B.C. Air Quality Scholarship Winners
For information on the Robert Caton Scholarship, the David Bates Scholarship and the BC CLEAR Fund, see Air Quality Research Funding. For earlier winners, see Previous Scholarship Winners. The 2017 winners of the scholarships offered, are listed below.
Robert Caton Scholarship Award ($2,000)
Nadya is a PhD Candidate of Atmospheric Sciences at The University of British Columbia and a member of Geophysical Disaster Computational Fluid Dynamics Centre and BlueSky Canada project teams. Her core research interests are in atmospheric dynamics, turbulence theory and dispersion. Nadya’s current work focuses on improving wildfire smoke plume rise predictions using a combination of numerical and analytical modelling, with a goal of achieving better accuracy of air quality forecasts for British Columbia. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies she has been involved in several collaborative research initiatives, including the FuturAgua Project aimed at improving freshwater security in Costa Rica, as well as in joint work with Environment Canada Air Quality Science Unit on tropospheric ozone pollution in Southern British Columbia. She earned her Honours BSc in Environmental Science and MSc in Atmospheric Science from The University of British Columbia.
David Bates Scholarship Award ($2,000)
Matt is originally from Florida, but has transitioned from the sunshine to the rain of Vancouver to continue his air pollution research. He is currently a third-year PhD candidate in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He received his MPH in Biostatistics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His Masters and Doctoral theses are jointly related to household air pollution (HAP) generation from cooking with dirty, solid fuels (e.g. wood, animal dung, crop waste). His Masters research focused on assessing the favourability of an ethanol cookstove among pregnant Nigerian women that traditionally used kerosene cookstoves in the context of an randomized controlled trial. His dissertation at UBC is focused on monitoring a subset of participants for HAP concentrations within a multinational cohort study, and using statistical techniques on this subset of exposure data to model HAP exposures for the entire cohort. The modelled HAP exposures can then be linked to cardiovascular and respiratory health outcomes collected from all participants during follow up in one of the largest epidemiological studies assessing health effects of HAP.