Winners 2019-2020

Value: $11,000

This fellowship, established in 1952, honours Margaret McWilliams, first CFUW President (1919-1923), who dedicated her life to furthering the status of women through improved access to higher education and the active involvement of women in public life. It is awarded to a woman who has completed at least one calendar year in a full-time doctoral program and is enrolled in full-time studies in Canada or abroad at the time of application.

2019-2020 Winner: ELLY KNIGHT


B.Sc. Biology (Hons.) & Environmental Sciences (Minor), 2005, University of Victoria
M.Sc. Biology, 2013, Simon Fraser University
Ph.D. Biological Sciences, 2015-2020, University of Alberta

Elly uses sound, or ‘bioacoustics’ for conservation research. She develops and tests tools that relate the sounds that animals make to the habitat they use. Elly then applies those tools to study the Common Nighthawk; a declining, poorly understood, nocturnal bird. The ultimate motivation for Elly’s research is to incorporate movement in conservation planning for the Common Nighthawk and other highly mobile bird species.

2020-2021 Value: $8,000

Honours those for whom the CFUW Charitable Trust receives memorial donations. At the time of application, the candidate must be enrolled in masters studies in science, mathematics or engineering. This fellowship is tenable in Canada or abroad.

2019-2020 Winner: NATASHA OSBORNE

B.Sc. Biology Concentration Health Sciences (Hons.), Minor in Neuroscience and Mental Health, 2018, Carleton University
M.Sc. Neuroscience, 2018-2020, University of Ottawa

Pregnancy is an important stage in a woman’s life and can have a long-term impact on her children. Mothers who are stressed during their pregnancy birth infants with abnormal gut bacteria and a higher risk of later-life mental illnesses. Natasha’s research will use a mouse model to investigate how prenatal stress affects the microbiota-gut-brain axis in the offspring, and whether pre- and/or probiotic treatments during pregnancy and breastfeeding could counteract the negative effects of stress.

Total Value: $20,000

Two awards at the masters level and two for doctoral level study. The value of each award is $5,000.

Dr. Alice E. Wilson, CFUW member, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the first woman to hold a professional position at the Geological Survey of Canada won the 1926 CFUW Travelling Fellowship. Awarded to mature students returning to graduate studies in any field after at least three years.

2019-2020 Winner: 


B.Sc. Biology (Hons.), 2012, University of New Brunswick
M.D., 2016, Dalhousie University
General Surgery Residency Program, Class of 2022 (anticipated), University of Alberta
M.Sc. Epidemiology, Class of 2021 (anticipated), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Breast cancer will affect an estimated 1 in 8 women in their lifetime. Dr. DiPasquale’s research aims to improve the surgical treatment and psychosocial outcomes of women battling this disease. Her thesis specifically targets ways to prevent unnecessary axillary lymph node dissection surgery and its complications. Her goal is to help improve the functional, oncological, and aesthetic outcomes of breast cancer surgery for women.


B.Sc. Biology (Hons.), 1999, University of Saskatchewan
M.Sc. Biological Sciences, 2018-2020, University of Manitoba

Alicia is investigating how artificial light influences the annual routes and habitat use of a migrating nocturnal bird, the Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus). Migration ecology is poorly understood for most avian species, and stressors encountered during long, twice-yearly journeys may contribute to the current widespread declines in breeding populations. Knowing how birds respond to human-caused changes to the landscape is critical for implementing conservation plans across their annual life cycle.


B.Sc Biochemistry (Hons.), 2004, Queen’s University
M.Sc Biochemistry & Biomedical Science, 2011, McMaster University
Ph.D Medical Science, 2018-2022, University of Toronto

Women experience the musculoskeletal changes due to aging to a greater extent than men, making osteoporosis and fracture a major health concern for Canadian women. Lindsie is researching a novel bone health biomarker called Pentosidine and exploring its connection to the changes that occur in muscle and bone with aging. Lindsie is analyzing Pentosidine in blood samples from women in the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study and will explore the usefulness of serum Pentosidine as a predictor of fracture.


B.A. Contemporary Studies & International Development Studies (Hons.), 2008, University of King’s College
M.A., Social Anthropology, 2011, Dalhousie University
Ph.D., Anthropology, 2015-2021, University of British Columbia

Emma’s research examines the “Constitution Express,” a ground-breaking 1980s Indigenous movement that chartered two trains from Vancouver to Ottawa to fight for Indigenous nationhood during the patriation of Canada’s Constitution. As a settler scholar working in direct partnership with its organizers, Emma looks to the movement—its vision to establish Indigenous jurisdiction and self-determination at the local and international level—for direction on how to re-shape relations between Indigenous peoples and the settler state today.

Total Value: $12,000

One award of $7,000 for doctoral level study and one award of $5,000 for masters study

Commemorates the fourteen women students murdered at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. For graduate studies in any field. The applicant must justify the relevance of her work to women.

2019-2020 Winner:


Bachelor of Arts and Science, 2014, McMaster University
B.Ed., 2015, Queen’s University
M.A. International Affairs, 2018, Carleton University
M.Sc. in Evidence-Based Social Intervention, 2019, University of Oxford
Ph.D. Social Intervention Program, 2019-2023, University of Oxford

Gender-based violence, and specifically sexual violence, among adolescents and young adults is a particularly prevalent public health issue impacting victims’ physical and mental health. Further examination of perpetration risk and protective factors is needed in order for practitioners to develop effective interventions addressing this complex issue. Bridget’s research focuses on synthesizing and metanalysing evidence on the risk and protective factors for perpetrators of peer or acquaintance sexual violence among university students.


B.Sc. Co-operative Education (Hons.), June 2013, Simon Fraser University
M.Sc., December 2013, Simon Fraser University
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2018-2023, University of British Columbia

The number of individuals with diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate. Ms. Iworima’s research focuses on potential replacement therapy for diabetes by trying to generate functional insulin producing cells from stem cells. Her thesis also centers on optimizing scale-up parameters that would facilitate the production of a large number of cells that could be used in a clinical setting.

Value: $5,000

Georgette LeMoyne was one of the first women to receive a university degree in French Canada. She devoted her life to the promotion of education and employment for women. It is for graduate study in any field at a Canadian university. The candidate must be studying in French and write the Statement of Intent (Section I) of the application in French.

2019-2020 Winner:


B.P.Eng., Chemical Engineering, Cooperative System, 1993, Université de Sherbrooke
M.Sc.A., Chemical Engineering, 1996, Université de Sherbrooke
M.B.A, 2009, Université de Sherbrooke
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2018-2021, Université de Sherbrooke

Major accidents related to chemical substances create significant impacts on society (e.g. Fernie (BC), Lac-Mégantic (QC), Sunrise (ON)). In prevention, risk studies are carried out that lead to decisions such as plant location, process design and land-use planning. However, the approach produces variable results. Danielle aims to develop a model to reduce the uncertainties of the input parameters of atmospheric dispersion simulations when assessing risks.

Value: $6,000

The fellowship is open to candidates enrolled in studies in Human Ecology including Family and Consumer Sciences, at the masters or doctoral level. The applicant must be accepted or enrolled in a post-graduate program in Canada at the time of application.

The evolving studies in Human Ecology include: human nutrition, food science, housing/shelter and aesthetics, architecture, financial resource management, clothing and textiles, family relations, human sexuality, and human development.

2019-2020 Winner: KAITLIN SAMSON

B.Sc. Nutritional Sciences, 2017, University of British Columbia
M.Sc. Human Nutrition, 2017-2020, University of British Columbia

Neural tube defects (NTDs) are serious birth defects that result from folate deficiency during pregnancy. While the World Health Organization recommends weekly folic acid supplements for all women of childbearing age to reduce the risk of NTDs, the optimal dose has yet to be elucidated. Thus, Kaitlyn’s project aims to determine the optimal weekly dose of folic acid needed to safely and effectively raise blood folate concentrations to a level associated with a reduced risk of an NTD-affected pregnancy.

Value: $6,000

Honours a founding member of the Nova Scotia Home Economics Association who dedicated her professional life to home economics education. At the time of application, the applicant must be enrolled in masters studies that focus on one or more aspect(s) of the field of Human Ecology/Home Economics/Family and Consumer Studies. Special consideration will be given to those pursuing a postgraduate degree in education. She may be studying abroad.

The evolving studies in Human Ecology include: human nutrition, food science, housing/shelter and aesthetics, architecture, financial resource management, clothing and textiles, family relations, human sexuality, and human development.

2019-2020 Winner: LAURA SNOWDON

B.Sc. Biochemistry (Hons.), 2014, Queen’s University
J.D. (Distinction), 2017, Western University
LL.M. International Legal Studies, 2019-2020, New York University

Conscientious objections allow healthcare providers to refuse to participate in medical services to which they are morally or religiously opposed. Laura studies conscientious objections that disproportionately affect women by impeding access to lawful reproductive health services. Her research examines the constitutional and human rights dimensions of conscientious objections in the context of reproductive healthcare, revealing the interplay between religious freedom, reproductive rights, and equality in access to healthcare

Value: $5,000

Established in 2006, in memory of Elizabeth Massey, a young lawyer and member of CFUW whose life was greatly enriched by her love of the creative arts. For post-graduate studies in the visual arts/fine arts, such as painting or sculpture; or in music. The award is tenable in Canada or abroad.

2019-2020 Winner: TANYA WHITE

B.A. Fashion Design, 2009, Ryerson University
M.A. Fashion, 2012, Ryerson University
Ph.D. Fashion and Textiles, 2018-2020, Glasgow School of Art

Tanya’s research looks at the emaciated body heralded in images of the late medieval crucified Christ and conflates it with our current beauty ideals. The subject matter asks for a multidisciplinary approach analysing a prevailing aesthetic body image that proliferates from religion, mass media and high fashion markets. In this she is attempting to understand the emotional substance and emulative resonance transferred and curated cyclically by this near skeletal idol. This inquiry manifests as both written and cloth findings, including experimental methods in knitting, weaving, embroidery and printed textile practice.

Value: $6,000

Inaugurated in 2015, the award is named to honour Linda Souter, the only Canadian member of CFUW that has served both as President of CFUW and Graduate Women International (formerly known as International Federation of University Women, IFUW). Awarded to a masters or doctoral student studying in the area of the Humanities. Generally, study in the Humanities is theoretical and does not involve empirical methodology. The Humanities could include the following: English Language and Literature, History, Languages Study, Classics, Philosophy, Film Studies, Communication Studies, and Culture Studies.

2019-2020 Winner:


B.A. Architecture (Hons.), 2014, University of Toronto
M.L.A. Landscape Architecture, 2017, Harvard University
Ph.D. Geography, 2018-2022, University of Cambridge

Tiffany Kaewen Dang’s current doctoral research examines the history and evolution of the Canadian national parks system as an infrastructure of colonization, utilizing interdisciplinary discourses on landscape, wilderness, and settler-colonialism. By establishing a comprehensive history of this system of dispossession, a conversation can begin for developing intersectional, feminist, and decolonial strategies for the future of the parks. Tiffany is originally from Edmonton, AB, Canada, on Treaty 6 territory.

Total Value: $10,000 – $25,000 (Renewable)

In March 2015, the Education Council-Wolfville transferred the proceeds of their education fund to the CFUW Charitable Trust to establish a new award, the CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award (AWA). This award was designed to honour Dr. Marion Elder Grant’s life-long commitment to education of women. Dr. Grant has an outstanding record of leadership as the 11th CFUW President (1949-52), CFUW Wolfville President, and Dean of Women and Professor of Psychology, Acadia University.

An applicant for the CFUW AWA will be considered eligible on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Canadian Aboriginal woman;
  • Study in Canada;
  • Holds or will hold an undergraduate university degree or equivalent before the CFUW AWA for which she applied is granted; and
  • Must have applied to be a full-time student in any year of an eligible program at a recognized or accredited Canadian post-secondary degree-granting institution.

Eligible programs: are the academic programs for which a CFUW AWA Applicant (or Renewal Applicant) may be studying. They include:

  1. Programs leading to a first degree in law – Bachelor of Laws (LLB); Juris Doctor (JD).
  2. Programs leading to the following first degrees in medicine – Medical Doctor (MD); Doctor of Optometry (OD).
  3. Programs leading to qualifying for a licence to practice as a Nurse Practitioner in the province or territory of the graduate’s choice.
  4. Programs leading to a Master’s degree in fields dealing with important Canadian aboriginal issues at the time the AWA is given as defined by the most recent Canadian report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.

The AWA is presented as a one-time, non-renewable, $10,000 award for 2019-2020.

B.A. Human Rights, 2011, University of Winnipeg
Master of Education, Indigenous Land-Based Education, 2018-2020, University of Saskatchewan

In collaboration with the Manitoba Metis Federation, the Louis Riel Institute, and Métis knowledge-holders and families, Nicole will develop and deliver a community-centered urban Métis land-based education experience, and explore the question, How can urban land-based education deepen Red River Métis families’ understanding of and connection to their culture, identity, and history? The project will produce a Métis-specific urban land-based education curriculum for use in Winnipeg and a model for developing land-based curriculum that can be adapted for use in other locations. It will also contribute to the growing field of Métis-specific research methodologies and to literature relating to historic and contemporary Métis land education practices.

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.