May 1, 2009


McMaster students receive prestigious Vanier scholarships

Hamilton, ON. May 1, 2009 –Eight students from McMaster University have received the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, a new program introduced by the federal government to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and make this country a global leader in higher education research.

Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) made the announcement in Ottawa yesterday. 

“The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program demonstrates the federal government’s ongoing commitment to attract and support the world’s leading researchers,” says Peter George, president of McMaster University. “Not only does a program like this recognize the important role graduate work plays in shaping and enhancing our society, but it also provides  invaluable support to train our next generation of researchers.”

A total of 166 scholarships, valued at $50,000 each, are to be awarded annually for up to three years.  Canada’s three federal granting agencies, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) will administer the program. 

Below is a list of winners from McMaster University:

CIHR Winning Recipients:

?Beata Batorowicz,  Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
?Derek K. Chu, Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
?Suzanne E. Osborne, Department of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
?Nghi Phan, Department of Medical Physics & Applied Radiation Sciences, Faculty of Science

NSERC Winning Recipients:

?Mr. Vladimir Miskovic, McMaster Integrative Neuroscience & Discovery Graduate Program, Faculties of Science and Health Sciences
?Nikol Piskuric, Department of Biology,  Faculty of Science

SSHRC Winning Recipients:

?Sandra Josephine Bortolin, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences
?Kate M. Mulligan, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, Faculties of Science, and Social Sciences

When fully operational, the program will support 500 international and Canadian doctoral students per year.

McMaster University, one of four Canadian universities listed among the Top 100 universities in the world, is renowned for its innovation in both learning and discovery. It has a student population of 23,000, and more than 140,000 alumni in 128 countries.



For more information please contact:

Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager: Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext 22869