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August 5, 2011 – Vanier scholarships awarded to five U of T doctoral students

by Jessica Lewis — Friday, Aug 05, 2011

August 5, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced the winners of Canada’s prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. Five are from the Faculty of Arts and Science: Patrick-Rey de Perio of physics, Emilie Nicolas of the Centre for Comparative Literature, Jessica Sonnenberg of chemistry, Paul Thomas of political science and Chenchong Zhu of astronomy and astrophysics.

The scholars were chosen from 26 universities. Vanier scholars receive $50,000 annually for up to three years, and each is selected based on his or her demonstrated leadership skills and high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering or health sciences.

"Canada's prosperity is fundamentally linked to science and technology and highly skilled individuals whose talents bring innovative ideas to life," said Harper. "I am pleased to congratulate the 167 recipients of this year's Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships - researchers whose ideas will help produce tomorrow's breakthroughs and keep Canada's economy growing."

"One of the most pleasurable and rewarding parts of my job is overseeing our nominations for such prestigious awards as the Vanier Scholarships," said Professor Berry Smith, vice-dean (students) at the School of Graduate Studies. "These are outstanding students in all respects, and the university is both fortunate and proud to count them among our members."

A complete list of the 2011 Vanier scholarship recipients is available online at www.vanier.gc.ca.