Graduate research success celebrated at 2015 Scholars Reception

More than 100 recipients were honoured at this year’s Scholars Reception to celebrate the incredible research funding awarded to York graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in major internal and external scholarship competitions.

This includes over $28 million in federal, provincial and other major external awards from 2012-2015, and approximately $60 million in York University awards from 2011-2015.

photo of Representatives from the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies

Representatives from the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies

Hosted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) and the Division of Advancement, fellow colleagues, faculty members and York staff came out to recognize the research accomplishments of some of York’s exceptional scholars. Representation included an array of disciplines from social sciences, humanities, arts, to science and engineering.

“Graduate studies plays a crucial role in developing and establishing a vibrant and innovative research culture at York,” said Barbara Crow, Dean of FGS and event host. “In addition, York currently hosts over 160 postdoctoral fellows conducting cutting–edge research. I’m extremely proud of the accomplishments of all of you, and honored to be in my role to support your success.”

Will Gage, Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning noted “Many of you are busy not only conducting research but are also actively involved in the training of our undergraduate students as teaching assistants, course directors, lab supervisors, tutors and mentors. And I can’t emphasize enough the important contributions that all of you make in keeping York an active and vibrant learning community.”

photo of Representatives from the Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies

Representatives from the Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies

Speakers also included Kate Tschrihart of Advancement highlighting the importance of donor contributions and how they enable student success. PhD students Diane Sepa-Kishi (Kinesiology & Health Science), Marina Tchistaiam (Linguistics & Applied Linguistics), and Sam Tecle (Sociology) shared details of their research projects, and how their funding has allowed them to grow as scholars and leaders in their respective communities.

Other research profiled for guests ran the gamut from examining wastewater as a potential renewable energy, to the relationship between iconography, identity and branding, to investigating antihydrogen, to the impact of social constructions of masculinity on sexual violence against women, and to 16th century Italian dueling as a form of mediation and dispute resolution.

The Scholars Reception is an opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to meet and celebrate with other researchers at York, along with faculty and staff who assist with scholarship applications and adjudications throughout the year. The event is held annually in December.