UWinnipeg Graduate Student Heads to Harvard This Fall

UWinnipeg Graduate Student Phillip Grayson Heads to Harvard this Fall

UWinnipeg Graduate Student Phillip Grayson Heads to Harvard this Fall

WINNIPEG, MB – As a child while walking through the woods, Phillip Grayson was captivated by the beauty and the diversity of the natural world. His love of sciences developed through his academic curiosity as a University of Winnipeg Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy graduate student. Grayson was recently accepted to Harvard University where he will now continue his quest. With this acceptance comes a generous Harvard Graduate Fellowship (a full grant) to pursue his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

“UWinnipeg’s faculty and staff are very supportive and the researchers are at the top of their respective fields.,” expressed Grayson. “I’m very happy with the opportunities provided to me as both an undergraduate and graduate student, as they have laid the foundation for my academic success and led to peer-reviewed publication of my research at both levels.”

Grayson earned his Bachelor of Science Honours (biology) in 2011 from UWinnipeg, earning the Gold Medal. As a graduate student Grayson earned a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. He is already the lead author of two publications in the scientific journals Ethology and The International Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Concurrent to his Harvard acceptance, he declined a Syracuse University Graduate Fellowship and a University of California, Berkeley Fellowship.

“We are thrilled with Phillip’s accomplishments,” expressed Dr. James Currie, UWinnipeg Dean of Science and Acting Dean of Graduate Studies. “As a university we are very proud that we played an integral role in his academic career. Phillip’s continued journey on to an Ivy League institution reinforces the strengths of our academic foundations and highlights the caliber of both UWinnipeg’s students and faculty on an international scale.”

The Master of Science in Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy program is designed to provide an excellent basis for a PhD in Biology and related fields. In addition, graduates are well-qualified for employment in industry, the public sector, and academia. The program has faculty working in the areas of cellular biology, ecology, evolution, forestry, genetics and genomics, microbiology, physiology and environmental sciences. Information about specific faculty research interests can be found on the department website at http://biology.uwinnipeg.ca/

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Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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