Nick Shepel Neuroscience Trainee Travel Award
Application deadline: June 30th, 2017
The fund was established by the Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders, St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre, to honor Nick Shepel who was an outstanding researcher, friend and leader. Nick was a true inspiration to his laboratory partners and brought fire, humor, and a desire to always excel. His insistence to always try better has had a permanent effect on his lab mates and peers. Nick led by example and taught that detailed preparation and execution of experiments ensured reliable results.
Purpose: The purpose of this fund shall be to recognize a young investigator (specifically in the neuroscience area) by providing an annual award(s) to support travel costs associated with the applicant's attendance at an upcoming national/international conference where the applicant is presenting a poster or oral presentation. This year, the value of the award may range from $300-600.
Eligibility: At the time of application -
· Students must be registered as a full-time graduate student at a Manitoba university.
· A student admitted under the "Provisional Status" may not receive the award during the provisional period.
· Amount of award(s) may vary each year.
· Students must be giving a poster or oral presentation at an upcoming scientific meeting (national/international)
Submission Instructions: A complete application consists of the following:
· Introductory letter describing meeting
· Copy of abstract
· Curriculum vitae
· Current GPA, transcripts not needed
· Proposed budget of travel costs
· Submit your completed application materials to:
Director - Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders
St. Boniface Hospital Research
R4046 - 351 Tache Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6
How to apply for reimbursement: Reimbursement will be done in accordance with St. Boniface Hospital travel policies. Only original receipts will be accepted. Copies may be accepted only where proof of submission to another agency is provided.
Administrative Manager, Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders
St. Boniface Hospital Research
St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre
Room R4046 - 351 Taché Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6 CANADA
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Thank you for your support and participation in the 7th MNN annual meeting
held at the Radisson on the 16th of June.
We have received positive reviews of the meeting and by all measures, the
event was a success. All talks, including those by the keynote speakers,
Drs. Jeff Lichtman and Jitender Sareen, were well received.
Many of you also enjoyed and found value in the special session "Science and
Society: collaborating for change". This was our attempt to connect
neuroscientists to the community.
We would like to thank all speakers, session chairs, keynote speakers,
poster presenters, volunteers, sponsors and all participants.
The MNN poster session was especially engaging and the judging was tightly
competitive. Congratulations to all the poster winners.
Poster winners are listed below.
Nick Shepel poster prizes (students)
1st Place ($400) - Pandian Nagakannan
2nd Place ($200) - Christopher Hart
Thermo Fisher Scientific poster prizes (PDFs/RAs)
1st Place ($200) - Reiko Roppongi
2nd Place ($200) - Shahia Shojaei
Abbas Rezaeian Mehrabadi
Award winners will be contacted by MNN in the coming days. We look forward
to the 8th MNN Scientific Meeting next year.
Tabrez J. Siddiqui (meeting chair of the 7th MNN Scientific Meeting)
Chris Anderson (President of the Manitoba Neuroscience Network)
The registration process for the 2017 meeting is progressing well overall.
However, there have been some points of confusion associated with the new
website. We do not want to leave out anyone who wishes to attend the
meeting. Therefore, we will extend the registration deadline to Thursday
June 8 at the end of the day.
Here are some FAQ's that we hope will address some of the issues we've heard
about. Please email info(a)manitobaneuroscience.ca
<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> if you are still having problems and
we will make sure you are taken care of.
WHAT ARE THE REGISTRATION RATES?
Like previous years, there are 2 rate categories - one for SFN Winnipeg
Chapter members and one for non-members. Non-member rates are $180 for
faculty, $140 for postdocs/technicians/research associates, and $100 for all
students. SFN Chapter rates are 50% off non-member rates in each category -
$90, $70 and $50, respectively.
HOW DO I REGISTER AS AN SFN CHAPTER MEMBER?
If you wish to register for the MNN meeting as an SFN Chapter member, first
become a 2017 member by visiting
member/. You will create a membership account, from which you will have
access to reduce meeting registrations rates. There are 3 types of
memberships - Regular (faculty), Associate (postdocs, technicians, research
associates, emeritus faculty) and Student. You may purchase an individual
membership in the appropriate category. Faculty lab heads may also use a
special all-inclusive lab rate that would allow each lab member to become a
member for one price. If you elect to use this rate, lab heads should
choose 'Regular' membership and then choose 'All-inclusive' in the next
section. You will be prompted to enter the names and email addresses for
each lab member. Each person will then receive an email with a coupon code
he or she can use to create a membership account and become a member without
further charge. The lab head can manage lab members (add/delete) at any
time from his or her membership account.
WHY DO I SEE ONLY ONE REGISTRATION RATE WHEN I LOGIN AS AN SFN CHAPTER
Once you have become a 2017 SFN Winnipeg Chapter member, you can choose to
register for the MNN meeting using member rates. You will be asked to login
to your membership account. You will then see only one option for
registering. If you are a Regular member, you will see $90; if you are an
Associate member, you will see $70; and if you are a Student member, you
will see $50. These are the rates corresponding to your membership level
and are the lowest possible rates.
CAN PI'S REGISTER AN ENTIRE LAB IN A SINGLE TRANSACTION?
No, but please read to the end. The current system will not allow this.
Each attendee must register individually. He or she can choose to register
as an SFN Chapter member or non-member. Individual registrations allow the
MNN to accurately understand who is attending the meeting.
One potential problem with this is that lab trainees and staff must wait for
lab heads to become SFN Chapter members before they can qualify for the
all-inclusive lab rate plan, create a membership account and register at
reduced rates. This is one reason the registration deadline is being
extended. If lab heads wish their staff and/or trainees to register as
members and want to use the all-inclusive membership rate, they are advised
to complete the membership process as soon as possible in order to allow
time for their lab personnel to complete registration.
****IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND THE MEETING AND CANNOT OR WILL NOT NEGOTIATE THIS
PROCESS, please email us at info(a)manitobaneuroscience.ca
<mailto:email@example.com> and we will do all we can to manually
register you and your lab. We want all who want to attend to be able to
WILL THE SYSTEM BE CHANGED FOR FUTURE YEARS?
We are accumulating feedback and will use it to make selected adjustments to
the process for future years. For example, we may be able to develop a
system that would allow a lab head to register his or her personnel in a
single transaction from the SFN Chapter membership area of the website.
Please don't hesitate to send us your feedback. The goal is to develop a
system that works for everyone. We think the new system works but we are
sure it can be improved and want to do so.
WHY ARE THE RATES HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR?
You may have noticed that prices are higher than last year. Last year, we
were not able to cover meeting costs with registrations that were paid.
Meeting costs include facilities fees, poster boards, several food offerings
all day, plenary speakers, poster awards and more. The rates were set this
year to ensure we cover those costs. Our goal is to plan a meeting that
encourages networking and dissemination of excellent science. A strategic
decision was taken some time ago that we could best accomplish this with an
offsite meeting. The trade-off is that this costs more than a meeting held
at one of our campuses. We will continue to assess the cost and benefit of
holding offsite meetings. If the cost outweighs the benefit, a venue change
will be considered for future meetings.