2007-08 Recipients of Centre for Environment Graduate Awards

Friday, September 5, 2008 2:44:00 PM

Students News


The Centre for Environment wishes to congratulate the recipients of the following graduate awards, most of which were presented at Research Day on April 29, 2008.  For more information, please visit http://www.environment.utoronto.ca/Graduate/AwardsandScholarships.aspx or contact Pavel Pripa, pavel.pripa@utoronto.ca, 416-978-3475.

ARTHUR AND SONIA LABATT GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS
	Arthur and Sonia Labatt (centre) join recipients of their Graduate Fellowships from left Joshua Cornfield, Kristen Courtney, Sarah DaSilva and on far right, Shaun Sharma and Gabrielle Eidelman
Photo: Arthur and Sonia Labatt (centre) join recipients of their Graduate Fellowships from left Joshua Cornfield, Kristen Courtney, Sarah DaSilva and on far right, Shaun Sharma and Gabrielle Eidelman.

These fellowships are awarded on an annual basis to support students enrolled in a Centre for Environment graduate program or the Juris Doctor Certificate in Environmental Studies (Faculty of Law and CFE). Students were asked to submit a paper on practical solutions to environmental issues and/or marketplace for solutions to environmental issues.  This year, six recipients were awarded $5000 each:
1. Joshua Cornfield, M.A. student, Political Science/CFE Environmental Studies;
2. Kristen Courtney, J.D. student, Law/CFE;
3. Sarah DaSilva, M.A. student, Geography/ CFE Environmental Studies (ESP);
4. Gabrielle Eidelman, Ph.D. student, Political Science/CFE ESP;
5. Andrew McKinley, M.A. student, Geography UTM/CFE ESP; and
6. Shaun Sharma, M.Env.Sc. student, CFE program at Physical and Environmental Sciences, U of T Scarborough.

JOHN BROWN PRIZE
Brown recipient Lisa Melymuk (left) and Chant recipients Jessica D’eon & Nilima Gandhi, join presenter Clare Wiseman, Coordinator of CFE’s Environment & Health Program (far right).
Photo: Brown recipient Lisa Melymuk (left) and Chant recipients Jessica D'eon & Nilima Gandhi, join presenter Clare Wiseman, Coordinator of CFE's Environment & Health Program (far right).

This prize is awarded for the best applied research project dedicated to the analysis and improvement of occupational or environmental health by a full-time graduate student in the Gage Occupational and Environmental Health Unit, the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, the Dept. of Public Health Sciences, and/or the Centre for Environment.  This year, the award went to Lisa Melymuk, M.Sc. alumna (Nov, 2007) of the Department of Geography and Centre for Environment's Environmental Studies Program and current Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering collaborative program. She is researching the sources and fates of organic pollutants.

SPERRIN CHANT MASONIC AWARD IN TOXICOLOGY
This award is given to students completing research in toxicology who demonstrate academic excellence and strength of character.  This year, a first prize was awarded to Jessica D'eon, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry and the Centre for Environment's Environmental Studies Program, who is researching the sources of perfluorinated contamination in humans and the environment. A second prize was awarded to Nilima Gandhi, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Centre for Environment's Environmental Studies Program.  She is studying method development for hazard analysis of chemicals: metal fate, exposure and toxicity issues.

TONY FERGUSON BOOK PRIZE
This new annual book prize is awarded to an outstanding graduate student registered in a Centre for Environment graduate program.  Preference is given to a student whose area of study encompasses environmental health, ecological zoology or psychology.  In its inaugural year, the $500 book prize was awarded to Laina Smith, M.A. student in the Department of Geography and the Centre for Environment's Environmental Studies Program. She is researching the composting behaviours of residents living in multi-unit dwellings.

ERIC DAVID BAKER KRAUSE GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
	Speaker Chris Kennedy (left) joins Eric Krause’s parents Wendy and Arnold Krause, sister Katy Krause, and Krause graduate fellowship recipient Laina Smith at the Eric Krause Memorial Lecture
Photo: Speaker Chris Kennedy (left) joins Eric Krause's parents Wendy and Arnold Krause, sister Katy Krause, and graduate fellowship recipient Laina Smith at the Eric Krause Memorial Lecture. (Photo courtesy of Jackie Vanterpool.)

This scholarship was established by the City of Toronto and U of T in memory of the late Eric Krause, M.A. alumnus in Geography and the former Institute for Environmental Studies (now Centre for Environment) who studied ecological footprints and then became an environmental planner with the City of Toronto. This year, the award went to Laina Smith (see above), in a presentation at the Krause Memorial Lecture, held in March, 2008.

GEORGE BURWASH LANGFORD PRIZE
	Nicole Ricker, recipient of the Langford Prize and presenter Ingrid Stefanovic, CFE Director
Photo: Nicole Ricker, recipient of the Langford Prize and presenter Ingrid Stefanovic, CFE Director.

This prize provides support and encouragement for student service and research at the Centre for Environment.  It is awarded to a CFE graduate student who best combines excellence in research and contribution to the work of the Centre.  This year, the prize was awarded to Nicole Ricker, M.Env.Sc. student, Centre for Environment program at the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, U of T Scarborough.  She is investigating phenotypic instability in chlorobenzoate degrading bacteria.