TWU grads secure over $167,000 in scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

On June 1st, the SSHRC announced that over $105 million dollars will be distributed to close to 2400 researchers spread across Canada in various fields of study.

Out of the award winners at TWU, four out of the five students receiving $17,500 each in graduate scholarships will be returning to Trinity Western University to pursue their masters. These include Ashley Cavanaugh (Counselling Psychology) and her research on “The Interaction Between Partners' Relationship Theories,” Natalia Panina, (Counselling Psychology), whose thesis is entitled “Ulysses Agreement for Families with Parental Mental Illness,” Michelle Rahn, (Counselling Psychology), and her research topic “Online Support for Breast Cancer Survivors,” and Kerby Redekop, (Interdisciplinary Humanities), with his study of “Kierkegaardian Ontology in Postmodernity.” TWU grad Gregory Thiessen will be attending Regent College for a Masters of Christian Studies researching the topic of “Developments in Old Testament Canon History: An Ecumenical Understanding.”

The SSHRC also awarded Alexandra Moore a Doctoral Fellowship. Moore will receive $80,000 ($20,000 per annum for 48 months) and will be attending the University of British Columba researching, “Suffering and Interiority in Early Modern Creative Texts.”

Mark Charlton, Dean of Research and Faculty Development at Trinity Western University says, "We are pleased with the academic excellence demonstrated by the students that have been awarded SSHRC and NSERC scholarships this year. These awards attest to the growing strength of TWU academic programs and the high quality of students that are attracted to our university."

The federally run SSHRC, promotes and supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities. Scholarships are awarded for innovative research on a whole host of real-life issues, including the economy, education, health care, the environment, immigration, globalization, language, ethics, peace, security, human rights, law, poverty, mass communication, politics, literature, addiction, pop culture, sexuality, religion, Aboriginal rights, the past, and our future.

For more information on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) contact Julia Gualtieri SSHRC Media Relations Advisor at

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music to business, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 15 graduate degrees include such areas as counseling psychology, business, theology, administrative leadership and interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum