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July 4, 2003

Top science and engineering researchers from Alberta's three research-intensive universities will share in $7 million in new research funding awarded across Alberta by Alberta Ingenuity.

University of Alberta, Lethbridge, and Calgary researchers and researchers-in-training were recipients in two award categories: Alberta Ingenuity Fellowships and Alberta Ingenuity Studentships.

Twenty-one awardees province-wide will receive more than $2 million in funding as part of the 2003 Alberta Ingenuity Fellowship awards competition. As an example, U of A researcher Dr. Isabelle Charrier will use her award to explore how black-capped chickadees-common, songbirds found locally-recognize each other's call and whether populations of chickadees from different areas of North America 'speak' different dialects.

Each Fellowship award consists of a $48,000 annual stipend and a research allowance of up to $7,000 per year.

Fifty-one university graduate students province-wide will receive over $5 million in funding as part of the 2003 Alberta Ingenuity Studentship award competition. As an example, U of L student Christine Reinhart will use her award to help her supervisor Dr. Sergio Pellis investigate how the brain regulates play in animals to gain a better understanding of how certain animals interact.

Each studentship award consists of a $20,000 annual stipend and a research allowance of $1,500 per year, and can be held for up to five years.

Alberta Ingenuity supports a long-term program of science and engineering research at Alberta universities, public colleges and technical institutes, and in industry.

Operating funds come from a portion of the interest revenue from a Government endowment, with an initial investment of $500 million.

Established in 2000, Alberta Ingenuity is an independent organization that reports through the Ministry of Innovation and Science.
 

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For more information, please contact:

Rhonda Lothammer
(780) 423-5735