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Dr. Satadal Dasgupta Memorial Award
Faculty: Arts
Current 4th Year
Occasion: Convocation
Process: Recommended by Sociology and Anthropology
Scholarship Type: Award
Description: Granted to an exceptional student of sociology or anthropology graduating from UPEI who, in his or her time at the institution, displayed academic excellence as well as contributed to the university community through volunteer, extra-curricular or other activities. If there are two or more equally qualifying candidates, preference will be given to a student who will be (1) pursuing continued studies in the field of sociology or anthropology or (2) pursuing continued studies in another field.
Background: On the 27th of May 2018, Satadal Dasgupta, beloved husband of Krishna and father of Kaberi (Juan Carlos), Mohua (Vivek) and Keya (Mark), passed away. Born in Kolkata, India, Prince Edward Island was his chosen home where he built a life as a devoted professor, passionate researcher, avid gardener and loving family man. Satadal was one of the early professors of the University of Prince Edward Island, joining the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1969. During his professorial career, spanning almost 50 years, Satadal contributed immensely to the shaping of his much loved institution. He did this through enthusiastically teaching and mentoring thousands of students, serving as his Department?s indefatigable chair, recruiting faculty, constructing programs, and providing excellent scholarship. His prolific research led to several publications, including nine books in the field of social anthropology. Satadal treasured his years on the Island. In addition to his academic pursuits, he was actively involved in his Island community as a founding member of the Indo-Canadian Association, chair of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation and having an impeccable record of attendance at the Saturday morning Farmer?s Market. He will be remembered for his ready smile, listening ear, and words of encouragement for friends and family. His kindness, enthusiasm, and intelligence will live on through his grandsons Adario, Vikram, Nikhil, Deven, Navin and Kiran. In honour of Dr. Dasgupta?s life, and his love for the University of Prince Edward Island and its students, his family and friends have established this award.
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