CFUW Dr. Margaret McWilliams Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
2017-2018 Value: $11,000
This fellowship, established in 1952, honours Margaret McWilliams, first CFUW President (1919-1923), who dedicated her life to furthering the status of women through improved access to higher education and the active involvement of women in public life. It is awarded to a woman who has completed at least one calendar year in a full-time doctoral program and is enrolled in full-time studies in Canada or abroad at the time of application.
2016-2017 Winner: JAMIE ROTHENBURGER
D.V.M., 2010, University of Saskatchewan
Master of Veterinary Science, Anatomic Pathology - Wildlife Option, 2013, University of Saskatchewan
Ph.D. Wildlife Disease Ecology, 2014-2017, University of Guelph
In cities worldwide, rats live closely with people and they carry zoonotic pathogens (infectious agents that can be transmitted from rats to people). To better understand the ecology and epidemiology of these zoonotic agents, Dr. Rothenburger is examining host factors including rat-specific diseases and small-scale environmental features associated with infection. This research will contribute to a growing effort to understand urban rats and the potential risks they pose to human health.