Chris receives prestigious Ann Oaks Award

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 11:18am
Congratulations! Chris Wong wins the prestigious Ann Oaks Award from the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists. One fellowship is awarded to graduate students each year.

The Ann Oaks Doctoral Scholarship is named in honour of the late Dr. B. Ann Oaks, a long-time member of the CSPB. The Scholarship was initiated by Dr. Oaks via financial gifts to the Society. Additional donations have been made by CSPB members. The Oaks Scholarship is valued at $21,000 per year (equivalent to NSERC's PGS-D), and like the PGS-D, is renewable for up to a total of three years of support.

The CSPB has been fortunate to have the help of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC; in selecting the Oaks Scholarship holders. All applicants to NSERC’s doctoral scholarship competitions are automatically considered for an Oaks Scholarship (no separate application for the Oaks Scholarship is needed).

Ann Oaks received a BA (Honours Biology) from the University of Toronto in 1951, and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in 1954 and 1959, respectively. The majority of her research career was spent as a faculty member in the Department of Biology at McMaster University (1965 to 1989, emeritus), and as adjunct faculty in the Department of Botany at the University of Guelph (1989 to 1999). Ann's research focused on plant nitrogen metabolism, primarily in maize seedlings, and the quality of her research gained her international respect. Ann was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1986, and received the Society (Gold) Medal from the CSPB in 1988. Her prominence and leadership in plant physiology were recognized through an invitation to describe her career in a prefatory chapter for the Annual Review of Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology (Oaks, A. 2000. Fifty years of plant science: was there really no place for a woman? 51:1-16). Ann was awarded a DSc from McMaster in 2004 and was recognized as a Woman of Distinction for lifetime achievement by the Guelph YWCA.