Ratan is pursuing his M.D. at Queen's University. He has a B.Sc. in Biology and Physiology from the University of Western Ontario, and has studied Philosophy and History at La Sorbonne, and French at the Université Laval. Ratan was a summer researcher with the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Western Ontario. He studied diabetic rats to test cataract risk reduction by a mixture of dietary antioxidants. Ratan's research is soon to be published. Ratan is a member of SEDS-Canada, and the Canadian Space Agency. He was a Canada Scholar 1993-94, 1994-95, and 1995-96, and the recipient of the University of Western Ontario's Elmer Avery Admission Scholarship and In-House Scholarship. Ratan has a very good understanding of French, and a good knowledge of German. He lives in London, Ontario. Ratan is an avid skier, swimmer, and mountain climber. He also enjoys literature and philosophy.



Leslie is pursuing her M.D. at McMaster University, specializing in the area of community health. Leslie also completed her Honours B.Sc. in Biology and Psychology at McMaster University, and HAS published her honours thesis. Leslie worked at the McMaster Sport Fitness School, an athletic camp run by the University, and created her own summer position as a "health zone administrator". She developed programs and interactive sessions designed to create a general health focus at the camp, and to involve other councilors in health promotion. Leslie also worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology at McMaster University. Leslie is the President of the McMaster Medical School Student Council, and the Undergraduate Chair of the Educating Future Physicians of Ontario (EFPO) Student Resident Committee. She was also Captain of the McMaster Varsity Women's Basketball Team. Leslie was the recipient of the Pairo Citizenship Award 1996 for maintaining an above average academic record while contributing substantially to her school and fellow students, and was selected as an academic all-Canadian in her last two undergraduate years. Leslie is originally from Montreal, Quebec.



Mark is completing his Master of Applied Science and Engineering degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto. After graduating with his Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto, Mark completed the Jean Monnet program at the École Polytechnique in France. Mark has participated in three mirogravity campaigns with NASA, CSA, CNES and Novespace, involving experiments ranging from material science processing, to fluid configuration, to human vestibular experiments. Mark also has suborbital rocket design and operational experience through his participation in the CSAR-II campaign, which involved CSA, NASA, and SAAB Aerospace. Mark has conducted post graduate atmospheric science research with the CNES and LMD on the secondary data treatment of the earth's radiative budget. Mark will return to France in the fall of 1997 to pursue a Ph.D. in space science at École Polytechnique. His interests include flying, downhill skiing, and scuba diving. Mark is bilingual, thoroughly conversant in Czech, and has a working knowledge of Serbian, Croatian, and Polish. He is originally from Cambridge, Ontario.


Caroline completed a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science, a M.Sc.A. in Biomedical Engineering, and a B.Sc. in Physical Therapy all from the University of Montreal. During her doctoral work, she studied the effects of the stimulation of low threshold afferents on H-reflex amplitude and spasticity in spinal cord injuries. For the past two years, Caroline has conducted postdoctoral work at UCLA on several projects with NASA, looking at the effects of microgravity and simulated microgravity on muscle activation and motor control, thanks to a Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation Stipend from the Ontario Ministry of Health. Caroline has also been an Assistant Professor in the Program of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, and has worked as a Physical Therapist at the Ottawa General Hospital. Caroline has published in her area of specialization, and has participated in numerous conferences and workshops. Caroline was born in Canada, makes her permanent home in Ville St- Laurent, Québec. She is fluent in French and English, and has a strong understanding of Spanish.



Cory is pursuing a Master's of Engineering degree at M.I.T. with a Charles Stark Draper Laboratories Scholarship. Cory has a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University, with a concentration in Aerodynamics and Propulsion. Cory participated in a sixteen month internship program offered by Bell Northern Research Limited in Ottawa. Cory focused on interconnect technology, and was involved in environmental testing, test plan authoring, fiber optics, mechanical tolerance analysis and design input to telecommunications equipment. Cory also served as a program teaching assistant for the Shad Valley Carleton Program and assisted in engineering, computers, math, and entrepreneurship. Cory was twice awarded first place at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, is a five time national science fair competitor with three gold medals, and a two time International Science Fair Competitor, winning a gold medal in France in 1989. Cory makes his permanent home in Chateauguay, Quebec. He is bilingual, and is interested in guitars, painting, and woodworking.



Joshua is pursuing a law degree a the University of Toronto. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at McGill University. Joshua attended the United States Space Academy, and was a volunteer at the Remote Sensing Lab at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Joshua also worked as a junior consultant for Orlan, Karigan & Associates, where he established a Novell network 4.1, and assisted in its marketing, demonstration, and client support. Joshua has been awarded the J.W. McConnel Award, the Dean's Honour List, the Hewlett Packard Prize is Science, and graduated with Great Distinction from McGill University. Joshua was born in Topeka, Kansas, and now lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has strong language skills in Hebrew and French, and enjoys team sports, music, and reading.



Adam is completing a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering in the area of Metal-Sulfur Combustion Synthesis at McGill University. He is also pursuing a law degree part-time at McGill University and is enrolled in courses offered by the Institute and Center for Air and Space Law. He completed an Honours Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University. Adam carried out an important part of his Master's research aboard NASA's Lewis Research Center DC-9 Reduced Gravity Aircraft. Michel has worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, and has been a summer Research Assistant with the Department of National Defense Headquarters, and the Defense Research Establishment Pacific. Michel's summer research work focused on software development and computer modeling. He has received a NSERC scholarship, the British Association Medal in Applied Sciences, the McGill McConnel Scholarship, the Bourse d'été de recherche de l'Université Laval, and the Canada Scholarship in Engineering. Adam resides in Roxboro, Quebec. He is bilingual, enjoys tennis, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe.



Maxime is pursuing a M.D. at the Université de Montréal, and will graduate in May, 1997. He also earned a Baccalaureate in mechanical engineering at the École Polytechnique de Montréal, specializing in space technologies. Maxime was an engineering intern with Spar Aerospace Ltd., and worked in the areas of space systems, subsystems and equipments. He was also a medical student at the Research Center, Hôpital Du Sacre-Coeur de Montréal, where he worked on a genetic and epidemiological project concerning large families with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. Maxime will pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in September 1997, and has as his ultimate professional goal to be selected as an astronaut in the Canadian Space Program. Maxime is an active athlete, an amateur actor, and writer of published short stories and essays. Maxime lives in Montreal, Quebec.


Rajan is currently enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Toronto. He completed his Honours B.Sc. in Physiology at the University of Toronto. For the past two summers, Rajan has held fellowships from the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada to conduct research at The Toronto Hospital on the mechanisms of action of local anesthetics in the treatment of muscle paralysis. Rajan's work has resulted in two papers published in the Journal of Physiology and the American Journal of Physiology. Rajan was designated a University of Toronto Scholar and was awarded the Chancellor's Scholarship and the distinction of Provost's Scholar by Trinity College. He also received The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award for involvement in service, athletics, skill development and exploration. Rajan is a fluently bilingual graduate of the Toronto French School, and earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma. Rajan lives in Toronto, Ontario.