West Island event


On November 5th, 2014, alumni, students, donors and parents gathered in Pointe Claire to celebrate undergraduate research in Science, Engineering, and Agriculture and Environmental Science. This special event strengthened McGill’s ties to the West Island and more importantly, to its students.

Invited to speak on the merits of Science Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA) were Joe Schwarcz, Nada Jabado, and Omer Dor. Schwarcz, known by many as Dr. Joe, is a prolific author, professor and popular science advocate. Because of SURAs, he has been able to give students opportunities to explore alternative science while encouraging them to question everything and anything.

Ray, Joe, Lorne

Ray Hasel (B.Sc. ’85, M.D.C.M. ’89), Joe Schwarcz (B.Sc. ’69, Ph.D. ’74), and Lorne Trottier (B.Eng. ’70, M.Eng. ’73, D.Sc. ’06) celebrate with West Island alumni.


Amr Omer (student in Biochemistry), Michelle Rubianto (student in Biochemistry), Doorsa Tarazi (student in Biochemistry), Annelise Miska (student in Earth and Planetary Sciences and recipient of the Anna Kanath Science Undergraduate Research Award), and Kristina Disney (student in Geography and recipient of the Luciano and Giovanni Vendittelli Science Undergraduate Research Award) promote the Science Undergraduate Research program.

Jabado, one of Canada’s most brilliant researchers, highlighted the importance of that opportunity. Students who have curiosity, passion and creativity do not always perform as well as they might on standard tests. In a lab however —a real-life situation— their talents can be honed, demonstrated and used.

Dor provided first-person testimony to the value of undergraduate research. In 2012, he was chosen to take part in the Next 36 Program, a non-profit charity aimed at developing young Canadian innovators. His accomplishments can be largely attributed to the work he did in the Porous Media Lab at McGill. While doing undergraduate research he fine-tuned his ability to think critically, to work in teams and to give and seek help.

The event emphasized that, as more SURAs are created, more students will be able to approach their education experientially. In doing so, they will become more involved with their field of expertise and their community.

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