Graduate Awards


Graduate Student Emergency Bursary


The UTM Department of Biology established a Graduate Student Emergency Bursary to help alleviate immediate financial stress experienced by the graduate students who are negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and have unmet financial need with respect to their educational expenses. The bursary provides a one time only support up to $1,000 per student.

Graduate Student Funding Support for Personal Computer/Laptop

The Department of Biology is pleased to implement a new funding initiative that provides a one-time only gift of $1,000 to Biology PhD students toward purchasing a computer/laptop. To be eligible to receive this funding, you must be a PhD student who is UTM affiliated and is supervised by a Biology faculty member.

Request for funding will be accepted after 6 months into your PhD program and up to 1 year prior to graduation. Requests will be accepted retroactive to the start of your PhD program.

Please submit your requests to Mihai Baetu ( with the following information:

Supervisor Name:
PhD start date:
PhD expected graduation:

Once approved, please submit an expense reimbursement claim with original receipt to Bob Liang, Financial Assistant.

Roberta Bondar Graduate Student Excellence Award

On recommendation of the Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga, the Roberta Bondar Graduate Student Excellence Award is to recognize outstanding Ph.D. candidate(s) at the Department of Biology who are UTM affiliated in honor of their demonstration of outstanding research excellence and positive contributions to extracurricular activities that enhance community life at UTM.

The Alvin Singh Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

The Alvin Singh Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award has been established in 2020 in memory of Alvin Singh by the UTM Biology Department with generous contributions from faculty, students, staff, family and friends.

Student Hottest Paper Award

The Student Hottest Paper Award is presented annually to a UTM Biology Graduate Student who published the “hottest” paper in the preceding calendar year. For example, this June we will announce the winner of the best graduate student paper published in 2020.


First Paper Award

The Department of Biology has created the “First Paper Award” to recognize a major accomplishment in a graduate student’s research career, the publication of a first-authored paper.  This award will be given to each student at the time they publish their first lead authored paper based on research completed as a graduate student at UTM in the Department of Biology.


Arabinda Guha Graduate Research Scholarship



To be awarded upon the recommendation of the Biology Department to the outstanding M.Sc. candidate entering the graduate program in either Botany, Zoology, Microbiology or Biochemistry, whose research activities are located on the UTM Campus.

  • 2019-2020 -  Tea Maho (Reisz Lab) & Anhadvir Singh (Senatore Lab)
  • 2018-2019 - Sigi Maho (Reisz Lab)
  • 2017-2018 – Priscilla Valentino (Erclik Lab)
  • 2016-2017 – Wassim Elkhaitb (Senatore Lab)