SSHRC announces the 25 finalists for its annual research communication challenge

Ottawa, April 11, 2019—Today, SSHRC announced the finalists for its 2019 Storytellers challenge.

SSHRC’s annual Storytellers contest challenges postsecondary students from across the country to tell the story—in three minutes or in 300 words—of how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. The stories highlight how knowledge about the social sciences and humanities helps Canadians understand and improve the world.

“Once again, we were very impressed by the creativity the finalists have shown in their submissions. In a very concrete way, their projects show how social sciences and humanities research is more important than ever for our society,” said SSHRC President Ted Hewitt. “Congratulations to the 25 finalists!”

The Top 25 Storytellers represent 18 postsecondary institutions across Canada. A panel of 25 expert judges from Canada and abroad chose the finalists from the more than 200 entries.

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 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, taking place June 1 to 7 at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver. That is when the Final Five winners will be selected.

Starting April 29, SSHRC will feature finalists from among the Top 25 on its website and on social media. SSHRC has also posted a list of honourable mentions on its YouTube channel.

Follow SSHRC’s Twitter feed and #SSHRCStorytellers to find out more about the lead-up to the Storytellers Showcase at Congress 2019.

Here are this year’s 25 finalists. Submissions are available in the language in which they were presented.

Name Institution Title
Shelina Adatia University of Ottawa La richesse de la diversité
Danielle Bader University of Guelph Not just another Saturday night: Strategizing safety with non-urban women experiencing intimate partner violence in Ontario
Stephanie Beni Brock University “We want more PE; don’t you see?” Finding meaning in elementary physical education
Suzanne Chew University of Calgary Notes on a Caribou Hearing - Poem
Jodi Cooper Mount Saint Vincent University Creative Collaboration: Filmmakers and their Audiences
Mélanie Doucet McGill University Relationships Matter: Examining the pathways to supportive long-term relationships for youth "aging out" of care
Véronique Durocher Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Le concept de harcèlement sexuel dans les discours juridiques, médiatiques et citoyens : variation des usages et changement de sens
Vanessa Gold McGill University How might we innovate Québec high schools using systems change? NEXTschool
Anita Grace Carleton University Women's Reintegration and Employment
Tai Jacob McGill University Beyond Skin and Nation: Mapping Trans Refugee Narratives in the Canadian Refugee Apparatus
François Jarry McGill University Un pair comme modèle pour redonner la confiance de bouger avec un handicap physique
Sophie Labossière Université de Sherbrooke Quand les enfants sont préoccupés par leur poids…
Jane McArthur University of Windsor Bridging the Gap on Environmental Breast Cancers
Miriam Miller The University of British Columbia Reimagining Instruction: Designing Learning Activities to Foster Social and Emotional Development
Maude Payant Université Laval A computer-based assessment procedure to improve services accessibility and to establish profiles of clients with dysfunctional personality traits
Amy Peirone University of Windsor Location, Location, Location: The Geography of Justice in Canada
Kayla Preston Dalhousie University A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Online Presence of Canadian Right-Wing Extremist Groups
Enrico Quilico University of Toronto Co-Creating a Physical Activity Program for People with Traumatic Brain Injury
Joshua Steckley University of Toronto Nightcrawler Commodities: How labour, capital, and nature create value in the Ontario bait worm industry
Trevor Strong Queen’s University Creativity in Education: A Step Toward Conceptual Clarity
Colin Sutherland York University Pyrogeographies in context: Geographies of Wildfire Knowledge in Canada
Florence Tétreault Université du Québec à Montréal Écriture de la trace, trace de l'écriture : une recherche-création en études littéraires
Rémi Thériault McGill University Réduire les préjugés et augmenter l’empathie via la prise de perspective et la réalité virtuelle
Dylan Thiessen Vancouver Island University The Last Public Place: Analyzing the Role of Public Libraries in Complete Communities, Social Infrastructure and Quality of Life
SIQI Xiao The University of British Columbia Humour: A Cultural Boundary of Online Dating in Canada?