Graduate Student Achievement
2012 - 2013 Academic Year
3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition Winner
Kirk Luther took top prize out of nearly 25 presenters across the University.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed in 2008 by The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia. Research students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.
3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or 'dumbing-down' research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.
Fellows of the School of Graduate Studies
Congratulations to CABE's new Fellows of the School of Graduate Studies: Amy-Lee Kouwenberg, Laura McFarlane Tranquilla, Matthew Ingram, & Morag Ryan.
This award is made based on nominations of students in the final year of
their programs, in recognition of continued academic excellence.
Leslie M. Tuck Avian Conservation Scholarship Award
Amy-Lee Kowenberg was awarded the 2013 Leslie M. Tuck Avian Conservation Scholarship Award.
Psy.D. Thesis Defense
Congratulations to Lisa Moores for successfully defending her Psy.D. thesis.
The title of her research was “Come from away, far away: The lived experience of International Students in a Predominantly Homogeneous Host Culture”.
Psy.D. Thesis Defense
Congratulations to Sarah Chaulk for successfully defending her Psy.D. thesis.
The title of her research was "MEASURING AND PREDICTING POLICE CAUTION COMPREHENSION IN ADULT OFFENDERS AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING ".
Ph.D. Thesis Defense
Congratulations to Valerie Noel on passing her Ph.D. Defense with Distinction.
Valerie’s Discipline is Experimental Psychology and her Thesis title is “The Influence of Quality of Relationships on the Links between Cognitive and Behavioural Variables Associated with the Development of Depression in Youth.”
Valerie was Supervised by Dr. Sarah Francis from Psychology.
Comprehensive Exam Success
The following Psy.D. students successfully completed their comprehensive exam: Tricia Teeft, Anders Dorbeck, Chris Duggan, Jodi Stuckless, Ben Goddard, and Heather Quinlan.
Adam Brown successfully completed the Ph.D. comprehensive exam in experimental psychology.
Congress 2013 of Humanities and Social Sciences (Victoria, BC)
Kirk Luther was selected as one of the top five winners in the SSHRC Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers competition. Kirk has been invited to present his research at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal in October.
As part of the Storytellers competition, SSHRC challenged postsecondary students from across Canada to pitch how research in the social sciences and humanities is helping us understand and improve the world around us, today and into the future. 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.
Graduate Students Union Awards
Meagan MacKenzie won the GSU Award for Excellence in Teaching on May 18, 2013.
The CIHR - Institute of Aging Annual Summer Program in Aging (SPA)
This program is designed to offer graduate students and post-doctoral fellows involved in research relevant to aging, and those doing post-graduate clinical training that includes a program of research in aging, an advanced research training program that crosses disciplines, sectors, institutions and geography.
Elizabeth Russell has been accepted into the program and will be attending the program in Toronto in May.
SSHRC Storyteller Award
Kirk Luther submitted a video entry into the newly launched SSHRC competition titled "Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers". His video submission tells the story of his research on youths and the criminal justice system - specifically, how well youths understand their legal rights. Kirk was one of 25 winners from across Canada to win this competition. He will be presenting his research in Victoria, BC at Congress 2013.
Department Award presented at Psychology Research Day (April 3, 2013)
The Best Spoken Presentation was awarded to Morag Ryan (Interspecific attachment: Social bonds between humans and their "best friends").
Cheryll Fitzpatrick - 2013 Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies; Dean's Doctoral Award
Kirk Luther - Law Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Research; SSHRC J. Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship; Dean's Excellence Award
Meagan MacKenzie - NLCAHR Doctoral Fellowship
Stacy Smith - Eating Disorders Foundation of NL Doctoral Scholarship
Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology
Michelle Fitzsimmons - MUN Graduate Fellowship; Dr. Joe Brown Graduate Research Award in Aquatic Ecology
Matthew Ingram - NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship
Amy-Lee Kouwenberg - George Weston Graduate Scholarship; Royal Bank Marine Studies Award; North American Ornithological Congress Travel Award
Morag Ryan - Dr. Anna C. Templeton Memorial Graduate Scholarship; Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) NSERC; Dean's Excellence Award
CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence for Best Master's Thesis (2012)
2011 – 2012 Academic Year
Department Award presented at Psychology Research Day (March 30, 2012)
The Best Spoken Presentation was awarded to Kerri Bojman (Similarities and differences in emotional deficits: An investigation of the relationship between emotion regulation and alexithymia in undergraduate students).
Roberta DiDonato – NLCAHR NL-HARP Doctoral Dissertation Award
Annie Jalbert – Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies
Kathy Keating - SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship; Recognition of Excellence at the Graduate Level
Kirk Luther - Law Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Research
Sarah MacDonald - SSHRC J. Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
Valerie Noel - Canadian Mental Health Association NL Division Mental Health Research Scholarship
Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology
Alejandro Buren - Dr. Wilfred Templeman Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Laura McFarlane Tranquilla - Fellowship from the Leonard and Kathleen O'Brien Humanitarian Trust
Emily Zimmerman - Dr. Wilfred Templeman Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Amy-Lee Kouwenberg - George Weston Graduate Scholarship
CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence for Best Master's Thesis (2011)