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Congratulations to Students

Congratulations to Daisy Li

Daisy, a graduate of the IR program (2016) has had her Undergraduate History Thesis, "The Social Stratification of Ethno-religious Conflict", accepted for publication in the 2016-2017 issue of The Yale Historical Review. Congratulations Daisy! For more information on the publication, please visit:

Congratulations to Aaron Pinto on receiving the Queen's Young Leadership Award

Aaron Pinto Receiving Award

Aaron Pinto (IR 2014) attended the Queen's Young Leaders award ceremony at Buckingham Palace where he received his award from Queen Elizabeth. For more information on the ceremony and Aaron's achievements, please read these articles written at Toronto Star and CTV News.

Congratulations to the IR2015 graduates!!

A special congratulations to Surer Mohamed, the gold medalist in IR, 2015.

Congratulations to So Youn Kim, a second year student in the IR program.


So Youn was awarded 1rst prize in the poster presentation at the Western Student Research Conference on 21 May 2015.  The title of her poster was: The Opiate Is Needed After All: The Revival of Catholicism in Cuba

IR Graduate Named Queen’s Young Leader

Congratulations to Aaron Pinto (IR 2014) who has been selected as a Queen’s Young Leader for Canada in 2014!  This award acknowledges the exceptional work of young people (aged 18-29) who are playing leadership roles in their communities and transforming people’s lives.  Aaron is the co-founder of a project to help people living below the breadline.  The project delivers food hampers to migrants, the elderly and survivors of abuse.  Aaron will be travelling to London in the summer to receive his award from the Queen.  For more information on the Queen’s Young Leaders Award, please go to:

Congratulations to Surer Mohamed: Highly Commended at the Undergraduate Awards

The Undergraduate Awards is a pan-academic international awards program that rewards students for innovative approaches to their subject area. Submissions are judged by academics in each subject field.  Students whose papers win or are highly commended represent ‘the most creative and nuanced arguments and ideas coming out at the undergraduate level internationally’.  Surer’s essay challenged the trope of the African "tribalism" as singularly responsible for ethnicized political conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa.  In the paper, she analyzed the limitations of this conception of ethnicized conflict, and attempted to move towards a more nuanced understanding which includes the actions of individual leaders, the structures of African states and exacerbating international factors.  Surer’s essay received a highly commended distinction in the Politics and International Relations Category.  She will be attending the UA Global Summit in Ireland in November 2014. 

Congratulations to the graduating class in International Relations, 2014!

Some members of the graduating IR class of 2014

Congratulations to Ross Linden-Fraser, the gold medalist in International Relations, 2014.

Congratulations to Aaron Pinto who was elected as a City Youth Councillor in his hometown of Mississauga.