Science researchers nab UBC’s premier awards

March 19, 2024

Dr. Andrea Damascelli and Dr. Marie Auger-Méthé
Dr. Andrea Damascelli and Dr. Marie Auger-Méthé

Material scientist Dr. Andrea Damascelli and statistical ecologist Dr. Marie Auger-Méthé have earned two of UBC’s top research honours—the Jacob Biely Research Prize and the Charles A Mcdowell Award for Excellence in Research, respectively.

Dr. Damascelli, a leading expert in condensed matter physics, uses spectroscopic techniques to study the low-energy electronic structure of solids. He specializes in quantum materials – systems that show new electronic properties that defy our ability to understand or predict them. The Jacob Biely Research Prize is the University’s premier award for research. Dr. Damascelli is a professor with UBC Physics and Astronomy, and scientific director of Blusson Quantum Matter Institute.

Working at the intersection of ecology, statistics and marine sciences, Dr. Auger-Méthé’s recent focus has been on developing and applying statistical models to understand the movement and space use of marine species. The Charles A Mcdowell Award recognizes demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research by a young faculty member at UBC. Dr. Auger-Méthé is an associate professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and UBC Statistics.

Researchers in Mathematics, Zoology, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Computer Science and at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability also garnered awards.

Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships

Supporting early-career researchers ready to launch the next stage of their careers

  • Dr. Liam Watson, Mathematics

Killam Research Fellowships

Enabling faculty to pursue full-time research during a recognized study leave

  • Dr. Katie Marshall, Zoology
  • Dr. Joel Saylor, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Killam Research Prizes

Recognizing outstanding research and scholarly contributions

  • Dr. Joanna McGrenere, Computer Science
  • Dr. Amanda Giang, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Mechanical Engineering

For more details, visit the Office of Research Prizes and Awards.

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