Senate Agenda - EXHIBIT IV - December 4, 1998



1. Proposal for Academic Space Re-Alignment to Accommodate Instructional Space Requirements

Recommended: That Senate approve the Proposal for Academic Space Re-Alignment to Accommodate Instructional Space Requirements as contained in Annex 2, at a total preliminary budget estimate of $4.4 million.

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A memorandum from the Provost & Vice-President (Academic) and the Vice-President (Administration) [Annex 1] describes the urgent need to increase and improve Western's undergraduate teaching facilities and to have the new facilities available for students in the Fall of 1999.

The proposed academic space expansion project and related space realignment projects involves Elborn College, Somerville House, Talbot College, Althouse College, and a location on Western Road.

Because the Property & Finance Committee and the Board do not meet in December, the urgency of obtaining the required approvals before initiating the project made it necessary to present the proposal to Property & Finance before obtaining Senate approval. The Committee, under authority delegated to it by the Board (Policy 2.15), approved the project subject to Senate's approval.

The Provost invited members of Senate and Board, Deans, Associate and Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, Directors of Research Centres, Senior Directors, and Directors of administrative units to a consultative meeting with the university community which was held on November 26.


1. Report on New Graduate Scholarships/Awards/Bursaries

Government of Ontario - A.M. Cuddy Graduate Research Scholarships in Neuroscience (4) (Faculty of Graduate Studies, Biosciences Division)

Awarded annually to graduate students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled full-time in an approved graduate program who are engaged in neuroscience research. The scholarships are based on overall academic excellence. To be eligible, students must have maintained a minimum A- (80%) average in each of the last two years of study at the post secondary level. In addition, applicants will be evaluated on research ability or potential, communication skills, and interpersonal and leadership abilities. These latter will be assessed by a research proposal written by the student, demonstrated research productivity, thesis advisor's assessment, faculty reference letters specifically requested for this purpose, and the graduate program's assessment of the candidate. Students must also meet the criteria set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies to fit the OGSST guidelines. Final selection will be made by the Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

Students must apply for these scholarships. Application forms are available in the Research Office of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and must be completed and returned along with reference letters to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by April 30th. These scholarships have been created to encourage and recognize excellence in neuroscience research at the graduate level and were made possible through the generosity of Mitchell A. Baran.

Value: $15,000 per year (3 terms)

Effective: 1998

These funds will qualify for a 2:1 match under the Ontario Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (OGSST) Program for a maximum of 10 years.

Lynne-Lionel Scott Fellowship in Canadian Studies (Faculty of Graduate Studies, Social Sciences Division, History)

Awarded to a graduate student registered full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, enrolled in the Graduate Program in History with a demonstrated interest in Canadian studies and a minimum 78% academic average. PhD candidates have priority, but MA candidates are also eligible. All continuing graduate students in Canadian history are automatically considered, as well as applicants for admission who indicate a primary interest in Canadian history and whose applications are complete by March 15 of each year. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Social Science on the recommendation of the Chair, Department of History in consultation with a committee. This fellowship was established through Foundation Western by a bequest from Rose Lynne Scott (BA '62) to encourage studies in the area of Canadian History.

Value: $2,000

Effective: September 1998

Harold Brett Memorial Fellowship in Neuroscience (Faculty of Graduate Studies, Biosciences Division, Neuroscience)

Awarded to a full-time graduate student showing the most proficiency in research in Neuroscience as evidenced by publications and scholarly presentations as well as academic achievement in course work. The research is to be carried out at UWO and within the Department of, or under the supervision of a member of, the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences.

Selection will be made by the Chair of the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences in consultation with the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

This Fellowship is made possible by a generous donation from Doris Brett Jones to honor her son, Harold Brett, who died tragically of a brain tumor.

Value: Up to $700

Effective: May 1998