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December 2, 2016
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SSHRC awards Laurier over $850,000 in graduate scholarships

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Aug 29/08| For Immediate Release


Helen Paret, Manager, Graduate Administration
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Kevin Crowley, Associate Director, News and Editorial Services
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WATERLOO – Of the 29 applications Wilfrid Laurier University submitted to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for graduate scholarships, all were approved, and Laurier graduate students are receiving more than $850,000 to help fund their valuable research initiatives.

Eleven Laurier students were successful in the national competition for doctoral scholarships. SSHRC funds two levels of awards: Canada Graduate Scholarships, SSHRC’s most prestigious and lucrative scholarship valued at $105,000 over three years, and doctoral fellowships, valued at $20,000 over one, two or three years. All but one of the funded students will hold their award at Laurier.

“I am delighted with our students’ success in receiving these major awards,” says Dr. Joan Norris, dean of graduate studies. “The research that they will carry out under the auspices of the Council will contribute significantly to knowledge in a wide variety of disciplines. This success affirms Laurier’s efforts to develop and expand our already strong graduate programs in the social sciences and humanities.”

Sheri Longboat, a PhD student in Laurier’s geography program, is researching solutions for water management problems that persist in Ontario’s First Nation communities. Receiving her doctoral fellowship will allow Longboat to expand her research beyond water quality problems to investigate First Nations' water security within the broader Canadian water policy context.    

“I hope to contribute to the empirical understanding of the First Nations' water system and present a conceptual framework for enhanced community-level water security,” says Longboat. “This will include an articulation of the interrelationships between First Nations and scientific approaches to water resources from which new water governance and management tools will emerge.”

Eighteen other Laurier students earned SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships for master’s students, valued at $17,500 over one year. The students come from programs including anthropology, English and film studies, global studies, history, music, psychology, kinesiology and physical education, religion and culture, social work and sociology.

Roula Markoulakis and Hannah You are two recipients of the master’s scholarship. Markoulakis, who will be pursuing a master’s degree in kinesiology at Laurier, is conducting research with autistic children to help improve early intervention strategies with families and parents. You, currently in Laurier’s music therapy program, is working to implement a program for traumatized refugee youths.

Due to the success Laurier has had receiving graduate scholarships from SSHRC in recent years, the number of applications Laurier is permitted to submit to SSHRC continues to rise steadily. This year’s 100 percent success rate will allow even more Laurier students to continue their promising research in future years.

SSHRC is an arm’s-length federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in a variety of different disciplines related to the social sciences and humanities. As a key national research-funding agency, SSHRC helps to continually build the human knowledge and skills Canada needs to improve the quality of its social, economic and cultural life. 


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