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RRU students tell a good story - Congress 2013

Congratulations to three of our very creative students: Brett Blair, Cheryl Heykoop, and Roberta Laurie, for being selected by jury in the Top 25 of the nation-wide Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers challenge.

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) put the call out for students to submit compelling story pitches about SSHRC funded research that is being conducted at their university; research that helps Canadians to understand and improve the world around us.Brett Blair of the MA in Intercultural and International Communication program focused his story on Robin Cox’s SSHRC funded research on empowering youth in disaster recovery.Cheryl Heykoop of the Doctor in Social Sciences program pitched a story on her funded project that explores meaningful child engagement methods for post-conflict truth-telling with children in Northern Uganda.Roberta Laurie of the MA in Environmental Education and Communication program told a story about her funded research on the “ethical oil” movement and its influence on the Canadian media.

The Top 25 will be presenting their stories at the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Victoria on June 2 and 3.  At Congress, they will be competing for a chance to deliver their piece as a feature presentation at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal in October.

Each Tuesday, starting this week, SSHRC be featuring three of the Top 25’s stories on their websitehighlighting stories from institutions located east to west.  Expect RRU’s submissions to be featured in the last week of May.