Release Date: April 27, 2009
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University of Regina to offer new undergraduate research scholarships to science students

Long-time chemistry laboratory instructor at the University of Regina has left a legacy by creating two new scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. Muriel E. Finlayson, who passed away August of 2006, left $156,000 in trust to the U of R funding two new scholarships - the Muriel E. Finlayson Undergraduate Environmental Science Scholarship and the Muriel E. Finlayson Undergraduate Computational Science Research Scholarship.

"These scholarships provide an exciting new opportunity for Faculty of Science students," says Dean of Science, Dr. Brien Maguire. "This is the first time we are offering undergraduate scholarships for scientific research. Not only does this new scholarship agreement speak to the quality and calibre of undergraduate students in our faculty, it provides students with the financial support they need to pursue their academic dreams."

Finlayson, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, was a world traveller and a dedicated football fan. She also enjoyed curling, needlework and crafts. She taught as chemistry laboratory instructor at the U of S before accepting a job in the Faculty of Science at the U of R. She retired from the U of R in 1993.

"Muriel had a life long passion for learning.  She particularly loved to challenge those in scientific studies to pursue excellence.  These scholarships are a vehicle to promote that endeavour," says Nancy Glover, cousin and executor of Finlayson.

Faculty of Science students are eligible to apply for the undergraduate scholarships upon entering into their third years of study providing they have a minimum grade point average of 85 per cent. Both scholarships will be available to students this spring.