SSHRC Storyteller Wednesdays

We’re not the only ones presenting big ideas in creative ways. One of our main partners, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, is giving Canada’s best and brightest young scholars the spotlight to tell the world why research matters.

The SSHRC Storytellers contest issued this challenge to postsecondary students from across Canada: Give us your best three-minute pitch about the impact of a great SSHRC-funded research project. The Top 25 finalists were revealed on April 1, 2014 and they each won $3,000 and a trip to Congress, Canada’s premiere social sciences and humanities conference. At Congress, they will receive hands-on mentoring and training from experienced communications professionals. They’ll also deliver their pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of experts. A jury will select the final five to present a final talk as part of the SSHRC Impact Awards ceremony in fall 2014.

Every Wednesday, we’ll be featuring one of these videos here in our blog. First up is “Valence Demystified: Nature, Sources and consequences of individuals’ valence judgments of political parties”, by Maria Zakharova. Maria’s video in 3 minutes explores how valence plays out in different real and simulated election contexts.

Maria completed her MA in International Relations at the Tyumen State University in Russia in 2005. She completes a BA in Psychology with Distinction at the University of Calgary in 2008 and is now working on her PhD research at SFU in the sphere of party politics, voting behaviour and comparative politics.


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