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Two PhD Students, Oldrich Bubak and Sasha Kovalchuk, awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship!

The Political Science Department is proud that both PhD students Oldrich Bubak and Sasha Kovalchuk have been awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarship for their doctoral research.

Sep 25, 2017

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship provides funding to full-time students at the master's and doctoral levels. It is a merit-based scholarship for students with an A- or above average.

Oldrich Bubak aims to deepen our understanding of policy formation and change. His research investigates the question on Why and how certain classes of public policies become different overtime in environments where they would be expected to converge? Aside from its theoretical import, his work hopes to offer policymakers a sound basis for reassessment of their approaches as they strive to balance, tailor, and implement fitting solutions to reduce risk and to obtain a strategic advantage in the fast-changing global economy. Bubak is animated by a paradigmatic shift across social sciences. In this transformation, he urges us to rethink the traditional, reductionist philosophies of science, embrace holism, and expand methodological toolkits. Bubak hopes to bring transdisciplinary approaches and lower the artificial barriers between academic fields. At the Department of Political Science, Bubak finds an inviting and supportive environment to take on this ambitious research program.

Sasha Kovalchuk’s research concerns the Canadian Sanctuary City movement and how activists, undocumented migrants, and municipal actors are altering international subject-formation processes and redefining notions of citizenship and the city. Sasha's experience includes being an activist on refugee and migrant issues, civil liberties, and student rights. He has also worked in the federal government such as in the Departments of National Defence and Foreign Affairs. His upbringing as a refugee from the Soviet Union and being trained in the arts inform his interests on the intersections between aesthetic representation and citizenship politics.

Congratulations Oldrich and Sasha for winning this competitive award to pursue your exciting research!