GSEF Project Funding Recipients: Winter 2009

The Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF) has announced the 2009 winners for project funding.

  • $4491 for common space improvements, which have been matched by the administration of the departments!

AM Lounge Before

MSSA Lounge Before

MSSA Lounge Before

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha

    • $5787 to help start up the UW Science Shop, a “knowledge transfer service powered by the high quality training, knowledge, and dedication of students at the University of Waterloo”
    • $2843 to help develop North House, “a compelling, marketable solar powered home that makes use of the latest in high-performance architecture and mobile communication technology”

We wish to express our thanks to all individuals who put time into submitting and reviewing the applications!

Report from the project application review committee. Initially, 15 applications were received. At the initial meeting, 4 were rejected (example factors: application on behalf of an individual; applying for more money than we have to allocate; application on behalf of an undergraduate group) and guidelines/goals for refining the decisions were set. We compiled additional details (department sizes, verification/adjustment of quotes, condition of existing lounges) and disseminated these details electronically. Then we met again and decided on the amounts indicated above for the 9 projects which won funding. In several cases the final amount awarded was less than the amount originally applied for (example reasons: we spurred the applicant to get matching funds from their department; we adjusted estimates that were too high; we felt the value of their project was incommensurate with the number of benefitting grad students; we did not have enough money to fully fulfill all requests; same group requesting more than one project).

Note: September 1, 2009 is the deadline for reimbursements for these projects, unless granted an extension by the GSEF Board of Directors.

Graduate Studies Endowment Fund • email:
web: http://www.gsef.uwaterloo.ca