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October 2, 2003


SSHRC grants thousands
to grad students

Gerard Collins

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Gerard Collins, PhD candidate in English, received a 2003 SSHRC award.

Twenty Memorial University graduate students will share in over $600,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for research projects under SSHRC’s first-ever Canada Graduate Scholarships.

Allan Rock, minister of industry and minister responsible for SSHRC, and Dr. Marc Renaud, president of SSHRC, announced the recipients of 1,500 scholarships and fellowships for graduate students in the social sciences and humanities from universities across Canada on Sept. 25.

“In the innovation agenda, we committed the government to doubling the number of students receiving direct federal support for their studies, and now, with the first awards under the Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) program, we’re delivering on that promise,” said Mr. Rock. “These students will be well-placed to seize the opportunities presented by the new economy.”

“Graduate students are producing some of the most exciting and innovative research at our institution, as well evidenced by the recipients of the new CGS program,” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research) at Memorial. “Memorial University is delighted that SSHRC has developed these new scholarships which will help make it possible for us to achieve our objective of growing our research capacity and graduate student numbers.”

Gerard Collins, PhD candidate in English, received a 2003 SSHRC award for his thesis titled, Ghost Writing: The Postmodernization of the Ghost in American Literature and Film. His research entails a study of how notions of genre are shifting as a result of the times in which we live.

“Boundaries such as those between good and evil, self and other, are becoming increasingly blurred, while demarcations of time and space are constantly shifting,” said Mr. Collins of his research. “In the middle of this chaos stands the ghost figure. Traditionally, ghosts have been portrayed as symbols of fear. However, many contemporary Gothic writers and filmmakers portray them as merely extensions of human existence, figures of curiosity and reflections of our own values.”

Mr. Collins, born in Placentia, completed a conjoint BA/BEd at Memorial University and an MA degree in English at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. He has won the 2001 Percy Janes first novel award for his manuscript, Finton Moon, as well as a Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters award for short fiction and a 2002 arts grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.

“The SSHRC award means I can take some time off from teaching and finish my degree quickly, which ought to be helpful in applying for positions when I'm done.” His dissertation supervisor is Dr. Noreen Golfman, English.

Jaime Griffis from Peterborough, Ontario, received a CSG for her research project focussing on craft producers, specifically quilters and fibre/textile artists and aims to study the various ways that quilters and fabric artisans create and think of their cultural identities.

“On receiving this award, I feel encouraged and excited that research initiatives and projects in the arts are now being generously supported at the master's level by SSHRC,” said Ms. Griffis. “The purpose of my research is to explore how craft producer's identities influence their craft produce (or not), the reasons why craft producers may incorporate a Newfoundland ‘style’ in their craft and how they see the ‘craft’ market in St. John's, Newfoundland.”
Ms. Griffis received a BA (honours) in anthropology from Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, in May 2002 and is currently at Memorial pursing an MA in anthropology at Memorial University.

Jill Allison is also among the 600 applicants who received doctoral fellowships valued at $19,000 a year for up to four years. Ms. Allison is bringing her experience as a nurse to her study of the politics of infertility. Now a PhD candidate in anthropology at Memorial University, she will examine the debate about “rights” and “choice” and the implications for families and governments around the world. Ms. Allison will receive a doctoral fellowship of $57,000 for three years for her project titled, Fertile Ground: Political, Moral and Medical Constructions of Assisted Conception in Ireland.

Memorial recipients include:

Jill Allison, (doctoral fellowship) $57,000 for three years for Fertile ground: political, moral and medical constructions of assisted conception in Ireland

Krista Baker, (CGS) $17,500 for one year for The mobilization of a female interest groups in post-communist Russia

Jennifer Bose, (CGS) $17,500 one year for Domestic fuel harvesting and the wood stove in the traditional economy of Newfoundland: a study in material culture and technology

Jennifer Campbell, (CGS) $17,500 one year for The Huron confederacy of South Central Ontario: subsistence strategies as indicators of change during the pre, proto, and historic periods

Margaret Chan
, (postdoctoral fellowship) $70,056 two years for Between cracks: performing identity at traditional Chinese festivals in Eastern Canada

Gerard Collins, (doctoral fellowship)$19,000 one year for Ghost writing: postmodernization of the ghost figure in 20th-century American fiction and film

Amanda Crompton, (doctoral fellowship) $57,000 for three years for La colonie de plaisance: a foundation for French colonial archaeology in Newfoundland

Mieke DeGelder, (CGS) $17,500 for one year for After apartheid: a gendered approach to Afrikaner-Canadian migration narratives

Jennifer Dyer, (postdoctoral fellowship) $70,056 for two years for In medias res: interpreting new media art in the context of art history

Robin Fitzgerald
, (CGS) $17,500 for one year for Optimal depletion paths and the North Sea

Michael Fleming, (doctoral fellowship) $57,000 for three years for The political economy of natural resources transportation in Atlantic Canada

Heather Gillett, (CGS) $17,500 for one year for What is a brickmaker: an occupational folklife study of the brick industry in Chipman, New Brunswick

Jillian Gould, (doctoral fellowship) $38,000 for two years for A Haym within a home: how the elderly Jewish residents of the Baycrest Terrace make home

Jaime Griffis, (CGS) $17,500 for one year for Sculpting selves: an exploration of craft producers and cultural identities in St. John's, Newfoundland

Honna Hodder, (CGS) $17,500 for one year for Fighting for the forest: the political ecology of wood harvesting in the main river watershed

Matthew Janes, (CGS) $17,500 for one year for Annie Ernaux: new questions for the new novel

Sherri Lynn Keating, (CGS) $17,500 for one year for Grammatical rule acquisition in children with typical and atypical language skills

Sara Jodi McDavid, (doctoral fellowship) $57,000 for three years for Anticlerical narratives: tradition through change and crisis in Newfoundland

Dufferin Murray, (doctoral fellowship) $38,000 for two years for In moments of silence: oral narratives of New Brunswick's second world war veterans

Tara Simmonds, (CGS) $17,500 for one year for Living museums: the highest form of ethnographic authenticity

Amanda Squires
, (CGS) $17,500 for one year for Non-orthographic perception and manipulation of consonant clusters by dyslexics



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