The Drs. Jolie Ringash & Glen Bandiera Renaissance Award

A generous donation from McMaster graduates, Dr. Jolie Ringash and Dr. Glen Bandiera, has established The Drs. Jolie Ringash and Glen Bandiera Renaissance Award. The husband-and-wife team is hoping this unique award will provide McMaster students an opportunity to broaden their horizons.

“When you have been part of a country and community and an academic culture for a number of years, it can be hard to realize that it’s not the only way to see the world…  The key criteria for us is that it has to be completely different than something they’ve been doing up until now and it has to be something that’s not built into their current program.”
Dr. Glen Bandiera, M.D. (Class of ’93)

Terms of the Award

  • Open to students from all faculties at the undergraduate, graduate or professional level
  • Application opens: Sept. 1
  • Apply via Mosaic by clicking on ‘Apply for Financial Aid’
  • Supporting documentation is submitted to SFAS, Gilmour Hall-120
  • Deadline: Oct. 31
  • Award:  The recipient(s) will engage in a 4-12 month, self-directed, enrichment experience
  • Value:  As per the applicant’s proposed budget to a maximum of $25,000

Previous Renaissance Award Winners

Nabil Khaja

4th year Biology & Psychology Student
2013-14 Renaissance Award Winner
Award Value:  $14,000

Nabil travelled to Japan to study Okinawa’s 100-mile diet. The island’s population is known as one of the longest-lived in the world, with more centenarians (people 100 years of age or older) than anywhere else on the planet. The Daily News captured Khaja’s thoughts about his valuable experience.

Rachel Brain & Maia Stevenson

4th year Arts & Science Students
2013-14 Renaissance Award Winners
Award Value:  $11,000

Rachel and Maia travelled to farms in Squamish, BC, Cathlamet, Washington and Klamath, California, where they worked and learned about sustainable, organic food supply chains. They also lived on a diet of food that comes from within a 100-mile radius of the city. Learn more about their adventure in learning via the Daily News.

Beth Nagai

4th year Biology Student
2011-12 Renaissance Award Winner
Award Value:  $8,000

Beth headed to India, Nepal, and Thailand to study Eastern philosophy and religion through experiences as a volunteer, student and visitor. She took a course called Religion and Ecology, which inspired her to learn more about such ideas as interdependence and karma and how they can apply to conservation. In Beth’s blog, “How to Find Yourself By Getting Lost” you will be immersed in the tranquility and significance of her ‘Renaissance’ experience.


Application Tips for Success

What to consider when writing your Letter of Intent:

  • How is this project a departure from your field of study?
  • How will your project impact your community/society?
  • What is your motivation to pursue this area for your project?

Selecting your Faculty Adviser:

Your Faculty Adviser isn’t necessarily someone you know or someone who is in your Faculty.  Your Adviser should be someone who has knowledge or interest in the theme of your project.