Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning
Manitoba to Oxford

University of Manitoba congratulates its 97th Rhodes Scholar

The University of Manitoba is the alma mater for more Rhodes Scholars than any other institution in Western Canada. Faculty of Arts student Thomas Toles will join the ranks of those outstanding alumni. He is the 97th U of M student to receive this prestigious award, and the 11th in as many years. Toles completed a double honours BA in English and Psychology, and is now studying English and Film Aesthetics at the University of Oxford in England.

A Rhodes Scholarship is one of the highest honours any student can receive. Winning this award requires a dedicated mind, an industrious spirit, and the desire to transform your community and yourself. The University of Manitoba has always cultivated students’ best qualities, and Toles now continues that legacy.

180 Scholarly Seconds

U of M Hosts Manitoba’s First Three-Minute Thesis Competition


In March of 2013, nine University of Manitoba graduate students shared new frontiers of knowledge in our first-ever 3MT® competition.

The Three-Minute Thesis competition challenged graduate students to consolidate years of research into one short, interesting, straightforward presentation. With only a single slide illustrating their ideas, the competitors had just three minutes to clearly explain their research to the audience.

Leah (Wong) Guenther, a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Master’s student, was awarded first prize for her presentation on engineering a synovial fluid analogue for the wear testing of orthopedic bearing materials. She won $5,000 to help power her research.

The competition was part of the U of M’s overall strategy to provide career-building opportunities for graduate students while inviting the community to share in their discoveries.

Learn more about 3MT at umanitoba.ca/3mt

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Two U of M Students Declared Vanier Scholars

Vanier Scholars

In 2012, University of Manitoba graduate students Amy Scott and Harlyn Silverstein, were declared recipients of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. For their exceptional academic excellence, world-class research potential and leadership in their fields, the students will each receive $150,000 over three years towards their research.

Scott, an anthropology student, will develop a new method to study stress within the skeleton and how it affects growth and development. Silverstein will work to characterize a new class of materials that could help us build smaller, faster and more energy efficient devices.

The U of M is proud to be the training ground for a long list of Vanier scholarship winners. Their trailblazing spirit brings new innovation to their field and our province.

U of M Women in Science

Emily Choy Awarded Nationwide Scholarship

Emily Choy

Emily Choy, a doctoral student in biological sciences, was awarded the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science scholarship for Canada. She received the award at the Embassy of France in Ottawa in November 2012 for her research and potential as a mentor to young women. Choy will mentor girls aged 6 to 17 through a program that encourages and empowers females to follow her path and pursue science.

Choy researches how climate change affects the whales living in the North. She’s working with Inuit communities to monitor changes in the Beaufort Sea’s beluga whale population. In doing so, she’s become a role model for future female scientists.

A male-dominated field is not a barrier to University of Manitoba’s female students. It’s a chance for them to show others just how far commitment can take you.

Next On Stage

U of M Musician Accepted into Julliard

Luke Sellick

Jazz bassist and Desautels Faculty of Music alumnus, Luke Sellick, made a resounding impact on our university’s jazz music program. Over his four years in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba, Sellick mastered every challenge presented to him. His talent and dedication has earned him a spot in New York’s prestigious Julliard School of Music Jazz graduate program.

Sellick, who has been named as one of the elite jazz musicians at Julliard, will pursue his master’s degree while finding time to perform at well-known locations such as the Blue Note and Smoke jazz clubs, Small’s and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and the Lincoln Center.

The University of Manitoba’s music programs are bringing a new rhythm to Winnipeg’s jazz music scene, and now New York is feeling its reverberation.

A New North Star

New Vice-President for University College of the North

Sherry Peden

The University of Manitoba’s PhD Studies for Aboriginal Scholars (PSAS) has a story to celebrate. Sherry Peden (PhD/11), the first student to graduate from the program, was appointed as vice-president (academic and research) at University College of the North.

The PSAS program began in the fall of 2007 and brings together Indigenous students who have been admitted to doctoral programs. It provides financial assistance, program counseling and career training. The program also creates a community of Aboriginal scholars committed to advancing Indigenous world views.

The University of Manitoba is transforming culturally-centred education in Canada. Peden’s appointment will further enhance the PSAS program, positioning our university as the destination for Indigenous students seeking the highest level of education.

Manitoba Graduate Scholarships

In 2012/2013, a total of 66 Master’s and 29 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.