Graduate scholarship and thesis prize recipients celebrated

photo of From left: Dr. Bryan Nelson, Dean Tom Loebel, President & Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton, Lana Foreman, and Julia Gauberg

From left: Dr. Bryan Nelson, Dean Tom Loebel, President & Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton, Lana Foreman, and Julia Gauberg

Students, faculty members and staff from the graduate community gathered on November 15 to celebrate recipients of major scholarships, as well as thesis and dissertation prize winners.

This includes almost $32 million in federal, provincial and other major external awards from 2014-2017, and approximately $64.4 million in York University awards from 2013-2017.

“We’re here to recognize all the ways that this great plural ‘you’ contributes to York, both making and representing this university as a distinct place for pioneering research,” said Tom Loebel, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. “The diversity of projects pursued here makes me very proud of York.”

Dr. Loebel noted the event took place in the midst of Tri-Council application season to acknowledge the hard work of applicants, as well as that of faculty and staff who invest extra time in critiquing drafts, writing letters, administering and adjudicating files. “Collaboration is an investment for which the process itself is the first return,” he added.

Rhonda Lenton, President & Vice-Chancellor, spoke to the university’s position as an institution that is committed to providing a broad demographic of students access to a research-intensive learning experience, and reaffirmed the commitment to the social, cultural and economic well-being of the societies we serve. “It is incredibly rewarding to see not only the diversity of students, but the diversity across the campus of the different research projects and disciplines that you are in and are contributing, in one way or another, to the public good,” noted Dr. Lenton.

Rebecca Pillai Riddell, Associate Vice-President Research, echoed Dr. Lenton’s remarks and emphasized how graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are key drivers to the university’s success. Dr. Pillai Riddell added “as a researcher, I always say that my graduate students are the heart and soul, and often the brains, of my research enterprise.”

Doctoral students Khushbu Patel (Psychology) and Mohamed Duale (Education) likewise shared insights into their research, and they currently hold an NSERC doctoral scholarship and a Graduate Fellowship in Academic Distinction respectively.

The event also saw the Thesis and Dissertation Prize Winners of the Faculty of Graduate Studies showcased and recognized. Master’s graduates Lana Forman (Music) and Julia Gauberg (Biology) were present to accept a commemorative frame and award, along with PhD graduate Dr. Bryan Nelson (Social & Political Thought).

Hosted annually by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Scholars Reception is an opportunity for graduate students from all disciplines to meet, network and learn about the wonderful research currently taking place across campus.