Western posts eight Vanier Scholarship recipients
London Community News
“World class scholar” is a description eight doctoral candidates from Western University can put behind their names now that they have been awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.
Susan Truppe, MP for London North Centre, announced the awarding of this year’s scholarships, which recognize leadership skills and achievement and aim to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning, on Thursday (Aug. 30).
Western’s recipients are Adrienne Elbert, who studies biochemistry, Shih-Han Susan Huang, who studies biophysics, Daniel Langohr, who studies biomedical engineering, Anna Matejko, who studies cognitive science development, Matthew John Meyer, who studies health services research, Krista Vincent, who studies cancer research, Jorge E. Rosés Labrada, who studies linguistics, and Maria del Carmen Vega Dulanto, who studies anthropology.
Overall, 156 doctoral students from 29 universities across the country were announced as Vanier recipients.
Since they were introduced by the federal government in 2008, 660 Vanier Scholarships have been awarded and the value of this year’s scholarships is $23.4 million.
Vanier scholars receive $50,000 annually for up to three years and each is selected based on his or her demonstrated leadership skills, research potential and high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering or health sciences.
Candidates are first nominated by a Canadian university and the nominations are then evaluated by selection committees established by Canada’s three research granting agencies: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.