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Two Social Work students win Best Paper awards at international conference

UToday HomeJune 17, 2013

Hongmei TongHongmei TongTwo Faculty of Social Work PhD students have received international recognition for their research. Hongmei Tong and Liza Lorenzetti were two of the winners at the Chinese University of Hong Kong 50th Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium. Both presented their work on behalf of the Faculty of Social Work.

Tong won Best Paper Award in the Theme: Social Care, Migrants, Elderly, and Disability. Her research focused on the social exclusion of the elderly Chinese in Shanghai, China. Her supervisor, Daniel Lai, who sponsored her for this trip, says, “Hongmei is an outstanding doctoral student who is hard working and has a strong commitment to bring excellence to research.

“Her research brings a strong international component to facilitate understanding of population aging issues in China,” Lai says. “Hongmei's research aligns well with the university’s internationalization directly and will build a strong linkage with the research community between Canada and China.”

Lorenzetti was recognized in the category for Best Paper Award for the Theme: Child, Youth and Family Policy. Her presentation was entitled Engaging Men and Boys in Domestic Violence Protection: Opportunities and Promising Approaches.

Liza LorenzettiLiza LorenzettiLana Wells, the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence, works with Lorenzetti. “Liza is leading the way in breaking new ground around the engagement of men in boys in violence prevention,” Wells says.

“Her work and leadership are advancing both the research and practice field in North America.”

Jackie Sieppert, dean of the Faculty of Social Work, says it is extremely rare for two students from the same faculty to simultaneously win such awards at an international conference. He says this is “a reflection of the remarkable capacity that Hongmei and Liza bring as graduate students, and the quality of supervision they have received from their supervisors. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment."

The awards were presented on May 31 at the CUHK's Symposium at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


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