Award Recipients 2013


Ernie Black Internship Travel Awards

The Ernie Black Internship Travel Awards were established in 2011 by Ernest D. Black, BSc (Agr) 1952, MSc 1958, to help one or more undergraduate students from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who are conducting an internship through the Macdonald Campus Internship Program.

Amélie Corriveau
U3 Environmental Biology – Wildlife Biology
Intern for Dr. Julie Teichroeb (University of California, Santa Cruz), Lake Nabugado, Uganda

In Uganda, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Dr. Teichroeb, a primate behavioral ecologist, who is conducting two research projects on different monkey species that are found around Lake Nabugabo. With this internship, not only did I gain a much better awareness of the challenges that conserving tropical biodiversity represents but it also made me confident of the field I am studying in and of the career aspirations I have. I am sincerely thankful for the award I received from you. Your contribution has made an enormous difference in the realization of this project and has greatly alleviated the financial stress that was related to this internship in Africa.

Jiawen Zhou
U1 Dietetics
AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center Regional Office for East and Southeast Asia in Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand

Through your generosity, I was able to travel halfway across the world and experience the richness of Thai culture and learn a lot about research methods. I conducted a study on the “Outcomes of Mercy Centre’s Mercy Farm program in Saphan Sung, Bangkok towards social, food and nutrition security for the students”. This study will contribute to identifying strategies to improve the food security of vulnerable populations in South East Asian nations. I am grateful for this opportunity and thank you for supporting students who wish to travel abroad.

Yuki Sasaki
U2 Environmental Biology – Wildlife Biology
Ornis Italica and Universita’ di Palermo (University of Palermo), Palermo, Italy

I would like to show my deepest gratitude for giving me the opportunity to have a once in a lifetime experience. I could not thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to experience such a wonderful adventure.


Travel Assistance Program
The Travel Assistance Program is designed to offer financial support to Macdonald students pursuing internships. They offer partial support to students who must travel to complete their internships. This program is supported by the Bieler Family Internship Office, and will support students on the basis of financial need.  


Clémence Fortier-Morissette
U3 Bioresource Engineering
National Capital Commission Ottawa, Ontario

I would like to thank you for helping me to have this amazing summer and helping me to find out what it is that I really like doing!

Alexandra Noel
U2 Environment – Biodiversity and Conservation
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Burlington, Ontario

I would like to thank you so much for this scholarship money provided to me for my internship. It was extremely helpful in allowing me the financial flexibility to live in Toronto over the summer for this internship opportunity.

Sarah Silverman
U3 Environment – Water Environments and Ecosystems Domain – Biological
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Gothic, Colorado

The Bieler Family Travel Assistance Award helped me develop personally and professionally, and without it I would not have discovered that I want to pursue research as a career.

Kathleen Spencer
U3 Environment – Ecological Determinants of Health Domain – Population
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Panama City, Panama

The internship that you supported allowed me to work for a Tropical Ecology Research laboratory within the STRI. I simply wished to thank you for supporting my adventures in Panama this summer. It was a tough 3-month internship which I believe has inspired me to continue my education into graduate school in order to prolong a life in researching.

Trevor Stanhope
U2 Bioresource Engineering
Research Assistant with Dr. Adamchuk (Macdonald Campus), Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec

I want to sincerely thank both of you for providing scholarship funds to Macdonald students, such as myself, who participate in summer internships. I am very grateful for your generosity and it proved to be incredibly useful to me. Benefactors like yourselves make it possible for students to passionately pursue their own unique interests, an opportunity which I an incredibly thankful for.

Vivienne Steele
U2 Environment – Ecological Determinants of health Domain – Cellular
Timberwolf Tours Ltd., Spruce Grove, Alberta

By awarding me the Bieler Family Travel Assistance Award, you have lightened my financial burden which allowed me to focus on the most important aspect of the internship, learning. Your kindness allowed me to realize that I would like to pursue work in the field of guiding next summer. Thank you very much. I hope one day I will be able to help others achieve their goals as you have helped me.

Yiyi Sun
U1 Agricultural Economics – Agribusiness
McGill Macdonald Student Run Ecological Garden, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec

I was chosen to receive the Bieler Family Travel Assistance Award this year, and I am writing this letter to express my sincerest gratitude for your generous contribution to support Macdonald students in pursuing internships. Thanks to this internship award, which gave me an extraordinary opportunity to gain hands-on experience, I was also inspired to move forward and continue to study with a more concrete goal in mind.

Pernilla Talec
U3 Bioresource Engineering
Field Assistant with Dean Madramootoo (Macdonald Campus), Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec

I am writing this letter to express my sincerest thanks to you for establishing and funding the Bieler Family Travel Assistance Program Award. During my internship I learned a lot and discovered a new motivation to pursue graduate studies.


Jenny Tian
U2 Food Science
Cornell University, Feeding Tomorrow Food Science Scholar Program, Ithaca, New York

Thank you again Mr. and Mrs. Bieler for the financial assistance that allowed me to participate in this internship. I had a very rewarding summer and this opportunity meant a lot to me.


Victor Tran
U2 Environment – Biodiversity and Conversation
Azuero Earth Project, Los Santos, Panama

I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude for your help funding my internship opportunity. Prior to this summer, I have never really travelled and have since then come to realize the many doors that open when one travels. Thanks to your award, I was able to partake in an internship in the southern peninsula of Panama with an environmental organization called Azuero Earth Project. Although my time in Panama is over for now, I will never forget what a journey it has been, and I thank you again for the opportunity.

Liyu Wu
U1 Food Science and Nutritional Science
Anyang People’s Hospital, Henan Province, China

I sincerely thank you for giving me this opportunity to work in the clinical laboratory of Anyang People’s Hospital for 10 weeks as a student intern. I have gained a precious experience which has brought me tremendous joy and many benefits.


Yifu Wang
U1 Environmental Biology – Wildlife Biology
Research Assistant with Dr. Buddle (Macdonald Campus), Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec

I’m very grateful to receive support from the Bieler Family Travel Assistance Program Award. Thank you so much for your help!