CFUW Dr. Alice E. Wilson Awards / CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winners 2019-2020


Total Value: $20,000

Dr.Two 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.

2019 – 2020 Winners:

Ashley DiPasquale
Alicia Korpach
Lindsie Blencowe
Emma Feltes

CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winners:

Katherine Oland
Jennifer Kennedy


Ashley DiPasquale

  • AshleyB.Sc. Biology (Hons.), 2012, University of New Brunswick
  • M.D., 2016, Dalhousie University
  • General Surgery Residency Program, Class of 2022 (anticipated), University of Alberta
  • M.Sc. Epidemiology, Class of 2021 (anticipated), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Breast cancer will affect an estimated 1 in 8 women in their lifetime. Dr. DiPasquale’s research aims to improve the surgical treatment and psychosocial outcomes of women battling this disease.

Her thesis specifically targets ways to prevent unnecessary axillary lymph node dissection surgery and its complications. Her goal is to help improve the functional, oncological, and aesthetic outcomes of breast cancer surgery for women.  


Alicia Korpach

  • AliciaB.Sc. Biology (Hons.), 1999, University of Saskatchewan
  • M.Sc. Biological Sciences, 2018-2020, University of Manitoba

Alicia is investigating how artificial light influences the annual routes and habitat use of a migrating nocturnal bird, the Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus).

Migration ecology is poorly understood for most avian species, and stressors encountered during long, twice-yearly journeys may contribute to the current widespread declines in breeding populations. Knowing how birds respond to human-caused changes to the landscape is critical for implementing conservation plans across their annual life cycle.



Lindsie Blencowe

  • LindsieB.Sc Biochemistry (Hons.), 2004, Queen’s University
  • M.Sc Biochemistry & Biomedical Science, 2011, McMaster University
  • Ph.D Medical Science, 2018-2022, University of Toronto

Women experience the musculoskeletal changes due to aging to a greater extent than men, making osteoporosis and fracture a major health concern for Canadian women.

Lindsie is researching a novel bone health biomarker called Pentosidine and exploring its connection to the changes that occur in muscle and bone with aging. Lindsie is analyzing Pentosidine in blood samples from women in the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study and will explore the usefulness of serum Pentosidine as a predictor of fracture.



Emma Feltes

  • EmmaB.A. Contemporary Studies & International Development Studies (Hons.), 2008, University of King’s College
  • M.A., Social Anthropology, 2011, Dalhousie University
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, 2015-2020, University of British Columbia

Emma’s research examines the “Constitution Express,” a ground-breaking 1980s Indigenous movement that chartered two trains from Vancouver to Ottawa to fight for Indigenous nationhood during the patriation of Canada’s Constitution.

As a settler scholar working in direct partnership with its organizers, Emma looks to the movement—its vision to establish Indigenous jurisdiction and self-determination at the local and international level—for direction on how to re-shape relations between Indigenous peoples and the settler state today.



CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winners:

Katherine Oland

  • KatherineB.A. English, 1989, University of King’s College
  • Master’s of Adult Education (Community Development), 2017-2020, St. Francis Xavier University

A community-led library builds relationships with its community, including vulnerable populations, to understand the community’s needs. Community members work with library staff to co-create programs and services, with a goal of greater social inclusion and a more egalitarian learning environment.

Using the Community-Led Library model with a transformative/emancipatory learning lens, Katherine will work with senior women in a care facility to co-create a library outreach program arising out of their voiced needs and interests. She hopes to investigate the practical mechanisms of co-creation; to evaluate the experience of the researcher/library worker; and to assess whether the opportunity to co-create programs decreases women’s sense of social isolation and increases their sense of inclusion and agency.


Jennifer Kennedy

  • JenniferB.Sc., Kinesiology, 2008, McMaster University
  • M.Sc., Occupational Therapy, 2010, University of Toronto
  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, 2015-2020, McMaster University

Jennifer has spent her career working with young children with developmental challenges in an effort to support their development, and overall participation in life.

Jennifer believes that families are the experts in their children, but as a clinician she noted many barriers for families to engage in their children’s services. Her goal is to understand the factors that influence these challenges and develop family-centred interventions to better support families of children with developmental challenges.