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New graduate students wins national award

September 11, 2014 — 

Alastair Mowat, an incoming graduate student in the department of classics, won the Gladys Neale Award, a national award from the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan ($7,500). He received the award recently at a gala in Toronto.

His undergraduate research focused on the experimental archaeology of ancient torsion artillery (think catapults and giant crossbows). A student at the University of Winnipeg, he was active in the U of W Classics Students’ Association, serving as co-president for the 2011-2012 academic year and helping to promote the study of Classics while raising money for local charities.

As the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan reports: In the summer of 2013, he attended an archaeological field school at ancient Sikyon, in Greece. This experience cemented his inclination towards archaeology and informed his choice of graduate programs. In the fall of 2014, he will begin his M.A. in Classics at the University of Manitoba, studying the archaeology of ancient Greek trade. He will also be returning to Sikyon this summer as an Assistant Trench Supervisor, and plans to base his Master’s research on materials from that site.

 

Recently UM Today reported on the success of another of our gradute students, Amy Scott, who made the short list of most talented in Canada. 

For more graduate students stories, click here.

Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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