Two graduate students will receive Concordia 25th Anniversary Fellowships starting this fall, worth $3,000 per term at the Master's level, and $4,000 per term at the PhD level. The award will be given out every year to the fourth-highest ranked students, in celebration of Concordia's 25th anniversary.
Nine new awards will also soon be available to graduate students, courtesy of the Capital Campaign, including awards for MBA students, for transportation studies students, for Jewish studies and communication studies students, as well as one in earthquake engineering. Information about these awards will be posted, as they become available, in the Publications section of the School of Graduate Studies Web site, at http://www-gradstudies.concordia.ca/SGS_WWW/GradStudiesHome.html
The site, besides allowing users to search for awards according to one's Faculty and department, now also has a searchable listing of successful theses (and their call numbers) of the past two years. There is also a page that outlines important dates for graduate students.
Two new fees have been approved for students who will potentially be coming to Concordia: a $25 deferral fee, which will go towards keeping files open for students who have been accepted into a program but, for various reasons, cannot yet attend; and a $100 confirmation deposit, to be paid when a student is accepted and which will count as part of his or her tuition fees.
Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Claude Bˇdard has reported that the Ministry of Education will fund start-up costs for three new short programs at Concordia: the graduate certificate in Cultural Affairs Events Management ($70,000), the graduate certificate in Mechanical Engineering ($70,000) and the graduate certificate in Environmental Engineering -- Industrial Waste Management) ($40,000).
As part of its academic planning, the School of Graduate Studies will be highlighting the following issues: How to encourage interdisciplinarity, how to establish and review short programs, and how to commercialize and develop research and intellectual property.
In fact, Alain Aubertin, a new employee in the Office of Research Services, has been contacting researchers whose work is close to commercialization over the summer, and at least one project will be ready to go by the end of the term.
Also of note is the fact that the Canadian Medical Research Council will cease to exist in April 2000, and a new body will take its place -- one that will include more broadly based health funding. Therefore, some departments in the Social Sciences and Humanities will have access to this funding for the first time.
The School of Graduate Studies Council met September 27.
- Eugenia Xenos