Undergraduate Award Winners

Photo of 2018 Global Health Scholar Tiffany Paradis

Meet Tiffany, 2018 Global Health Scholar

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Meet Harry, 2017 Global Health Scholar

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Meet Nardin, 2019 Global Health Scholar

Meet the Global Health Scholars

2020 Undergraduate Scholars

The 2020 Global Health Undergraduate Scholars

Please note that due to the travel restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all 2020 Undergraduate Global Health Scholars will be working remotely on their projects.

  • Leah Birch | Listening to One Another Grow Strong Program: Mental Health Promotion for Indigenous Youth - Dr. Laurence Kirmayer, Department of Psychiatry - McGill Global Health Scholar

  • Felicia Ca | Early intervention services for psychosis in low-and middle-income countries - Dr. Srividya Iyer, Department of Psychiatry - McGill Global Health Scholar

  • Darshan Daryanani | Networks for Change & Well-being: Girl-led 'from the ground up' policy making to address sexual violence in Canada & South Africa - Dr. Claudia Mitchell, Department of Integrated Studies in Education - McGill Global Health Scholars supported by the John Locke Churchill Scholars Award

  • Julie De Meulemeester | Family Integrated Care Model to improve the Quality of Newborn Hospital Care in Uganda - Dr. Jessica Duby, Department of Pediatrics - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Dr. Kenneth Remsen Global Health Award

  • Katherine Fiallos | Community health workers address challenges in micronutrient adherence in indigenous children in Ecuador - Dr. Alison Doucet, Department of Family Medicine - McGill Global Health Scholar

  • Naomie Gamondele | Exploring culturally safe peadiatric rehabilitation practice in isolated Indigenous communities - Dr. Hiba Zafran, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the John Locke Churchill Scholars Award

  • Sabrina Gill | Networks for Change & Well-being: Girl-led 'from the group up' policy making to address sexual violence in Canada & South Africa - Dr. Claudia Mitchell, Department of Integrated Studies in Education - McGill Global Health Scholars supported by the Leduc, Davis, Brun, & De Rito Undergraduate Award for Global Health

  • Issa Gonzalez-Peltier | Addressing the Health Challenge Related to Neglected Diseases in Developing Countries - Dr. Paola Perez-Aleman, Faculty of Management - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the John Locke Churchill Scholars Award

  • Samir Gouin | Children’s Worlds: International Survey of Children’s Well-Being in Namibia - Dr. Monica Ruiz Casares Yebenes, Department of Psychiatry - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Leduc, Davis, Brun, & De Rito Undergraduate Award for Global Health

  • Caroline Hodgins | Measuring HIV diagnostic coverage in sub-Saharan Africa - Dr. Mathieu Maheu-Giroux, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the John Locke Churchill Scholars Award

  • Minahil Khan | Scoping review of trauma courses in resource-limited settings - Dr. Dan Poenaru , Department of Pediatric Surgery - McGill Global Health Scholars supported by the Dr. Margaret Siber Global Health Scholar Award

  • Alexander Lam | A multi-provincial study of household energy use, air pollution, and atherosclerosis in China - Dr. Jill Baumgartner, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Spencer-Hick Family Global Health Education and Training Fund
  • Bea Lehmann | Evaluating a participatory video education model on nutrition literacy with adolescent girls in rural Ghana - Dr. Grace Marquis, School of Human Nutrition - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Leduc, Davis, Brun, & De Rito Undergraduate Award for Global Health
  • Alexandra Maters | Rapid and in-situ water quality monitoring via ultrafast PCR - Dr. Andrew Kirk, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - McGill Global Health Scholar
  • Nathan Mendel | Understanding and leveraging the power of advocacy for global health impact - Ms. Robyn Waite, Results Canada - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the John Locke Churchill Scholar award
  • Anne-Sophie Roy | Tackling urban food and nutrition inequities in Dhaka, Bangladesh - Dr. Alayne Adams, Department of Family Medicine - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Dr. Kenneth Remsen Global Health Award
  • Maria Rueda Martinez | Tackling urban food and nutrition inequities in Dhaka, Bangladesh - Dr. Alayne Adams, Department of Family Medicine - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Leduc, Davis, Brun, & De Rito Undergraduate Award for Global Health
  • Laura Pinkham | Scoping review of trauma courses in resource-limited settings - Dr. Dan Poenaru , Department of Pediatric Surgery - McGill Global Health Scholars supported by the Dr. Margaret Siber Global Health Scholar Award
  • Shiyang Shen | Implementation of Point-of-care Ultrasound in Two University-affiliated Medical Centers in Northern Ethiopia - Dr. Louise Pilote, Department of Medicine - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Dr. Margaret Siber Global Health Scholar Award
  • Mariane Saroufim | TB Training for Community Health Workers- Dr. Faiz Ahmad Khan, Department of Medicine, Respiratory Division- McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the John Locke Churchill Scholar award
  • Tamara Sogomonian | Visuospatial relationship mapping in disability and global health policy making - Dr. Mathew Hunt, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

2019 Undergraduate Scholars

The 2019 Global Health Undergraduate Scholars

International Projects

  • Madelyn Clark | Understanding policy coherence for tobacco control: A qualitative examination of stakeholder perspectives in Kenya - Dr. Raphael Lencucha, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the John Locke Churchill Scholar award
  • Nardin Farag | Working with community health workers to fight malnutrition in Ecuador - Dr. Alison Doucet, Department of Family Medicine - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Joseph I. Wolfsdorf Fund for Global Child Health

  • Gili Grunfeld | Child Abuse Evaluations at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Kigali (CHUK): Medical Education and Experience - Dr. Gillian Morantz, Department of Pediatrics - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by Davis, Brun & De Rito Undergraduate Award

  • Salome Henry | Standardized Patient Study: An Approach To Understanding The Realities Of South Africa's Health System - Dr. Amrita Daftary, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Spencer-Hick Family Global Heath Education and Training Fund

  • Matin Kerachian | National surgical, obstetric and anesthesia planning in LMIC's - Dr. Dan Deckelbaum, Centre for Global Surgery, McGill University Health Centre - McGill Global Health Scholars supported by the Dr. Margaret Siber Global Health Scholar Award

  • Xheni Konci | Injury databases implementation and epidemiology of trauma in South America - Dr. Tarek Razek, Department of Surgery - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by The Medicine Class of 1965 International Health Student Fund and the Dr. Kenneth Remsen Global Health Award

  • Isabel Levine | Proyecto Buena Semilla (the Good Seed Project) - Dr. Anne Cockcroft, Department of Family Medicine - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Soe-Lin-Hecht Global Health Scholar Undergraduate Award

  • Gigi Millan Ceballos | Urban air pollution in Colombia - Dr. Jill Baumgartner, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Soe-Lin-Hecht Global Health Scholar Undergraduate Award

  • Eliza Yadav | Evaluating two maternal and child health programs in India - Dr. Arijit Nandi, Institute for Health and Social Policy - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the William and Caroline Krishnappa Travel Award for Global Health and by the John Locke Churchill Scholar award.

Northern Canada Projects

  • Brandon Au | Evaluation of trauma epidemiology and geographic distribution in Northern Quebec - Dr. Tarek Razek, Department of Surgery - McGill Global Health Scholars supported by the Dr. Margaret Siber Global Health Scholar Award
  • Gemma Dingwall | Lateral kindness and creating supportive social environments for health - Dr. Anne Andermann, Department of Family Medicine
  • Timothy Ellis | Transforming youth mental health and well-being in Puvirnituq, Nunavik as part of the pan-Canadian ACCESS Open Minds initiative - Dr. Srividya Iyer, Department of Psychiatry - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Soe-Lin-Hecht Global Health Scholar Undergraduate Award

Montreal-based Global Health Projects

  • Happiness Anekwe | Born of War: The Perspectives, Rights and Needs of Children Born of Wartime Sexual Violence - Dr. Myriam Denov, School of Social Work
  • Maha Asad | Improving Blood Pressure Outcomes for Haitians: A Screening and Lifestyle Intervention - Dr. Louise Pilote, Department of Medicine
  • Mayaluna Bierlich | Planning and Expanding Global Health Research 1970-2017 - Dr. George Weisz, Department of Social Studies of Medicine

  • Kira Förster | Planning and Expanding Global Health Research 1970-2017 - Dr. George Weisz, Department of Social Studies of Medicine - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the John Locke Churchill Scholar award

  • Homa Danaie | Evaluation of a nutrition sensitive agriculture intervention aimed to improve food security and dietary diversity in Ghana - Dr. Grace Marquis, School of Human Nutrition - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the John Locke Churchill Scholar award

  • Anna Davidson | Culturally Adapted Educational Tools for People Living with Rheumatic Diseases in Ethiopia - Dr. Sasha Bernatsky, Department of Medicine - McGill Global Health Scholars supported by the Dr. Margaret Siber Global Health Scholar Award

  • Gianjeet Ramburn | Exposure to Indoor Residual Spraying Insecticides and Development Among South African Children Participating in the VHEMBE Study - Dr. Jonathan Chevrier, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the John Locke Churchill Scholar award

  • Rosemarie Vincent | Developing psychosocial support interventions for youth with type 1 diabetes in Haiti: a participatory approach - Dr. Julia von Oettingen, Department of Pediatrics - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Dr. Kenneth Remsen Global Health Award

  • Duncan Wang | Addressing Health Challenges at the Base of the Pyramid in Developing Countries - Dr. Paola Perez-Aleman, Faculty of Management - McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the John Locke Churchill Scholar award

2018 Undergraduate Scholars

The 2018 Global Health Scholars (undergraduates and graduates)

International Projects

  • Arisha  Khan and Maya  Kenton |  India:  The Translation of Costs Leading up to a Childhood Cancer Diagnosis into Practice and Policy - Argerie Tsimicalis (Ingram School of Nursing)
  • Chloe  Pierret | Dominican Republic: Assessing the new 911 emergency service in reducing road traffic injury and mortality rates in the Dominican Republic - Ari Nandi (Ignacio Nazif-Munoz) (Epidemiology)
  • Chloé  Mancini and Magdalena  Morales | Guatemala: Transition to Scale: Preparing the path for scaling up: Women's Circles as a collective intervention to improve maternal psychosocial health and wellbeing in marginalized communities of Guatemala -  Anne Cockcroft (Family Medicine)
  • Clément  Belanger Bishinga | Haiti:  Screening and Management of Gestational Diabetes and Hypertensive in Haiti  -  Julia von Oettingen (Pediatrics)
  • David  Paterson | Rwanda: Pediatric trauma epidemiology and outcomes in Rwanda - Jean-Martin Laberge (Etienne St. Louis) (Pediatric Surgery)
  • Heydar  Ensha | Colombia: A pilot study of the acute cardiovascular impacts of exposure to traffic-related air pollution and its oxidative potential among adults in urban Colombia. -  Jill Baumgartner (IHSP/Epidemiology)
  • Isabela  Fabri Karam | Peru: Validating first trimester pregnancy status in adult women to inform implementation of deworming programs -  Theresa Gyorkos (Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health)
  • Julia  Munden | Senegal, Benin, Other West African Countries:  Barriers and delays in access to care for patients with head and neck cancers in resource-limited settings -  Dan Poenaru (Department of Pediatric Surgery)
  • Leanne  Roncière | Haiti: Gestational diabetes screening to resource limited settings - Use of local glucose sources -  Julia von Oettingen (Pediatrics)
  • Sarah  Wu | South Africa:  Standardized patients: an approach to understanding the realities of South Africa’s health care cascade - Amrita Daftary (EBOH)
  • Tiffany  Paradis | Uganda: Validation of pediatric surgery bellwether procedures in Uganda - Dan Poenaru (Kathryn LaRusso) (Department of Pediatric Surgery)

Northern Canada Projects

  • Carly Heck | North West Territories: Transforming youth mental health care in Ulukhaktok, NWT: Creatively integrating lay workers and community engagement - Srividya Iyer (Psychiatry)
  • Claire  Styffe | Nunavik, QC:  Working with Inuit communities to improve cervical cancer screening coverage in Nunavik, Quebec - Paul Brassard (Medicine)
  • Steven  Stechly | Waskaganish, QC: Violence prevention and creating supportive environments in Eeyou Istchee - Anne Andermann (Family Medicine)
  • Mackenzie  Hamilton |Kuujjuaq, QC and Iqaluit, NU: Diarrheal Illness and Enteric Infections Among Young Children in Nunavik and Nunavut - Dr.Cédric Yansouni, Department of Medical Microbiology

Montreal-based Global Health Projects

  • Alize  Gunay | Development of Guidelines for using Methotrexate to treat rheumatic diseases in Africa: systematic literature review - Sasha Bernatsky (Medicine, Epidemiology and Rheumatology)
  • Annalise Hilts | Food insecurity and adolescent mental health - Frank Elgar (Psychiatry / IHSP)
  • Djamila Saad  |Born of War: The Perspectives, Rights, and Needs of Children Born of Wartime Sexual Violence - Myriam Denov (Social Work)
  • Ghassen Soufi |  AideSmart! Canada  - Nitika Pant Pai Medicine
  • Iris Madeline | Planning and Expanding Global Health Research 1970-2017  - George Weisz (Social Studies of Medicine)
  • Ivon  Parra |Physiotherapy resources available, and barriers to accessing physiotherapy services, for refugees living in Montreal, Quebec - Crystal Garnett (Physical Therapy)
  • Joshua  Iyalagha | HIVSmart! Africa -  Nitika Pant Pai (Medicine)
  • Lilia  Brahimi | Addressing the Health Challenges of those at the Bottom of the Pyramid in Developing Countries - Paola Perez-Aleman (Management)
  • Mia Messer | Pathways to Health Equity: Culturally-Based Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion for Indigenous Youth - Laurence Kirmayer (Psychiatry)
  • Shaista  Asmi | Exploring and enhancing disability and social welfare policy in Zambia through participatory research - Matthew Hunt (Shawn Cleaver) (School of Physical and Occupational Therapy)
  • Siwen  Jin | Outcomes and family factors of early psychosis in Chennai, India and Montreal, Canada - Srividya Iyer (Psychiatry)
  • Sophy  Mo | Is neuroimaging compatible with global mental health? - Eric Racine (Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Experimental Medicine, and Biomedical Ethics Unit)
  • Tengyi (Thomas) Zhang | Investigating strain-specific differences between historical and contemporary Zika virus isolates - Selena Sagan (Microbiology & Immunology)

2017 Undergraduate Scholars

International & Northern Canada Projects

  • Harry Kim | Northern Quebec: Diarrheal Illness and Enteric Infections Among Young Children in Nunavik & Nunavut - Dr. Cedric Yansouni (JD MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases)
  • Aleksandra Pruszynska |Haiti: Barriers to optimal pediatric diabetes care in Haiti: Impact of nutrition, exercise and socio-economic factors – Dr. Julia von Oettingen (Montreal Children’s Hospital)
  • Nathalie MacKinnon (Uganda) and Sonia Anchouche (Ivory Coast) : Equitable access of children to surgical care – Dr. Dan Poenaru (Montreal Children’s Hospital)
  • Tassia Araujo | South Africa: Exposure to Indoor Residual Spraying Insecticides to Control Malaria and Child Health in South Africa: The VHEMBE Study - Dr. Jonathan Chevrier (Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health)|
  • Anudari Zorigtbaatar | Mongolia: Global Surgical work in low and middle income countries - Dr. Dan Deckelbaum (Centre for Global Surgery)
  • Nirros Ponnudurai | India: Sustainability of IPAQT model in India, and case for a national Essential Diagnostics List in India – Dr. Madhu Pai (Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health)
  • Tian Yi Chen | India: Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus amongst Tuberculosis patients at Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Manipal – Dr. Madhu Pai (Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health)
  • Alexa Franczak and Matt Desruisseaux | India: Costs incurred by families of children with cancer – Dr. Argerie Tsimicalis (School of Nursing)
  • Mehar Gujral | India: Moral experiences of children and youth with cancer – Dr. Franco Carnevale (School of Nursing)
  • Weimeng Ding | China: Air pollution and cardiovascular disease in rural China - Dr. Jill Baumgartner (Institute for Health and Social Policy)

 

Montreal-based Global Health Projects
 

  • Paulami Sen | India: The Mental Health of Internally Displaced Youth in the State of Jammu and Kashmir- Dr. Jai Shah (Douglas Mental Health Institute)
  • Jasleen Ashta | India: First-episode psychosis in India and Canada - Dr. Srividya Iyer (Douglas Mental Health Institute)
  • Carla Achcar | Global: WHO 2017 Human Health Assessment of Mercury Pollution – Dr. Nil Basu (School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition)
  • Allister Smith | Global: Ethics and emergent information and communication technologies (ICTs) in medical humanitarian aid – Dr. Matthew Hunt (School of Occupational and Physical Therapy)
  • Maya-Lhanze Lama | Uganda, Rwanda & Cambodia: Born of War: The Perspectives, Rights and Needs of Children Born of Wartime Sexual Violence – Dr. Myriam Denov (School of Social Work)
  • Fionn Adamian | Ghana: Improving nutrition - mapping change in knowledge and behaviours at the district level – Dr. Grace Marquis (School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition)
  • Maria Rueda Martinez | Guatemala: Analysis of the drivers of malnutrition in Guatemala – Dr. Jan Adamoski (Bioresource Engineering)
  • Matthew Malone | Outreach: McGill Perspectives in Global Health Blog
  • Katherine Duncan | Outreach: McGill Global Health Film Festival

2016 Undergraduate Scholars

Anna de Waal
Political Science          

Dr. Nitika Pant Pai          
Capetown, South Africa 

Evaluation of an integrated
point-of-care strategy for HIV self-testing
in South Africa

Clare Fogarty
Microbiology & Immunology

Dr. Jonathan Chevrier
Limpopo, South Africa

Exposure to indoor residual spraying insecticides
to control malaria and child health in South Africa:
The VHEMBE Study

Tzu- Wei (Joy) Tseng
Microbiolog & Immunology

Dr. Jill Baumgartner
Tibetan Plateau, China

Health and climate benefits of an
improved cookstove

Koray Demir
Medical student (MDCM)

Dr. Cedric Yansouni
Kuujjuaq, Quebec

Diarrheal Illness and Enteric Infections Among
Young Children in Nunavik and Nunavut

Madlen Nash
Microbiology& Immunology

Dr. Madhu Pai
Mangalore, India

Evaluation of Xpert HIV-1 Viral Load Test

Satya Filippova
BSc in Nursing

Dr. Franco Carnevale
Rapid Lake, Quebec

Understanding the moral experience of
Algonquin children and youth in
Rapid Lake, Quebec

Nadine Demko
Medical student (MDCM)

Dr. Dan Deckelbaum
Ukraine (Kiev & rural)

Researching Injury and Surgical Disease in
Low-Resource Settings through the
establishment of trauma registries

   

 

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