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Graduate Awards

Professional Communication Awards Night 2021 tips!

 Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) 

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship has a value of $15,000 and is awarded to the incoming students with the highest ranking, based on academic excellence and graduate potential displayed in their application for admission.  

Lauren Crawford

Lauren Crawford

Lauren is a current MPC student who completed her undergrad at Carleton University with a double major in Communication and Media Studies and Human Rights and Social Justice. Lauren aims to combine these two fields in her academic work and is specifically interested in uncovering the ways power operates in society through communication. In her free time, Lauren loves skiing, reading and satisfying her sweet tooth by trying out new recipes for baked goods.

Ava Rice

Ava Rice

Introducing Ava Rice, the 2021 Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient! Previously graduating from the Professional Communication program at Ryerson University, she is now studying at the graduate level as a candidate in the Master of Professional Communication program. Ava is passionate about her education with hopes of completing her PhD in Communications in the future. When she isn’t focusing on her studies, Ava loves to explore the Toronto food scene and spend time with her family, friends and her rescue dog, Bessie.

 Ontario Graduate Fellowships (OGF)

The Ontario Graduate Fellowship has a value of $12,000 and is awarded to the incoming student who has distinguished themselves through academic excellence and in their application for admission. 

Amy U

Amy U

I did my undergrad at the University of Waterloo, where I majored in Honours English - Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication. I love to draw and paint, anything that involves being creative, to destress. I enjoy spending downtime with my friends and my two beloved cats, Yuzu and Grey. After completing my master's, I want to pursue a career in corporate communications and marketing.

 Associate Dean SRC Award for Best Master’s Research Paper

The Master’s Research Paper is an extended examination of a research topic related to professional communication and is a program requirement in the MPC program. The Associate Dean Scholarly, Research, and Creative Activity Award for Best Master’s Research Paper, valued at $1000, recognizes the exceptionality of the winning Master's Research Paper in both content and expression.

Celina Chong

Celina Chong

Celina Chong is a professional communicator who loves storytelling. Her goal is to work in public service to create innovative and accessible communication for diverse socio-economic groups. Celina's Major Research Paper honoured her grandmother Ella Chong, adopting the autoethnographic "cooking as inquiry" method to cook vegetarian versions of grandma's Chinese-Jamaican recipes. Through cooking, Celina learned about Ella's lived experience as a Chinese-Jamaican migrant and elicited a sense of belonging with her own Chinese-Jamaican heritage.

 Dean’s Award for Best Overall Performance in the MPC

The award, valued at $1000, recognizes Academic Achievement among the graduating students in the Master of Professional Communication as determined by their overall grade point average. 

Heather McGeer

Heather McGeer

Heather McGeer is a recent MPC graduate from Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Business. Heather loves to be out in nature and is an avid traveller. Having achieved her goal of 30 countries before 30, she is looking forward to getting back to seeing the world and exploring new cultures post-covid. In her career, Heather hopes to continue her work in equity, diversity, and inclusion and believes in the importance of connections built through effective communication. She hopes to engage in work that helps bridge the gap between information and understanding.