Doctoral student Erin Tolley is the first Queen’s student to have been named a Trudeau Scholar. The Trudeau Scholarships are among the most coveted awards of their kind in Canada. They reward excellence and provide doctoral students with the best conditions to ground their work in the real world. The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation was created in 2001 and gives out 15 awards each year to scholars in various fields.
Tolley’s research covers electoral representation and the amount of visible minorities who live in Canada and are elected into the Canadian government. The award, worth $180,000, will enable Tolley to base her research not only on Ontario statistics but on information from all of Canada.