Three Canadian Students Took Part in NASA Research

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Longueuil, Quebec, August 17, 2004 - Three Canadian students, recipients of Canadian Space Agency (CSA) science scholarships, participated in an intensive training program at NASA this summer.

Melissa Battler, of Ayr, Ontario, recipient of the Space Exploration Scholarship, took part in a 10-week program at NASA's Astrobiology Academy in California. Melissa worked with a NASA principal investigator who provided her with insight into the process leading up to space missions. She completed her bachelor's in geology at the University of Waterloo this year and plans to do a master's degree in the same field.

The other two CSA scholarship recipients took part in a six-week training program at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida as part of the NASA Space Flight and Life Sciences Training Program.

Val Lapin, a Toronto native and third-year student at the University of Toronto, and Shane Lloyd, of Cultus Lake, British Columbia, a second-year student at the University of British Columbia, took part in the various stages of space-flight simulation experiments and life sciences research conducted at NASA. These students are both pursuing an honours degree in pharmacology, and they have distinguished themselves by their outstanding academic achievements.

For more information on the 2004 scholarship to attend the Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program, visit the following Web site:

For more information on the 2004 Space Exploration Scholarship, visit the following Web site:

Biographical Notes on CSA Scholarship Recipients

Melissa Battler has completed her B.Sc. in geology at the University of Waterloo and will pursue an M.Sc. in geology this fall at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She participated in Expedition One-the first Canadian-run Mars Mission simulation at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. She is currently training to become a Canadian Space Agency Student Ambassador.

Val Lapin is currently completing her third year of an honours degree in pharmacology at the University of Toronto. She is interested in studying molecular cancer genetics and has conducted award-winning research for the past four summers at the University of Toronto's Department of Medical Biophysics. She would like to focus her research on the application of pharmacology in molecular cancer genetics.

Shane Lloyd is currently completing his second year of an honours degree in pharmacology at the University of British Columbia. He was awarded a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) prize for his work on the evolution of gregarines. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Shane hopes to pursue graduate studies in biotechnology.

For information:

Carole Duval
Media Relations Advisor
Media Relations and Information Services
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4370

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