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This recognition award is granted annually to a student who is affiliated with Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI). The award is given by the Brain Discovery and Recovery Team at Toronto Rehab in memory of Joel Verwegen, who was an undergraduate student researcher with this team in 2007 and 2008.  Joel had a passion for learning, with a particular interest in neurosciences and in evolutionary biology. He had an aptitude for research, and in the short time he worked in our lab, he made substantive contributions. Joel possessed an intellect that was not only exceptionally sharp and rigorous, but also creative. He was meticulous and thoughtful in his actions, and he was immeasurably generous and supportive.

The recipient of this award will possess a deep interest in research, and potential as a future scientist. The purpose of the award is to honour Joel and to inspire students to aim high.


Students must be currently affiliated with Toronto Rehab or affiliated at the time of nomination.

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We encourage you to nominate exceptional undergraduate and graduate students; students may also self-nominate.

Please provide a CV or resume and a one page nomination letter, indicating accomplishments in research made by the nominee and their potential as a future scientist.

Please submit nominations to Kadeen.Johns@uhn.ca by November 29th 2019 and name your application:

Joel Verwegen Nomination <First name><last name> (of applicant)