Grants to fuel Canada’s future scientists, engineers

Canada’s future scientists and engineers will benefit from a pair of PromoScience grants awarded to two Western researchers, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced Wednesday.

Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Hesham El Naggar received $25,000 over three years for his project, Discovery Western, a program that encourages girls and young women to consider careers in engineering. Earth Sciences professor Gordon Osinski received $20,400 over three years for his project, Impact Earth, an introduction to how meteorites and fireballs shape the Earth.

This year, NSERC’s PromoScience supported 66 organizations across Canada with an investment of $3.6 million. The program supports hands-on learning experiences for young students and their science teachers. Grants may be used to cover improvements to program content or delivery, as well as for new programs and activities.

In total, three London-based groups received funding from the PromoScience program. In addition to the two Western projects, Let’s Talk Science received $102,000 for space-related projects that inspire scientific inquiry in youth.