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 2014-2015 Graduate Student Open Access Award.  These monetary awards of $1000.00 were established to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

Award recipients are listed below. Click on the titles to access the winning articles.


Dunja Apostolov-Dimitrijevic, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Dunja Apostolov-Dimitrijevic is a doctoral candidate at Carleton University’s Department of Political Science, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. She holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Population and Development and an Honours Bachelor in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Her dissertation research examines the economic, political and social connections between the countries of South Eastern Europe and emerging economies, such as the BRICS countries. Dunja has presented her work at numerous academic conferences, including the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association and the European Community Studies Association - Canada, where she is currently Vice-president of the Young Researchers Network. In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Dunja has international project management experience in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Aizaz Chaudhry, PhD Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Aizaz Chaudhry received his MASc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in August 2010, and his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan, in November 1998. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program of the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. He conducts research in the area of wireless mesh networks with focus on interference modeling, topology control, channel assignment and optimization of multi-radio multi-channel wireless mesh networks. His research work has been published in refereed conferences and journals, and has received several citations.

Danielle Fraser, PhD Candidate, Biology

Danielle Fraser is in the final stages of completing her PhD in the Biology Department at Carleton University. She received both her BSc in Zoology and MSc in Biology from the University of Calgary. She is an evolutionary biologist studying patterns of speciation and extinction as well as large-scale patterns of diversity in terrestrial vertebrates. Her research goals are to i) establish modes of biodiversity change through time and space and ii) to establish the long-term evolutionary and climatic drivers of those biodiversity changes. Danielle has accepted a post-doctoral position at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History starting in September 2015 where she will continue her research on the impacts of climate change on mammal communities.

Alexander Grammatikos, PhD candidate, English Language and Literature

Alexander Grammatikos is a fourth year PhD candidate in the English Language and Literature department. He holds an Honours BA and Certificate in Hellenic Studies from Simon Fraser University and an MA (with distinction) from The University of York (U.K.). His dissertation expands traditional understandings of Romantic Hellenism by investigating the ways in which late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British writers constructed Modern Greece and its people and how these literary engagements with Greece produced, ratified, and complicated Britain’s relationship with the then emerging nation.

David Mandia, PhD Candidate, Chemistry  

David Mandia is a PhD candidate in the department of chemistry. Prior to this he obtained an M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Ottawa and his B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry with a concentration in Nanotechnology from Carleton University. He currently holds a Queen Elizabeth II scholarship in science and technology to study nano-scale photonics, optics, and surface chemistry in the lab of Professor Seán Barry. His current work is done in collaboration with Professor Jacques Albert in the department of electronics at Carleton University as part of the NSERC-funded multi-modal optical sensors, applications, interfaces, and controls (MOSAIC) project. This project explores the use of tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) technology to study the deposition of ultra-thin metal and metal oxide films by either chemical vapour deposition (CVD) or atomic layer deposition (ALD) in real-time. He and collaborators hope to develop this technique as a new form of optical fiber-based ellipsometry for CVD/ALD and to use the metal/metal oxide-clad TFBG sensors in various other applications such as gas and solution-based sensing. He also has a strong background in scanning probe microscopies, as well as X-ray absorption spectroscopies, and applies his expertise to the extensive characterization of thin films fabricated in his lab. He recently received an SPIE Optics and Photonics Education scholarship for showing significant productivity in the field of nano-scale photonics and the potential for long-term research contributions in the field of optics and photonics.

Wenjun Zhou, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering

Wenjun Zhou completed his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carleton University in April 2015. He received the B.Sc. degree in Science and Technology of Optical Information in 2008 and the M.Sc. degree in Optical Engineering in 2011, both from China Jiliang University (CJLU). During his PhD studying, he worked under the supervision of Prof. Jacques Albert in the Advanced Photonic Components Group, Department of Electronics, Carleton University. His main research interests include optical fiber sensors and plasmonics of ultrathin gold films. He has published 17 papers in peer-reviewed journals (10 as first author). He was awarded the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad in 2014, the 7th China Youth Science and Technology Innovation Awards in 2011, and the Top Grade Prize of China Instrument and Control Society Scholarships in 2010.