Simon Fraser University PhD students Sujoy Ghosh Hajra and Careesa Liu recently won the Spirit of Canada 150 Awards, which recognizes outstanding contributions made by everyday Canadians in their respective communities.
Sujoy and Careesa are being recognized for creating an award-winning innovative student training program called Surrey Collaborative Outreach and Research Experience (SCORE, www.scoreprogram.net). SCORE is a multi-faceted training program bringing together students ranging from high school to undergraduate and graduate levels to collaborate with academic, healthcare and industrial partners in solving real-world challenges. Since its inception in 2014, SCORE has grown to encompass a network of more than 22 organizations ranging from community groups to large multinationals with the singular goal of developing the human capital in the lower mainland communities. The success of SCORE can be seen in the continuity of its partnerships, career growth of its graduates, expansion of the program operations team, as well as in the many awards it has garnered along the way. After winning the North American and Worldwide Gold medals in the Global Best Awards competition in 2016, the Spirit of Canada 150 Award represents yet another well-deserved accolade in the storied success of this amazing program.
Rachel Nelson, Associate Director of Partnerships and Programs at SFU, is a long-time SCORE supporter. In nominating the duo for the Spirit of Canada 150 Award, Nelson said, “By establishing the SCORE program, Careesa and Sujoy have created a world-leading innovative program that facilitates cooperative engagement in Surrey. I am confident that Careesa and Sujoy are helping build the skill sets in our youth to lead Canada for the next 150 years!”
The award was presented by the Honourable Ken Hardie, who is the MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells. “We are in highly dynamic times in Canada; times when our influence in the world as an innovative and inventive force is starting to match our historic reputation as a nation that draws its strength from diversity,” he said in commending the pair for their achievement. “Sujoy Ghosh Hajra and Careesa Liu represent that future.”