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Storytellers graphicThe Storytellers competition challenges students to explain how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

UWindsor students join ranks of nation’s top storytellers

Three University of Windsor doctoral students are finalists in a national competition to show Canadians the value of research in the social sciences and humanities.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Storytellers challenge allows students three minutes or 300 words to tell a story of how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

The competition received more than 200 entries; Allison Gray, Ayesha Mian Akram and Amy Peirone — all in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology — were among the 25 finalists announced on Friday representing 14 postsecondary institutions across Canada.

Each finalist will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and will go on to compete in the Storytellers Showcase at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 27 to June 2 at Ryerson University.

Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, associate dean research and graduate studies in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, said she is very proud of the finalists this year: “We did wonderfully well, with three of our four entries selected as finalists.”

View the video entries of UWindsor’s three finalists:

Allison Gray, “The Intersection of Animal Abuse and Inter-Personal Violence”

Ayesha Mian Akram, “Closing the Employment Standards Enforcement Gap”

Amy Peirone, “Spousal Violence in Canada”