Trinity Western University's undergraduate and graduate level programs are proving to successfully turn out students of academic excellence, evidenced by the scholarships its students have been awarded. This year, five of TWU's students have been awarded with Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and one student has been awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
The five SSHRC winners are Katharine Bubel, Stephen Anderson, Laura Ralph, Danielle Brosseau, and Andrew Perrin. The NSERC winner is Erin Kreiter. The six students are spread across the disciplines, including studies in the humanities, counseling, biblical studies and biology, and include both recently graduated bachelor's students and current master's students. All the students are recognized in their field for the excellence of their academic studies.
TWU Provost Dennis Jameson says, "We are very pleased that our students have received these important recognitions and awards. TWU faculty are deeply and personally involved in helping their students mature as scholars and leaders and are always gratified to see students honored for their achievements. A student's success is one of the faculty's most coveted legacies."
Dean of Academic Research Dr. Elsie Froment adds, "The success of TWU faculty members and students in national grant competitions demonstrates their commitment to excellence in their fields and the advancement of knowledge for the good of the community. Because TWU links the research passions of its faculty to up-to-date, thoughtful instruction, we also believe it manifests TWU ‘s commitment to good teaching."
SSHRC and NSERC are both national councils that promote university research that contributes to social understanding and betterment. While SSHRC focuses on the humanities, NSERC supports scientific and technological study. Both report to Parliament through the Minister of Industry, and both have contributed millions of dollars to academic study.
SSHRC and NSERC awards are becoming more frequent at TWU as both its faculty and past students have received these awards. Currently, TWU has three Canada Research Chairs: Dr. Jens Zimmermann for his research in humanities and his efforts in interfaith dialogue; Dr. Eve Stringham for her work on cellular shape change and movement, which impacts our understanding of healing after neural injury and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's; and Dr. Peter Flint for his work with the Dead Sea Scrolls and understanding of the ancient Jewish and Christian cultures. In addition, past graduate SSHRC winner Lesya Moore is currently working on doctoral studies at the University of Toronto.
Trinity Western University has risen in rankings, becoming world renown, due to its world class faculty, excellent student life programs and small class sizes. Last fall, The Globe and Mail University Report Card, awarded TWU an A+ for "Overall Quality of Education." TWU is the only university in all of Canada to receive this rating two years in a row.
For more information about the university, visit www.twu.ca.
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C. is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 40 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology and leadership, and offers interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Biblical Studies, Biology and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.
Last Updated: 2008-08-28