Early Career Invited Lecture Award

The Early Career Invited Lecture initiative gives units within UBC Science a unique opportunity to introduce promising researchers from around the world to the inclusive, top-tier community of scholars already working within the Faculty.

It enables units to more strategically identify top women candidates for future faculty searches, increases UBC's visibility within major research groups outside of Canada, showcases talented graduate students and post-docs to our own trainees, and provides career mentorship to invited scholars.

The process

Departments and academic units identify top women senior graduate students and post-docs in their fields. These rising stars are invited to UBC Vancouver to deliver a unit-level lecture, network, and experience British Columbia. Funding is provided from the Dean of Science, the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, and the Strategic Initiatives Fund to cover the costs of travel and accommodation of the scholars.


  • The scholar must be female (this criteria may be broadened to include other under-represented groups in future years)
  • The scholar must have completed at least three years in a PhD or already be a post-doc
  • Nominees must be clearly differentiated—through awards, funding, affiliations--as rising stars in their area
  • Nominees must be suitable for a research-stream appointment
  • The scholar must not have any ties to UBC (undergraduate, graduate, post-doc) and must not be a collaborator with a UBC researcher
  • Nominations must come from heads or directors of UBC Science units and be sent directly to ADR for approval. There are no deadlines
  • Invited lectures do not replace interviewing a candidate for research positions. If there is a current search in the same field, then the candidate should be invited to apply for the position and not this award

Nominate an Early Career Scholar

Nominations should be made by the head or director of units in UBC Science. For more information about the Early Career Invited Lecture Award, or to nominate a speaker, contact:

Mark MacLachlan
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Email: maclachlan@science.ubc.ca

Select Recipients

Stephanie Barbon, California Santa Barbara (2019)

Stephanie Barbon studies block copolymer self-assembly and uses synthetic skills to create new, interesting materials. A native of London, Canada she completed her PhD at the University of Western Ontario, where she developed a new class of dyes, studied their optical and electronic properties, and investigated their applications as cell imaging agents.

"The UBC Science Early Career Invited Lecture Award was a fantastic opportunity to talk with students and faculty doing incredible research at UBC. I'm very honoured to have been selected, and I know the connections I made and the experience I gained will be extremely valuable in my future career!"

Amelia Palermo, The Scripps Research Institute (2019)

Amelia Palermo is a postdoc at The Scripps Research Institute, where she investigates the role of metabolic networks in the modulation of biological phenotypes by activity metabolomics and mass spectrometry. She received her MSc in pharmaceutical chemistry from La Sapienza University of Rome, and completed her doctoral studies at La Sapienza and ETH Zurich.

"It’s been an honour and a pleasure to receive the UBC Science Early Career Invited Lecture Award. The recognition will greatly help me to establish my path towards independence in science and academia."

Marie Richard-Lacroix, Friedrich Schiller University Jena (2019)

Marie Richard-Lacroix's research focuses on the use of tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for materials characterization. She earned her PhD from the University of Montreal in 2016, and has received several international awards—the William G Fateley Student Award, the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies Student Award and the ICORS Junior Researcher Raman Award.

"It's a heartfelt honor for me to receive this award from one of the top universities in Canada. I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful UBC campus and meet graduate students and faculty members. The trip was a great opportunity to establish connections and helped me prepare the groundwork for my scientific career in Canada."

Nadia Tsvetkov, York University (2019)

Nadia Tsvetkov studies the effects of pesticides on honey bee health and behaviour--her work at York University included developing a new method for studying spatial learning and memory in honey bees. The research has influenced governmental policy in Canada and Europe.

"It was a honour to be recognized for my scientific achievement so early in my research career. The connections I've made at UBC will undoubtedly help me establish my career as a scientist."

Kyla Ost, University of Utah (2019)

A postdoctoral fellow in June Round's lab at the University of Utah, Kyla Ost received her PhD at Duke University, where she studied the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. She is currently exploring host-fungal interactions in the gut that drive both beneficial and pathogenic immune responses.

"I was very honored to receive UBC Science Early Career Scholar Invited Lecture Award and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to present my research in front of the talented researchers at UBC."

Rosalyn Falconer, University of Edinburgh (2019)

Rosalyn Falconer is a postdoctoral researcher developing the synthesis of low oxidation state aluminum compounds for the activation of small molecules. A member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Dalton (Inorganic) Division Committee, Falconer completed her PhD at the University of Bristol, where she studied the reactivity of phosphorus-containing aromatic compounds.

I found it inspiring to meet and discuss research with students and academics at UBC, and I was excited to present my work to the department. This award will be of great benefit to my career, both in recognizing my achievements and in building connections for my independent research in the future.