Education Programs

Psychiatric Research - Roger C Bland Graduate Award

Graduate students and supervisors should note that the call for submission for this award will be in the spring term of year prior to Research Day.  The Award is valued at $500 and will be given at the Department of Psychiatry Research Day held in May.  The selection of the award recipient in each case will be made by that committee or by a subcommittee appointed by the Chair.  Submissions should include a letter of support from the supervisor, the nominee’s updated CV and unofficial transcript, and copies of the student’s publications.


The Roger C. Bland Graduate Award in Psychiatric Research Dr. Roger C. Bland, an internationally recognized psychiatric epidemiologist, is currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry.  For many years, he was coordinator of the postgraduate medical education program, and from 1990 – 2000 served as Chair of the Department.  During his career, Dr. Bland has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Michael Smith Award for Research on Schizophrenia, the Medal for Distinguished Service from the Alberta Medical Association, and the First Annual Alex Leighton Award in Epidemiology from the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology and the Canadian Psychiatric Association.  He is a past Vice-President of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology.
The Bland award is offered annually to a graduate student (including psychiatric residents enrolled in the M.Sc./Ph.D. program) who has demonstrated excellence in psychiatric research.  The award may be based on a single piece of work or on a series of studies and may be in any field of research in Psychiatry.  The award will consist of $500 and a certificate bearing the recipient’s name.  This award may not be received by any graduate student more than twice.