Graduate Studentships are awarded by the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) in partnership with Alberta Innovates.
Studentships have been awarded over the past 5 years to applicants from diverse backgrounds who have proposed a variety of interesting projects within patient-oriented research. The number of awards per year depends on available funding with approximately 10 awards per year and fifty-four awards to date.
2020 change in residency requirement: Given the current COVID-19 context, universities are working virtually and students are not physically on campus. The Alberta SPOR Support Unit and Alberta Innovates, agreed to waive the Alberta residency requirement for the 2020 Graduate Studentship competition. All other AbSPORU Studentship Recipient Eligibility Criteria remain in effect.
The Studentships are awarded through a provincial competition and offer a number of unique benefits, that include:
To learn more about the Awardees click on the project summary link below their name
Christy Chong – University of Calgary
Project: Understanding the perceptions of acute care service avoidability among patients with chronic kidney disease
Adrijana D’Silva – University of Calgary
Project: Mind and yoga for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (MY-IBS) Study
Kelsey Ellis – University of Calgary
Project: Exploring children, parent, healthcare providers and instructors’ experiences with an individualized yoga intervention for hospitalized children receiving intensive treatments
Danielle Fox – University of Calgary
Project: Urgent start peritoneal dialysis: The implementation of an enhanced program
Matheus Gonçalves Mussi – University of Alberta
Project: User-centred design of brain-computer Interface systems for children with disabilities
Pamela Klassen – University of Alberta
Project: Improving patient outcomes in non-small cell lung cancer with nutrient supplementation
Alyson Kwok – University of Alberta
Project: Maximizing patient engagement through collaborative outcome measure selection and tracking: patients’ perceptions of the use of physical therapy outcome measures post-stroke
Ryan Mallard – University of Calgary
Project: Working with communities to bring healthcare and social services to places where it’s needed the most
Anika Sehgal – University of Calgary
Project: Complexity among Indigenous patients: Developing and validating a clinical assessment tool to address the broader determinants of health
Trina Thorne – University of Alberta
Project: Developing a trauma informed intervention to reduce responsive behaviours in persons with moderate to severe dementia
Billy Wang – University of Alberta
Project: Implementation and evaluation of novel patient-centered initiatives in a multidisciplinary Heart Function Clinic
The Studentship and Training Program inspired me to make my PhD thesis more patient-oriented.
- Chelsia Gillis, 2016 Studentship Awardee