CFUW Dr. Alice E. Wilson Awards
2019-2020 Total Value: $30,000

Three awards at the masters level and three 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.

2018-2019 Winners:


B.A. Journalism, 1995, Concordia University
B.Sc. Cell and Molecular Biology (Hons), 2017, Concordia University
M.Sc. Biochemistry, 2017-2019, Concordia University

Bacteria need iron to survive and they have evolved mechanisms to produce a compound called enterobactin, which very efficiently scavenges iron from the host they infect. Sylvie is currently investigating the spatial organisation of the enzymes that synthesize enterobactin. Her goal is to determine how these enzymes arrange themselves into a miniature assembly line to produce enterobactin, find a way disable this mechanism and possibly give rise to a new class of antibiotics.


Rosemary Seton


B.A. Psychology, 1987, McGill University
M.Sc. Marine Mammal Research, 2018-2019, The University of St. Andrews (UK)

Rosemary has worked for years with various species of marine mammals chiefly the North Atlantic humpback whale. Her project examines the timing of arrival and departure of humpback whales to and from one of their summer feeding grounds - the Gulf of Maine - especially during this time of climate change and ocean warming. If shifts are detected and these do not coincide with the presence of their preferred prey, there could be ramifications on foraging and health.


B.Ed., 1999, University of Regina
M.A. Justice Studies, 2013, University of Regina
Ph. D. Geography, 2017-2012, University of Manitoba

Naomi’s research focuses on alternative models of grazing land tenure and governance in the three Canadian prairie provinces. She will analyze how stakeholders negotiate the multiple roles of agricultural land in economic development, food production, conserving ecological resources, recreation, and cultural heritage. This community-engaged research responds to calls from civil society organizations and researchers for more research on changing farmland ownership and will contribute to the emerging body of work on land sovereignty.


B.A. International Relations and Political Science, 2005, University of British Columbia
M. Sc. International Development and Management (Public Health), 2008, Lund University (Sweden)
Ph.D. Health Services Research, 2017-2021, University of Toronto

Health systems in Canada must find ways to address persistent health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Crystal aims to contribute to this by facilitating participatory research that examines relationships between health systems and Indigenous communities, and collaborative processes of learning to strengthen the cultural responsiveness of health care. This research will inform community health and engagement strategies as well as broader initiatives to bridge Indigenous and biomedical paradigms in the context of health care.

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