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UNB announces two Vanier Scholarship winners for 2015

Author: Communications

Posted on Apr 22, 2015

Category: UNB Saint John , UNB Homepage , myUNB , UNB Fredericton , In the Media

Two University of New Brunswick (UNB) graduate students have won prestigious 2015 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships valued at $50,000.

Jianhui Zhou is a PhD candidate studying forest engineering at UNB in Fredericton. Zhou received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in wood science and technology from South China Agricultural University in 2014. Zhou specializes in wood engineering where he is developing a modal testing technique to effectively measure elastic constants of engineered wood-based panels.

Rebecca Salazar is completing her PhD in English at UNB (Fredericton) where she is currently a managing editor of Qwerty, and an editorial assistant at The Fiddlehead. Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, she was a co-founding editor of Sulphur: Laurentian University’s Literary Journal. She was recently awarded first place in The Malahat Review's Open Season poetry contest, and received an honorable mention in CV2’s 2014 Young Buck Poetry Contest. Her writing also appears in Lemon Hound, Existere, and Poetry is Dead.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities, or health sciences. Both Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier award.

The program is funded by three research granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

This is the first year two students from UNB have won the prestigious Vanier Scholarships.