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Niagara Health Knowledge Institute launches research scholarships with Niagara College, Brock University,

A Niagara Health media release:

Niagara post-secondary students will spend their summers advancing critical healthcare research that could change standards of practice, thanks to unique partnerships between the Niagara Health Knowledge Institute (NHKI), Brock University and Niagara College.

NHKI has partnered with both educational institutions to co-fund two new scholarships, worth $10,000 each, to enable the participation of a Brock and Niagara College undergraduate student enrolled in a health-related program in research-focused placements at the NHKI between May and August.

"The goal of the NHKI-Brock University Summer Student Research Scholarship and the NHKI-Niagara College Summer Student Research Scholarship is to support the retention of high-potential students in Niagara," says Dr. Jennifer Tsang, NHKI Executive Director and Chief Scientist, and Niagara Health Intensivist. "These partnerships will expose students to a vibrant and prolific research environment committed to advancing patient care and treatment locally and beyond. In the process, they'll develop valuable research skills and new networks within a community hospital research setting to carry forward in their careers while contributing to the growth of the NHKI."

Scholarship recipients will work alongside an NHKI researcher to contribute to an existing research project. They will assist with data collection, entry, validation and analysis, abstract writing, and presenting study findings or updates.

"We're very excited to co-fund the Niagara Health Knowledge Institute – Brock University Summer Student Research Scholarship," says Brock University Acting Vice-President, Research Michelle McGinn. "We value our long-running, fruitful partnership with Niagara Health and share their passion for developing students' research skills and networks in a real-world setting."

"Niagara College is committed to providing highly skilled, knowledgeable graduates for front-line healthcare positions that are in high demand," says Sinéad McElhone, Niagara College Dean of Health Sciences. "Research is a foundational pillar of higher education and it adds tremendous value to the educational experience of our students. This unique opportunity will offer a Niagara College student the chance to work with a team of research scientists at the Niagara Health Knowledge Institute and explore key health issues, giving them a distinct advantage as they look ahead to a career in healthcare."

NHKI participates in research and multi-centre clinical trials in cardiology, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, hematology and transfusion medicine, neurology, oncology and thrombosis with a commitment to improving the quality of patient care. The Knowledge Institute was launched in May 2023 with a $4-million donation from the McCall MacBain Foundation.

The Summer Student Research Scholarships will continue to be awarded annually, with NHKI and the partner institutions contributing $5,000 each to their respective student awards.

"Community partnerships are essential to the work we do at Niagara Health," says Lynn Guerriero, Niagara Health President and Chief Executive Officer. "We're thrilled to count Brock University and Niagara College as partners in a collective journey toward knowledge generation that will improve the quality of care for our patients, and help us to recruit and retain talented healthcare professionals."

Students have until Thursday, March 28 to apply online for the NHKI-Brock University Summer Student Research Scholarship or the NHKI-Niagara College Summer Student Research Scholarship. More information, including application requirements and instructions, are available on the Niagara Health website.

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Niagara College has a full-time enrolment of more than 11,000 students from over 95 countries, who study in 130 diploma, certificate and bachelor degree programs at specialized campuses in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara College is also involved in educational projects and partnerships around the world and is consistently ranked among Canada's top 10 colleges for research funding. Learn more at

Brock University is a comprehensive institution with rich academic programs and world-class research activity. Located in Ontario's scenic Niagara region on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, Brock is situated in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. With about 600 full-time faculty members and researchers, Brock’s robust academic scope offers more than 70 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs in seven dynamic Faculties. The University's 19,000 students come from across Canada and around the world. Brock's renowned student experience is enriched by an emphasis on experiential education, as illustrated by community partnerships, volunteerism and one of Ontario’s largest and most successful co-op programs. Learn more at


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Tiffany Mayer (she/her)

Niagara Health Communications Specialist

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