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University of Algoma professor named ‘rising star’ by Minister of Colleges and Universities

Dr. Nirosha Murugan honored with an Excellence Award

Dr. Nirosha Murugan, an associate professor in the Department of Biology at Algoma University, received the Rising Star Award from the Minister of Colleges and Universities Excellence Awards, a statement released today said.

The annual awards honor faculty, staff and graduate students who are “Leaders in Post-Secondary Education”.

“It is such an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious award, and I am so grateful to those who nominated me and continually support my growth as an early career researcher,” Dr Murugan said in the press release.

Last summer, Dr. Murugan received $187,935 in funding from the New Frontier Research Fund (NFRF) for her efforts to develop a tool for cognitive impairment associated with cancer treatments.

The full text of today’s release from Algoma U follows:

Today, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities announced the recipients of the Minister of Colleges and Universities’ Awards of Excellence. Dr. Nirosha Murugan of Algoma University received the Rising Star Award for her innovative research and teaching excellence.

The annual Excellence Awards celebrate the incredible work of faculty, staff and graduate students on campuses, in communities and beyond across Ontario. The nominees are recognized leaders in the field of post-secondary education, and Dr. Murugan is a perfect example.

“It is such an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious award, and I am so grateful to those who nominated me and continually support my growth as an early career researcher,” said Dr Murugan, associate professor in the Department of Biology. . “I am privileged to be part of this tight-knit community which, in its own way, is so dedicated to bringing excellence and innovation not only in research but also in teaching, especially in these difficult times. It is inspiring to know that I am part of significant growth and innovation and to be recognized by my students, colleagues and members of the scientific community is truly humbling.

In recognition of this prestigious award, Dr. Murugan attended a closed meeting this morning with the Honorable Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities, and will receive an official certificate signed by the Minister.

“On behalf of Algoma University and from me personally – Congratulations Dr. Murugan! Our entire community is extremely proud of you and your groundbreaking research,” said Vice President, Academics and Research, Dr. Donna Rogers. “You embody women in STEM, and your work is clear evidence of the high caliber research being done here in Algoma. You truly are a rising star, and we can’t wait to see what you do next!”

To learn more about Dr. Murugan and her work, please visit https://algomau.ca/research/current-research/.