Carleton University's MacOdrum Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015-2016 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.

5 prizes were awarded this year, and are listed below. You can access each article by clicking on the title.


Colin A. Capaldi, PhD student, Psychology

Colin A. Capaldi is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. He holds a BA and MA in Psychology from Carleton University. His research in the Carleton University Happiness Laboratory on the causes and consequences of human-nature interactions is funded through a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In collaboration with colleagues from Canada and around the world, Colin has published in several other journals including the International Journal of Wellbeing, the Journal of Environmental Psychology, the Journal of Social Psychology, the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, and the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science. The awarded article would not have been possible without his coauthors Raelyne Dopko and John Zelenski.


Kyle Farmer, PhD candidate, Neuroscience

Kyle Farmer is a doctoral student supervised by Dr. Shawn Hayley in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University. He currently holds multiple grants to conduct his research, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Frederick Banting and Charles Best Doctoral Research Fellowship and the Parkinson Research Consortium Bonnie and Don Poole Research Fellowship. His research focuses on the role of the immune system in the pathology and treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD). To date Kyle has developed a novel early stage model of PD in rodents, and identified several potential immune related biomarkers in the neurodegenerative disease. Currently Kyle is investigating the mechanisms of action of two potential therapeutics in his pre-clinical PD mouse model and validating his biomarker findings in humans through an active collaboration with neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Buchannan (MD, Seton Brain & Spine Institute). Outside of the laboratory Kyle is also the current President of the Society for Neuroscience; a local outreach, education, and advocacy group consisting of over 300 neuroscience and mental health students and workers from across Eastern Ontario.


Saira Fitzgerald, PhD candidate, Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies

Saira Fitzgerald is a doctoral student at Carleton University's School of Linguistics and Language Studies. She received her BA Hons. (English) from Carleton in 1987, and her MA (Linguistics & Applied Language Studies) also from Carleton in 1999. She has worked in educational development in Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, India and Canada. Her doctoral research is on the discursive construction of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Canada. She is a co-author of The power of language: How discourse influences society, 2nd ed. (in press).


Koreen Millard, PhD candidate, Geography and Environmental Studies

Koreen Millard is in the final stages of completing her PhD in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, specializing in geomatics and remote sensing.  She obtained her MSc in Applied Geomatics from Acadia University in 2008, a post-graduate advanced diploma in Geographic Information Science from the Centre of Geographic Sciences in Nova Scotia in 2006, and a BA in Environmental Studies and Geography in 2005 from Bishop’s University.  Koreen’s thesis research focuses on the use of active remote sensing technologies (LiDAR and SAR) to improve techniques in mapping and monitoring peatland hydrological conditions (water table depth and soil moisture).  In order to better understand and validate information gained through remotely sensed imagery, her work involves extensive field data collection and has taken her to many sites throughout temperate and sub-arctic Canada.  


Zoe Panchen, PhD candidate, Biology

Zoe Panchen is in her final year of her PhD in Biology at Carleton University. She holds an MSc in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware and a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University, UK. Her area of research is plant responses to contemporary climate change with her PhD focusing on how rising temperatures of climate change are impacting Arctic plant flowering and fruiting times. Her summer field work takes her to the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in Nunavut to monitor flowering and seed dispersal times on Ellesmere and Baffin Islands.

Content last updated: July 10, 2017