The Graduate Student Open Access Award (GS-OAA) was co-sponsored by the Carleton University Library, the Office of the Vice President (Research & International) (OVPRI), and the Graduate Student Association. This award was established to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

Please note, the GS-OAA is no longer offered. Graduate students are now eligible to apply for the CURIE fund.

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.

Past GS-OAA Winners : 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019

2012 Award Recipients - Back to top

Jennifer R. Whitson, PhD candidate, Sociology:

Jennifer R. Whitson is a sociology Ph.D. candidate at Carleton University, and a researcher with the Hypertext and Hypermedia Lab. Her current research interests include social influences on game development processes, digital identity management, and governance in online domains. Some of her recent work includes a 2011 article on Social Change and Facebook Games in the First Monday Journal (16:10), a chapter on surveillance in virtual worlds in the 2010 edited collection, Surveillance and Democracy, a feature article in the March/April 2009 issue of ACM’s Interactions magazine, and an article on identity theft, co–authored with Kevin Haggerty, in the November 2008 issue of Economy & Society. She is a recipient of a 2012-2013 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Rule making and rule breaking: Game development and the governance of emergent behaviour” from Fibreculture Journal (2010) Issue 16, Special Issue on Counterplay.

Philip Martin, Masters candidate, International Affairs:

Philip Martin is finishing the second year of a Master's degree in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, specializing in Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution. His main interests include conflict management and peacebuilding, international intervention, democratization and post-conflict statebuilding. He is currently completing a major research essay evaluating the use of power-sharing institutions in negotiated civil war settlements. Philip has worked as a Junior Policy Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and as an intern at the humanitarian response NGO, CANADEM. He is also currently a Research Assistant at the North-South Institute in the Governance of Natural Resources in Africa program. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Guelph.

Intervening for Peace? Dilemmas of Liberal Internationalism and Democratic Reconstruction in Afghanistan” from Journal of Military and Strategic Studies (Spring 2011) 13(3)

Lisa Neville, PhD candidate, Earth Science:

Lisa Neville is a Ph.D. candidate attending Carleton University, Ottawa. Her research, which is co-supervised by Dr. T. Patterson and Dr. P. Gammon of the Geological Survey Canada, focuses on characterizing the paleoenvironmental changes in lakes surrounding the Alberta Oil Sands operations. This government-funded study will identify whether or not byproducts of the oil sands operation are contaminating natural environments. Lisa also specializes in climate change and identifying climate patterns. Lisa’s current work will also allow her to reconstruct climate patterns that have influenced northern Canada and use them to predict future patterns. Lisa has a B.Sc. in Earth Science and Biology and recently completed her M.Sc., which investigated the response of microorganisms to the byproducts of oil sands extraction. Lisa was the first person to identify a bioindicator capable of responding to different levels of contamination in oil sands tailings ponds, wetlands and lakes. The oil companies operating in Alberta now use this bioindicator to gauge aquatic remediation success. In the future Lisa would like to redevelop this method of bioindication for use as an indicator of contamination in any industrially impacted area.

Seasonal environmental and chemical impact on the amoebian community composition in an oil sands reclamation wetland in Northern Alberta” from Palaeontologia Electronica (2010) 14(2)

Wayne Knee, PhD candidate, Biology:

Wayne completed his BSc specializing in animal biology at the University of Alberta (2005), exploring the biodiversity and ecology of mites and invertebrates. He completed his MSc (2007) where he studied blood and tissue-feeding mites associated with birds in Canada. He conducted the largest survey of parasitic bird mites in Canada, describing six new species of mites, and creating an interactive html-based dichotomous key to nasal mite species in Canada. Throughout his PhD at Carleton he studied host specificity and species boundaries of beetle-associated mites using molecular and morphological analyses. Specifically, he worked on mites associated with two groups of beetles, bark beetles (Scolytinae) and burying beetles (Silphidae). His PhD research focused on challenging our understanding and interpretation of where species boundaries exist and how the associations with their host beetles may have evolved. He successfully defended his PhD late in November 2011 and is presently working as a mite systematist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes, in Ottawa.

Interactive HTML-based dichotomous key to female Rhinonyssidae (Mesotigmata) from birds in Canada” from Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification (2010) Issue 9.

Nikolai Chepelev, PhD candidate, Biology:

Nikolai Chepelev joined Carleton in 2002. For his undergraduate research project, he studied protein oxidation caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS), widespread and reactive chemical entities that may contribute to diseases and aging. He then joined the lab of Dr. William Willmore and investigated the involvement of ROS in hypoxia for his Ph. D. project. Hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, is experienced by humans in many pathological conditions, including cardiac arrest and ischemia. Nikolai was able to show that hypoxia activates Nrf1, an important protein in mounting antioxidant defences against ROS. For presenting these findings at the 16th annual meeting of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM) in San Francisco, Nikolai won a prestigious Young Investigator Award in 2009. These findings were further expanded and published in “Public Library of Science One” (PLoS ONE) in 2011 (article e29167). While investigating Nrf1, Nikolai wrote a research proposal and won an SFRBM Research Mini-Fellowship ($2,500). This allowed him to work with the world’s top experts in the area of aging and antioxidant research at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, while still being a student at Carleton. Nikolai’s findings provided an important insight into how Nrf1 functions at the cellular level. This will pave the road for future studies on Nrf1 and its relation to aging and human health. Soon after his Nrf1 manuscript was accepted for publication in PLoS ONE, Nikolai was awarded Ph. D. degree at the Fall 2011 convocation. Currently, Dr. Chepelev is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Genomics Laboratory at Health Canada. Under the guidance of the Genomics Lab principal investigator and an adjunct professor at the Department of Biology at Carleton, Dr. Carole Yauk, Nikolai is developing a framework to apply toxicogenomics (a new technology measuring the gene expression of animals exposed to a chemical toxicant) to human health risk assessment (the next generation risk assessment). His current research will advance the identification of adverse health effects associated with human exposure to chemical toxicants.

The NrF1 CNC-bZIP protein is regulated by the proteasome and activated by hypoxia” from PLoS ONE (2011) 6(12)

2013 Award Recipients - Back to top

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)

2014 Award Recipients - Back to top

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)

2015 Award Recipients - Back to top

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.

2016 Award Recipients - Back to top

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.

2017 Award Recipients - Back to top

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.

2018 Award Recipients - Back to top

Mary Giles, Master's student in English

Mary Giles is a master’s student in English literature at Carleton University. She completed her honours degree in English literature and cultural studies at Trent University before completing a post-graduate certificate in publishing from Centennial College. Her primary research interest is postmodern and contemporary Canadian literature published by small presses and magazines, as well as their role in the arts for social change and giving a platform to emerging writers.

Dusan Gostimirovic, PhD student in Electronics

Dusan Gostimirovic received the B.Eng. degree, with high distinction in electrical, from Carleton University in 2013. Since January 2014, he has been pursuing a Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering, also at Carleton University, with a thesis focused on silicon nanophotonics. His research interests include the design and fabrication of passive and active silicon-photonic devices for optical communication and computing, and he has recently begun work on deep machine learning for nanophotonic design. Mr. Gostimirovic is a member of the IEEE, OSA, and SPIE; and is the president of the SPIE Carleton University Student Chapter.

Elena Kaliberda, PhD student in Communications

Elena Kaliberda is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. She holds a Master degree in Journalism and in European, Russian and Eurasian studies as well as a PhD degree in Philology from Lomonosov Moscow State University. Currently she is pursuing a second PhD degree in Communication at Carleton University focusing on the European public sphere and media institutions.

Olga Makinina, PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies

Olga Makinina is a recent PhD in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies graduate from Carleton University and a recipient of the 2013 Ontario Trillium Scholarship. She also holds a Master's degree in Teaching International Languages (TESOL pattern) from California State University, Chico. She balances her time between teaching and research having worked at academic institutions across Canada, Eastern Europe, and the USA, including Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and Stanford University. Her research interests lie in the area of English as a Second Language (ESL) vocabulary acquisition with a focus on formulaic sequences.

Tanis McMahon, Master's student in Biology

Tanis McMahon is a recent graduate who received her MSc degree in Biology from Carleton University in February 2018. She received an HBSc degree in Biopharmaceutical Science from University of Ottawa in 2015. Tanis's MSc research focused on a droplet digital PCR method to improve the detection of Verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) in food as well as the role of background bacteria in preventing isolation and detection of Shigella and VTEC in food. Her work was conducted at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.​

Honourable Mentions:

Saira Fitzgerald, PhD in Linguistics and Language Studies

Hebah Mejbel, Master's student in Biology

2019 Award Recipients - Back to top

  • Mariya Davydenko for Frozen Goals: Identifying and Defining a New Type of Goal

  • Christian Harry Allen for Development of a Flow Cell Based Raman Spectroscopy Technique to Overcome Photodegradation in Human Blood

  • Stephanie Lett for The Arthur H. Tweedle Collection, Project Naming, and Hidden Stories of Colonialism

  • Mark Haichin for Pragmatic, Not Mad: The Rationality of North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Program

  • Sarah Zutrauen for A Leak in the Academic Pipeline: Identity and Health Among Postdoctoral Women

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