Three Cape Breton University Psychology Students Recognized With National Awards

Jillian Polegato, Meghan Taylor and Tonya Sifnakis are being presented with the awards on Friday, August 6 at 11:45 a.m. in CC 254. Polegato and Taylor have each been awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) in the amount of $17,500 and Sifnakis received the Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence.

“My research at CBU involved identifying possible reasons why parents are more involved in their daughter’s education rather than their son’s,” says Polegato. “The scholarship is recognition of my hard work and validation of what I believe is a very important issue in research.”

Polegato, a Dominion, N.S. native, has been accepted to Mount Saint Vincent University’s Masters of Arts in Education program in Educational Foundations. “I plan to eventually pursue my education at the PhD level and am aiming for a career in education research, focusing on ways to improve the education system. The support and guidance I received from faculty during my undergraduate degree at CBU will help me thrive as I embark on a new journey,” she says.

The three recipients were recommended for the awards by CBU’s Department of Psychology based on their high academic achievements.

“The psychology faculty are very proud of how well our students have done winning national awards and graduate scholarships, and in their graduate study” says Katherine Covell, Chair, Department of Psychology, School of Science and Technology. “We know that Jillian, Tonya and Meghan, like those before them, will be great ambassadors for CBU and the Cape Breton community.”

The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarships program seeks to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students in the social sciences and humanities who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence program recognizes outstanding achievements made by students at all levels of study in each Canadian department of psychology.

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