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March 23, 2016

New Public History fellowship program announced by McGill University and Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

OTTAWA, March 23, 2016 – McGill University and the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation are proud to announce the establishment of a Public History fellowship program. This program, the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation McGill Fellowship in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, will provide scholars the ability to use the Corporation’s extensive archival, library, and collection resources.

The two candidates selected for the inaugural year of the program are:

Hassan Umut: Hassan is a PhD student, Institute of Islamic Studies. His fields of study are History of Science in Islamic Society, and History of Astronomy.

Cynthia Tang: Cynthia is a PhD student, Department of Social Studies of Medicine. Her field of study is History of Medicine.

“This new partnership between our organization — the home of the national collection of scientific and technological history — and McGill University’s internationally recognized Department of History continues a legacy of innovation for the future that is built on the solid foundations of Canada’s proud heritage,” said Alex Benay, President and CEO of the Corporation.

"Our department has a long record of research and teaching in the fields of medical and scientific history, and of course in Canadian history.  Our graduate students can do so much more with this access to the collections of the Corporation, indeed this is something they've been keen to have.  These new fellowships will create the conditions to raise the profile of the collection, and enhance our students' sharing of expertise with a much wider public," said Jason M. Opal, Graduate Program Director, Department of History and Classical Studies, at McGill University.

With some 300 buildings, 40,000 students, 250,000 living alumni, and a reputation for excellence that reaches around the world, McGill has carved out a spot among the world's greatest universities.

The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation is responsible for preserving and protecting Canada’s scientific and technological heritage and promoting and sharing knowledge about it. The Corporation and its three Museums — the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum — tell the stories of Canadian ingenuity and achievement in science and technology, and demonstrate how these accomplishments have contributed to the building of our country. For more information please visit



Christina Lucas
Communications Officer, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

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