Ph.D. Candidate Yasmine M. Hajar wins the prestigious NSERC Vanier Scholarship

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hasmine Hajar

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Ottawa marks a first as one of its own is the first within the department to win the prestigious NSERC Vanier Scholarship. The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning.

Valued at a total of $150,000 ($50,000 per year for 3 years), Yasmine is the first engineering student to win this award in over 5 years. “As a supervisor, I am extremely proud of Yasmine’s achievement. Yasmine is very hard working and possesses strong leadership skills and an outstanding potential for research. It is great to see her hard work and dedication recognized through awards such as the NSERC Vanier Award”, said Elena Baranova, Ms. Hajar’s supervisor.

David Taylor, Chair of the Department was very pleased with Yasmine’s achievement: “The NSERC Vanier scholarship is without question the most prestigious award offered by that granting agency in support of post-graduate studies and to my knowledge, Yasmine is the first student within Chemical and Biological Engineering to receive the scholarship. It speaks to the hard work and talent Yasmine brings to the Department - we are all very proud of her.”

For Yasmin, Becoming a Vanier scholar is an invaluable honor: "It has given me a renewed confidence in my abilities and has deepened my interest in electro-catalysis research. I know of no higher praise for a Ph.D. candidate. To freely consider matters relating to work and life without worrying about financial issues is every graduate student's dream; this reward allows me to do just that."

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