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Laurier applicants earn NSERC graduate awards
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WATERLOO — Eight of the nine grant applications submitted by Laurier to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) in the Discovery Grants and Scholarships and Fellowships competition have been successful, NSERC announced this week.
All seven of the master’s-level applicants were successful, with five of them winning the prestigious Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s award. Only the top-ranked applicants are awarded the Canada Graduate Scholarship.
“I am delighted with the strong showing from our NSERC applicants this year,” said Dr. Joan Norris, dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. “Our success rate has doubled over the last four competitions, demonstrating the growing strength of science programs at Laurier.”
The successful applicants are:
• Adley Au - post-graduate Master’s scholarship, $17,300.
• Joanna Fawcett - Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s award, $17,500.
• Geoff Skelton - Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s award, $17,500.
• Lindsey Abma - post-graduate Master’ scholarship, $17,300.
• Kimberly Coros - Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s award, $17,500.
• Stacey Erven - Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s award, $17,500.
• Jonathan Krohn - Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s award, $17,500 (declined; attending Oxford).
In addition, Michelle Jarick of Psychology will receive a post-graduate doctoral scholarship valued at $21,000 annually.
A total of 24 students submitted applications for the nine spots Laurier was allotted. Each department ranked its applicants, with those rankings and departmental appraisals forwarded to the Office of Graduate Studies. The ranked applications were then reviewed by the NSERC Selection Committee, which selected the top applications to forward to the national competition.
Norris said that with the addition of six new programs at the graduate level this fall, “we will continue to build on this demonstration of excellence. We are particularly excited about the innovative program in Integrative Biology. We believe it will attract high-quality students with the potential for NSERC funding.”