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Carly Cameron, MA student Applied Health Sciences
Vern and Donna Sutherland Memorial Bursary
Graduate supervisor: Dr. Kimberley Gammage
Carly’s research story
During my undergraduate degree at Brock, I fell in love with the small, tight knit and supportive university community that we have here. When considering my options for future education, my incredibly positive undergraduate experience helped encourage my decision to continue studying at Brock. I was further drawn to Brock as the graduate students here are provided with a wealth of opportunities to submerge themselves in the research field while gaining personal and professional development skills.
Even before beginning my studies, Dr. Gammage informed me of the many conferences, speaking and leadership opportunities I could take advantage of throughout my master’s degree. I was drawn to the idea of pursuing my passion for life long learning while being so incredibly supported by my fellow peers and my mentor. So I began my two-year master’s degree, specializing in the field of exercise psychology.
Specifically, I am studying a complex and multidimensional construct known as body image. This refers to specific psychological factors that can impact an individual’s confidence and self-esteem – particularly, my research is investigating how these factors fit into the exercise setting. Conducting research in this discipline has allowed me to pursue my interest in this field and has provided me with the opportunity to enhance my research skills.
Graduate awards and the Brock experience
In addition to conducting research, I have also had the opportunity to further develop as a leader and a scholar. This year I was involved in Brock’s Conversation Café – a local community outreach program. This program brings together individuals from the public on a weekly basis to engage in intellectual conversation of varying topics. During this program I acted as a moderator, which involved leading that night’s discussion while offering insightful perspectives for members to consider. To further my graduate student experience, I took on a leadership role within the Brock Health Magazine committee. Brock Health is a student produced academic magazine published here on campus. For this, I was responsible for editing and revising the articles submitted to the magazine by undergraduate students. In addition, I have attended two research conferences this year where I was able to showcase my research while engaging in academic discussion with my peers and improving my public speaking skills.
Earning awards will help me on many levels to ensure I can dedicate more time toward my research and work to maintain the positive reputation that Brock’s graduate students have created.