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Posted May 20 , 2010
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Waterloo students win prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

WATERLOO - Six University of Waterloo graduate students, including two international scholars, have received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, prestigious awards that recognize a high standard of academic achievement and leaderships skills.

The top-level awards, valued at $50,000 annually for up to three years, celebrate scholarly prowess in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health fields.

"All six Waterloo graduate students exemplify characteristics which underpin the Vanier program - academic excellence, research potential and leadership skills," said Sue Horton, Waterloo's associate provost, graduate studies. "We are delighted by their success in this prestigious award competition, and happy that the government initiated this program to support students as they embark on very promising futures."

Four Waterloo students received the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), while two Waterloo students received the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The six Waterloo students are:

* Deny Hamel began his research in the department of physics and astronomy, one of the strongest such departments in Canada. He now studies at the Waterloo-based Institute for Quantum Computing, which is the largest institute of its kind in the world. Hamel is working on the "realization of an efficient source of multi-photon entangled states using novel non-linear materials." He received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by NSERC.

* Lee Michael Huntington is viewed by colleagues in the department of chemistry as a truly outstanding student and an emerging scholar. Huntington has been at Waterloo since 2005, when he began his undergraduate studies in chemical physics. His love of lifelong learning led him to focus on the "development of efficient and accurate electronic structure methods for the calculation of structural, electronic and spectral properties of larger molecules." He received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by NSERC.

* Stephen Inglis started his research in the department of physics and astronomy and will be continuing his work at the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute. He is considered a gifted physicist and promising researcher. His research focuses on "advanced simulation techniques for exploring exotic quantum phases of matter." He received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by NSERC.

* Ivan Kantor is pursuing his doctoral degree in chemical engineering at Waterloo. Seen by colleagues as a valuable contributor to his department, he also serves on the executive of the Engineering Graduate Studies Association. His research project explores "optimization of material and energy flows within an eco-park for reducing environmental impact." He received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by NSERC.

* Manjana Milkoreit researches "climate change and thresholds of co-operation and conflict in the international system." Milkoreit is an international student from Germany and a PhD candidate in global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, where she works with scholars to find creative solutions to the most pressing problems of governance at the international level. She received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by SSHRC.

* Ricardo Tranjan, a Brazilian national and international student, has been at Waterloo since 2007. He completed his master's degree in record time and is now a candidate for a PhD in global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He studies "democracy and human rights." He received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by SSHRC.

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