Engineering student Mark Hearson is now the 96th University of Manitoba student to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and the university’s 10th Rhodes Scholar in as many years.
Hearson, who recently completed his 5th year of a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, has shown himself as a recognized leader, public speaker and activist. He has received awards for his leadership in student and community endeavors, as well as for his outstanding academic record and undergraduate research.
Rhodes Scholarships are the most prestigious awards of their kind in Canada. The U of M has had more recipients than any other university in western Canada and is one of the leading institutions in the country for Rhodes Scholars.Watch a video inteview with two other Rhodes Scholars.
A full and rich student experience can open many doors – even those to the Supreme Court of Canada. University of Manitoba class of 2012 law graduates Dayna Steinfeld and Dan Byma were chosen to clerk at the Supreme Court, a position coveted by over 2,500 law school graduates each year and for which only 27 are chosen. Byma begins his clerkship this September with Justice Deschamps, while Steinfeld will be clerking with Justice Marshall Rothstein in 2013. Beyond providing a base in the classroom, the University of Manitoba offers students the opportunity to work with professors doing research and get involved in extra-curricular activities, which makes them well rounded candidates. Their selection reflects on the quality of the legal education that the U of M provides to students.
Laina Geary, who recently completed her PhD in chemistry, won a prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2011. Geary works in the area of organic synthesis – an essential driving force for modern society. Geary's work created an efficient and elegant method for synthesizing several classes of molecules found in drug compounds. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program attracts and retains top-tier postdoctoral talent from around Canada and the world, developing their leadership potential, and positioning them for success as future research leaders who will contribute to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth.
In the summer of 2011, the School of Art was represented in Paris, France, as artwork from its collection were part of an exhibition at the gallery La maison rouge. Sigrid Dahle, Art, former interim gallerist and an associate curator for “My Winnipeg”, curated “There’s No Place Like Home”, a depiction of Winnipeg through history, geography, climatology, sociology and art. Comprised of archival images, ephemera, postcards, works by contemporary and historically signiﬁcant Winnipeg-based artists, as well as a glossary of some common Winnipeg terms, “There’s No Place Like Home” explored the processes by which “place” transforms into “home”.View a part of the exhibition.
A team of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Engineering students took top honours at the 14th Annual International 1/4-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition in Peoria, Ill., hosted by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. This unique engineering-design contest provides a realistic 360-degree workplace experience. Teams of students are given an engine and a set of tires – the rest of their tractor design is up to them. Judging is based on innovation, manufacturability, serviceability, maneuverability, safety, sound level and ergonomics. The University of Manitoba team received first place for appearance, craftsmanship and most improved and placed second overall in the pulls and in design. They placed fifth overall in the competition, a huge step up from their 17th place finish in the 2010 competition.
In 2011/2012, a total of 87 Master’s and 42 PhD scholarships were awarded to exceptional University of Manitoba students. Each year, the Faculty of Graduate Studies offers Manitoba Graduate Scholarships to full-time students based on academic excellence. Funds for the scholarships are supported through an agreement between the University of Manitoba and the Province of Manitoba.