CFUW Dr. Alice E. Wilson Awards 2020-2021


Total Value: $20,000

Alison E WilsonTwo awards at the masters level and two for doctoral level study.  The value of each award is $5,000.

Dr. Alice E. Wilson, CFUW member, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the first woman to hold a professional position at the Geological Survey of Canada won the 1926 CFUW Travelling Fellowship.

Awarded to mature students returning to graduate studies in any field after at least three years.

2020 – 2021 Winners:

Kelly Cochrane

Emily Dawson

Lori Anne Heckbert

Jennifer (Jen) Murray



Kelly CochraneKelly Cochrane

  • B.Sc. Biology (Hons), 2007, University of Guelph
  • Primary Care Paramedic Diploma, 2009, Conestoga College
  • Advance Care Paramedic Graduate Diploma, 2011, Algonquin College
  • Masters in Public Safety (M.PS.), 2019-2021, Wilfred Laurier University.

Kelly has dedicated her profession to serving her community on the frontlines of paramedicine and being a strong female servant leader.  Her studies in Public Safety and Emergency Management are focused current events that are shaping the emergency management landscape.

Kelly’s research is collaborated with multiple agencies professionals across the Public Safety spectrum to provide a progressive and unified approach to emergency preparedness, response, mitigation and improve the overall safety of Canadian’s locally, nationally and internationally.


Emily DawsonEmily Dawson

  • B.Sc. Life Sciences (Hons), 2013, Queen’s University
  • MPH, 2015, Queen’s University
  • M.Sc. Epidemiology, 2019-2021, Western University

Total hip replacement is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in Canada. As such, the wait list can be significant, and some patients must wait more than the recommended time.

Emily’s research will examine the impact of wait time on the health and quality of life of patients undergoing elective hip replacements, with the goal of understanding how patient health changes over the wait period and the impact this has on outcomes after surgery.



Lori Anne HeckbertLori Anne Heckbert

  • B.A. Political Studies (first class standing), 1988, University of Prince Edward Island
  • M.A. Political Science, 1993, University of Western Ontario (now Western University)
  • L.L.B., 1997, University of Victoria, Canada
  • M.B.A., 2010, York University and Northwestern University
  • Ph.D. Law, 2017-2022, University of Ottawa

Lori Anne’s research develops legal strategies to close the gender gap in leadership roles. It advocates tax credit and other strategies to nudge organizations to implement proven gap-reducing best practices.

It leverages Canadian, US and EU legal supports for a recommended reform package that can withstand legal challenge, and includes specific recommendations to accelerate closing this gap for racialized women.



Jennifer MurrayJennifer (Jen) Murray

  • B.A. Sociology, 2009, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA
  • M.Sc. Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 2015, McGill University 
  • Ph.D. Population and Public Health, 2019-2023, University of British Columbia 

Jen’s research examines ways to strengthen motherhood journeys of Indigenous women. Using community-based research methods, which is community-driven and -led research grounded in participant ownership and self-determination, Jen is working with a community research team to understand how to prevent an elevated rate of preterm birth in a First Nations community in British Columbia. Jen is a settler and ally in Indigenous health research.