Five McMaster scholars recognized as among Canada’s brightest young researchers

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New Vanier Scholar Elizabeth Culp, in Biochemistry and Biomedical Science, looks for antibiotics that target bacterial proteases.

Five McMaster researchers will take on everything from senior isolation to antimicrobial resistance as Vanier Canada Graduate Scholars and a Banting Fellow.

Rachel Weldrick, Steven Liang, Kaitlin Blanchard and Elizabeth Culp have all been named Vanier Scholars, and Ana Duggan has been named a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are Canada’s most prestigious awards for doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows (respectively), working in the health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities.

Vanier Scholars receive $50,000 a year for up to three years of research, while Banting Fellows receive $70,000 a year for up to two years of research.


Vanier Scholars: 

Name: Rachel Weldrick, Health, Aging and Society

Area of study: Senior isolation


Name: Elizabeth Culp, Biochemistry and Biomedical Science

Area of study: Finding new antibiotics


Name: Steven Liang, Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Area of study: Evaluating a new vaccine for chlamydia


Name: Kaitlin Blanchard, English and Cultural Studies

Area of study: Social and environmental decay


Banting Fellow: 

Name: Ana Duggan, Anthropology

Area of study: The history of the aboriginal people of Newfoundland and Labrador




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