Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Major External and Government-Funded Award Recipients

In celebration of our 2020-2021 major award winners, we are pleased to share their accomplishments. We hope you enjoy learning more about our incredible students and their research.

December 30, 2021
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SFU President and Vice-Chancellor, Joy Johnson

Dear Graduate Award Recipients,

Congratulations on your academic achievements and well-deserved awards and scholarships.

We could not be more proud of you and what you have accomplished over the past year while facing many individual and collective challenges.

The past year has shown us that research is important in all fields. Not only is research a crucial component of our university’s mission, it has helped improve and save lives. It has also helped uncover many social issues that exist in our society while advocating for the marginalized and helping create a more just and equitable future.

This year’s award recipients have covered many important topics, from using robots to help people have better lives, examining democracy and cultural autonomy in Canada, the evaluation in HIV/AIDS and substance use disorder, to sustainability and Indigenous studies. I am impressed by your intellectual capabilities, your dedication to academic excellence, and your desire and commitment to make a positive impact on society.

My thanks to all the donors for giving our emerging scholars a solid foundation and an opportunity to make a difference. Your generosity and contributions make this world a better place.

SFU Vice-President, Research and International, Dugan O’Neil

Congratulations to our graduate students for their outstanding academic achievements. Their work is an essential part of Simon Fraser University’s research success—their ideas, talent and dedication have played a vital role in advancing SFU’s reputation as one of the most productive and well-regarded research-intensive universities in Canada. Carrying out and disseminating research is part of the mandate of universities, and I am proud of our graduate students’ incredible work in that regard.

The Tri-Council Agencies include the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). They support and promote high-quality research and are the primary mechanism of the Canadian government to fund higher education research training. By supporting some of the most promising Canadian students at a critical time in their careers, these awards help them build the leading scientific and research skills needed within our country’s industries, governments and academic institutions.

I am pleased to see that so many of our graduate students are recipients of these major external and government-funded awards. Especially noteworthy is the interdisciplinary nature of the work, and the groundbreaking research in new and emerging areas. From designing innovative technologies that offer enhanced immersive experiences, to exploring the natural phenomenon of snow algae or ‘watermelon snow,’ to better understanding the connections between spinal cord injury and cardiorespiratory complications, masters and PhD students come to SFU from all over the world to change that world from within our institution. And on behalf of SFU, we are so very thankful.

Graduate students’ accomplishments, discoveries and insights help advance scholarship at SFU across all faculties and disciplines. They are highly valued members of our community and SFU is so fortunate to collaborate with and be inspired by them. Congratulations again to all of the award winners.

FACULTY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Additional Award Recipients

Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship
  • Jiacheng Chen 
  • Kartik Samtani
  • Mohammad Mahdavyfakhr 
BC Graduate Scholarship
  • Alon Harell
  • Halley Goldberg
  • John MacDonald 
  • Sarah Garner 
  • Shimon Smith
Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship
  • Amirabbas Hadizade
  • Dingcheng Hu
  • Fatemeh Khorami
  • Hadi Moeinnia 
  • Leea Stott
  • Mahyar Ashouri
  • Mehdi Nikkah Koojehri 
  • Mohamad Dashtbali
  • Mostafa Rahmani Dehaghani
  • Neda Shokraneh Kenary
  • Ran Cao
  • Richard Stuivenberg
  • Salman Hassanabadi 
  • Samira Asadi Shekafti 
  • Sara Namazi Aghjeh Ziveh 
  • Tewodros Walle Mekonnen
  • Wonchul Lee
NSERC CGP Master's Scholarship
  • Chloe Hill
  • Halley Goldberg
  • John MacDonald
  • Matthew Lynn
NSERC CGS Doctoral Scholarship
  • Alon Harell
Business and Enterpreneurship Scholarship 
  • Amirmasoud Ghasemi Toudeshki
Kaiser Foundation Grad Scholarship in ENSC 
  • Herath Gedara Chinthaka Pathum Dinesh 

FACULTY OF ARTS + SOCIAL SCIENCES 

Additional Award Recipients

Aphra Behn Grad Scholarship ENGL
  • Ishanthi Dissanayake
  • Linara Kolosova
  • Jordana Peters
Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship 
  • Christina Klassen
  • Erika Zaldívar Santana
  • Grace Kwan
  • Linara Kolosova
  • Michael MacMillan
  • Seoung Hwan Lee
  • Shayan Zarifian Sanatkar
Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship 
  • Amin Behrad
  • Cassandra Turner
  • Chang Han
  • Charlene Wright
  • Curtis Hrusik
  • Danielle Lucier
  • Emre Aydin
  • Evan Eschelmuller
  • Fereshteh Rashed
  • Haya Zaid-Alkailani
  • Heesoo Koo
  • Hsin-Yuan Hsieh
  • Iman Ferestade
  • Jelena Damljanovic Obradovic
  • Jingyi Wang
  • Jonas Kremer
  • Jonathan Mendel
  • Julie Deroff
  • Kiarash Hosseini
  • Masoome Esmaeili
  • Mengfei Lu
  • Mete Gencer
  • Michelle Nguyen
  • Muhammad Maarij Rehman
  • Robin Barrett
  • Seyd Mahyar Rezazadeh Khormiz
  • Shaghayegh Eskandari
  • Shayan Zarifian Sanatkar
  • Simin Sattari
  • Tania Akhter Ite
  • Uzair Azmat
  • Yitong Wang
BC Graduate Scholarship
  • Amanda Champion
  • Benjamin Diener
  • Britny Martlin
  • Dana Carter
  • Eric Fortier
  • Mahwish Aslam
  • Marissa Traversa
  • Marcel Allen
  • Sara Williamson
  • Troy Boucher
CIHR CGS Masters Scholarship 
  • Lucy Kervin
SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship
  • Alysha Girn
  • Daniel Polillo
  • Evan Eschelmuller
  • Grace Kwan
  • Ileanna Cheladyn
  • Jenna Yuzwa
  • Jonathan Mendel
  • Josef Lindl
  • Kenzie Hanson
  • Leo Ruhl
  • Marisa Mylett
  • Payten Smith
  • Philippa Hood
  • Rosemary Webb
  • Samuel Willett
  • Shu Liu
  • Steve Kim
  • Taylor Dube-Mather
  • Tina Do
  • Troy Boucher
SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship
  • Christina Klassen
  • Cole Mash
  • Linara Kolosova
  • Scott Russell
CTEF Graduate Fellowship
  • Adaibea Sonia Orlu
  • Edward Graham
  • Jelena Golubovic
  • Linying Hu
  • Panagiotis Delis
  • Taylor Morphett
  • Zachary Gilkison
NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship
  • Taylor Cork
Dr. J.V. Christensen GradScholarship
  • Rui Zhang
Dr Ruby Peter Indigenous Language
  • Linda Schrack
  • Luke Marston
Dunham Entran Scholarship in English
  • Navdeep Gill
External Grad Award - General
  • Philippa Hood
Grad Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship
  • Michaela McGuire
Katevatis Grad Sch Hellenic Studies
  • Jovana Andelkovic
Messenger Grad Fellowship in English
  • Adam Taylor
  • Alois Sieben
  • Edward Graham
  • Linara Kolosova
  • Nikhil Jayadevan
  • Scott Russell
  • Taylor Morphett
Michael Stevenson Grad Scholarship
  • Brian Bird
Peter Kennedy Memorial Graduate Fellowship
  • Kevin Laughren
Simons Foundation Doctoral Entrance Fellowship 
  • Amanda Champion
Simons Foundation GF in IS
  • Ali Salimi
  • Hanan Abdulameer Yusuf Mohamed Ali
  • Sterling Ray
Stevenson Grad Scholarship in Political Science
  • Jacob Caine
Whitford/Stevenson Grad Scholarship
  • Alois Sieben

BEEDIE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 

Additional Award Recipients

A. John Ellis Grad Ent Scholarship
  • Aida Etminan
  • Anna Orlichenko
  • David Whiffin
BC Graduate Scholarship 
  • Jordyn Hrenyk
Beedie Family Grad Scholarship 
  • Aida Etminan
  • Andrew Park
  • Brendan Ghag
  • Cai Feng
  • Chinomso Onuoha
  • David Whiffin
  • Husna Memon
  • In Nga Lam
  • Jiyuan Li
  • Jorge Rueda Ochoa
  • Reza Shams
  • Ruben Munoz
  • Sarah Lord Ferguson
  • Sevda Sattari Nikkhou
  • Vanessa Shum
  • Weiji Hang
  • Yingyi Liao
  • Yvonne Edionseri
BMO John Ellis Graduate
  • Michelle Francis-Denny
CIBC Graduate Award Indigenous
  • Kacheena Naytowhow
  • Katy Gottfriedson
  • Laurence Riel
External Grad Award - General 
  • Daniel Cruz
  • Rachel Wariko
HSBC Grad. Award in Business
  • Ravijot Kaur
RBC Award in Aboriginal Business
  • Jessica Slater
Rix Fam Bio MOT MBA Grad Entrance Scholarship
  • Alon Hendel
Scotiabank Grad Award Business
  • Aiman Adelshiyeva
TCG Intl Grad Scholarship BusAdmin
  • Laili Qiyam
  • Nicole Kinney
Vancity EMBA Indigenous Business
  • Audrey Ward
 

FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION, ART + TECHNOLOGY 

Additional Award Recipients

Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship 
  • Dalton Kamish
BC Graduate Scholarship 
  • Rowan Melling
Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship 
  • Alejandra Casas Niño de Rivera
  • Barry Despenza
  • Emira Ugun
  • Jie Wang
  • Katayoon Yousefbigloo
SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship
  • Hannah Carpendale
  • Jami Reimer
  • Julia Werkman
  • Tania Losev
SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship
  • Rowan Melling
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
  • Kayla Hilstob
Dr. Hari Sharma Fdn Grad Scholarship
  • Alysha Bains
Rogers Comm Grad Scholarship
  • Darren Fleet
Asper Grad Fellowship in CMNS
  • Layla Cameron
Centre for Digital Media Scholarship 
  • GaEun Lee 
  • Xin Shi
COGECO Grad Scholarship in CMNS
  • Taeyoung Kim
Grad Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship
  • Kathryn Kozak
 

FACULTY OF EDUCATION 

FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT

Additional Award Recipients

BC Graduate Scholarship 
  • Philip Bradshaw
Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship 
  • Alexander Sodeman
  • Sahar Mohsenzadeh Karimi
Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship
  • Jonathan Harding
  • Robert Taylor
External Grad Award - General 
  • Vanessa Forbes
SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship
  • Shalegh Missal
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
  • Liam Kennedy-Slaney
SSHRC Vanier Canada Grad Scholarship
  • Zoe Long
NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship 
  • Jacqueline Levy
NSERC CGS Doctoral Scholarship
  • Max Hurson
CTEF Graduate Fellowship
  • Earl Stefanyshen
  • Hailay Teklay Weldegebrial
  • Laura Termes
  • Ellie Gooderham
Dr. J.V. Christensen GradScholarship
  • Ellie Gooderham
Carlson Grad Scholarship in BC ARCH
  • Jennifer Hogan
Stanley Morisse Memorial Scholarship
  • Aurora Camaño

FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Additional Award Recipients

BC Graduate Scholarship 
  • Joshua Alampi 
CIHR CGS Masters Scholarship 
  • Karilyn Harris
  • Sheryl Thompson
NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship 
  • Joshua Alampi 
Fraser Health Graduate Scholarship 
  • James Pierzchalski
 

Faculty of Science

Additional Award Recipients

BC Graduate Scholarship 
  • Aleksa Nenadic 
  • Dana Silerova 
  • Carol-Anne Nicol
  • MacKenzie Carr 
  • Miranda Dennis
  • Pavreet Gill
  • Samantha Zimmerman 
  • Warren VandeVen
Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship 
  • Danielle Rogers 
  • Guillermo Quispe Peña
  • Hamza Hanif 
  • Hitesh Kumar
  • Hyukho Kwon
  • Jacob Stewart  
  • Kristen Kong
  • Lionel Pereira
  • MacKenzie Carr 
  • Maedeh Abedi
  • Matthew Spragge 
  • Mayur Pater
  • Mohammad Reza Mostaan Ghalejough 
  • Olha Farion
  • Pak Tik Fong
  • Sina Falakian
  • Xinyu Zhou
  • Yixin Chen 
Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship 
  • Brooke McNeil  
  • Michael Recchia 
  • Olha Farion
  • Samira Ebrahimi 
CIHR CGS Masters Scholarship 
  • Chao Chun Liu
CIHR Doctoral Research Award
  • Emma Lacroix 
NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship 
  • Adam Gilewski 
  • Benjamin Chase 
  • Dana Silerova
  • Emma Kominek 
  • Joseph Neil Lucero 
  • Kate McGivney
  • Pavreet Gill
  • Pei Yang
  • Rebecca Canam 
NSERC CGS Doctoral Scholarship 
  • Daniel Driedger
  • MacKenzie Carr
  • Renny Doig
NSERC Postgrad Scholarship Doctoral 
  • Nicola Mulberry 
External Grad Award - General 
  • Omid Vakili 
Abbott/Fretwell Grad.Fellowship
  • Hannah Watkins 
Business & Enterpreneurship Scholarship 
  • Soniya Dawdani 
Kruger Products Bicultural GEF 
  • Dana Silerova
Mutual Fire Ins Co BC Grad Scholarship 
  • Pauline Deschodt
Weyerhaeuser MBB Grad Scholarship
  • Christopher Rushton
  • Jesus Serrano-Negron
  • Jil Busmann
  • Kathryn Gibson

Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies 

Additional Award Recipients

BC Graduate Scholarship 
  • Matthew Horrigan 
Grad Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship 
  • Victor Guerin 
CTEF Graduate Fellowship 
  • Amanda Bedard
  • Skylar Sage
Dr Ruby Peter Indigenous Language 
  • Amanda Bedard 
Babcock Fellowship in GLS 
  • Andrew Czink 
  • Eugenia Bertulis