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Dr Richard C Playle Award in Integrative Biology
Initiated in 2004, this award is funded through donations from faculty, staff, and friends of the Biology Department to recognize academic achievement in the biology program.

Dr. Rick Playle, an award-winning scientist and a much-loved and respected member of the Wilfrid Laurier University Biology Department, passed on July 8, 2005. As expressions of sympathy, donations were made and added to this award and the award was renamed "Dr. Richard C. Playle Award in Integrative Biology" in his honour.

Playle taught Biology courses in comparative animal physiology, invertebrate zoology, and environmental toxicology. He was internationally known for his research on the physiological and toxicological effects of metals at fish gills. Dr. Playle was a productive scientist, and very committed to his research. He was a good citizen in so many other ways — organizing conferences, serving on committees, offering help to students — and this award is reflective and in keeping with his spirit.

The recipient will be a full-time undergraduate student entering their fourth year of an Honours Biology program, which may include a BSc double major or BA combined programs, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 9.0 (B+) in their Biology courses. The applicant will have a demonstrated and committed interest in the field of biology and/or declared their intention to continue their studies or profession in the biological sciences.

The recipient must have obtained a total of at least 14 credits. The intent of this scholarship is to benefit a student entering their last full year of the Biology program.

The recipient must also: be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident (landed immigrant) or protected person; be a long-term resident of Ontario; have proven financial need.

In the event that more than one student is eligible for this award, the award will be given to the student with the highest GPA in Biology.

Endowed award.
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