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By Rania Nasrallah-Massaad

Congratulations TelferNation! It is always a pleasure to recognize the excellent research achievements of our students. This year has been exceptionally challenging for all, and each of you are champions for persevering in your training and research despite the obstacles presented by the pandemic.

We would have loved to celebrate all your accomplishments by organizing a social event at Telfer, with lots of cake, laughter, and friendship. Though we are unable to celebrate your wonderful success in person this year, this does not diminish the recognition you all deserve.

Join me in congratulating the following 2020 winners who have secured various scholarships, received prestigious awards, and ranked among the top 3 presenters at the Telfer Graduate Research Student Thesis Competition.


External funding opportunities are limited and highly competitive. The following MSc and PhD students were awarded prestigious provincial and federal scholarships: Graduation cap and coins

  • Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship - CIHR
    • Mara Mihailescu
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship - SSHRC
    • Alison Coates 
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships
    • Andrew Scarffe
    • Nina Nesdoly
    • Léa Dugal
    • Amirhosein Moosavi
    • Anna Fedotova 
  • Queen Elizabeth II
    • Esra Ben Ismail


Each year the Telfer School offers two Research Awards to students who demonstrate continued commitment to their research and the success of the school. Learn more about their achievements .


On Friday October 23, 2020 fourteen students participated in a virtual Graduate Research Programs Thesis Competition and impressed us with a morning of captivating presentations. The competition was fierce, but four students ranked among the top 3 presenters and received cash prizes.

Nadia Landry - 1st prize, 3000$

Nina Nesdoly - 2nd prize, 2000$

Esra Ben Ismail and Marwa Solimon - tied for 3rd prize, 500$ each

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