The Storytellers: The Results Are In

This year, SSHRC launched the first-ever Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers challenge. We asked postsecondary students from across the country to show Canadians how the very best ideas in the social sciences and humanities—research about people, behaviour, human thought and culture—are helping us understand and improve the world around us, today and into the future.

Students across Canada rose to the challenge and submitted their most compelling story pitches describing an innovative, SSHRCfunded research project being carried out at their institution. A jury selected the Top 25 from among the creative entries that included video, audio, infographic and textbased stories.

“The Storytellers campaign celebrates the talented students from across Canada who have shone a light on the exceptional contributions of the social sciences and humanities through excellence in research communications,” said Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC. “Their creative and compelling insights into how SSHRCfunded research is helping to create a better future for Canada and the world are truly inspirational, and effectively illustrate the promise of our future leaders. Congratulations to all who participated in the challenge!”

Today, we are pleased to reveal the names of the finalists from 16 postsecondary institutions in the Meet the Top 25 gallery. Congratulations to:

Sarah-Joyce Battersby Ryerson University
Shannon Bence Vancouver Island University
Kendra Besanger Concordia University
Brett Blair Royal Roads University
Annie Briard Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Daniel Brown Ryerson University
Alfea Donato Ryerson University
Johnny El-Alam Carleton University
Aftab Erfan University of British Columbia, The
Anita Girvan University of Victoria
Dylan Gordon University of Toronto
Veronique Herry-Saint-Onge Ryerson University
Cheryl Heykoop Royal Roads University
Alison James-Lomax University of Victoria
Manon Jolicœur Université de Moncton
Xenia Kurguzova McGill University
Roberta Laurie Royal Roads University
Kirk Luther Memorial University of Newfoundland
Margot Maddison-MacFadyen Memorial University of Newfoundland
Stuart McAlister University of Victoria
Catherine McGoveran Dalhousie University
Jana Millar Usiskin University of Victoria
Janine Stockford University of Alberta
Steve Wilcox University of Waterloo
Owen Wood University of Windsor

These Top 25 will be awarded a prize valued at $3,000 CAN; registration (provided by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences ) and two nights’ accommodation at the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Victoria, BC; an invitation to participate in a special two-day communications workshop (June 2 and 3) at Congress; and a slot in the Storytellers Showcase, where they will compete for the chance to deliver a featured presentation at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal this October.

On April 2, we will begin our series of “Storyteller Tuesdays,” revealing three submissions each week as we make our way across Canada. Starting on the east coast at Memorial University of Newfoundland and moving westward, we will finish with the finalists from the University of Victoria, host of Congress 2013. Be sure to keep an eye on the Google Map in the gallery as we add more great submissions to SSHRC’s very own trans-Canada highway.

Congratulations to the Top 25!

Follow SSHRC’s Twitter feed and the #SSHRCStorytellers hashtag to find out more about the campaign as we approach June, where the Top 25 will take part in the workshop and showcase their stories at Congress 2013.