Three outstanding TRU graduate students have been awarded federal entrance scholarships valued at a total of $52,500.
The Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s program (CGS-M) supports students who show a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. Applications are evaluated based on academic excellence and research potential.
These notable scholarships are valued at $17,500 each and were awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
“Receiving the scholarship has allowed me to focus on studies without the stress or worry about having to work full-time on top of the master’s program,” says Jordyn Bogetti, who received the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship. Her research focuses on how environmental legislation impacts environmental science, with a specific focus on species at risk laws and whether BC’s absence of designated species at risk legislation affects conservation compared to provinces that have a species at risk act.
For the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship recipient Chloe Howarth, the award provides the opportunity to better understand the movement and migration tactics of Western rattlesnakes across BC as well as the roles landscape and habitat play in shaping migratory patterns.
“I feel extremely grateful to be receiving the NSERC CGS-M award this year and to have my research recognized in this way,” says Howarth. “This award takes away a lot of financial stress for me and is allowing me to continue putting all of my time and focus into my project, which I hope will contribute to the conservation of these amazing animals.”
Focused on rural, Indigenous food security in Northern Canada—with a specific focus on how gardening and Indigenous protected areas impact food security and food sovereignty in Fort Providence in the Northwest Territories—Emalee Vandermale recognizes how the funds allow her to keep doing valuable work.
“Receiving the CGS-M award has provided me with time, resources and confidence to fully immerse myself in this project,” says Vandermale, who received the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship.
“With these resources, I was able to fit in two field sessions up north and concentrate on reading and writing when I was back at TRU. I also had the time to broaden my research experience and be a part of other projects in my lab. I am very grateful for receiving the award and continue to benefit from it by focusing on learning and building research skills.”
These awards mark a significant federal investment in TRU’s graduate students and are a validation of TRU’s graduate programming.