Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

StFX PhD student demonstrates greatest promise for health research in province

August 28th, 2014
Lawrence Nyika

A StFX PhD student, Lawrence Nyika, has been honoured with the prestigious The Quest award. 

The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation’s The Quest award honours a graduate student who demonstrates the greatest promise for health research in the province. This is the first time a student from a university outside of Halifax Regional Municipality has been selected as a winner.

Mr. Nyika is taking his PhD in educational studies. He was a teacher and medical laboratory technologist in Zimbabwe before coming to StFX.
“I aspire to become a scholar in the field of health education research. My doctoral research will be studying the multiple perspectives of various stakeholders in health promoting schools including students, parents, support staff, and health and education professionals,” says Mr. Nyika. “In particular, I will explore health beliefs and practices of different ethnic groups in health promoting schools in Nova Scotia. As well, I hope to broaden my research agenda to include research sites in other areas of Atlantic Canada, Zimbabwe and other African countries.”
Mr. Nyika is no stranger to awards. He has won the Scotia Scholars Award at both the master and doctoral levels. He received his Master of Education at StFX in 2012. 
“These moments will be with me for a long time, I am so humbled that Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation continues to show such great faith in me and my work. Thank you,” added Mr. Nyika.
"While I am at it, thank you to the St. Francis Xavier University community particularly the Dean of Education Jeff Orr, my doctoral supervisors Anne Murray Orr and Charmaine McPherson as well as my committee members Lisa Lunney Borden and Maureen Coady. To my doctoral instructors and colleagues from St. Francis Xavier, Acadia and Mount Saint Vincent universities, I say thank you for the enriching interactions."

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