Awards & Honours

Researcher of the Year AWARDS

Each year, we recognize the outstanding achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to research and/or creative scholarly activity at UBC Okanagan. Three prizes are awarded in the areas of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Health, in addition to two student prizes at the Master’s and PhD level. The recipients of this award epitomize excellence and are leaders in their respective fields and disciplines, working across traditional boundaries to help make the world a better place.


2020 Faculty Awards

SABRE CHERKOWSKI | SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

Associate Professor Sabre Cherkowski is a catalyst for sustainable improvement in schools and leadership transformation within educational systems. She is recognized internationally for her innovative research examining the impact of positive learning environments on creating a flourishing effect in schools. Her work is aimed at nurturing the next generation to have a transformative impact on society.

CIGDEM ESKICIOGLU NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING

Professor Cigdem Eskicioglu is a globally recognized researcher in civil and environmental engineering. Her research focuses on biological processes that produce cleaner wastewater by-products for pollution prevention, bioenergy maximization, and resource recovery from organic waste. Earlier this year Cigdem was named the Senior Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Advanced Resource Recovery from Wastewater.

ZACH WALSH | HEALTH

Associate Professor Zach Walsh is a leading expert in substance use and the safety and efficacy of herbal cannabis for treating mental health conditions. He established one of the first cannabis administration labs for behavourial science in Canada, and his research findings have influenced Canada’s medical cannabis legislation. He is leading Canada’s first randomized controlled clinical trial to examine the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

Social Sciences & Humanities

sabre cherkowski

Associate Professor, Education

Natural Sciences & Engineering

Cigdem Eskicioglu

Professor, Civil Engineering

Health

zach walsh

Associate Professor, Psychology


2020 Student Awards

CANDICE QUIN PHD LEVEL

Candice Quin has established a new facet of international collaboration by implementing a ‘Research Abroad’ program at UBCO, piloting a neuroscience and cell biology research program at two leading Australian organizations. Her cross-disciplinary research has resulted in meaningful outcomes, including solutions for statistical errors in many studies of fish oil supplementation on infant health.

CONNOR HOWE MASTER’S LEVEL

Connor Howe has participated in four international high-altitude research expeditions, including to La Rinconada, Peru, the highest city in the world. His research focus is studying the effects of human adaptation in high-altitude and how physiological responses are altered by reduced oxygen.

phd Level

CANDICE QUIN

PhD Graduate, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

master’s level

connor howe

MSc, Health and Exercise Sciences

Social Sciences & Humanities

Jonathan Corbett

Associate Professor, Community, Culture and Global Studies


 

Natural Sciences & Engineering

Kasun hewage

Professor,
Civil Engineering


 

Health

Rachelle Hole

Associate Professor,
Social Work


 

phd Level

katrina plamondon

PhD Graduate, Nursing


 

master’s level

Emily Giroux

MSc, Health and Exercise Sciences


 


Killam Research Awards

UBC Okanagan’s recipients of this prestigious award are listed below:

 

UBC Killam Research Prize

Recognizing outstanding research and scholarly contributions.


2019 – Junior Category
ALLISON HARGREAVES

Associate Professor, English & Cultural Studies


 

UBC Killam Research Fellowships

Enabling faculty to pursue full-time research during a recognized study leave.


2018

Kyle Larson

Associate Professor, Earth, Environmental & Geographic Sciences

Nelly Oelke

Associate Professor, Nursing


2017

Jonathan little

Assistant Professor, Health & Exercise Sciences


2016

MIRANDA HART

Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

ABBAS MILANI

Professor, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


2015

JENNIFER JAKOBI

Professor, Health & Exercise Sciences