Ngunjiri was “in a bit of shock” when he found out he received this year’s Indigenous and Black Engineering/Technology (IBET) PhD Fellowship. Outside of research, he spends most of his time with his wife and their 20-month-old son, exploring parks and gardens in the Hamilton area. “This fellowship represents substantial economic support for me and my family,” he says. “And, on a more personal note, I finally feel seen and affirmed as an individual after years of struggle. The fact that McMaster is making fellowships accessible to people from non-traditional backgrounds goes a long way.”
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