M.Sc. Thesis Award

The M.Sc. Thesis Award recognizes outstanding scholarship for recent MSc graduates (thesis-stream), particularly excellence with respect to the written MSc thesis and performance at the M.Sc. Final Oral Examination.


The award will be given to M.Sc. students who graduated during the 2023 calendar year.

The primary criterion for the award is the quality of the written MSc thesis and the performance at the MSc Final Oral Examination. 

Other criteria that will be considered but given less weight will include:

  • Impact of scientific research
  • Academic performance in the M.Sc. program
  • Graduate awards and distinctions
  • Student leadership activities
  • Contribution to scientific activities and team projects
  • Timeliness of degree completion  


Applications for this award shall consist of the following components:

  1. A copy of the M.Sc. Appraisal
  2. The candidate’s curriculum vitae and publication list
  3. The candidate’s graduate transcript or ACORN Academic History print out
  4. The candidate’s authored papers (published or accepted) describing the M.Sc. thesis research (if any)
  5. One letter of support from the candidate’s M.Sc. Supervisor OR a member of the candidate’s M.Sc. Supervisory Committee     

Applications must be received no later than Friday, April 26, 2024 at 5pm. Electronic submission of documents is required to: peter.mcpherson@utoronto.ca



Selection will be made by the Graduate Education Committee of the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology. 

There is no obligation to make the award in a specific year when, in the opinion of the committee, there is no suitably outstanding candidate. 


The award will be presented at the annual Visions in Pharmacology Research Symposium. The award consists of a cash prize and the awardee will be invited to attend the award presentation. 

Past Recipients

2022: Grace Koo

Photo of GraceGrace completed her M.Sc. in Pharmacology in 2022 under the supervision of Dr. Krista Lanctôt. Her thesis investigated changes in brain-derived neurotrophic factor in cognitively impaired older adults after receiving a form of neurostimulation called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). With a particular interest in clinical research, Grace is eager to contribute towards helping deliver medical solutions to patients, and to be a part of the community to help advance medicine.