominations until March 1.