TORONTO, ON – Three U of T doctoral students have been awarded the prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, the Trudeau Foundation announced today.
The highly coveted award supports social sciences and humanities doctoral students who are focused on researching and sharing innovative ideas that will help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians. A total of 15 students were named Trudeau Scholars this year.
In addition to a generous $60,000 grant that is given annually for a three-year period, the scholars will benefit from the shared expertise and knowledge of the Trudeau fellows and mentors. This outstanding inter-generational and inter-disciplinary group of recognized Canadian academic and non-academic leaders interacts regularly with the Trudeau scholars one-on-one, as well as through public policy networks, and at public forums hosted by the Foundation throughout the year.
The U of T 2012 Trudeau scholars are:
• Sara Angel (Art History): Sara is examining how new communications technologies can help museums stay relevant and popular;
• Matthew Gordner (Political Science): Matthew is studying events such as the “Arab Spring” to better understand how Islamic intellectual and political thought has addressed democracy since 1928; and,
• Michael Pal (Law): Michael is interested in how election laws in Canada affect political parties and the exercise of democracy.
“On behalf of the University of Toronto, congratulations to Sara, Matthew and Michael. We are proud of their achievement in being named Trudeau Scholars,” said Professor Peter Lewis, associate vice-president (research) at the University of Toronto. “The topics they are pursuing speak directly to areas that have an impact on society. We are also grateful to the Trudeau Foundation for this important investment in the next generation of scholars.”
The first meeting between the 2012 Trudeau Scholars and the Trudeau community will take place in Montebello, Que., from May 14-17 at a session also attended by current Trudeau Mentors, Fellows and Scholars.
More information on each scholar is available at www.trudeaufoundation.ca.
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