The fellowship is open to candidates enrolled in studies in Human Ecology including Family and Consumer Sciences, at the masters or doctoral level. The applicant must be accepted or enrolled in a post-graduate program in Canada at the time of application.
The evolving studies in Human Ecology include: human nutrition, food science, housing/shelter and aesthetics, architecture, financial resource management, clothing and textiles, family relations, human sexuality, and human development.
2019-2020 Winner: KAITLYN SAMSON
- B.Sc. Nutritional Sciences, 2017, University of British Columbia
- M.Sc. Human Nutrition, 2017-2020, University of British Columbia
Neural tube defects (NTDs) are serious birth defects that result from folate deficiency during pregnancy. While the World Health Organization recommends weekly folic acid supplements for all women of childbearing age to reduce the risk of NTDs, the optimal dose has yet to be elucidated.
Thus, Kaitlyn’s project aims to determine the optimal weekly dose of folic acid needed to safely and effectively raise blood folate concentrations to a level associated with a reduced risk of an NTD-affected pregnancy.