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Asian Institute staff receive Northrop Frye Staff Award

May 7, 2020

For their work creating life-changing international research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, staff of the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy have received the Northrop Frye Staff Award.

The honour is one of the Awards of Excellence presented by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in collaboration with the university. The prestigious program dates back to 1921 and recognizes outstanding faculty, staff and students.

Rachel Silvey, director of the Asian Institute, and staff members Shannon Garden-Smith, Nina Boric, Katherine MacIvor and Dasha Kuznetsova, were recognized for their work with the Richard Charles Lee Insights Through Asia Challenge – an experiential learning program that creates opportunities for students to conduct original research on urgent global questions. Staff coordinate workshops on topics such as proposal writing, project management and research ethics and support students in the creation and public presentation of their projects in various media.

In awarding the honour, the alumni association noted that staff fulfill their work with dedication, energy and vision, and play an integral role in enriching the student experience.