Graduate Student Research Prize

Graduate Student Research Prize

Graduate Student Research Prize

Open to graduate students from all faculties presenting an oral or poster presentation at the Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference in April.

The winning poster or presentation will be judged on criteria including the following: significance of the question and contribution, approach utilized, innovation of approach, potential impacts of the results, and clarity of the poster or presentation. Each award has a value of $200.

Congratulations to our 2014 award winners
Youth University PWCE (Promoting Whole Child Education) Research Prize

Samantha Stromski, Child and Youth Studies
“A Need for Specialized Accommodations and Support for Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder within the Justice System” 

Current literature has found that young people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can sometimes be misunderstood within the justice system based on the characteristics of their disability and thus, lead to experiencing challenges within the Criminal Justice System (CJS) when accused of a crime (Fast & Conry, 2004; Henshaw & Thomas, 2012). In order to address these challenges, specialized accommodations and supports must be provided for individuals with FASD to ensure they receive equal opportunities for justice in Canada, resulting in less misconceptions and misunderstandings about this population. This study will examine the current support and accommodations that are available for young people with FASD when involved with the CJS, as well as professionals' suggestions for accommodations that are needed to assist individuals with FASD in navigating their way through the judicial system. In-depth interviews will be conducted with professionals who work with youth with FASD, as well as participant observations during court cases where young people with FASD are involved. It is expected that the traditional, legal accommodations used to support individuals with FASD in accessing justice at the various stages of the CJS are limited and there is an increased need for unique and specialized supports to assist individuals with FASD. This research will provide new directions for the development of support programs that will assist youth with FASD in navigating their way through the justice system with more ease, resulting in more equitable experiences for youth with FASD.

Youth University PAPSE (Promoting Access to Post-Secondary Education) Research Prize

Kate Paterson, Social Justice and Equity Studies
“Anti-Oppressive Children's Literature in the Elementary School Classroom”

 My proposed study is to examine children’s understandings of, and responses to, anti-oppressive children’s literature that integrates and promotes themes of gender and sexual diversity. Previous research suggests that gender-specific ideology found within traditional storybooks may have a negative impact on children’s perceptions of themselves and those around them. This research seeks to explore how young children engage with anti-oppressive children’s literature and how these understandings might serve to mediate existing gendered and heteronormative practices within the elementary school classroom. As gender inequality continues to persist, it is imperative that we gain an appreciation of where this inequity originates, how it is perpetuated, and where the possible areas for change and reform may lie. Grounded in the understanding that children’s play provides a powerful medium through which young social actors learn to negotiate gender boundaries and identities, the purpose of my proposed study is to explore how children make sense of anti-oppressive literature through their everyday play and interactions in the classroom. This research will be conducted in the hope that findings may help open up educational opportunities for learning and liberation that extend beyond simple strategies of tolerance of gender and sexuality in the classroom. 

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