Honorable mention, Student Essay Award, 2004

Title: Validation of an Integrated Performance Indicator for the Evaluation of Postgraduate Scholarship Programs

Isabelle Bourgeois is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Education of University of Ottawa.

Performance indicators used to evaluate postgraduate scholarships and fellowships programs in the natural sciences and engineering are usually long-term in nature and focus on such measures as time to completion, employment status, employment sector, and annual income. These measures are time-consuming and costly to collect and analyze. The information provided by these measures, therefore, should truly be useful to both program staff and senior mangers responsible for administering these programs. Based on an earlier study conducted by two Canadian researchers, this paper presents the results of a study on the validation of an integrated indicator for postgraduate scholarship programs.