York U looking for best, brightest, most passionate future world-changing scientists


FoS student doing calculations in science labTORONTO, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2017 – Science helps advance knowledge and understanding – whether it’s probing the farthest galaxies, developing clean-energy technologies or investigating the brain. York University’s Faculty of Science hopes to attract the brightest minds from around the globe through a new first-year scholarship program.

The new York Science Scholars Award (YSSA) program is seeking students of exceptional promise – high achievers passionate about science. The YSSA program will hand out $10,000 worth of awards to as many as 25 first-year students for the fall of 2018.

“The goal is to recruit and nurture the most promising students so that they can go on to make a remarkable impact through exciting discoveries, creative innovations and meaningful engagement,” says Ray Jayawardhana, dean of the Faculty of Science at York University.

Each York Science Scholar will receive the first $5,000 as an entrance scholarship and the second $5,000 to support a summer research placement with a faculty mentor after first year. It’s an opportunity to put that first year of learning into practice, get a sense of front-line research, and consider academic and career options for the future.

Engaging in experiential learning and making connections provides the students with an opportunity that will enhance their studies and their job prospects.

In addition, the YSSA program students will receive one-on-one mentorship from some of the most highly regarded faculty members in York’s leading-edge research facilities.

The Scholars Awards are open to Canadian and International students. Applications must be submitted no later than February 20, 2018. For more information about how to apply, visit the Faculty of Science website.


York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 26 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 295,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Media contact:

Sandra McLean, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 22097, sandramc@yorku.ca