York U looking for best, brightest, most passionate future world-changing scientists

Science helps advance knowledge and understanding – whether it’s probing the farthest galaxies, developing clean-energy technologies or investigating the brain. York University’s Faculty of Science hopes to attract the brightest minds from around the globe through a new first-year scholarship program.

The new York Science Scholars Award (YSSA) program is seeking students of exceptional promise – high achievers passionate about science. The YSSA program will hand out $10,000 worth of awards to as many as 25 first-year students for the fall of 2018.

Ray Jayawardhana

“The goal is to recruit and nurture the most promising students so that they can go on to make a remarkable impact through exciting discoveries, creative innovations and meaningful engagement,” says Ray Jayawardhana, dean of the Faculty of Science at York University.

Each York Science Scholar will receive the first $5,000 as an entrance scholarship and the second $5,000 to support a summer research placement with a faculty mentor after first year. It’s an opportunity to put that first year of learning into practice, get a sense of front-line research, and consider academic and career options for the future.

Engaging in experiential learning and making connections provides the students with an opportunity that will enhance their studies and their job prospects.

In addition, the YSSA program students will receive one-on-one mentorship from some of the most highly regarded faculty members in York’s leading-edge research facilities.

The Scholars Awards are open to Canadian and International students. Applications must be submitted no later than Feb. 20, 2018. For more information about how to apply, visit the Faculty of Science website.