The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) as part of its mandate of promoting quality and timely research that contributes to national development has awarded nine postgraduate students with research grants to complete their research work.
Out of the nine postgraduate students who received the grant, seven (7) were Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) Candidates whilst two (2) were pursuing Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) degree. Each of the grantees received an amount of GH ¢ 4,000 as small grant to support their research work.
The SGS established a Research Grant to provide financial support to qualified second year postgraduate research students (M.Phil/MCom/MN/Ph.D) to enable them produce high quality research and complete on time. The SGS Research Grant is aimed at supporting research students to collect research data for timely completion and/or publish their scholarly articles in recognised local and international journals.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro, praised the SGS for the novelty in establishing the award and stated that “this research grant will motivate graduate students to come out with cutting edge research work”. He urged the School to organise subsequent events on a large scale and also intensify publicity to encourage more postgraduate students to apply for the grant.
Prof. Oduro also challenged the SGS to embark on outreach activities to increase the number of postgraduate admissions to help in the mobilisation of internally generated fund (IGF) for expansion of the infrastructure of the School. He further entreated them to seek sponsorship packages to enhance the grants presented to students. He assured the SGS that management of UCC is committed towards providing a permanent structure for the School to carry out its mandate as required.
On behalf of the grantees, Mrs. Mary Aku Ogum expressed gratitude to the School of Graduate Studies in particular and the University in general for the support. She gave the assurance that they would use the money judiciously to complete their work within the stipulated time.
The ceremony was chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro. In attendance were the Registrar, Mr. John K. Nyan and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Prof. Ernest L. Okorley. The others include Prof. John A. B. Afful (Vice Dean, SGS), Prof. Fred A. Odoi, Prof. Joseph Kwesi Ogah, Mr. Isaac Adom Konadu (Assistant Registrar, SGS) and GRASAG UCC Executives.
The award winners and their corresponding programmes are as follow;
John-Doe Dordzo Ph.D. (Music Education)
Albert Sackitey Lanor Ph. D. (Mathematics)
Selorm Akaba Ph. D. (Agricultural Economics)
Charity Kusi Ph. D. (Analytical Chemistry)
Andrews Quashie Ph. D. (Chemistry)
Charles Lloyd Amoah Ph. D. (Physics)
Agnes Donkoh Ph. D. (Mathematics)
Mary Aku Ogum M. Phil. (Health Education)
Ronald Osei Mensah M. Phil. (Sociology)