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MSc student receives scholarhip

Posted by stephanie rogers on September 18, 2020 in News
Seyed Milad Vahedi
Seyed Milad Vahedi

The Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture is pleased to announce that Seyed Milad Vahedi has been awarded the Bader Graduate Scholarship and a Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship (NSGS).

Seyed Milad Vahedi, is a current master’s student of Animal Genetics and Breeding and the awards will help him carry on his research on mink Aleutian disease under the supervision of Dr. Younes Miar.

“I am grateful to receive the Bader and NSGS scholarships to support my studies at Dalhousie. Through my MSc research, I wish to help the Aleutian disease problem in Nova Scotia mink ranches by improving the disease resistance genetically in animals," Seyed said.  "It has been for many years that this viral disease caused huge economic loss; many strategies have been applied to harness the infection but were unsuccessful and I hope that my research would provide a solution for that."

The Bader Graduate Scholarship was created for international Doctoral or Master’s students to reduce the burden of the high tuition costs on top international students. NSGS also aims to attract and retain top-quality research graduates, as well as to encourage exploration, discovery, and innovation in research priority areas for Nova Scotia.

Information about the Scholarships

Abdul Majid Bader decided to will much of his Canadian assets to Dalhousie University to create the Abdul Majid Bader Graduate Scholarship fund for international Doctoral or Masters students. Upon learning of the high tuition costs for international students, Mr. Bader decided the scholarship should be directed to international students, with first preference to top Iranian student, who are residents of Iran. This scholarship is valued at $40,000 for one twelve-month academic year of full-time study.

The Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship (NSGS) program provides over three million dollars per year in funding to research graduates at Dalhousie for innovative work aligned with or advancing Nova Scotia priorities. The objectives of this award are to attract and retain top-quality research graduates, as well as to encourage exploration, discovery, and innovation in research priority areas for Nova Scotia. The Master’s level award is valued at $10,000 per year for two years.

In both Bader Graduate Scholarship and NSGS, nominees are ranked based on academic excellence, research potential, personal characteristics and interpersonal and leadership skills through the Harmonized Scholarship process.

Academic excellence is scored based on past academic results, transcripts, awards, and distinctions. Candidates’ research potential is valued regarding their research history, their interest in discovery, the proposed research, its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field and any anticipated outcomes.

Personal characteristics and interpersonal skills of candidates are also ranked according to the applicant’s past professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations.