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 2013-2014 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.

Yegui Cai, PhD candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Yegui Cai is in the last stage of finishing his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Information Engineering and a Master’s degree in Communications and Information Systems from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, in 2008 and 2010, respectively. His PhD thesis is about stochastic optimization for emerging wireless networking paradigms with imperfect network state information. He has several journal and conference papers, two patents and a patent application in the area of wireless communications and networking. 

"Decoupling congestion control from TCP (semi-TCP) for multi-hop wireless networks" from EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2013, 2013:149 (3 June 2013)

Bryce Dorin, MASc, Electrical Engineering

Bryce completed his Master’s degree in electrical engineering at Carleton University in April 2014.  Prior to this he obtained an engineering physics undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in 2012.  Bryce’s research focus during his time at Carleton University was in silicon photonics, and worked under Professor Winnie Ye in the Micro/Nano Photonics Laboratory.  His projects included the design of photonic devices for optical telecommunications on silicon microchips.  Bryce also constructed a testing station for characterizing the devices he designed.  In addition to his research, Bryce travelled to Tokyo for the JSPS Silicon Photonics Winter School, to Munich for the SPIE Leadership Conference, and to San Francisco to present his work at the OFC conference.  He also served as president of the SPIE student photonics society during his time at Carleton University.    Bryce has been offered a scholarship to study towards a PhD at the University of Manchester in the UK.  His research there will focus on fabricating optical and electronic devices in glass using powerful ultrafast laser systems.  

Two-mode division multiplexing in a silicon-on-insulator ring resonator” from Optics Express, Vol. 22 Issue 4, pp.4547-4558 (2014)

Opal McInnis, PhD candidate, Neuroscience

Opal McInnis is a doctoral student in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University. She is interested in how social responses from others can shape our well-being and how genetic factors may impact these relationships. Her primary research interests include social support, coping, oxytocin and negative mental health outcomes. Her work has shown that our social environment may be involved in the provocation of depressive disorders; however, this may be dependent on the type of oxytocin gene someone possesses. She has also extended her interest in mental health and neuroscience, as a Public Relations Officer for the Society for Neuroscience where she promotes knowledge about the brain and health to the community.

A paradoxical association of an oxytocin receptor gene polymorphism: early-life adversity and vulnerability to depression” from Frontiers in Neuroendocrine Science (2013) 7:128.

Robyn McQuaid, PhD candidate, Neuroscience

Robyn McQuaid is a doctoral student in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University. She currently holds a CIHR doctoral award to study how genetic factors interact with our social environment to influence well-being. Her primary research interests include early-life stress, oxytocin, prosocial behaviors and depression. Her work has shown that individuals who carry the more prosocial/socially sensitive oxytocin gene variant may thrive in a positive environment but, this same gene variant may encourage susceptibility in a negative environment. Outside of academics, Robyn is a member of the Society for Neuroscience Ottawa Chapter, which involves promoting knowledge transfer between students and the community in the field of neuroscience.

A paradoxical association of an oxytocin receptor gene polymorphism: early-life adversity and vulnerability to depression” from Frontiers in Neuroendocrine Science (2013) 7:128.

Christen Rachul, PhD Candidate, School of Applied Linguistics and Language Studies

Christen is a PhD candidate in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies. She holds a BA in Applied Linguistics from Trinity Western University and MA in Applied Language Studies from Carleton University. After she completed her MA, Christen held a position as a Research Associate with the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta where she worked on a variety of health-related topics with a specific interest in health policy discourse and media analysis. Her PhD research is at the intersection of applied language studies and health policy and focuses on how the language in Canada's Food Guide enables or constrains Canadians' abilities to make healthier food choices. 

Newspaper portrayals of spinal manipulation therapy: Canada, United States, and the United Kingdom” from Journal of Science Communication, Vol. 12 Issue 1, (March, 2013)

Nicole Tishler, PhD Candidate, NPSIA (International Conflict Management and Resolution)

Nicole Tishler is embarking on her third year of doctoral studies at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, specializing in the International Conflict Management and Resolution stream. She holds an MA in Intelligence and National Security from the same department, and a BSocSc from the University of Ottawa, where she studied international relations (in French immersion) and completed the requirements of a minor in Spanish. This past year, Nicole conducted extracurricular research on crisis communications in Canada for the Conference Board of Canada (publication pending), funded via Public Safety Canada’s Research Affiliate Program. She is now focusing her efforts on her dissertation, which examines the characteristics of terrorism hoaxes, their perpetrators, and their implications for society. Nicole is a recipient of OGS and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Masters and Doctoral scholarships, and is a junior affiliate of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS).

"C, B, R, or N: The Influence of Related Industry" from Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology and Criminology, Vol. 2 Issue 2 (2013)

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.