(St. John’s, NL:30 Oct. 2014) Matthew Scott, a  2013 recipient  of an RDC Ocean Industries Student Research Award, told the assembled audience in the foyer of MUN’s engineering building, Oct 30, that  RDC’s support was important to his research into hydrocarbon source rocks in the Flemish Pass. He was a featured speaker today as the Research Development Corporation (RDC) held its fifth annual round of ocean technology student awards.

The 16 winners were selected through a competitive process based on academic achievement, technical merits and relevance of the research to Newfoundland and Labrador’s ocean industries including offshore petroleum, aquaculture and fisheries.

In addition to the 13 doctoral and masters candidates and three undergraduates on hand for the announcement at 3:00 pm in the main foyer of the Engineering building on Memorial’s St. John’s campus on Thursday, Oct. 30, were Darin King, minister responsible for the RDC, Glenn Janes, chief executive officer, RDC, and Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president of MUN and host for the event.

Speaking directly to the recipients Janes told them that the funding is intended to “develop highly skilled researchers with expertise and an interest in our ocean-based industries.” He went on to say that RDC is committed to supporting  students whose projects tcould help the province enhance its leadership role in offshore technologies.

This year’s program awards range from $7,500 for Bachelor degree-level programs to up to $20,000 per year for master’s candidates and up to $30,000 per year for doctoral candidates.

“The Provincial Government established the RDC to improve research and development throughout our province,” saiid Minister King. “Through this program, and other initiatives that support oceans-related research and development we are doing just that. We are enhancing Newfoundland and Labrador’s well-deserved reputation as a global leader in ocean technology,” he said.

As host for the event Kachanoski pointed out that the awards program is a significant honour, not just for the young researchers, but also for Memorial University. “I would like to thank RDC and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for their support and commitment to this program, and their role in fostering growth and success in the next generation of leaders in the oceans industries,” he said.

Applications for next year’s awards are now available online. For more information on this year’s award recipients see the backgrounder.

RDC is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s research and development performance. RDC works with research and development stakeholders including business, academia and government agencies to make strategic investments in people, R&D opportunities, and infrastructure.

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