More than $2 million in national, provincial funding for Brock graduate students

The Campaign for a Bold New Brock

More than $2 million in national, provincial funding for Brock graduate students

Oct. 20, 2008

One-hundred-and-two Brock University graduate students recently received a combined total of $2,131,900 in national and provincial awards and scholarships in recognition of their academic achievement.

The awards and scholarships, sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS), and Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, range in value from $15,000 to $35,000 per year with some of the granting agencies renewing awards from two to four years.

"The work of these young researchers is among the most creative in Canada," says Marilyn Rose, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies at Brock.

"Most external competitions restrict each university to a maximum number of potential awards, based on size, research intensity and past performance, but institutions still have to compete to receive the maximum number available every year," says Rose. "The fact that Brock has reached our quota across the board, on a nation-wide competitive basis, is a truly remarkable achievement on the part of the University's graduate students."

She adds that Brock's success in competitions for external awards is a sign of Brock's maturing graduate studies culture: "We are attracting excellent students to our 38 graduate programs, and they are clearly prospering under the direction of our innovative professor-researchers who put students first."

The following are brief profiles of some of this year's successful graduate student award and scholarship recipients:

  • Catherine Milner, a PhD student in Psychology, researches sleep and information processing in people suffering from traumatic brain injury under the supervision of Kimberly Cote, Professor, Psychology. She is a successful recipient of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Award.
  • Nicole Daniel, an English MA student whose research explores representations of women in late-medieval effigies in England, is the successful recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC).
  • Robert Flack, a Computer Science MSc student, researches evolutionary architectural design in computer programming with his supervisor Brian Ross, Professor, Computer Science. He is the successful recipient of an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (NSERC).
  • Anna Rose, a Master of Applied Disability Studies student, is researching the 3Rs: Rights, Respect and Responsibilities, as components of human rights training under the supervision of Maurice Feldman, Professor, Child and Youth Studies and Director, Centre for Applied Disabilities Studies. She is the successful recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Scholarship.