CFUW Dr. Alice E. Wilson Awards
2020-2021 Total Value: $20,000

Two awards at the masters level and two for doctoral level study. The value of each award is $5,000.

Dr. Alice E. Wilson, CFUW member, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the first woman to hold a professional position at the Geological Survey of Canada won the 1926 CFUW Travelling Fellowship. Awarded to mature students returning to graduate studies in any field after at least three years.

2019-2020 Winners:


B.Sc. Biology (Hons.), 2012, University of New Brunswick
M.D., 2016, Dalhousie University
General Surgery Residency Program, Class of 2022 (anticipated), University of Alberta
M.Sc. Epidemiology, Class of 2021 (anticipated), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Breast cancer will affect an estimated 1 in 8 women in their lifetime. Dr. DiPasquale’s research aims to improve the surgical treatment and psychosocial outcomes of women battling this disease. Her thesis specifically targets ways to prevent unnecessary axillary lymph node dissection surgery and its complications. Her goal is to help improve the functional, oncological, and aesthetic outcomes of breast cancer surgery for women.


Rosemary Seton


B.Sc. Biology (Hons.), 1999, University of Saskatchewan
M.Sc. Biological Sciences, 2018-2020, University of Manitoba

Alicia is investigating how artificial light influences the annual routes and habitat use of a migrating nocturnal bird, the Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus). Migration ecology is poorly understood for most avian species, and stressors encountered during long, twice-yearly journeys may contribute to the current widespread declines in breeding populations. Knowing how birds respond to human-caused changes to the landscape is critical for implementing conservation plans across their annual life cycle.


B.Sc Biochemistry (Hons.), 2004, Queen’s University
M.Sc Biochemistry & Biomedical Science, 2011, McMaster University
Ph.D Medical Science, 2018-2022, University of Toronto

Women experience the musculoskeletal changes due to aging to a greater extent than men, making osteoporosis and fracture a major health concern for Canadian women. Lindsie is researching a novel bone health biomarker called Pentosidine and exploring its connection to the changes that occur in muscle and bone with aging. Lindsie is analyzing Pentosidine in blood samples from women in the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study and will explore the usefulness of serum Pentosidine as a predictor of fracture.


B.A. Contemporary Studies & International Development Studies (Hons.), 2008, University of King’s College
M.A., Social Anthropology, 2011, Dalhousie University
Ph.D., Anthropology, 2015-2021, University of British Columbia

Emma’s research examines the “Constitution Express,” a ground-breaking 1980s Indigenous movement that chartered two trains from Vancouver to Ottawa to fight for Indigenous nationhood during the patriation of Canada’s Constitution. As a settler scholar working in direct partnership with its organizers, Emma looks to the movement—its vision to establish Indigenous jurisdiction and self-determination at the local and international level—for direction on how to re-shape relations between Indigenous peoples and the settler state today.

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