CFUW Dr. Margaret McWilliams Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
2020-2021 Value: $11,000
This fellowship, established in 1952, honours Margaret McWilliams, first CFUW President (1919-1923), who dedicated her life to furthering the status of women through improved access to higher education and the active involvement of women in public life. It is awarded to a woman who has completed at least one calendar year in a full-time doctoral program and is enrolled in full-time studies in Canada or abroad at the time of application.
2019-2020 Winner: ELLY KNIGHT
B.Sc. Biology (Hons.) & Environmental Sciences (Minor), 2005, University of Victoria
M.Sc. Biology, 2013, Simon Fraser University
Ph.D. Biological Sciences, 2015-2020, University of Alberta
Elly uses sound, or ‘bioacoustics’ for conservation research. She develops and tests tools that relate the sounds that animals make to the habitat they use. Elly then applies those tools to study the Common Nighthawk; a declining, poorly understood, nocturnal bird. The ultimate motivation for Elly’s research is to incorporate movement in conservation planning for the Common Nighthawk and other highly mobile bird species.