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Huron Showcases Faculty Research and Announces New Douglas and Margaret Derry Research Excellence Award

Jun 20 2023

LONDON, ON – As part of Huron’s Research Day, community members gathered to hear from Huron faculty about their ongoing research and to celebrate recent faculty publications. With research areas in history, ecology, policy and more, the faculty presentations provided an excellent cross-sectional view of Huron’s research output.

“This is a great opportunity for our whole community to get a sense of the breadth and diversity of the research conducted by Huron faculty members,” said Dr. Geoff Read, Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science. “Our faculty and students consistently outperform those at comparable Liberal Arts institutions in the publication and dissemination of original research. Such productivity is exemplary and marks the institution as both fulfilling its mission of contributing to the broader society and offering an elite education.”

In his welcome address to begin the day, Dr. Read took the opportunity to announce an exciting new research award that will be available to Huron faculty members beginning next year.

Previously supporting the Douglas and Margaret Derry Interdisciplinary Lecture, an endowed fund held with the Huron University College Foundation has been re-envisioned to support the Douglas and Margaret Derry Faculty Research Excellence Award. The goal of the Award is to support, promote, and honour excellence and achievements in research, while enhancing the overall research culture at Huron University. The inaugural call for applications will take place in January 2024 and all full-time faculty will be eligible to apply for the Award.

In addition to shifting the purpose of their endowment to support this important priority across the University, Douglas and Margaret Derry have also pledged an additional gift to enhance the endowment and make possible an annual award of $5,000.

Douglas and Margaret Derry generously established an endowment at Huron in 2008 and have been loyal donors to the University. Douglas L. Derry attended Huron and then graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 1968. Reflecting on their gift, Douglas and Margaret shared, “We are encouraged by Huron’s emphasis on the importance of research in enhancing quality teaching. This annual award is intended to further encourage this progress and contribute to Huron being a leader among Canadian liberal arts universities.”

“On behalf of Huron, I’d like to express my thanks to Douglas and Margaret for their support and for their commitment to foster a community of scholarship and research at Huron,” said Dr. Read.