KPU researcher elected to the Royal Society of Canada

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Kwantlen Polytechnic University researcher and faculty member, Dr. Asma Sayed, has been elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Scientist and Artists.

To be elected, members must have demonstrated excellence and a high level of achievement at an early stage in their career. Membership in the College is for up to seven years with up to 80 members elected each year.

“I am thrilled to see this recognition of my research, scholarship, and activism,” says Sayed.

“This appointment will provide me with opportunities to interact and collaborate with other like-minded scholars at the RSC and to increase my engagement with our students and community partners.”

The RSC was founded in 1882 and comprises the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences, and The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. It advises the government and the larger society, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other academies around the world.

Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences in Canada. KPU is an institutional member of the RSC.

Sayed was nominated by KPU President Dr. Alan Davis.

“We are proud of Dr. Sayed as she is named as a member of the RSC. Her research in South Asian Cultural Studies and issues of equity, diversity and inclusion is widely recognized,” says Dr. Davis.

“I am looking forward to making contributions to the College and furthering my work on intersectional social justice to move towards a more just and equitable society,” adds Sayed.

Dr. Sayed was recently also named a Tier II Canada Research Chair.

Read the full RSC media release.