Meet the winners of the 2020 BRIC NS Student Research Award

BRIC NS is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Student Research Award.  The award provides financial support to graduate students undertaking a health-related research project that addresses BRIC NS priorities.  Winning applications demonstrate their relevance to, and potential impact on, primary health care.  Reviewers also assess patient engagement and knowledge translation plans, feasibility, and overall quality.

This year’s recipients will be recognized at a virtual awards ceremony. Winners will present during the 2020-21 Student Seminar Series.

Student Research Award winners for 2020 are:


Cassidy Bradley (Master of Science, Epidemiology and Applied Health Research)

Evaluation of the Association Between Social Well Being and Physical Function in a Population Based Sample of Prostate Cancer Survivors

Emma Stirling Cameron (Master of Arts, Health Promotion)

Understanding Access to Postnatal Healthcare for Syrian Refugee Women in Nova Scotia: Barriers, Facilitators, and a Need for Services

Justine Dol (PhD, Health)

Essential Coaching for Every Mother during COVID-19: A remote text message based postnatal education program for first time mothers

Julia Kontak (PhD, Health)

Opportunities with a capital ‘O’: Understanding the impact of the school environment on children’s health behaviours

Note: Funding deferred until September 2021

Anders Lenskjold (Master of Health Informatics)

Tracing the Patterns of Potentially Inappropriate Clinical Actions in Primary Care

The BRIC NS Student Research Award is just one of the ways that BRIC NS is working to build capacity in primary and integrated health care research.  Other capacity building activities include:

  • Yearly financial support for one graduate student to participate in TUTOR-PHC, a one-year certificate program in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory and processes.
  • The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series, an opportunity for students to present their completed or in-progress research. These popular seminars are attended by researchers, members of the public, decision-makers and others.  Presenters cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, with the common thread of primary and integrated health care research running throughout.
  • Encouraging learners to attend our Project Incubators, an opportunity to create new, collaborative research teams with the goal of creating a research question related to BRIC NS priorities and applying for research funding. 
  • Connecting learners with other BRIC NS members working in their area of interest.

Thank you to all who applied and congratulations to our winners!

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