PhD student wins prestigious Trillium scholarship
by A. Westoll
Rachel Strickman, an incoming PhD student to the new environmental sciences doctoral program at UTSC, has won an Ontario Trillium Scholarship. The Trillium award is aimed at supporting VISA students and carries an annual value of $40,000 for up to four years. Only 15 of these scholarships were given out across all of U of T.
“I’m delighted that Rachel Strickman both accepted our offer to begin her PhD studies here at UTSC’s environmental science program and that she was recently awarded a Trillium scholarship,” says assistant professor Carl Mitchell, who will supervise Strickman’s doctoral work. “Ms. Strickman is a very bright and accomplished researcher with a diverse, international educational background. It’s exciting that under this new PhD program we are able to attract great young researchers, and that there are resources available to fund the “best of the best” of international graduate students.”
Strickman recently completed her MSc in plant ecology at the University of Helsinki, and she holds a BSc from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her doctoral research will focus on how intense forest harvesting for bio-fuel production affects forest and wetland ecological processes, mercury cycling and mercury bioaccumulation in biota.
Achievements / Graduate Education / Physical & Environmental Science