Carleton Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Office of the Vice President (Research & International) (OVPRI) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012-2013 Graduate Student Open Access Award.  This monetary award of $1000.00 was established to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

Award recipients are listed below. Click on the title for the winning article.

Anca Gurzu, MA candidate, European, Russian & Eurasian Studies:

Anca Gurzu is in the last stages of finishing her Master’s degree at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. Anca graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from the same university in 2009. That year, she was also one of the three national winners of the Canada-EU Young Journalist Award, sponsored by the Delegation of the European Union to Canada.  The award allowed her to travel to Brussels, visit European Union institutions and interview officials there. Anca then worked for a year and a half for Embassy, a foreign policy newspaper in Canada’s capital, focusing on immigration and refugee issues. She was also the designated reporter covering European affairs. The highlights of her work for Embassy include covering the G8 and G20 summits in Toronto in 2010, and speaking as a panelist at a Canada-EU trade conference in 2011. In the summer of 2012, Anca worked as a reporter for the bilingual publication Europolitics in Brussels, where she wrote about a variety of European issues. In her first year of Master’s studies, Anca presented her work on EU asylum policies at one national and two international conferences. In 2012, she also interned at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, where she researched the asylum systems of Western European countries. Anca is also currently working as a research assistant at the Centre for European Studies at Carleton University.

"Safe Country of Origin List at the EU Level: the Bargaining Process and the Implications" from Review of European and Russian Affairs (2012) 7(1).

Senada Delic, PhD candidate, Public Policy & Administration:

Senada Delic recently completed her Ph.D. in Public Policy at Carleton University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business (concentration in finance) and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, from Simon Fraser University. Her doctoral research focused mainly on social and labour market policies. Her work has been published in academic journals and books, and she has presented her findings at national and international conferences and scholarly meetings. In her doctoral dissertation, she examined the link between Aboriginal identity and economic success in the Canadian labour market using mixed methods research. Her research was funded by the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Statistics Canada Fellowship, OGS and other Doctoral Scholarships. She has served as an Associate Editor for the Public Policy & Governance Review (University of Toronto) and for the International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, as well as a peer reviewer for Aboriginal Policy Studies (University of Alberta).

Measurement of labour market attachment in the northern Canadian context: Conceptual and methodological issues” from Revue Interventions Economiques/ Papers in Political Economy (2013) 47

Ian Thomson, MSc, Biology:

Ian completed both his BSc and his MSc at Carleton University in the Bertram Lab. His undergraduate thesis was completed in 2009 and focussed on host-parasite interactions between cricket hosts and fly parasitoids. Specifically, he investigated the success of parasites in natural and unnatural hosts. He recently completed his MSc, specializing on how variation in cricket acoustic attraction signals can be explained by differences in cricket condition. Since “condition” is an elusive term that is difficult to measure, Ian conducted proximate research exploring the physiological and biochemical underpinnings of cricket calling. By investigating condition at multiple levels of organization (whole body, organs, and muscle enzymes), he accounted for some of the remarkable variation in cricket acoustic attraction behaviours. Ian completed his MSc in September 2012, and is currently working as the lab manager of the Bertram Lab at Carleton University. 

Success of the Parasitoid Fly Ormia orchracea (Diptera: Tachinidae) on Natural and Unnatural Cricket Hosts” from Florida Entomologist (2012) 95(1)

Kelly M. Babchishin, PhD candidate, Psychology:

Kelly Babchishin is a Ph.D student at Carleton University and a researcher at Public Safety Canada. Kelly Babchishin has received the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers Pre-doctoral Research Grant and is a recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship. Her research interests include online sexual offending, measures of sexual deviancy, and risk assessment. Her doctoral dissertation examines change in acute risk factors of sex offenders.

Communicating Risk for Sex Offenders: Risk Ratios for Static-2002R” from Sexual Offender Treatment (2012) 7(2)

Patricia Van Roon, Masters candidate, Neuroscience:

Patricia Van Roon is a graduate student in her second year of the Master’s program in Neuroscience at Carleton University, and a researcher with the Neuroscience of Imagery Cognition and Emotion Research (NICER) Lab. Her current research interests include the study of event-related potentials with respect to the effects of luminous modulation, social economic status and its impact on development, and the effects of musical training and development. Her recent work includes a publication in Frontiers of Neuroscience on the “Frontal EEG/ERP correlates of attentional processes, cortisol and motivational states in adolescents from lower and higher socioeconomic status”, and another publication on the methods of her Master’s luminous modulation experiment.  In addition, her volunteer work with Let’s Talk Science, the Kids in Ottawa Project, and Society for Neuroscience allows her to bring science into the community.  She is also a recipient of the Bruce Fletcher Attridge award for 2013.

Frontal EEG/ERP correlates of attentional processes, cortisol and motivational states in adolescents from lower and higher socioleconomic status” from Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2012)

These papers will be submitted into Carleton’s new institutional repository (CURVE) which collects, preserves and makes accessible Carleton’s digital research materials.  With over 30 applications, the Scholarly Communications selection committee was impressed with so many graduate students making their works more widely available in open access journals, thereby increasing the visibility and impact of their research in advancing knowledge and improving the global community.