University of Calgary

Twenty-six PhD students win SSHRC scholarship funding

UToday HomeJune 5, 2013

By Trisha Kingcott

Victoria Lukasik, a PhD student in the Department of Geography, focuses her research on the wildlife management of carnivores.Victoria Lukasik, a PhD student in the Department of Geography, focuses her research on the wildlife management of carnivores.Doctoral students at the University of Calgary have once again been successful in the quest for funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Twenty-six graduate students have each been awarded $20,000 to $35,000 towards their PhD studies, a 14 per cent increase from the 2012 competition.

“Our students’ success in earning these scholarships demonstrates the remarkable range of talent among students in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Calgary,” says Lisa Young, vice-provost and dean, Graduate Studies. “It’s also evidence of the investment of time and expertise among faculty members in these disciplines who have mentored their students to compete so successfully in the national SSHRC scholarship competition.”

The 2013 SSHRC doctoral scholarship recipients are:

  • Timothy Anderson, Political Science
  • Kristin Atwood, Sociology
  • Danielle Baillargeon, Greek and Roman Studies
  • Julie Boyd, Art
  • Dawn Bryan, English
  • Robyn Crook, Archaeology
  • Nicole Edge, English
  • Basia Ellis, Psychology
  • Christopher Esselmont, Sociology
  • Rebecca Geleyn, English
  • Mark Harding, Political Science
  • Melanie Khu, Clinical Psychology
  • Tu-Kim La, Archaeology
  • Lisa Lorenzetti, Social Work
  • Victoria Lukasik, Geography
  • Andrew McEwen, History
  • Sharon Mogen, Religious Studies
  • Aura Pon, Music
  • Kyler Rasmussen, Psychology
  • Kimberly Richards, English
  • Natalie Robinson, English
  • Marnie Rogers, Applied Psychology
  • Kristine Thoreson, Art
  • Joseph Windsor, Linguistics
  • Isabell Woelfel, Germanic, Slavic, and East Asian Studies
  • Caitlin Wright, Clinical Psychology

SSHRC funding supports post-secondary research and training that “reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world.”

“The funding and the prestige is very valuable for me now and for my career as it is a national award and very recognizable in Canada,” says Victoria Lukasik, a PhD student in the Department of Geography. Her research focuses on the controversial topic of wildlife management of carnivores with the goal to understand the reasoning behind current management techniques to find a more efficient, ethical and effective method.

Joseph Windsor, a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics, is researching the sentence structure and sound structure of demonstratives (“this” and “that”) in Irish, Blackfoot, and Michef (a Plains Cree language) to find and further understand the regularizing aspects of languages that explain why children are able to pick up languages more easily than adults.

“Getting a SSHRC means that I have been judged by my peers and my work has been deemed of exceptional merit across a number of disciplines,” he says.


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