June 26, 2013
Doctoral student Jean-François Bégin has received an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), worth $35,000 per year and renewable for three years.
Out of the 1,600 applications received this year, the NSERC awarded only 261 scholarships to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering at a Canadian university. Applicants are evaluated and selected according to a number of criteria: academic excellence, research ability or potential, and communication, leadership and interpersonal abilities. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.
Jean-François holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the Université de Montréal, and is currently completing his PhD specializing in Financial Engineering at HEC Montréal, under the direction of Professor Geneviève Gauthier (Management Sciences). He has already received several awards and scholarships during his studies, including the Canadian Derivatives Exchange Scholarship from the Montreal Exchange in 2013, the Award for the best master's thesis from the Institut de finance mathématique de Montréal in 2012 and the Constance van Eeden award from the Université de Montréal in 2011.