Student Achievements (2019-20)

Sami Mackenzie, WGST Honours student and WGST Social Media Coordinator, is the winner of this year's WGST medal. Sami successfully completed her honours thesis, “’Trying to Find a Modern Way’ to be Christian and Feminist: Religious Practices and Acts of Resistance Among Queer, Feminist Christian Women”. She has accepted an offer to attend McGill University for a MA in Sociology.

Afnan Farooqui, an honours student in the Department of History and Classics, is the 2020 recipient of the CFUW Award for her scholarly work, “Where is the Glory: African American Women Reformers and the Struggle for Freedom in the Progressive Era.” The award is valued at $2,000.

Laura Fisher, an MA student in Sociology and member of the WGST Planning Committee, co-authored the 2019 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia. Published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the report finds that in Nova Scotia there are 40,710 children or close to 1 in 4 children (24.2%) who live in poverty. The percentage of children living in low-income circumstances in Nova Scotia has decreased by only 0.82% since the 1989 promise to end child poverty.



Sawyer Carnegie (WGST/Sociology) was accepted in the History MA program at Saint Mary’s with substantial financial support.

Laura Fisher (Community Development, 2018 CFUW Award winner, and member of the WGST Planning Committee) was the recipient of a SSHRC Graduate Studies Award.

Kelsey MacGowan (History) was the winner of WGST’s annual CFUW Award ($2000). Her project, “Tully Untamed,” discussed the achievements of three women who graduated at Acadia University in 1916. Focusing on fashion, her project examined the tension between norms of femininity and scholarly achievement in the lives of Esther Clark Wright, Lillian Chase, and Bessie Lockhart.

Samantha MacKenzie (WGST) was nominated for the Alex Colville Award.

Erica Marrison (WGST/English) received the Medal in WGST.

Christine Moreau (Sociology) wrote an Honours thesis in queer studies (supervised by A. Quéma) and was accepted at Carleton University in the Sociology MA program.

Jennifer Munroe (WGST) was the recipient of an Honours Summer Research Award.

Samantha Teichman (WGST/Sociology) Communication Officer for the WGST program, WISE Liaison Officer, and member of the WGST Planning Committee was accepted at York in the Sociology MA program.