PhD students win first BMO scholarships

May 14, 2014

Two Memorial PhD students have won scholarships from a major Canadian financial institution.

heather-clarkeHeather Clarke and Roman Lukyanenko have won BMO Financial Group Graduate Scholarships valued at $5,100 each. Ms. Clarke is a third-year student and Mr. Lukyanenko is a fourth-year student in the PhD in management program at the Faculty of Business Administration.

In 2011, BMO Financial Group announced scholarships worth $500,000 over seven years to support full-time PhD students in the business faculty. The scholarships are based on academic standing and are awarded by the dean of graduate studies on the recommendation of the dean of the business faculty.

The contribution by BMO Financial Group is part of Memorial’s Dare To campaign. The Dare To campaign launched in November 2011 and ended in 2013, raising $67.2 million as part of an overall redevelopment initiative. The priorities of this campaign included student financial support, academic excellence and physical infrastructure.

Ms. Clarke’s area of study is organizational behaviour and human resources management. Specifically, she is researching sexual harassment, organizational citizenship behaviour and employee well-being.

Roman-LukyanenkoMr. Lukyanenko studies focus on information systems, particularly information management, information systems development, knowledge representation and information quality.
Ms. Clarke says she was “very surprised” to find out she had won the scholarship as she was unaware that she had been nominated. Also, she says it is “very difficult financially to pursue a PhD so the extra money is helpful.”

“The market for academic positions in my area is highly competitive. Any awards and accomplishments on your CV can help make you more attractive to potential employers,” says Ms. Clarke.
Mr. Lukyanenko says that he was “completely overjoyed” to find out that he had won the scholarship.

“The funding allowed me to attend two conferences that I might not have been able to attend otherwise. I am very grateful for this amazing opportunity as it helped me to pursue my research further.”

Mekaela Gulliver