The other day, I returned home from the lab to find an unexpected letter in my mail box. Unfortunately, the letter was meant to inform me that one of my graduate scholarships was being discontinued the end of the month. Graduate scholarships are meant to help students pay for tuition fees and some living expenses. Such scholarships are provided to hardworking students whose work shows merit.
Although the letter was very discouraging, I took comfort in knowing that the endMS campaign works to attract and retain the best and brightest MS researchers. And with your support, endMS remains committed to funding MS research even during difficult economic times. Proof of this commitment was reinforced as I recently received the great news that I’ve been awarded an MS Society of Canada Research Studentship. This funding will replace my previous scholarship and allow me to continue working hard towards understanding the pathogenesis of MS.
Provincial and society funded scholarships are very attractive to students and play a large role in their decision to work in the field of multiple sclerosis research, among other disciplines.
What your thoughts are on this matter? Do you think the current economy will affect MS research worldwide? What about other disciplines?
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