End-of-term announcements; Hildebrand Fellow updates

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Last week, spring classes wrapped up for the semester at Berkeley. Students are now finishing final papers and preparing for exams. Undergraduates (and the faculty who teach them) should remember to submit final papers and projects to the Rita Ross Prize (see below for details).
We wish everyone the best as they finish their course work!
Summer Research Continues for Hildebrand Fellows
The Edward E. Hildebrand Research Fellowship provides funding to graduate students undertaking research on a Canadian topic. The coronavirus pandemic has put some of our current Hildebrand Fellows’ summer research plans on hold, but they continue to analyze the data already collected and write up their research results.
New Hildebrand Fellow: Sophie Major
Canadian Studies is pleased to welcome Sophie Major, our newest Hildebrand recipient. Ms. Major is a Ph.D. candidate in the interdisciplinary Energy and Resources Group, studying political theory, environmental politics, and Indigenous studies. She will be researching Indigenous political theory among First Nations peoples in British Columbia, and how political theorists ought to engage with Indigenous political thought. Her dissertation introduces a number of case studies, illustrating the strengths of an ethnographic, historicist, genealogical, and interpretive approach to the study of Indigenous political theory.
Ms. Major holds a B.A.&Sc. in interdisciplinary political studies from Quest University Canada, and has previously worked in the fields of climate change education and science communication for government.
Former Fellow Dr. Brendan Shanahan in the News
The Canadian Studies Program is also proud of our former fellows, who continue to make advancements in their fields year after year. One remarkable Hildebrand alumnus, Dr. Brendan Shanahan (Ph.D., History, right), is currently finishing his first year of a two-year postdoctoral associate position at Yale University, and recently published an op-ed in the Washington Post on the historical importance of the US Census on apportionment. The Canadian Studies Program previously sat down with Dr. Shanahan for an interview here.
You can read our interview with another former Hildebrand Fellow, Dr. Kimberly Richards (Ph.D., Performance Studies), here, or see the full roster here.
We want to hear from you!
Are you an alumnus/a or former affiliate of the Canadian Studies Program? We’d love to hear what you’ve been up to! Please send your updates to canada@berkeley.edu and we may feature you in a future newsletter.
Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize In Canadian Studies Accepting Applications
The Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies was established to honor Dr. Rita Ross, longtime associate director of the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, and supports undergraduate students pursuing a research topic related to Canada in a UC Berkeley class or independent study project. The prize is awarded annually to the student who has written the best undergraduate research paper or produced the best original project that engages with topics, people or events related to Canada. Decisions about awards are made by the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies in consultation with other faculty affiliated with the Canadian Studies Program.
Eligibility: The prize competition is open to any UC Berkeley undergraduate student in good academic standing, in any college or discipline.
The prize is awarded at the end of the Spring semester. The recipient receives a certificate and an award of $250.
Application for 2019-2020
Deadline: May 22, 2020
The Canadian Studies Program invites applications from undergraduate students in good standing at UC Berkeley for the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies. Applicants should upload the following to the Canadian Studies Program through the official application form on the Canadian Studies homepage.
  • A copy of an original paper or project produced in a UC Berkeley class or independent study during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A cover letter providing information about the class for which the work was produced, including course name, number, and instructor’s name, and how the work relates to Canada.
  • A letter of support by the course instructor or faculty mentor highlighting the strengths of the work.
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