CFUW 1989 École Polytechnique Commemorative Awards / CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winners 2019-2020

2020 – 2021

2019-2020Total Value: $12,000 —

One award for masters study: $5,000
One award for doctoral study: $7,000

Commemorates the fourteen women students murdered at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. For graduate studies in any field. The applicant must justify the relevance of her work to women.

2019-2020 Winners:


CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winners:


Bridget Steele

  • Bridget Steele - École Poly 2019-2020 WinnerBachelor of Arts and Science, 2014, McMaster University
  • B.Ed., 2015, Queen’s University
  • M.A. International Affairs, 2018, Carleton University
  • M.Sc. in Evidence-Based Social Intervention, 2019, University of Oxford
  • Ph.D. Social Intervention Program, 2019-2023, University of Oxford

Gender-based violence, and specifically sexual violence, among adolescents and young adults is a particularly prevalent public health issue impacting victims’ physical and mental health. Further examination of perpetration risk and protective factors is needed in order for practitioners to develop effective interventions addressing this complex issue.

Bridget’s research focuses on synthesizing and metanalysing evidence on the risk and protective factors for perpetrators of peer or acquaintance sexual violence among university students.


Diepiriye Iworima

  • DiepiriyeB.Sc. Co-operative Education (Hons.), June 2013, Simon Fraser University
  • M.Sc., December 2013, Simon Fraser University
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2018-2023, University of British Columbia

The number of individuals with diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate. Ms. Iworima’s  research focuses on potential replacement therapy for diabetes by trying to generate functional insulin producing cells from stem cells.

Her thesis also centers on optimizing scale-up parameters that would facilitate the production of a large number of cells that could be used in a clinical setting.




CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winners

Janay Fox

  • JanayB.Sc. Genetics (Hons.), 2018, University of Alberta
  • M.Sc. in Biology with Neotropical Environment Option, 2018-2020, McGill University

Parasites have major negative impacts on the hosts they infect. As a result, host populations evolve defense mechanisms against their parasites. However, this will then lead to the parasite counter-evolving to be more successful at infecting, resulting in a coevolutionary arms-race.

Janay’s thesis aims to create a better understanding of host parasite arms-races by identifying signs of coevolution in the genome of a guppy population that was experimentally exposed to parasites several years ago.


Emilie Lacroix

  • EmilieB.A. Psychology (Hons.), 2015, McGill University
  • M.Sc. Clinical Psychology, 2017, University of Calgary
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 2017 – 2021, University of Calgary

Body image is a critical area of health and well-being for women and men across the lifespan but unfortunately, negative body image and disordered eating are highly prevalent.

Ms. Lacroix’s doctoral research uses a data-driven approach to identify common patterns of body image development from preadolescence to young adulthood, and to examine whether higher- and lower-risk development can be predicted by factors such as personality. Through this research, Ms. Lacroix aims to produce meaningful prescriptions for the promotion of positive body image.