Two graduate students selected as SSHRC Storytellers finalists

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has announced the Top 25 finalists in its 2022 Storytellers Challenge, and two UBC students received top honours. UBC graduate students Lois Evans (PhD candidate, School of Information) and Niki Oveisi (PhD student, Pharmaceutical Sciences) were selected as finalists.

The annual competition challenges postsecondary students across the country to inspire audiences with a research story—in up to three minutes or 300 words—of how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

Evans and Oveisi were among 230 applicants for the 2022 competition, and are the only two finalists from UBC. Each will receive $3,000 and have the chance to be selected as one of the top five finalists. The top five will be announced on May 16 as part of the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Lois Evans discusses the impact of cloud computing and mass storage of digital information, and her work in records management. Watch her video "Digital Climate Change." Evans is part of UBC's Public Scholar Initiative - learn more about her work.


Niki Oveisi's submission discusses her upcoming PhD research looking at how youth cancer patients can advocate for better reproductive health care outcomes. Watch her video "Following Lifelong Health Outcomes of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients."

Congratulations to the finalists! View the full list of finalists from across Canada on the SSHRC website.


Tuesday, 12 April 2022