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 2016-2017 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.


Anna Crawford, PhD student Geography and Environmental Studies

Journey of an Arctic ice island in Oceanography 29(2):254–263

Anna Crawford is currently finishing her PhD in Geography at Carleton University. She received an MSc degree in Geography from Carleton University in 2013 and an HBSc degree in Biology from Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario) in 2010. Anna's PhD research focuses on the processes contributing to the deterioration of large, tabular icebergs ('ice islands') in the Canadian Arctic, as well as the development of methods to detect their deterioration. Her field work is mostly conducted from the CCGS Amundsen, an icebreaker which has been outfitted for research by ArcticNet. Her research has taken her through the Northwest Passage, Baffin Bay, Naires Strait (between Greenland and Ellesmere Island), the Labrador Sea and the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

Kendra Jennie McLaughlin, PhD student Psychology

Jurors’ perceptions of scientific testimony: The role of gender and testimony complexity in trials involving DNA evidence in Cogent Psychology, 3:1, 1-14.

Kendra Jennie McLaughlin is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology, who works under the supervision of Dr. Evelyn Maeder of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Kendra holds an M.A. in psychology from Carleton University and a B.A. Honours in psychology from the University of New Brunswick. Kendra’s PhD research focuses on how jurors’ stereotypes and prejudices about gender, mental disorders and crime influence their deliberations and verdicts in mock trials involving the Not Criminally Responsible due to Mental Disorder defence. Her doctoral research is funded by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Kendra’s research with Carleton University's Legal Decision-Making Laboratory examines the various ways in which gender stereotypes and prejudices influence jury decision-making. She shares this award with the research team and co-authors of the paper, Dr. Evelyn Maeder, Laura McManus, Susan Yamamoto and Hannah Stewart.

Jean-Daniel Medjo Me Biomo, PhD student Systems and Computer Engineering

Unmanned Aerial ad Hoc Networks: Simulation-Based Evaluation of Entity Mobility Models’ Impact on Routing Performance in Aerospace 2015, 2(3), 392-422

Jean-Daniel Medjo Me Biomo is a fourth year Ph.D student in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. He holds a Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carleton University, and a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. His research is in the area of Flying Ad Hoc Networks (airborne networks formed by drones) with a focus on MAC protocols and routing protocols. His research work has been published in several conference and journal papers. He works under the supervision of Professors Thomas Kunz and Marc St-Hilaire.

Zoe Panchen, PhD Biology

Prediction of Arctic plant phenological sensitivity to climate change from historical records’ from Ecology and Evolution (2017) 7: 1325–1338

Zoe Panchen was awarded her PhD in Biology at Carleton University and is now a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie 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.

Ian Wereley, PhD student History

Extracting the Past from the Present: Exotic Prizes, Empty Wilderness, and Commercial Conquest in Two Oil Company Advertisements, 1925–2012  in Humanities (2016) 5:2

Ian Wereley is a doctoral candidate studying energy transitions and the cultural history of oil. His SSHRC-funded dissertation project explores Britain’s transition from coal to oil power, and uses understudied sources such as cartoons, advertisements, maps, theatrical productions, and travelling exhibitions to reconstruct the attitudes and experiences of early twentieth century Britons in the process of becoming modern oil consumers. His work seeks to demonstrate how these histories offer important lessons for navigating our own changing energy landscapes, and sits at the intersection of history, geography, and the energy humanities.