The Department of Microbiology & Immunology received a bequest from the estate of John Richard Turner. The award description can be found at UBC Student Services – Awards, Fees, and Finances – List of Awards, searching for award number 6360. NOTE: In spring, the Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Office sends the Department an e-mail indicating the amount available for the Turner award for the upcoming academic year. The amount of the award reflects the endowment spending rate for the fiscal year as well as market performance over the past several years.
Turner Award description:
"Fellowships have been endowed through a bequest by John Richard Turner to support genetic research by graduate students in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department." The selection criteria are as follows: 1. The student must be in their second year of graduate school, or beyond. 2. The student cannot currently have a scholarship or fellowship (the aim of this award is to create additional fellowship opportunities for our students). 3. The student must be an author on at least one peer-reviewed research paper as a graduate student in their current UBC program (i.e. papers from previous MSc degrees are not considered).
The nomination process:
1. Each research supervisor can nominate one of their current graduate students.
2. The supervisor will provide a 1/2 page rationale supporting the nomination that a) describes the student's research accomplishments b) lists the student's publications, including the full citation c) describes the student's contribution to the publication(s) The graduate advisory committee will review all nominations and decide upon the winner(s) and the amount of the award(s).
This award will reduce the supervisor’s contribution to the student’s stipend by the amount of the award.