Minal Waqar

Minal Waqar

MA Student Dr. Vincent Kuuire, supervisor

Research and Professional Interests

My research interests involve chronic diseases (particularly diabetes and prediabetes) in high-risk groups, including South Asians, Hispanics, Africans, Chinese and Aboriginals. My Master’s thesis aims to focus specifically on South Asians as they experience higher incidence of diabetes relative to other high-risk ethnicities. A considerable majority of the immigrant population coming to Canada also comprises of South Asians, so it is important to understand how they seek diabetes-related care in the Canadian healthcare system, manage prediabetes and diabetes conditions, and how the interventions available to them can be further improved for early detection and treatment. I hope to use a qualitative approach to carry out my research (through a scoping review and semi-structured interviews) and gain a detailed understanding on this topic.

Why Geography at UTM?

I chose UTM for my graduate studies because of the amazing geography department, wonderful professors, generous financial support, and an incredible supervisor (Dr. Kuuire) who is always encouraging his students to push beyond their limits and achieve new levels of academic excellence! Plus, the UTM campus has state-of-the art facilities, it’s beautiful, welcoming and feels like a second home!

Honours and Awards

  • 2020-21 Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's (CGS M), SSHRC
  • 2019 University of Toronto Excellence Award
  • 2019 Verna Flowers (A.P.P.E.A.L) Memorial Scholarship, UTM
  • 2019 Janet Campbell-Booth Scholarship, UTM
  • 2019 CAG Undergraduate Award
  • 2018 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award
  • 2018 Donald Putnam Scholarship, UTM
  • 2018 Ignat Kaneff Award, UTM
  • 2016-2019 Dean’s List Scholar, UTM
  • 2014 Entrance Scholarship, UTM


  • "Prediabetes status, challenges, and opportunities in Canada," Canadian Association of Geographers Ontario (CAGONT) Annual Conference, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, October 2019.
  • “Marginal Land for Energy Crops Under Climate Change: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities,” Smarti Gras Undergraduate Research Celebration, UTM, Mississauga, Ontario, August 2018.
  • “The Influence of Personal, Social, Ethical and Environmental Beliefs on Clothing Consumption,” Canadian Association of Geographers Ontario (CAGONT) Annual Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, October 2017.
    Co-presenters: Nirubaa Jesuthasan and Dr. Joseph Leydon


Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Vincent Kuuire


MA Student – University of Toronto
Honours Bachelor of Science, Geography and Environmental Management – University of Toronto Mississauga