Lowell Gasoi, a second-year Communications doctoral student, has won prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Gasoi’s research deals with the communicative relationship between artists and government.
“I have been a theatre artist and administrator for almost 30 years and, in that time, I’ve had a lot of dealings with various government agencies, arts councils, etc.,” said Gasoi. “Those relationships fascinate me because they reflect the ways that we, as a society, place value on artistic creation and the ways it reflects our social reality and often, our national identity.” Gasoi’s research will look at this relationship ethnographically, using close observation of artists, advocates and government officials in order to understand how the policies, funding and regulations get communicated and actualized on the ground.
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting those who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholars are each chosen on the basis of their scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering and health research. Recipients of the Vanier receive $50,000 per year from the Government of Canada for three years to fund their doctoral studies.
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