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Student success stories of 2021

December 23, 2021 — 

We’ve been through a lot in 2021, but as we reflect on the year, it would be a mistake to just focus on the challenges. There are many, many success stories to celebrate. Here is a round-up of the top 10.

UM welcomes 110 new medical students at White Coat Ceremony

This year’s class of 61 women, 45 men, and four identifying as non-binary, includes 17 students of self-declared Indigenous ancestry. The diversity reflects the Max Rady College of Medicine’s inclusive admissions policy.

Rehab science students develop COVID coping guide

Three occupational therapy students launched a toolkit for coping during the pandemic aimed at seniors and adults with limited resources.

UM’s Schulich Leaders eager to learn and achieve their dreams

Two remarkable incoming students in science and engineering were awarded the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships valued at $80,000 and $100,000.

PhD student named Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship finalist

Joshua Okyere’s peace and conflict studies doctoral thesis focuses on institutionalized cultural and social practices that normalize violence against children in Ghana. 

Online celebration honours First Nations, Métis and Inuit graduates

Virtual event celebrates 510 self-declared Indigenous graduates, the largest cohort ever.

Master’s student named McCall MacBain Scholarship finalist

Caitlin Thomas [MA/21] integrated her academic passions, volunteerism, professional background and belief systems to enhance her learning at UM.

Meet the 2021 Emerging Leaders

Sixty-four students were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the social, cultural or economic well-being of communities on and off campus.

Award winners celebrated at Fall Convocation 2021

Science student Flyn Gallardo took home the Governor General’s Silver Medal and Haley Nakonechny, College of Rehabilitation Sciences student earned the University Gold Medal.

Indigenous students honoured at virtual Manitoba Indigenous Youth Achievement Awards

Five UM students were recognized for community volunteerism, cultural contributions, or leadership in the area of health.

Schulich Leader alum using AI to transform how diabetes is managed

Ella Thomson [BSc(EE)/17] is developing an implantable, artificial pancreas to help control insulin release.

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