Student Travel Award

The Faculty of Social Sciences recognizes the importance that a variety of academic experiences play in the lives of students. For this reason, the Faculty created the Scholarly Conference Presentation Travel Award for Students.

Students enrolled full-time in a Faculty of Social Sciences undergraduate or graduate degree program are eligible to apply for funding to support travel to a conference at which they will present their research.

A student may receive an award only once during his/her program and no more than one award will be made to a given program in each competition. This competition is run three times a year.

Apply for funding

Student Travel Award Application Form

Students can complete this form and email their application to Michelle Benson at

Award Recipients


  • Elvira Prusaczyk (MA, Psychology): “Women’s Maintenance of Sexism vis-à-vis their Reactions to Sexist Humour.” presented at the 17th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research
  • Catherine McHugh (MA, Applied Disability Studies): “Behavioral Dentistry-A Literature Review” presented at the 44th Annual Convention, Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • Megan Earle (PhD, Psychology): “Experimental Exposure to Partisan News Exposure Shapes Left-Right Divide in Reactions to Refugees, Muslims, and Terrorism” presented at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology
  • Nancy Leathen (MA, Applied Disability Studies): “Decreasing Food Selectivity Using the High-Probability Request Sequence: A review” presented at the 44th Annual Convention, Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • Sarah Marshall (MA, Critical Sociology): “Studying Up’ the Moral Dilemmas of Police Misconduct, the Blue Code and Whistle Blowing” presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference.
  • Stephanie Murray (MA, Geography): “Mobile “Homes”: An Ethnographic Study with American Vandwellers:” presented at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Tara Johnston (MA, Child and Youth Studies): “Literacy Intervention for Struggling Readers – Knowledge Mobilization in Our Communities” presented at the 30th APS Annual Convention
  • Emily Murphy (MA, Child and Youth Studies): “The Perfect Victim: Relational Victimization as an Explanatory Pathway from Perfectionism to Anxiety in Youths” presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention


  • Shannon Kitchings (MA, Social Justice and Equity Studies): “Spoken Word Poetry and the Possibility of Reconciliation,” presented at the Power of the Arts National Forum


  • Michelle Janzen (PhD, Child and Youth Studies): “Why is it so Hard to do a Good Thing? The Paradox and Dilemma of Parental Advocacy During the Individualized Education Planning Process,” presented at the CLUTE International Conference on Education, Orlando.


  • Eneze Baye (MA, Child and Youth Studies): “The Working and Living Experiences of Highly Skilled African Migrant Workers in Doha, Qatar,” presented at the Movement and Migration in the Middle East: People and Ideas in Flux.
  • Mark Hoffarth (PhD, Psychology): “Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Social Dominance Orientation are related to Anti-Transgender Bias and Negative Emotions Towards Transgender People,” presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 2017 Convention.
  • Megan Earle (MA, Psychology): “The Role of Political Ideology in Predicting Lapses from Meat-free Diets to Meat Consumption,” presented at the 18th General Meeting of The European Association of Social Psychology.


  • Alison O’Connor (MA, Psychology): “Verbalizing a Commitment Reduces Cheating in Young Children,” presented at the 29th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention.
  • Ann Farrell (PhD, Psychology): “Incivility in the Classroom: The Role of Temperamental Differences,” presented at the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting.
  • Ashley Hosker-Field (PhD, Psychology): “A Multi-sample Examination of Psychopathic Traits and Impulsivity Subtypes,” presented at the 7th Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy.
  • Breanne Wylie (MA, Psychology): “Exploring Children’s Ability to Disregard Information From Non-Credible Internet Sources,” presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting.
  • Caitlin Sarah Garner (MA, Sustainability Science and Society): “The Impacts of Wildfire on Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities in Northern Stream Ecosystems,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers.
  • Cayleigh Sexton (MA, Child and Youth Studies): “Young Carer Supports: A global perspective,” presented at the Child and Youth Care in Action V: Embracing Challenge.
  • Christine Salahub (PhD, Psychology): “Electrophysiological Evidence for Temporally Distinct Effects of Encoding, Maintenance and Perceptual Fidelity in Object-Substitution Masking,” presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting.
  • Claire Matthews (MA, Psychology): “Learning a New Face: The Influence of Variability in Appearance on Children’s Perception of Identity,” presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting.
  • Gala Munoz-Carrier (MA, Sustainability Science and Society): “Efficacy, Trust and Emotional Impact of Climate Change Messaging,” presented at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada 2017 Annual Conference.
  • Joel Robitaille (PhD, Psychology): “Encoding Induced Alpha EEG Activity Tracks Changes in Working Memory Manipulations,” presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference.
  • Katrien Adurey Ecclestone (MA, Child and Youth Studies): “The Sex Chronicles: Young Girls Narratives about Sex Education and their Sexual Experiences,” presented at the 2017 Physical and Health Education Canada National Conference.
  • Prarthana Franklin (PhD, Child and Youth Studies): “A Review of Infant Facial Cues and their Influence on Parenting Behaviours,” presented at the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) Biannual Meeting.
  • Tessa Mazachowsky (MA, Psychology): “The Validity of the Children’s Thinking Questionnaire: Development of a Parent-report on Children’s Future Thinking,” presented at the 2017 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting.
  • Tyler Prince  (MA, Sustainability Science and Society): “Postglacial Reconstruction of Fire History from a Small Lake in Southwest Yukon Territory using Sedimentary Charcoal and Pollen,” presented at the American Association of Geographers’ Annual Meeting.


  • Elliot MacDonald (MA, Psychology): “Force vs Fury: Physical and Psychological Threat Potential Differentially Predict Aggressive Behaviour,” presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention.