Students engage, produce and relay a wide variety and depth of research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Across the graduate level at the University of Toronto, OISE students are among the top researchers in the areas of literacy, urban schooling and aboriginal education. With OISE, students can connect with communities to learn about their field of study to better understand practice.
Each year the Leithwood Award for OISE outstanding Thesis of the Year recognizes exceptional, stimulating, and cutting-edge research produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. The Award for Outstanding Thesis in Organizational Leadership recognizes an outstanding doctoral thesis that contributes to the area of organizational leadership and/or organizational dynamics. For additional University of Toronto graduate student awards see the Internal Awards page.
The Award for Outstanding Thesis in Organizational Leadership was established in 2016 to recognize an outstanding doctoral thesis that contributes to the area of organizational leadership and/or organizational dynamics. The thesis must have been completed at OISE between January 1 and December 31 in the year prior to the deadline (DEADLINE EXTENDED to 9.00am Wednesday February 22, 2017 for theses completed between January 1 and December 31 2016). Please see the award guidelines and application form to apply.
2015 - Dr. Adriana Berlingieri, LHAE - Challenging Workplace Bullying: The Shaping of Organizational Practices Toward Systemic Change
The Leithwood Award: the OISE OUTSTANDING THESIS OF THE YEAR recognizes exceptional, stimulating, and cutting-edge research produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. This award gives OISE an opportunity to celebrate the splendid quality and diversity of scholarly interests among our doctoral students. It is open for doctoral theses in education completed at OISE between January 1 and December 31 in the year prior to the deadline (DEADLINE EXTENDED to 9.00am Wednesday February 22, 2017 for theses completed between January 1 and December 31 2016). Please see the award guidelines and application form to apply. If you are interested in making a contribution to the The Leithwood Award fund, please complete this gift form.
2016 - Dr Christine Fraser, APHD - The linguistic and reading skills of English language learners at-risk for poor reading comprehension: Profiles and predictors
2015 - Jointly awarded to:
Dr. Mira Gambhir, CTL - Images of the Diversity Educator: Indian and Canadian Perspectives on Diversity Education in Initial Teacher Education, and
Dr. Gail Prasad, CTL - The PRISM of students' plurilingualism: Towards a culturally and linguistically inclusive student-centered framework for teaching and learning in multilingual schools.
2014 - Dr. Agnes Santhosh Thomas, LHAE - Immigrant Women and Their Work in the Informal Economy: Impacts and the Potential for Critical Transformations
2013 - Dr Gillian Rosenberg, CTL - Portrait of Moral Agency
2012 - Dr Paloma Villegas, HSSSJE - Assembling and (Re)-marking Migrant Illegalizatio: Mexican Migrants with Precarious Status in Canada
2011 - Dr Kelly Gallagher-Mackay, TPS - Schools, child welfare and well-being: Dimensions of collective responsibility for maltreated children living at home
2010 - Dr Ruth Beatty, HDAP - Pattern rules, patterns and graphs: Analyzing grade 6 students' learning of linear functions through the processes of webbing, situated abstractions, and convergent conceptual change
2010 (Hon. mention) - Dr Yuxin Tu, TPS - A Chinese Civil Society in the Making? Civic Perceptions and Civic Participation of University Students in an Era of Massification
2009 - Dr Mario E. Lopez-Gopar, CTL - What Makes Children Different is what Makes them better: Teaching Mexican children "English" to foster mutilingual, multiliteracies, and intercultural practices
2009 (Hon. mention) - Dr Emily Paradis, AECP - A little room of hope: Feminist Participatory Action Research with "Homeless" women
2007 - Dr Tracey Vieira, HDAP - Matching court-ordered services with youths' clinically-identified treatment needs: Predicting treatment success with your offenders
2006 - Dr Catherine Stewart, CTL - Sexual abuse of children with intellectual disabilities: Factors that aid or impede mothers protecting their children
2005 - Dr Marjolaine Limbos, HDAP - Developing reliable measures for the assessment of ESL children
2004 - Dr Elain Chan, CTL - Narratives of ethnic identity: Experiences of first Generation Chinese Canadian Students
2003 - Dr Susan M. Turner, TPS - Municipal planning, land development and environmental intervation: an institutional ethnography
2002 - Dr Susan Dion, CTL - Braiding Histories: Responding to the Problematics of Canadians
Graduate Student Conference Travel Program
The OISE Dean's Office Graduate Students Conference Travel Program supports the professional development for OISE students. The goal of the program is to enable graduate students to present their work in academic conferences as part of their graduate student experience.
All registered OISE graduate students presenting at academic conferences are eligible to apply. Each student can receive a grant in every other round of applications. For example, if your application for the May 1 - October 31 round was funded, you will not be eligible for a grant in the next round (i.e. Nov. 1 - April 30). Priority will be given to first-authored student presentations at refereed conferences. Learn more