Ottawa, June 7, 2000 – The Canadian Space Agency’s Space
Sciences Program announced today the names of two Canadian
university students who have been awarded a prestigious scientific
scholarship to participate in a training program at NASA’s John F.
Kennedy Space Center.

Jeremy A. Bamford, of Edmonton, and Roona Sinha, of Ottawa, were
chosen among nearly 40 applicants from across Canada who
competed for the Canadian Space Agency’s Spaceflight and Life
Sciences Training Program Scholarship.

The scholarship allows the two university students to participate in an
intensive six-week training program at the John F. Kennedy Space
Center, in Florida, with 25 other students in Life Sciences,
Bio-engineering and other related fields. During the course of this
program, the students will take part in the conceptualization,
preparation, pre- and postflight testing, data analysis and report
preparation phases of simulated space flight experiments and in
NASA Life Sciences research. They depart for Florida on June 10,

Bamford recently completed his Bachelor of Science degree in
Kinesiology at the University of Alberta. He has been accepted into
the school’s masters program. His particular area of interest is the
study of skeletal muscle physiology and, more specifically, the
expression of contractile proteins.

Sinha is a second-year student at the University of Ottawa, in
biotechnology, which is a double degree program in Biochemistry and
Chemical Engineering. In addition, she is a peer counsellor, works in
the school’s math department, and volunteers for various community
and environmental organizations.

This is the fourth year that the Canadian Space Agency has
sponsored students who have demonstrated scholastic excellence
and an interest in Space Life Sciences to participate in this unique
learning experience. The scholarships are worth approximately
$18,000 each and cover the students’ flights, accomodation in the
Cocoa Beach area, and a meal allowance. Bamford and Sinha bring to
six the number of Canadian students who have been awarded the
Canadian Space Agency’s Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training
Program Scholarship.

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 and located in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the
Canadian Space Agency co-ordinates all elements of the Canadian
Space Program which include, Earth and Environment, Satellite
Communications, Space Science, Generic Space Technologies and
Human Presence in Space. The Canadian Space Agency is
committed to leading the development and application of space-related
knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

For more information:

Caroline Lavallée
Senior Communications Officer
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4370