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Virginia Edinger Walker University Library Research Award

Deadline extended to May 27, 2022

The Toronto Metropolitan University Library is still accepting submissions for the inaugural Virginia Edinger Walker University Library Research Award. This award recognizes student achievement in original research with a special focus on the critical use of library resources and research skills.  Three awards of $2000 each are available to third and fourth year students across all disciplines and areas of study who were registered full time during Fall 2021/Winter 2022.

Applicants are asked to submit an in-course research paper, a short reflective essay regarding the research process, and a brief statement of support from the course instructor. Additional details are available on the AwardSpring platform. 

This award celebrates the legacy of Professor Virginia Edinger Walker, who taught art history at the University for more than 20 years. It has been established by Petros Dratsidis, the love of her life and husband of 50 years, in recognition of her great respect for history, art history, books and libraries. Professor Walker’s dedication to her students exemplified her unflagging passion and commitment to scholarship and research, which Mr. Dratsidis is commemorating through this award to inspire future generations of scholars.

It is important to Mr. Dratsidis to commemorate his wife’s legacy and passion for teaching and learning – indeed, for life. In creating this award at the University Library for original student scholarly, research and creative (SRC) work, it is his desire that Professor Walker’s contributions to the Toronto Metropolitan University academic community are not forgotten. For more information about Professor Walker’s life and legacy check our previous blog post.

For more information, contact:

Joanna Beyersbergen
Director of Development Library
416-879-5084
jbeyersb@ryerson.ca

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