Three UBC journalism students have won prestigious awards from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Krystle Alarcon, Laura Kane, and Elena Smirnova were awarded the $17,500 Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarships.
The award will enable these second year Master of Journalism students to pursue in-depth thesis research during 2011-12.
Political science graduate Elena Smirnova entered the school with a CTV GlobeMedia Fellowship in 2010. She intends to produce a multimedia thesis project, investigating the Russian liberal parties’ leverage within the country’s political system, and their use of dissident tactics.
In Riot Grrrl 2.0, English literature student Laura Kane will examine the potential of social media as a mode of empowerment for teenage girls. She plans to use her expertise in cultural and women’s studies to conduct a content analysis of teen blogs, and to produce a collage-style multimedia website project.
For Krystle Alarcon, this award will facilitate valuable interviews with Filipino women participating in the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) in Vancouver. A BFA graduate and community organizer with the Philippine Women Centre of BC, she will produce a long-form documentary examining the psychological and mental health impacts of the LCP on workers and their families.
SSHRC awards these highly competitive Master’s Scholarships annually, on the basis of academic excellence, research potential, and communication skills.