Science Atlantic Award Winners 2019

Since the beginning of 2019, our Acadia researchers have been attending conferences in their respective areas of research, presenting their projects through posters and oral presentations. Exceptional presenters are eligible for awards, which included some Acadia students! As of now, conferences have been held for biology, aquaculture and fisheries, environmental science, and nutrition, with conferences for other disciplines being held later in the year. We’re incredibly proud to announce some of the winners of Science Atlantic awards:


Biology student Sarah Robertson took home the Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award for her oral presentation: Docosahexaenoic Acid-Acylated Phloridzin, a Novel Compound Derived from Apple Phytochemicals and Fish Oil, Inhibits the Metabolic Activity and Proliferation of Colon Cancer Cells in vitro.

Aquaculture and fisheries

Judith Bjorndahl and Jackson Zhe Yang were both awarded individual Science Atlantic Graduate Research Awards in aquaculture and fisheries. Judith tied with Viviane Baldwin from Memorial University for second place with her research: Long-term monitoring protocol for American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) based on sampling effort simulations; while Jackson was awarded 3rd place with his research: Identifying and quantifying Atlantic Salmon (Salmon salar), Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus), Cod (Gadus morhua), and Capelin (Mallotus villosus) in Striped Bass diets in Labrador.


Science Atlantic Environment awards were given to two Acadia students. Sarah Stewart received the 2nd place Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award for her oral presentation: Running on empty: Determining the presence of feeding behaviour in Anadromous Alewife in Jolicure Lake, AB, while Sarah Adams received the 2nd place award Science Atlantic Graduate Research Award for her oral presentation about fungal diversity found in marine wood from the Bay of Fundy.


Hillary Fry won a Science Atlantic Undergraduate Award for her research: The Effect of Matcha green tea on metabolic and physiological responses at moderate intensity exercise in females. Nutrition student Lydia Hayward also won the Clara Jefferson Award, an award given in memory of Clara Jefferson, an alumna of the Acadia School of Home Economics (48’). The Clara Jefferson award is presented to a food science/nutrition student who makes strides within the discipline, an award well deserved for Lydia with her research, which you can read about here: .

Congratulations to all our winners! We thank you for representing the best of Acadia’s academic excellence and wish you all the best in your future endeavours!

*if there are any names missing from these lists, please contact [email protected]