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October 27, 2016
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Master of Arts in Geography candidate Brandon Pike selected to receive Northern Resident Scholarship

Jul 31/12

Laurier Master of Arts in Geography candidate Brandon Pike has been selected to receive one of four Northern Resident Scholarships for 2012-2013. The $10,000 Northern Resident Scholarship is awarded by the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS), in association with the Northern Scientific Training Program, to recognize graduate students with a strong academic record, a high caliber research proposal and commitment to northern research. Recipients of this award must also be identified as a long-term resident of northern Canada.

Brandon, from the Yukon, completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta before arriving to Laurier. Brandon’s advisor, Dr. Scott Slocombe, Dr. John McMurry Research Chair in Environmental Geography and Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies says that “this award is strong recognition of Mr. Pike's commitment to research in the Yukon, and will usefully support his graduate studies.”

Brandon plans to examine governance and rapid economic development in the Yukon and provide recommendations for the use of a holistic land use planning-environmental assessment framework. Brandon believes that implementing a more holistic assessment framework will successfully balance the needs of the First Nation community and the environment in the Yukon without hindering economic growth.

Part of Brandon’s research will take him to the Yukon to conduct field research. “Conducting research in northern Canada is very resource intensive simply as a result of the isolation from the south and the harsher climatic conditions, even for residents such as me” said Brandon. “My advisor has taken on a substantial financial burden…in order to fund my research. This award means I will have more financial independence when it comes to emergency field expenses or having to extend my time in the field collecting data.”

For Brandon, this scholarship means more than providing funding for his research. “Knowing, in the eyes of ACUNS and members of the academic community outside of Wilfrid Laurier University, that my research is a worthwhile investment provides me with a boost of extra confidence to produce the best possible results from this project.”

ACUNS is a charitable organization that promotes the advancement of northern scholarship through research and education, notably through scholarships, conferences.  ACUNS was established in 1978 and has 40 member institutions across Canada, including Laurier. For more information on ACUNS or the Northern Scientific Training Program, visit their website at

For more information on other Graduate Scholarship opportunities at Laurier please click here.

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