Four Mount Allison University researchers were recently awarded grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) worth a total of more than $360,000.
Three of the researchers received Insight Development Grants. Religious studies professor Dr. Fiona Black was awarded a grant of $62,700 over two years for her study on the cultural and interpretive history of the Song of Songs, while Dr. Leslie Kern of the department of geography and environment received $23,203 over two years for her research entitled “Bodies out of place: gentrification discourse in Toronto.” Canadian studies professor Dr. Bart Vautour received $74,898 over two years for a project entitled “Canada and the Spanish Civil War: A Digital Research Environment.”
Philosophy professor Dr. Jason Bell was awarded a prestigious Partnership Development Grant worth $199,398 over two years to support his research of Canada’s contribution to the origins of the international phenomenological movement through the Winthrop Bell papers. Economics professor Dr. Stephen Law is also part of ateam headed by McMaster University that has been awarded a $199,600 Partnership Development Grant to study productivity growth in Canadian enterprises. Lawwill focus on telecommunications, particularly cable television and internet services.
Hannah Allen (’11) was awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship valued at $17,500. Allen is pursuing a collaborative Masters program in English literature and book history and print culture at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on studying medieval manuscripts to better understand and improve today’s evolving reading technologies.
“I am very pleased to see both our faculty and our students supported in this way,” says Dr. Karen Grant, Mount Allison’s provost and vice-president, academic and research. “This is an exciting investment that will help our faculty members begin new research projects and assist our students in furthering their studies. The SSHRC grant program is highly competitive, so the fact so manymembers of our community have been successful in their applications is a tribute to the quality of their work.”
SSHRC announced more than $200 million worth of grants and scholarships on Oct. 1, supporting more than 3,200 of Canada’s best researchers at post secondary institutions across the country.
“Canada’s position as a world leader in research excellence leads to discoveries, innovations, and advanced skills that drive job creation and opportunities in the knowledge economy,” says Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear. “Through Economic Action Plan 2012, our government provided additional resources to support advanced research at universities and other leading research institutions, which will build on previous investments to further strengthen Canada’s research advantage.”