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New gifts support student learning in the Faculty of Science

New gifts support student learning in the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce more than $137,000 in new gifts from donors to support student scholarships and learning. The gifts will primarily support undergraduate and graduate students during their studies at York University.

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The following awards and funds have been created:

The Hélène Massam Memorial Prize for Excellence in Statistics, created by a donation ($7,900) from the friends, colleagues and students of Hélène Massam, will be given annually to outstanding full-time PhD students in Statistics prior to the final approval of their thesis. This award is named in honour of the late Professor Hélène Massam in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She worked at York for 35 years and was deeply appreciated and respected by students as an outstanding mentor and teacher who devoted herself to helping her students achieve her high expectations. Each year, the selected recipient will receive $500.

The King Women in Science Award was established through a donation ($10,000) by alumna Janice King and her sisters Linda King (in memoriam) and Gillian Noel (nee King) who throughout their lives have remained deeply committed to the academic, social and professional advancement of women. The award will benefit an undergraduate female student enrolled in any Natural Science course within the Division of Natural Science. Each year, the selected recipient will receive $2,000.

The Richard A. Jarrell Science, Technology and Society Colloquium Fund, established through a donation ($16,700) from Martha Jarrell, Professor Michael M. De Robertis (Physics & Astronomy), Associate Professor Kenton M. Kroker (LA&PS), Gary Overmyer and Graham Rose, will support the Department of Science, Technology and Society’s (STS) annual colloquium. The late Professor Richard Jarrell was a champion of the History of Science and Science Studies at York for over 50 years. His focus on undergraduate education in STS, which helped shape the STS program in the Faculty of Science, grew out of his decades of work within the Natural Science program.

The Bethune College Council Student Support Bursary, established by a donation ($100,000) from the Bethune College Council (BCC), will create an endowed bursary to benefit full-time continuing students affiliated with Bethune College. BCC is the student government for York University's Norman Bethune College and represents all students in the Faculty of Science, Lassonde School of Engineering, and all other Bethune College-affiliated students.

The Pegah Sagar Poor Koloor Memorial Scholarship, created by a donation ($3,000) from Gholamhasan S. Koloor, will benefit an entering international female student in the Biology program within the Faculty of Science. This award is in memory of Pegah Safar Poor Koloor, who was a first-year Faculty of Science student in Biology. Each year, the selected recipient will receive $1,000.

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