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Congratulations to PhD Student Val Muzik for winning the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Harry Lyman Hooker Sr. Fellowship Award

Val Muzik’s doctoral research on virtual international relations and the Arctic has won two prestigious awards!

Sep 29, 2017

Muzik’s research is centered on how virtuality and digital mediations such as internet media play a crucial role in informing and structuring international politics and political identities; with the Arctic being a region of growing geopolitical, economic, and climatological focus, digital representations of the region propel an understanding of it that is not only inter- and transnational, but also globally pervasive, as well as simultaneously having a relocalizing effect on the region. In charting the impacts of virtuality on international politics in a region of vital global importance such as the Arctic, Muzik’s work, which draws from a background including television and journalism, seeks to understand how and why the virtual affects politics and what the implications are for security.

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship provides funding to full-time students at the master’s and doctoral levels. It is a merit-based scholarship for students with an A- or above average. The Harry Lyman Hooker Sr. Fellowship Award is given to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents who are entering their first year of a Master's or Doctoral program at McMaster University in those disciplines that receive funding primarily from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The Harry Lyman Hooker Sr. Fellowships are made possible through a bequest from the estate of Harry Lyman Hooker.