Hummel Neuroscience Graduate Award
Value: $1,000 minimum
Eligibility-candidate pool: Full-time continuing graduate students majoring in Neuroscience. Preference given to students studying Parkinson’s or Stroke research.
Criteria-ranking the pool: Academic good standing.
Established by Ruth Hummel, Eleanor (Hummel) Smith and Bernie Hummel, to honor the memory of their parents, lifelong Albertans, George and Alice (Anderson) Hummel, who had a longstanding interest in the CCBN research at the UofL.
The release of the first award will be in the Fall semester of 2018, which marks 70 years since George and Alice were married (December 16, 1948). George (farmer and rancher) and Alice (musician and music teacher) raised their family in Champion. In the early 80s they moved to Lethbridge, where they were proud to support various University of Lethbridge events and initiatives. Two of their six children (Ruth and Eleanor) are U of L alumni.
Interest in CCBN research was related to the knowledge that many communities in southern Alberta, including their own hometown of Champion, appeared to be dealing with proportionately high occurrences of Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases. George was later diagnosed with Parkinson’s himself, and one of their children had a near fatal stroke.