Making a Difference in 2019

We are pleased to present the CFUW 100th Anniversary Scholarships national winners for the academic year 2019-2020.

The additional fellowships and awards were funded from the donations raised by the 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project.
Thank you to all of our donors for making this an extraordinary year for the national Fellowships Program!

Value: $11,000


B.Sc. Biological Physics (Hons.), 2013, University of Toronto
M.Sc. Cell and Developmental Biology, 2016, University of British Columbia
Ph.D. Chemical and Biological Engineering; Molecular Biology, 2017-2022, Princeton University

Katharine has always been fascinated by how nature generates shapes, and specifically, how we (multicellular organisms) go from a single, fertilized cell to complex, 3-dimensional beings with specialized organs. In her doctoral research at Princeton University, Katharine is investigating how the beautiful, branched architecture of the lung arises during embryonic development, in the hopes that we learn from the engineering strategies used by the embryo and apply these to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Value: $10,000

The award is a special, one-time, non-renewable AWA.


Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), 2010, Saint Francis Xavier University
B.Sc. Nursing (with distinction), 2018, Dalhousie University
M.Sc. Nursing, 2018-2019, Dalhousie University
Ph.D. Nursing, 2019-2023, Dalhousie University

Although children and families identify pain as a key concern during health care encounters, there is a continued lack of optimal pain treatment among the pediatric population. Parental involvement in care is a potential solution to this problem, but little is known about how health professionals engage families from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds in this context. Leah’s research seeks to understand the barriers and facilitators to parental involvement in their child’s pain care, with the goal of improving therapeutic relationships between health professionals and diverse families in the pediatric healthcare setting. She is also a research coordinator for the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing Initiative, which conducts community-based research related to the pain and mental health experiences of Indigenous children and youth.

Value: $12,000 Masters $5,000; Ph.D. $7,000




B. Sc. Genetics (Hons.), 2018, University of Alberta
M.Sc. in Biology with Neotropical Environment Option, 2018-2020, McGill University

Parasites have major negative impacts on the hosts they infect. As a result, host populations evolve defense mechanisms against their parasites. However, this will then lead to the parasite counter-evolving to be more successful at infecting, resulting in a coevolutionary arms-race. Janay’s thesis aims to create a better understanding of host parasite arms-races by identifying signs of coevolution in the genome of a guppy population that was experimentally exposed to parasites several years ago.


B.A. Psychology (Hons.), 2015, McGill University
M.Sc. Clinical Psychology, 2017, University of Calgary Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 2017 – 2021, University of Calgary

Body image is a critical area of health and wellbeing for women and men across the lifespan but unfortunately, negative body image and disordered eating are highly prevalent. Ms. Lacroix’s doctoral research uses a data-driven approach to identify common patterns of body image development from preadolescence to young adulthood, and to examine whether higher- and lower-risk development can be predicted by factors such as personality. Through this research, Ms. Lacroix aims to produce meaningful prescriptions for the promotion of positive body image.

Total Value: $10,000

The value of each award is $5,000.



B.A. English, 1989, University of King’s College
Master’s of Adult Education (Community Development), 2017-2020, St. Francis Xavier University

A community-led library builds relationships with its community, including vulnerable populations, to understand the community’s needs. Community members work with library staff to co-create programs and services, with a goal of greater social inclusion and a more egalitarian learning environment. Using the Community-Led Library model with a transformative/emancipatory learning lens, Katherine will work with senior women in a care facility to co-create a library outreach program arising out of their voiced needs and interests. She hopes to investigate the practical mechanisms of co-creation; to evaluate the experience of the researcher/library worker; and to assess whether the opportunity to co-create programs decreases women’s sense of social isolation and increases their sense of inclusion and agency.


B.Sc., Kinesiology, 2008, McMaster University
M.Sc., Occupational Therapy, 2010, University of Toronto
Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, 2015-2020, McMaster University

Jennifer has spent her career working with young children with developmental challenges in an effort to support their development, and overall participation in life. Jennifer believes that families are the experts in their children, but as a clinician she noted many barriers for families to engage in their children’s services. Her goal is to understand the factors that influence these challenges and develop family-centred interventions to better support families of children with developmental challenges.

Total Value: $8,000


B.A. Joint Honors in Linguistics and Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), 2018, University of Ottawa
M.Sc. Speech-Language Pathology, 2018-2021, Dalhousie University

Juliana’s experiences as a caregiver for her grandmother with dementia inspired her to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology. Her research is currently examining the relationship between hearing and memory, using event-related potentials. Hearing loss has been identified as the largest potentially modifiable risk factor for dementia. Her research uses measures of the brain’s electrical activity to see how hearing loss changes your brain’s memory systems. She hopes that this research will illustrate that hearing health is an important part of overall cognitive health, especially as a tool for dementia prevention.

Total Value: $6,000



B.A. History (Hons.), 2018, University of Saskatchewan
M.A. History, 2018-2020, Carleton University

Meagan’s project analyses the subjugation, and in many cases death, of disabled individuals under German National Socialism. By studying the experiences of German families with disabled relatives, her research seeks to explain how family members participated in or resisted this persecution between 1933 and 1945. She examines the reactions of family members regarding Nazi eugenic policies, institutions, and euthanasia to determine the cultural and emotional effect on individuals, families, and society as a whole.

Total Value: $5,000


B.Sc. Chemistry, 2017, Université de Sherbrooke
M.Sc. Physical Chemistry, 2019, Université de Sherbrooke
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, 2019-2022, Université de Sherbrooke

Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a common pollutant often found in our environment. With the rise in the population and the growth of industrialization, its level is expected to increase. It is known to play a key role in atmospheric chemistry by contributing to poorer air quality. This doctoral project focuses on the study of chemical reactions of NO2 in controlled and highly sensitive systems that mimic environmental conditions in order to define the mechanisms and reaction times at play.