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Date published: March 20, 2020

SSHRC announces 25 finalists of 2018 Storytellers research communication challenge

(Ottawa, April 19, 2018)—Today, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada announced the finalists of its 2018 Storytellers challenge.

SSHRC’s annual contest challenges postsecondary students from across the country to tell the story—in three minutes or 300 words—of how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. The top entries this year address a range of important issues, including children’s health, education, gender identity, immigration and integration. The stories highlight how knowledge about the social sciences and humanities helps Canadians understand and improve the world.

"In communicating their research stories, our talented finalists have masterfully informed us about key issues that impact our society. In doing so, they have effectively demonstrated the value of social sciences and humanities research, offering critical insights into modern social, cultural, economic and wellness issues that Canadians value,” said SSHRC President Ted Hewitt. “Congratulations to SSHRC’s 25 Finalists!”

The Top 25 Storytellers represent 15 postsecondary institutions across Canada. The finalists were selected from among nearly 200 entries by 18 expert judges from Canada and abroad. Each finalist receives a cash prize of $3,000 and the opportunity to compete in the Storytellers Showcase. This year’s Showcase will be held at the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, taking place May 26 to June 1 at the University of Regina.

On Thursdays starting April 19, SSHRC will feature finalists from among the Top 25 on its website and on social media. SSHRC will also post a list of honourable mentions on its YouTube channel. Follow SSHRC’s Twitter feed and #SSHRCStorytellers to find out more about the campaign in the lead-up to the Storytellers Showcase.

This year’s Top 25 finalists are as follows (works are available in the language in which they were submitted):


Name Institution Title

Aly Bailey

Brock University

Reshaping the Mind, Not the Body: A Positive Body Image Program

Patricia Bérubé

Université de Montréal

Vers une médiation plus inclusive : la couleur au bout des doigts

Meagan Black

The University of British Columbia

Because One is an L and the Other Isn’t: “Learning Disabled” as Lived Social and Emotional Reality

Evan Bowness

The University of British Columbia

Urban Agrarianism in Florianópolis, Brazil

Meaghen Buckley

Concordia University

Articulations of the Body: Speaking from the Senses in Improvisation

Agnieszka Chalas

Queen’s University

Painting a Portrait of Evaluation in Art Museums

Claire Champigny

York University

Academic Outcomes in Pediatric Stroke

Candace Couse

Brock University

Picturing Illness: Reparative Possibilities in Autobiographical Art Practice

Adam Ellis

University of Toronto

Reconceptualizing Urban Warfare in Canada: Exploring the Relationship between Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress, and Violence among Combat Soldiers and ‘Street Soldiers’

Mackenzie (Mack) Enns

Western University

Game Scoring: Software Programming and/as Aleatoric Composition

Mei Lan Fang

Simon Fraser University

Mapping Relocation Experiences: An Exploration of Older Peoples’ Place-Based Histories Through an Intersectionality Lens

Maryam Golafshani

Western University

Why Family Photographs Matter: Hon Lu’s Story and the Family Camera Network

Shannon Herrick

McGill University

Physical Activity Considerations for LGBTQ+ Adults

Eunjeong Eugena Kwon

Western University

Examining the Role of Food Literacy in Shaping Immigrant Integration Experiences in Canada

Christine Labrie

University of Ottawa

Les mères, les normes sociales et le don d'enfant au Québec (1960-1979)

Michelle MacQueen

Carleton University

Critical Constructions of Canadianness: The Tragically Hip and Representations of Canadian Identity

John (Jay) Marquis-Manicom

Concordia University

On Antifascist Anthropology and the Ethnography of the Alt-Right 

Michiko Maruyama

University of Alberta

Changing the World One Toy at a Time

Michelle Ogrodnik

McMaster University

Can Exercise Breaks Boost Student Learning?

Jeremy (Jay) Olson

McGill University

Influencing the Feeling of Control Using Suggestion and Magic

Svjetlana Oppen

University of Windsor

Going Back to Yugoslavia: Composite Identities of Nation and Self

Eric Powell

Concordia University

Hearing Motion in the Moment: New Approaches to Sound-Based Mapping

Harprit Singh

McGill University

Children's Voices in Medical Assistance in Dying for Minors in Canada

Galen Watts

Queen’s University

The Spirit of Millennials: Community and Citizenship in Canadian Life

Yolanda Weima

York University

Responses to Recurrent Refuge and Return: Burundian Refugees in Tanzania