Mount Al­li­son wel­comes new di­rec­tor of re­search ser­vices

Since 2015, the uni­ver­sity has av­er­aged over $4.2-mil­lion of ex­ter­nal re­search fund­ing an­nu­ally

Sackville Tribune - - OPINION -

Maria This­tle is the new di­rec­tor of re­search ser­vices at Mount Al­li­son Uni­ver­sity, help­ing to sup­port the vi­brant re­search cul­ture on cam­pus.

This­tle be­gan in her new role on Dec. 17, 2018.

This­tle will over­see the of­fice of re­search ser­vices, which works with the of­fice of the provost and vice-pres­i­dent, aca­demic and re­search and the aca­demic deans to pro­vide sup­port to Mount Al­li­son fac­ulty and stu­dent re­searchers across all dis­ci­plines.

“Maria is an ac­com­plished re­searcher and has worked in a num­ber of roles that di­rectly sup­port stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff mem- bers at uni­ver­si­ties across Canada, in­clud­ing Mount Al­li­son,” says Jeff Oller­head, uni­ver­sity provost and vice-pres­i­dent, aca­demic and re­search. “I am pleased to wel­come her to this new role at the uni­ver­sity and I look for­ward to work­ing with her to ad­vance and sup­port Mount Al­li­son’s re­search and cre­ative arts com­mu­nity.”

A trained bi­ol­o­gist, This­tle holds a bach­e­lor and mas­ter of science from Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity and has worked as a field and lab re­searcher for Fish­eries and Oceans Canada as well as in labs at Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity, the Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta and Mount Al­li­son. She has also worked in sev­eral ar­eas of Mount Al­li­son’s Stu­dent Af­fairs depart­ment, work­ing closely with fac­ulty and staff and as­sist­ing stu- Mount Al­li­son Uni­ver­sity re­cently wel­comed Maria This­tle as its new di­rec­tor of re­search ser­vices.


“I have al­ways viewed re­search and cre­ative pur­suits as a cen- tral and fun­da­men­tal pil­lar of a uni­ver­sity’s man­date. I be­came in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in re­search ser­vices through my own work as a re­searcher and fa­cil­i­ta­tor, and am ex­cited for this new op­por­tu­nity at Mount Al­li­son” says This­tle. “I look for­ward to work­ing with fac­ulty and stu­dents in this new role and help­ing to build on Mount Al­li­son’s ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion in the ar­eas of re­search and cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Mount Al­li­son’s Of­fice of Re­search Ser­vices pro­vides ser­vices to re­searchers across cam­pus, in­clud­ing as­sis­tance with the prepa­ra­tion of in­di­vid­ual and uni­ver­sity fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for re­search projects to pro­vin­cial and fed­eral de­part­ments or agen­cies; aid­ing stu­dents with grad­u­ate schol­ar­ship fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions; and sup- port­ing the work of the Uni­ver­sity’s re­search ethics board, the an­i­mal care com­mit­tee, the re­search and cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties com­mit­tee, as well as ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to tech­nol­ogy trans­fer and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of re­search.

Since 2015, Mount Al­li­son has av­er­aged over $4.2-mil­lion of ex­ter­nal re­search fund­ing an­nu­ally. This sup­port in part pro­vides stu­dents with op­por­tu­ni­ties to work with fac­ulty on var­i­ous re­search and cre­ative arts projects, giv­ing them first-hand re­search ex­pe­ri­ence as part of their un­der­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion. In 2018, through the Of­fice of Re­search Ser­vices, the uni­ver­sity ad­min­is­tered 264 re­search grants from var­i­ous fund­ing agen­cies to re­searchers across cam­pus, equat­ing to nearly $5-mil­lion.


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