Queen’s researchers display exceptionality in storytelling

Queen’s researchers display exceptionality in storytelling

May 30, 2023


Research brought to life through powerful storytelling, that’s the goal of the Storytellers Challenge.

Queen’s PhD students Hannah Hunter (Geography and Planning) and Madison Robertson (Health Quality) met this challenge, being selected among the five winners from among approximately 200 submissions.

The event, hosted annually by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), has students from across Canada tell the fascinating story of their research in either three minutes or up to 300 words. The students make their submissions in a variety of abstract formats, such as audio, video, text, or infographics to demonstrate the unique ability of their work to evoke change. The competition provides students with the opportunity to display the impact of social sciences and humanities, as well as increase research accessibility and understanding throughout Canada. Winners are selected based on their creativity, clarity, and ability to captivate the audience with their submission.

Each of the 25 finalists were awarded $3,000. An additional $1,000 was also awarded to each of the five winners.

Queen’s Winners:

Hannah Hunter‘s submission, Listening to Birds at the End of the World, explores the rich collections of historical wildlife sound recordings and what they can tell us about human-nature relationships of the past, present, and future. Alongside traditional research methods, Hunter is creating a podcast series called Last Call for Lost Birds where she will bring extinct birds back to life using audio storytelling.

Madison Robertson‘s work Till Death Do Us Part: Spousal Separation in Long-Term Care investigates the effects of separation on spouses who cannot live together in long-term care facilities due to different care requirements and increased demand within the  system. Using a participatory action research method, she will explore feelings of loneliness and depression in elderly patients who become isolated from their significant other while in long-term care.

To learn more about these projects and other winners, visit the SSHRC Storytellers Gallery.

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