UBC students succeed in SSHRC 2016 Storytellers challenge

4 of the 25 finalists in SSHRC's nationwide research communications challenge are UBC graduate students.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced on April 4 the Top 25 finalists in its 2016 Storytellers challenge.

The annual Storytellers competition challenges postsecondary students across the country to exhibit (in three minutes or 300 words) how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

Four UBC students made it into the finals with their brief research videos, thus making UBC the highest-represented university in the competition. Here are the students, and their research titles:

  • Ron Darvin, PhD student in Teaching English as a Second Language: "Social Class and Unequal Digital Literacies"
  • Shelley Moore, PhD student in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education: "Transforming Inclusive Education"
  • Tara Rodas, MA student in Special Education: "Training Trainers: Teaching Physical Activity to Individuals with Autism"
  • Logan Cochrane, PhD student in Interdisciplinary Studies (UBC Okanagan): "Strengthening Food Security in Rural Ethiopia".

The 25 finalists each receive a cash prize of $3,000 and will compete in The Storytellers Showcase at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 28 to June 3 at the University of Calgary.

Congratulations Ron, Shelley, Tara, and Logan; and best of luck in the finals!

Monday, 18 April 2016