PhD Candidate Julie-Anne Gandier from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry is one of 16 inaugural Weston Fellows. This prestigious award is dedicated to international experience at the Doctoral level and is made possible through The University of Toronto and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
Fellows are awarded $50,000 to further their research, as well as broaden their skills and networks in a global setting. Gandier will be traveling to the University of Helsinki (Finland) & Aalto University (Sweden) to study hydrophobins as Scaffolds for Designer Enzyme Complexes and Catalytic Interfaces.
“The Weston Fellowships are a significant step forward in building Canada’s capacity for world-beating scholarship and innovation,” said U of T President David Naylor. “This ground-breaking initiative will help our best and brightest to gain international experience–a crucial factor in the formation of leaders, in our increasingly globalized world.”
By establishing these fellowships, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has filled a significant void in national PhD research, providing a unique and much-needed program to prepare our leading graduate students with international experiences, research opportunities, and collaborative networks, all directly propelling Canada toward success in an increasingly knowledge-based, globalized economy. Over the length of the program, it will be making a tangible difference to recruiting and retaining Canada’s top doctoral candidates and, in turn, will be playing a role in enhancing Canada’s international competitiveness.
“We are delighted to welcome the first group of Weston Scholars in this program which will provide unparalleled opportunities for students to thrive on a global stage. Throughout its history, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has maintained a strong interest in educational programs that remove barriers and strengthen the ability of Canadians to innovate and lead–values which are central to this initiative,” said Eliza Mitchell, Chair of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Education Committee. “We are proud to be supporting the Weston Fellows who will be great ambassadors for Canada in all the corners of the world. We look forward to watching their progress and hearing of their adventures.”