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Two UNB grad students receive 50 000 Vanier scholarships

Author: Communications

Posted on May 31, 2010


University of New Brunswick graduate students Julie Bull and Catherine Holtmann have each received a 2010 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, valued at $50,000 annually for up to three years.

Ms. Bull is a PhD student in UNB’s interdisciplinary studies program. Her research is rooted in Aboriginal and rural health and education. In particular, it focuses on the authenticity in relationships with academic researchers in the context of Aboriginal health research. She is conducting her work in partnership with the Aboriginal community of NunatuKavat, where she is also member.

Her academic achievements and research have earned her several awards, both at the master’s and doctoral levels, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health Scientific Director’s Award of Excellence, the Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program Doctoral Fellowship, and the Jens Peder Hart Hansen Fellow Award.

Ms. Holtmann, a PhD student in sociology, is conducting research into immigrant women and religious identity in Atlantic Canada. Her work aims to close the knowledge gaps concerning the role religion plays amidst the multiple forces that accompany the migration and integration processes and, in particular, the intersection between the religious lives of immigrant women and domestic violence.

Vanier scholars are chosen based on their demonstrated leadership skills and high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health research. The program was designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award to assist them during their studies at Canadian universities.

About UNB

Established in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public universities in North America. With more than 12,500 full- and part-time students from more than 100 countries, UNB has the best student-to-faculty ratio of Canada’s comprehensive universities, according to Maclean’s magazine. As the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts over 75 per cent of the province’s university research. UNB has more than 60 research centres, institutes, groups and major projects.


Natalie Montgomery, Communication Officer (506) 453-4990