Tim Samuel, a Ph.D. student in the DaCosta Lab, is the recipient of the 2022 Walker/Marshall Award at the University of Toronto.
The Walker/Marshall Award recognizes student in the Department of Medical Biophysics (MBP) whose work and achievements are judged to be both outstanding in their own right and representative of the ideals and culture of the Department. Criteria include: uniqueness and significance of academic work, publication record, and contribution to student life and culture.
Throughout his Ph.D., Tim has made significant scientific contributions to the fields of pancreatic cancer research and intravital microscopy. He has also held several leadership positions, including President of MBP’s Graduate Student Association and Director of the Faculty of Medicine’s Graduate Representation Committee. His leadership in these roles has helped improve student access to mental health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and led to recent increases in graduate student stipends by more than 33% over the past four years.
The award, together with a certificate and $2,000 cash prize, was made at this year’s MBP retreat, held at the Campfire Circle in Muskoka, Ontario.