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Graduate Awards & Donations

As part of our 50th Anniversary initiatives, the IMS launched a Fundraising Campaign to celebrate this important milestone and commemorate our history and achievements. These newly established scholarships and strategic fund donations will encourage and support the next generation of medical science graduate students, and foster their research both in Canada and internationally.

The IMS50 Fundraising Campaign was formally announced at the Gala in October 2018. Anyone wishing to make a donation or learn more about establishing a graduate scholarship to celebrate the 50th Anniversary may contact Carmen Sebert, Senior Development Officer in the Faculty of Medicine, at (416) 659-2061 or carmen.sebert@utoronto.ca.

The IMS50 Fundraising Campaign will run until September 2019.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the donors for their generosity and commitment to supporting our students and their research. Each individual was inspired to donate for their own unique reasons. Find out more below.

Donor: Dr. Allan Kaplan

Allan Kaplan

Dr. Allan Kaplan Graduate Award
Criteria: To be awarded to a full-time Canadian graduate student that is enrolled in the Clinician Scientist Program in the Department of Psychiatry on the basis of academic merit. Preference will be given to a student who is also enrolled in the Institute of Medical Science.

”I felt like I wanted to give back – the Department of Psychiatry, IMS and the Faculty of Medicine have been my home since I came to Canada in 1974 and have been very good to me. I have done all my professional training here. It was time to give back and I felt the best way to do so was to support young clinician scientists in the Psychiatry Clinician Scientist Program, which I helped to start, and who study at the IMS, where I received my graduate training and where I became Director in 2011.”

Donor: Dr. Mingyao Liu

Mingyao Liu

Dr. Mingyao Liu Graduate Award
Criteria: To be awarded to a full-time registered international graduate student (MSc or PhD) enrolled in the Institute of Medical Science on the basis of academic merit. Preference will be given to PhD students.

“I made my donation because for many years the IMS lacked proper funding for graduate education and I thought it was of great importance to change the culture of financial support for our graduate students. I also know how difficult it is to be an international student in North America, as they have more difficulties and challenges to overcome than our domestic students. This was a way to especially encourage international students to apply to our program.”

Donor:  Dr. Robert Maunder

Robert Maunder

Estelle Fisher Memorial Graduate Award
Criteria: To be awarded to a full-time registered graduate student (MSc or PhD) enrolled in the Institute of Medical Science on the basis of academic merit. Preference is given to students whose work addresses interactions between biological and psychological or social aspects of health.

“I made my donation because I appreciate the importance of supporting the next generation of medical investigators, especially in research at the interface of physical and psychological health problems. Estelle Fisher was greatly loved by all of her family and it was wonderful to have an opportunity to give to a good cause in her memory.”

Donor:  Dr. Leticia Rao

Leticia Rao

Dr. LG Rao/Industrial Partners Graduate Award
Criteria: To be awarded to a full-time registered graduate student (MSc or PhD) enrolled in the Institute of Medical Science.  Preference is given to students carrying out basic or clinical research in human health.  Preference is also given to students with identified financial need.

“I donated towards a scholarship because I feel that students who receive an award will feel accomplished, which will in turn motivate them to believe in themselves and strive to succeed in their pursuit of higher learning.”

 

Donor: Dr. Lingguang Wang

Lingguang Wang

Strategic Fund donation towards IMS international initiatives. 

I am contributing to the IMS Strategic Fund as a donor in honour of my mother. Her wish was for me to be a doctor and I have followed her dreams by studying medicine and now in my work as a pharmacist. She has always wanted me to help others, especially my patients.”

 

 

Donor: Dr. Agnes Wong

Joseph Wong

Joseph Wong Memorial Graduate Award
Criteria: To be awarded to a full-time registered graduate student (MSc or PhD) enrolled in the Institute of Medical Science on the basis of academic merit. Preference will be given to students whose work focuses on research in contemplative science, including mindfulness.

I felt inspired to give as I think contemplative science is an important area that requires more support and rigorous research. It is also special for me to honour my late father who had a lot of wisdom and compassion.”

 

Donor: Mr. Guoren Xu

L-R: Mingyao Liu, Linzy Xu (Mr. Xu’s daughter) and Guoren Xu.

Strategic Fund donation towards IMS international initiatives. 

“I am contributing to the IMS Strategic Fund as a donor in memory of my father Kunkun Xu. When I was 12 years old my father passed away in a car accident. To this day, I think that if there were better medical care and services, he could have survived. I am making a donation in the hopes that better medical technologies and medical care will continue to be developed around the world.”