Faculty of Science

Annual Review 2017

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YO RK U NIVERSIT Y FACU LT Y O F SCIEN CE Expanding summer research opportunities for undergrad 28 E xpERiENtial Edu catiO N In summer 2017, the Faculty of Science offered 19 Dean's Undergraduate Research A ards (DURAs) to high-performing York Science students, tripling the number of a ards given the previous year. Five of the DURAs ere generously funded by long-time donors Berna and Earle Nestmann, ho committed $100,000 over four years through a tax-smart gift of stocks that ill fund a total of 22 DURAs. "Earle and I are delighted to be able to make a contribution to support this undergraduate research program," said Berna Nestmann. "As researchers, we have experienced and witnessed the far-reaching impact of research awards for undergraduate students, and for graduate students and post-docs who get the opportunity to become mentors and team leaders. We are also convinced that an appreciation of the trials, failures, uncertainties, as well as successes of research promotes more questioning and critical evaluation of headlines and news stories that impact everyday decision making." DURAs are 16-week positions (paid, full-time) for undergraduate students to work in a York University research lab over the summer. The awards in 2017 were offered in addition to 20 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards to deserving students. All students were invited to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by the Faculty at the end of the summer. For more details about the DURAs, visit science.yorku.ca/DURA New scholarship program for incoming students The Faculty launched the York Science Scholars Award (YSSA) program for students of exceptional promise. The YSSA program will hand out $10,000 awards to as many as 25 rst-year students for fall 2018. "The goal is to recruit and nurture the most promising students so that they can go on to make a remarkable impact through exciting discoveries, creative innovations and meaningful engagement," said Ray Jayawardhana, dean of the Faculty of Science. Each York Science Scholar will receive the rst $5,000 as an entrance scholarship and the second half to support a summer research placement with a faculty mentor after their rst year. The research placement will provide students with an opportunity to put that rst year of learning into practice, get a sense of front-line research, and consider academic and career options for the future. For more information, visit science.yorku.ca/scholarsaward Berna and Earle Nestmann

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