CBU Students Recognized with National Scholarships

Four Cape Breton University (CBU) students have been awarded Social Sciences and the Humanities Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarships in the amount of $17,500 each. Allison Boudreau, Roman Katnelson, Amy MacDonald and Megan MacDonald will use the SSHRC Scholarships to further their research interests while studying in master’s programs next year.

Both MacDonalds and Boudreau were awarded scholarships based on their academic records and research experience gained while they were undergraduate students at CBU. Boudreau focused on educational psychology, Amy MacDonald researched women’s history and Megan MacDonald interest was in political science. Katnelson, presently a CBU student in the Master of Business Administration CED program, was recognized for his work in organizational behaviour.

“Our students continue to be successful in national funding competitions, positioning CBU as a top undergraduate research institution. By providing research opportunities to students early in their academic careers, we are able to help develop skills that will assist them in graduate school. These experiences also give them an edge over other students when competing for grants or professional positions,” says Dr. Dale Keefe, Dean, Research and Graduate Studies.

The purpose of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarships is to help 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. Through this scholarship, 2,500 master’s students are recognized from all disciplines.

Amy MacDonald is a native of Sydney, N.S., who graduated from CBU in May of this year. While a CBU student, MacDonald’s research focused on the experience of workers at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. For her undergraduate thesis she used an interdisciplinary approach to study the female experience that workers have when bringing the past alive to visitors. This September she is attending Carleton University to study Public History where she hopes to continue her research project. “This scholarship will help me pursue my research interest by providing financial support that will allow me to travel and conduct additional interviews and obtain primary research from both the archives in Ottawa and from Parks Canada. It will also assist with some of the expenses associated with higher education,” says MacDonald.

For more information on research at CBU visit www.cbu.ca/research.