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Imagineer Tomorrow: 2022-23 Year in Review

As we navigate our rapidly changing world, our pioneering researchers, creative scholars and visionary changemakers are continuously adapting and applying innovative solutions to imagineer a bold future.

Dr. Cory Searcy

Message from Dr. Cory Searcy, Vice-Provost and Dean, YSGPS

As we navigate our rapidly changing world, our outstanding students, postdocs and faculty at Toronto Metropolitan University are constantly adapting and applying innovative solutions to emerging challenges.

In the midst of these changes, the Yeates School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies continues to expand its programs, with a new Master of Interior Design this fall, as well as more exciting graduate programs to come.

As always, we create space for our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to come together as a community, enhance their professional skills, and share their research and creativity through opportunities like the Three-Minute Thesis Competition and our annual GRAD Contests.

Join me as we explore this year’s highlights, and see how our exceptional graduate students, postdocs, faculty and alumni are working hard to imagineer a bold future for us all.

Student Engagement

Fave spaces and changes

GRAD Contest winners share their favourite campus spaces and transformative graduate school moments through various media

Preventing the spread of E.coli

Molecular Science MSc student Jocelyne Mendez-Guzman wins TMU 3MT® Competition, represents university at provincials

From scholars to leaders

Graduate Leadership Institute workshops help graduate students transition into successful leaders

Real-world advice

GRADTalks series explores career planning in a hybrid world, reflections on the academic job search

The path to professorship

Academic Job Search series guides grad students and postdocs on pursuing careers in academia

Taking a GRAD Art Break

New arts-based wellness series supports graduate student mental health with rock painting in the quad


"My postdoctoral fellowship at TMU has been one of the most inspiring and energizing experiences of my academic career." - Dr. Margot R. Challborn, Ethel Louise Armstrong Postdoctoral Fellow
Vying for the right to die

Dr. Margot R. Challborn examines differences between medical assistance in dying and suicide in the context of mental illness

Researching rare diseases

Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Saujanya Acharya is working to develop better treatment alternatives for cystic fibrosis

Serious about gaming

“Video Games Prof” Dr. Kristopher Alexander believes video games are the answer to making education accessible and engaging to everyone

‘A land of opportunities’

Master of Public Policy and Administration alumna Mahnoor Shahid reflects on TMU graduate experience and shares advice for students

'The journey continues to be amazing'

Gemini Award-winning filmmaker, musician and PhD student Cyrus Sundar Singh transcends boundaries of research, film and music

Celebrating Success

Next-gen water governance

New Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellows Lana Marcy and Kristin Palilionis advocate for environmental sustainability and freshwater protection

Exemplary mentors

Dr. Marc Adler, Dr. Cristina Catallo, Dr. Songnian Li, Dr. Yuanshun Li and Dr. Jeremy Shtern recognized with YSGPS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Awards

TMU’s first NSERC international collaboration grant

Dr. Pawel Pralat to develop a theoretical foundation for hypergraphs with support of NSERC Alliance International Collaboration grant

Distinguished Scholars

Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri, Dr. Ojelanki Ngwenyama receive Sarwan Sahota Award for research on positive and negative sides of technology

Advancing equity and diversity

TRSM Dean Dr. Daphne Taras and PhD student Charlie Wall-Andrews honoured with YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards

PhD project selected for Canada Council for the Arts collection

Azadeh Monzavi’s “Namesake” purchased as part of 50th anniversary Art Bank collection showcasing contemporary Canadian art