University of Manitoba: Agriculture Research Gets Big Boost Thanks to Western Grains Research Foundation

Aug 9, 2011 | Corporate Member News

Graduate students in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences now have another opportunity to access funding for their research thanks to a generous gift of $100,000 from the Western Grains Research Foundation. 

The Western Grains Research Foundation Endowment Fund Graduate Scholarship has been set up to fund master’s or doctoral students at Prairie universities who are focusing on some aspect of crop research. The scholarships will support and encourage outstanding students to further their studies in crop research, to generate improved technology and productivity for western crop producers. 

David Barnard

“Enhanced scholarship support is a significant component of our plan to make the outstanding student experience at the University of Manitoba even better,” said University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard. “Thanks to this generous gift from the Western Grains Research Foundation, we can continue to attract and retain talented students whose research can help enhance world food production.” 

“The University of Manitoba has a proud tradition of graduate education in the agricultural sciences, particularly in grains and oilseeds research,” said Michael Trevan, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. “We believe successful graduate students are vital to the Canadian agri-food industry and we are thrilled to be the first university to receive this generous funding, which will encourage and enable young crop researchers in their studies.” 

The scholarship will be given out on a rotating basis between the University of Manitoba, the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan. Each university will receive $100,000 every three years and has the option of funding either one PhD student at $33,000 per year for three years or two master’s students at $25,000 per year for two years. The University of Manitoba will be the first university to award this scholarship. 

“Access to highly trained specialists in crop research is essential for the sustainability and growth of a vibrant and competitive agriculture economy in Western Canada,” said Don Dewar, Chairman of the WGRF Endowment Fund Advisory Committee. 

The WGRF’s gift will further enhance the University of Manitoba as an internationally recognized centre for teaching and research in fields of vital interest to the province and the world, such as healthy, safe, secure and sustainable food and bioproducts. The University of Manitoba will accept applications for the scholarship this summer and will present the first WGRF Graduate Scholarship in the upcoming academic year. 

For more information, please contact Merv Pritchard, Association Dean (Academic), Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences at 204-474-9395.

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