Today the CDRD staff welcomed four new Aboriginal students to our headquarters for an intensive week of science training and mentorship. From May 15-19 Amber Chief-stick-Rowan, Katrina Boysis from Pigeon Lake, AB, Lucas McCreery from Rorketon, MB and Destiny Anderson from Gift Lake, AB will join scientists in our Target Validation and Analytical Chemistry divisions.

Part of CDRD’s mission is to uniquely train the next generation of highly-qualified personnel to drive the development of innovations so we are excited to be partnering with the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Program to help increase the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students graduating from science and engineering programs in Canada.

Amber, Katrina, Lucas and Destiny are Grade 11 students who will be working along-side scientists in our labs learning new scientific techniques, expand their knowledge of biological sciences including the drug development process, and experience the excitement of doing research that could one day help patients.

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