UBC Okanagan's Tamil Kendall one of three UBC students receiving Trudeau scholarships

Three UBC graduate students, including Tamil Kendall, a Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies PhD student at UBC Okanagan, have received 2009 Trudeau scholarships, Canada's largest social sciences and humanities doctoral award.

Winners receive awards worth up to $180,000 each from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Recipients are also mentored by prominent national and international leaders in their respective fields. The recipients from UBC are:

  • Tamil Kendall (Interdisciplinary Studies) is looking at HIV, human rights and gender equity in Mexico. She aims to improve prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to promote the reproductive rights of women with HIV living in the country.
  • Mark Lawrence Santiago (Human Geography) aims to contribute to improved policies for an ethical and sustainable recruitment of Filipino health workers in Canada, while considering the social implications of such migrations for the Philippines.
  • Laura Madokoro (History) is exploring the shifting conceptions and politics that govern aid and assistance to refugees in Canada and abroad.

The Trudeau scholarships are given to Canadian students at home or abroad who are expected to become national and international leaders and whose studies advance four areas: human rights and social justice, responsible citizenship, Canada and the world, and humans and their natural environment.

Other universities to garner 2009 Trudeau scholarships include Harvard, Oxford, the University of Toronto and Columbia University.

For bios, photos or to arrange interviews, contact Sheryl So, Environics Communications, at 416.969.2725 or sso@environicspr.com.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation funds outstanding scholars who make meaningful contributions to critical issues of the day. For more information, visit www.trudeaufoundation.ca

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