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York University announces nine York Research Chair appointments

Nine emerging and established researchers across the University will join the York Research Chairs (YRC) program, York University’s internal counterpart to the national Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program, which recognizes outstanding researchers. The newly appointed YRCs belong to the sixth cohort of researchers to be appointed since the establishment of the program in 2015. The new YRC’s terms start July 1.

Rhonda L. Lenton

“Our new YRCs are leading scholars and mentors in their fields,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton. “York is committed to ensuring that our research, scholarship and creative activities are of the highest quality and connected to the needs of the communities we serve. The YRC program is central to that commitment, and we are proud to support the ongoing excellence of our outstanding researchers through this initiative.”

This program, launched by Vice-President Research and Innovation Robert Haché, seeks to build research recognition and capacity, with excellence in research, scholarship and associated creative activity serving as selection criteria.

Robert Haché

“The YRC program mirrors the federal CRC program, to broaden and deepen the impact of research chairs at York in building and intensifying world-renowned research across the institution. These new YRCs are undertaking visionary work that has local, national and international impact,” said Haché.

Tier I YRCs are open to established research leaders at the rank of full professor. Tier II YRCs are aimed at emerging research leaders within 15 years of their first academic appointment. Both have five-year terms that are renewable in the context of open competition, based on peer review and the continuing availability of resources.


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