UNB Research

Congratulations to this year's SSHRC doctoral awards recipients!

Author: UNB Research

Posted on Nov 2, 2020

Category: Research , Accolades

Today, The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced this year’s SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship recipients.

Among the 540 recipients across Canada are seven UNB PhD students:

  • Auralia Brooke, awarded $80,000 for Youth Narratives of Isolation, Belonging and Resistance in New Brunswick Schools;
  • Mary Germaine, awarded $80,000 for Crisis, Crisis: Climate, Ecopoetics, and Kierkegaardian Repetition;
  • Olena Gryshchuk, awarded $80,000 for Police officers' response to intimate partner violence cases with female offenders;
  • Kate J. MacGregor, awarded $80,000 for "There is only one way to be pretty!" Racialized Norms Beauty in the Global German Empire, 1884 to 1939;
  • Jennifer M. McWilliams, awarded $60,000 for Sibling caregivers of individuals with intellectual disabilities in New Brunswick and Ontario;
  • Alexander P. Wilson, awarded $80,000 for The impact of recreational cannabis legalization on the illicit cannabis industry in New Brunswick; and
  • Richard D. Yeomans, awarded $60,000 for Inventing a Bountiful Earth: New Brunswick Settler Science and the Moral Economy, 1785-1885.

These seven emerging scholars join seven PhD students awarded Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral, announced in June of this year:

  • McKenna Boeckner, awarded $105,000 for Memoirs of a sodomite: Revisionary queer historiography of England's Long Romantic Period;
  • Douglas Gough, awarded $105,000 for Toward a Newfoundland Indigeneity: Healing Identity Fracture in the Wake of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Enrolment Process;
  • Laura Kabbash, awarded $105,000 for Beyond Risk and Need: Service Utilization Among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness;
  • Kerry Lee-Powell, awarded $105,000 for The Air Above Olympus: a work of experimental fiction inspired by postcolonial revisions of trauma theory and cognitive science-based models of the self;
  • Shelby Martens, awarded $105,000 for From Missionettes to Calvinettes to the Pioneer Girls: Lived religion and the role of faith based girls groups in Canada in the Secular age, 1960 to 1980;
  • Kyoungsil Nah, awarded $105,000 for Cultural differences in achievement attribution and the underlying mechanism; and
  • Stefanie Slaunwhite, awarded $105,000 for The Dr. William F. Roberts Hospital School: A Critical History of a Contested Institution.


“Today’s graduate students are tomorrow’s experts and changemakers,” said Dr. David MaGee, vice-president (research). “Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients across Canada, and especially those who are part of our community. We are proud of your achievements so far and we look forward to seeing what you accomplish in the future.”

As well as being an integral part of UNB’s research community, graduate students are an important part of UNB’s teaching and learning activities.

“As a comprehensive university devoted to both teaching and research, our graduate students embody many of the qualities we cherish,” added Dr. Drew Rendall, dean of the School of Graduate Studies. “They contribute their effort and energy as students, as instructors and as researchers, and we are thrilled to see them recognized with this support.”

The full announcement from Minister Bains and SSHRC is available here.