Awards & Honours

UBCO 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 a Graduate student award at the Master’s or 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.


2021 Faculty Researchers of the Year

 

JULIAN CHENG | NATURAL SCIENCES & ENGINEERING

Professor Julian Cheng is an expert in digital communications and signal processing. He is a global leader in optical and radio frequency (RF) wireless communication and optical technology research. Dr. Cheng invented a new indoor optical wireless location technique that substantially improves receiver accuracy and will have significant applications in refined control of robot movement. His research has advanced multiple access techniques and beyond 5G wireless technologies and has applications in machine and deep learning, quantum communications and blockchain technology.

 


ERIC LI SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES

Associate Professor Eric Li is a catalyst for social innovation and knowledge translation. His research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers, non-profit organizations and local government to address complex social issues. Dr. Li’s community-based research has resulted in regional impacts in food insecurity, poverty, urban densification, rural community building, and rural health promotion. He was recently awarded Principal’s Research Chair (Tier 2) in Social Innovation for Health Equity and Food Security and is co-lead of the Rural Health Equity Cluster.

 


JONATHAN LITTLE | HEALTH

Associate Professor Jonathan Little is a leading researcher in nutrition and targeted exercise interventions for type 2 diabetes with a focus on reducing and reversing the disease. He collaborates closely with community and healthcare partners and his broad spectrum of research techniques includes metabolic measurement and advanced cellular and molecular analyses. Dr. Little co-leads the Airborne Disease Transmission Research Cluster, a cross-campus research team working to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses in healthcare settings.

 

 


2021 Student Researcher of the Year

 

MICHELLE ST. PIERRE PHD CANDIDATE

Michelle St. Pierre has made significant research breakthroughs in substance use and mental health with a focus on cannabis and psychedelic use and harm reduction. She has received international media attention for her research on cannabinoid-based analgesics and pain sensitivity and has been featured as a national  expert on cannabis policy. She has published in leading pharmacology, complimentary medicine, psychiatry, and psychology journals and founded the UBC Okanagan chapter of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

natural sciences & engineering award

JULIAN CHENG

Professor, Electrical Engineering

HEALTH award

JONATHAN LITTLE

Associate Professor, Health & Exercise Sciences

SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES award

Eric li

Assistant Professor, Management

graduate student award

MICHELLE ST. PIERRE

PhD candidate, Psychology


2020 Awards

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENT

Social Sciences & Humanities

sabre cherkowski

Associate Professor, Education

Natural Sciences & Engineering

Cigdem Eskicioglu

Professor, Civil Engineering

Health

zach walsh

Associate Professor, Psychology

phd student

CANDICE QUIN

PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

master’s student

connor howe

MSc, Health & Exercise Sciences

Social Sciences & Humanities

Jonathan Corbett

Associate Professor, Community, Culture & Global Studies

Natural Sciences & Engineering

Kasun hewage

Professor,
Civil Engineering

Health

Rachelle Hole

Associate Professor,
Social Work

phd student

katrina plamondon

PhD, Nursing

master’s student

Emily Giroux

MSc, Health & Exercise Sciences


ubc faculty research Awards

UBCO recipients of the university’s system-wide faculty research awards are below:

 

UBC Killam Research Prize

Recognizing outstanding research and scholarly contributions.


2019 – Junior Category
ALLISON HARGREAVES

Associate Professor, English & Cultural Studies


 

UBC Killam Research Fellowship

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


2020

CHRISTINE SCHREYER

Associate Professor, Anthropology


2018

Kyle Larson

Associate Professor, Earth, Environmental & Geographic Sciences

Nelly Oelke

Associate Professor, Nursing


2017

Jonathan little

Associate 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


 

UBC Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship

Recognizing exceptional early-career researchers who have demonstrated outstanding research achievement and the potential for significant impact in their fields of scholarship.


2020

Jonathan little

Associate Professor, Health & Exercise Sciences


 

Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance Development in the Visual and Performing Arts

Recognizing faculty who have made outstanding contributions to (and performances in) art, music, creative writing, theatre or film


2020

NEIL CADGER

Associate Professor, Creative Studies (Theatre)