Fellowships created to honour Michael Smith
Nobel laureate mentored young researchers
The memory of the late Michael Smith will be honoured at
10 graduate fellowships that will bear his name.
"Michael often referred to the important role graduate students play in the
research mission of the university," says UBC President Martha Piper.
"We wanted to create a legacy that honoured that relationship."
The Michael Smith Graduate Fellowships will be awarded to 10 top-ranked
students selected for the University Graduate Fellowships (UGF), making
them one of the most prestigious awards offered by the
"I'm touched that UBC has decided to provide these major awards in Dr.
Smith's name," says Graduate Studies Dean Frieda Granot. "Michael was always a
great mentor to graduate students and he contributed enormously as a member of
the advisory council of the Faculty of Graduate Studies."
There are about 490 UGFs available annually to students from all
disciplines, including international students. A merit-based award, the UGF
provides major funding for one to two years for students in full-time study
or research leading to a graduate degree.
University departments nominate students for the fellowships. The nominations
are adjudicated by a 12-member committee that is coordinated by the Faculty of
The Michael Smith Graduate Fellowships will be allocated with the next
distribution of UGFs. The next UGF competition will be held in