Psychology student wins SSHRC storyteller competition

Jun 4th, 2013

Meaghan Whelan

Psychology student wins SSHRC storyteller competition

Kirk Luther’s creative and compelling submission to the SSHRC Storyteller competition has won top prize in the nationwide challenge.

Mr. Luther, currently pursuing a M.Sc. in forensic psychology, showcased his research with a video that uses music, text and imagery to clearly explain his project, Creating a Better Tomorrow: Protecting Youth’s Legal Rights. You can find his video here.

“I’m thrilled to be named as one of Canada’s top 25 storytellers,” Mr. Luther said. “The research that my colleagues and I are doing can have a positive impact on how youth, a vulnerable population, can better understand their legal rights. Presenting my research through mixed media is a great opportunity to make it more accessible to a wider audience.”

The SSHRC Storyteller Challenge invited students from across Canada to develop a creative pitch that outlined how research in the social sciences and the humanities is helping us to understand and improve the world around us. The top 25 were chosen to attend Congress 2013, hosted by the University of Victoria, where they were judged by a panel of communicators. The top five were named winners and invited to attend the World Social Science Forum in Montreal, Que., in October.

“The inaugural Storytellers competition set out to recognize new and emerging research communicators and to showcase the positive impact that social sciences and humanities research is having on Canada and the world,” said Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC. “Through their creative, compelling stories, these students stand out as exceptional examples of Canada’s next generation of research communicators. Congratulations!”

Margot Maddison-MacFadyen, School of Graduate Studies, was also chosen as a finalist for her text-based entry based on her work as a research assistant for the Insight Grant-funded book Nin Tshaukuesh: The Diaries of Elizabeth Penashue.



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