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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Ontario Tech celebrates research and graduate education achievements

University’s School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies adds three new Graduate Excellence Awards

Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision recipient Dr. Brad Easton, Professor, Faculty of Science (second from left), with graduate students in his Materials Chemistry research group (photo taken in May 2019).
Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision recipient Dr. Brad Easton, Professor, Faculty of Science (second from left), with graduate students in his Materials Chemistry research group (photo taken in May 2019).

Pursuing graduate studies can be a life-changing journey. Graduate students are stimulated intellectually, challenged academically and rewarded in both personal and professional growth. This enriching experience would not be possible without the tremendous support systems available to Ontario Tech University graduate students.

Every year, the university’s School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) holds the Graduate Excellence Awards to recognize and celebrate the wide array of inspiring and engaged individuals who support graduate students and colleagues in becoming successful scholars.

In addition to the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision, which recognizes faculty members who have displayed excellence in mentorship and supervision of graduate students, SGPS introduced three new awards for 2020:

“Recognizing and celebrating the achievements in research and graduate education across Ontario Tech University is an extremely important part of our culture of excellence,” says Dr. Langis Roy, P.Eng., Dean, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. “The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is very proud to launch three new Graduate Excellence Awards, and this year’s nominees and recipients are truly outstanding.”

2020 award winners:

Graduate Student Leadership Award

Dr. Deepa Vincent, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Vincent received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ontario Tech in 2020. As a woman in engineering, she has motivated many graduate students through her volunteer work. She has devoted a good portion of her time towards science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) events and open houses organized by Ontario Tech Engineering Outreach in several schools within Durham Region. She creates an awareness of engineering in young minds, especially young girls, and inspires them to pursue a career in STEM through the demonstration of her exciting research related to wireless charging systems for autonomous electric transportation.

Postdoctoral Fellow Excellence Award

Dr. James Burkitt, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Burkitt is a proven leader who has made significant contributions to teaching, mentorship and research at Ontario Tech University throughout the duration of his sessional work and his postdoctoral fellowship. This is a testament to his previous lab leadership, mentorship and supervisory experiences, and is also indicative of his general character, which is both collegial and supportive.

Excellence in Service Award

Cheryl Simmons, Graduate Program Assistant, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Over the past few years, students have greatly relied on Ms. Simmons’ quick responses, and careful and thoughtful answers to their questions. Her dedication to students’ success is a key contributor to the success of the university’s Education and Social Science and Humanities programs.

Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Dr. Brad Easton, Professor, Faculty of Science

With Dr. Easton’s wisdom and guidance, his students’ abilities and knowledge continue to widen, helping them set the goals they need to pursue their future careers. Each of his graduate students have published papers, which has helped them greatly during their subsequent integration into the employment market as assistants, professors and researchers working for high-tech companies.