Scholarships, Awards, and Recognition

Read about some of the recent accolades that SLIS students have received.

18 November 2022

Originally posted 19 October, 2022. Updated 18 November, 2022

Award and Grant Recipients

Tessa McDougall is a recipient of the CUP Graduate Student Equity Award, one of only ten U of A students to recieve this award from the Community-University Partnership in the School of Public Health. This award supports equity-deserving students at the PhD or master’s level whose research focuses on community engagement and the wellbeing of children, youth, families, and communities. Tessa is a student in the online MLIS. 

Nicolle DeGagne is the recipient of the Maureen Wood Educational Bursary sponsored by the Saskatchewan Libraries Association. Nicole attends the part-time online MLIS teaching and learning stream. The Saskatchewan Library Association writes: 

Nicolle DeGagne has been working in Saskatchewan libraries, both academic and special, since 2014. She is the Library Resource Facilitator for the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) in its Prince Albert location and is also pursuing her MLIS degree online through the University of Alberta, anticipating a 2023 graduation. Nicolle believes libraries are essential to communities and works to facilitate both a cultural and educational environment for students and staff at GDI. As a proud member of CUMFI Métis local in Saskatoon, she strives to keep her library’s collection reflective of prairie Métis experience.

More information about The Maureen Woods Education Bursary is found here: 

Maryna Chernyavska, a doctoral student at the School of Library and Information Studies and Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship. The working title of Maryna's interdisciplinary project is "Innovation, representation, and heritage: Unorthodox archiving in the archival multiverse." Maryna is also the recipient of the University of Alberta President's Prize of Distinction.

Ka Yan Jacky Lai was recently awarded the Association of Canadian Archivists Foundation’s Emerging Voices award at the ACA 2022 conference for a paper she developed in Dr. Allard’s LIS 593 “Introduction to archival studies” course and then further refined. Not only was the expanded version of her LIS 593 paper titled “Redirecting identity and power: Enhancing archival descriptions and access to Chinese-Canadian records” accepted to the conference, she also won the ACA 2022 ACAF Emerging Voices Award. 


In June, Maryna Chernyavska, SLIS doctoral student, and Dr. Danielle Allard attended the annual conference of the Association of Canadian Archivists at the University of British Columbia. Maryna and Dr. Allard presented a paper entitled "When the archive is(not) an archives: unsettling the ubiquitous archive." The presentation was attended by over 100 people both in person and online. 

In September, Maryna also presented a paper with her colleague Brad Bauer titled “"A shoemaker with shoes: Building an ICA-SUV archive" at the International Council on Archives Section on University and Research Institution Archives (ICA-SUV) hosted by the Universityé de Montreal. 

Hailey Buckley-Dubois co-founded an oral history project that seeks to interview Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors of Shingwauk about their experiences and wisdom outside of residential school. In her work as an intern at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Center (SRSC) archive at Algonquin University Hayley found two gaps in the interviews in the SRSC archives: (1) the interviews focused on residential school survivors’ experiences in the residential schools and did not document survivors’ lives before or after residential school; and (2) no stories were  included from intergenerational survivors. Public access to some of the interviews can be found here. Hayley adds “I have been very lucky to meet and interview so many truly inspiring people! 

Books Published

SLIS is home to two authors with books that have been published recently or will be in the near future. 

Margot Fedoruk is pleased to announce that her first book, Cooking Tips for Desperate Fishwives: An Island Memoir is coming out on October 18, 2022 (Heritage House). Fedoruk’s memoir has been described as: 

"A beautifully-crafted, passionate celebration of the power and the pain of the bonds of family, a fierce, devoted marriage, and the way that food ties into memory, heritage, and being. The fusion of memoir and recipes is utterly enticing, and it may be cliched to say it, but I truly devoured the book in one sitting!”

Gillian Wigmore published her new book, Night Watch: The Vet Suite during the pandemic. It was named runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Gillian has published three books of poetry and two works of fiction.