Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Storytellers competition

Five talented students have been named as the Final Five winners of SSHRC’s 2020 Storytellers competition. The five were selected from among 25 finalists. The annual Storytellers challenge promotes innovative ways to communicate the impacts of social sciences and humanities research.

SSHRC’s Storytellers competition calls on postsecondary students to demonstrate—in up to three minutes or 300 words—how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. To do so, students tell the story about how new knowledge being generated by social sciences and humanities research is helping Canadians understand and improve our society and the world.

“These finalists intrigued us, engaged us, entertained us and moved us. Their investment of creative energy and effective research communication skills has brought ideas to life in new and inspiring ways,” said SSHRC President Ted Hewitt. “Congratulations to our Final Five winners!”

The Final Five winners are:

Joanie Caron

Oriane Morriet

Leïla Mostefa-Kara

Noah Schwartz

Sydney Seidel

Due to the pandemic, the final round of the 2020 competition took place virtually. The finalists recorded their presentations, which were viewed and evaluated by a panel of expert judges.

The judges were Daniel Daliri, research analyst in the Office of the Comptroller General; Madeline Johnson, senior policy analyst at Global Affairs Canada; Marc LePage, former president and CEO of Genome Canada; Kathy Noël, deputy editor-in-chief of The Conversation Canada; and Manon Tremblay, senior director of Indigenous Directions at Concordia University.

Meet the Top 25 finalists and watch their submissions.

Given the postponement of the 2020 Storyteller Showcase to 2021, SSHRC cancelled the 2021 edition of the competition. The 2022 competition will be launched in fall 2021.

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