We launched the Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship two years ago to try to encourage more students from historically excluded communities involved not just in the Canadian Defence and Security Network but in the larger defence and security community. It is one part of our effort to foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable defence and security community.
We are still figuring out how best to involve the students in our efforts. In year two of this effort, our two scholars, Safia Hafid and Alexander Rizkallah, have
- Young MINDS Grants from the Department of National Defence;
- planned and are executing the events that they proposed in their grants--a conference on the changing power dynamics in the Indo-Pacific with a declining US, rising China, and uncertain Canada and a hackathon to generate ideas of how to address unconventional threats;
- joined us at our Capstone Seminar where they not only asked sharp questions but got to meet and then dined with the Capstone Laureates;
- used the CDSN to find internships with the Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security and Project Ploughshares;
- participated in some of the CDSN's planning meetings to give us ideas about how we can do more and do better.
We are now seeking our next cohort (is two large enough to call it a cohort?) of Undergraduate Excellence Scholars. If you qualify (you will be a third or fourth year student next fall at a Canadian university), please apply. If you aren't, please share news of this opportunity.
Send applications and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org