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(from left) Victoria Shears, master’s student in social work, Rotimi Aluko, professor of human nutritional sciences, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, doctoral student in human nutritional sciences, and Jay Doering, vice-provost (graduate education) and dean of Graduate Studies.

(from left) Victoria Shears, master’s student in social work, Rotimi Aluko, professor of human nutritional sciences, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, doctoral student in human nutritional sciences, and Jay Doering, vice-provost (graduate education) and dean of Graduate Studies.

Event honours outstanding graduate students

Recipients of awards, scholarships, fellowships and studentships recognized at annual awards reception

November 17, 2015 — 

Held this year on Monday, November 16, the Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Reception honours graduate students who have received awards in excess of $10,000 per year beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year.

“Graduate students are the fuel of the University’s research engine. Their discovery and innovation helps build this province’s knowledge economy,” says Jay Doering, vice-provost (graduate education) and dean of graduate studies. “The Faculty of Graduate Studies Annual Awards Reception showcases the significant achievement of our graduate students as recognized by prestigious awards.”

This year 417 graduate students were honoured at the awards reception. Each of these students have been awarded competitive internal or external awards, scholarships, fellowships or studentships.

Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, a doctoral student in the department of human nutritional sciences, was one of the students honoured at the awards reception. He spoke at the event on behalf of graduate students.

“Before I received this award I thought I had set a very high academic bar for myself, but now I realize it can go even higher,” says Nwachukwu. “The award has left me with no option other than to excel.”

Other guest speakers at this year’s event included Scott Sinclair, assistant deputy minister, advanced learning division and Susan Gottheil, vice-provost (students), U of M.

Photos from the event can be viewed on the Faculty of Graduate Studies Facebook page.

Attracting and retaining the best graduate students is a pillar of the university’s Front and Centre campaign. Donor support enables the university to offer more competitive fellowship opportunities, bolster our research output in areas where we have established excellence, increase our expertise in new and emerging areas, and produce the future leaders of our businesses, communities, and government.

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