Ted Hewitt, president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), today applauded five talented students who have been named this year’s top research storytellers. The five were selected from among 25 finalists in a national challenge to find innovative ways to communicate the impact of social sciences and humanities research.
SSHRC’s annual Storytellers contest challenges postsecondary students to demonstrate—in three minutes or 300 words—how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. This year’s 25 finalists presented research on a range of important issues, including immigration, national and personal identity, the value of art, child psychology, health, and education. All highlighted how knowledge from the social sciences and humanities helps Canadians understand and improve our society and our global communities.
“Congratulations to all of today’s Storytellers. SSHRC is proud to recognize and reward these students, who stand out as exceptional examples of Canada’s next generation of research communicators,” said Hewitt. “Their investment of creative energy has brought ideas to life in new and inspiring ways, and showcases the positive impact that social sciences and humanities research is having on Canada and the world.”
Left to Right: Allyson Stevenson, Guy Laforest, Michiko Maruyama, Tom Howell, Patricia Bérubé, Michelle Ogrodnik, Dominique Bérubé, Jay Marquis Manicom, Shari Graydon, Galen Watts, Ted Hewitt and Ursula Gobel
The 2018 five winning students are:
The final round of the competition took place in front of a live audience at the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by the University of Regina in Saskatchewan.
The expert panel of judges included: Dominique Bérubé, vice-president of Research Programs at SSHRC; Shari Graydon, author, journalist and founder of Informed Opinions; Tom Howell, co-producer of CBC Radio’s Ideas; Guy Laforest, president of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences; and Allyson Stevenson, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples and Global Social Justice in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina
Below is a list of the 25 finalists in this year’s contest, with links to their bios. Video entries by the 2018 Storytellers finalists can be viewed on SSHRC’s YouTube channel.
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2018 Top 25 Storytellers Finalists