Three iSchool Doctoral Students accepted into the UBC Public Scholars Initiative



UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) has announced 36 new doctoral students accepted into their program for the 2021-2022 academic year, including UBC iSchool doctoral candidates Bri Watson, Hoda Amal Hamouda and Michelle Kaczmarek. The scholars are from nearly every faculty and discipline, and include 13 doctoral students from Arts.

The PSI was launched in 2015 to support UBC doctoral students whose research extended beyond traditional/academic disciplinary approaches. Recognized at the Reimagining the PhD Symposium 2017 as ‘revolutionary’, and praised in the UBC Strategic Plan as “a key component” of UBC’s Public Relevance strategy, the PSI has also received multiple awards for its promotion of excellence and exceptional service to students. More than 260 scholars have been accepted into the program during the past seven years, leading to collaborations with more than 150 different partners in 40 different countries.

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Congratulations to Bri, Hoda, Michelle and the rest of the scholars!

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