Two UNBC in­ter­na­tional stu­dents share schol­ar­ship

The Prince George Citizen - - Local - Ci­ti­zen staff

The in­ter­na­tional Phil­an­thropic Ed­u­ca­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion has awarded two UNBC stu­dents with schol­ar­ships worth a com­bined to­tal of $23,500.

Chris­tiana On­abola, a first year health sci­ences doc­toral stu­dent from Nige­ria, was awarded $12,500 and Hooi Xian Lee from Malaysia, a sec­ond-year doc­toral stu­dent in the same de­part­ment, re­ceived $11,000 dur­ing an event on Wed­nes­day.

They were awarded by the Prince Ge­orge chap­ter of the Phil­an­thropic Ed­u­ca­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion, which sup­ports women’s pur­suit of ed­u­ca­tional goals. And the awards came in the form of In­ter­na­tional Peace Schol­ar­ships, launched af­ter the Sec­ond World War to sup­port women from other coun­tries to come to North Amer­ica to study, with an in­ten­tion to re­turn to and help their home coun­try. On­a­bala’s re­search is fo­cused on us­ing a geo­graphic in­for­ma­tion sys­tem to map sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals and pro­mote wa­ter­sheds as units of anal­y­sis to track im­ple­men­ta­tion and mon­i­tor­ing met­rics for the goals.

“This will en­sure the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment ef­forts start from lo­cal peo­ple and reach communitie­s that need them the most,” On­a­bala said.

Her re­search is under the su­per­vi­sion of Prof. Mar­got Parkes, a UNBC Canada Re­search Chair in health, ecosys­tems and so­ci­ety.

Lee’s re­search is fo­cused on search­ing for small mol­e­cule in­hibitors of cancer cells, under the su­per­vi­sion of bio­chem­istry and molec­u­lar bi­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor Chow Lee. She is also a teach­ing as­sis­tant for a few chem­istry lab cour­ses at UNBC, which also helps cover some of her liv­ing ex­penses.


Prince Ge­orge Phil­an­thropic Ed­u­ca­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion pres­i­dent Beth Ques­nel, cen­tre, pre­sented a schol­ar­ship to UNBC PhD stu­dents Chris­tiana On­abola and Hooi Xian Lee on Wed­nes­day.

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