CFUW Dr. Margaret McWilliams Pre-Doctoral Fellowship / CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winner 2019-2020

2020 – 2021

2019-2020Value: $11,000

This fellowship, established in 1952, honours Margaret McWilliams, first CFUW President (1919-1923), who dedicated her life to furthering the status of women through improved access to higher education and the active involvement of women in public life. It is awarded to a woman who has completed at least one calendar year in a full-time doctoral program and is enrolled in full-time studies in Canada or abroad at the time of application.

2019-2020 Winners:

KATHERINE E. GOODWIN – CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winner 2019-2020




  • \"EllyB.Sc. Biology (Hons.) & Environmental Sciences (Minor), 2005, University of Victoria
  • M.Sc. Biology, 2013, Simon Fraser University
  • Ph.D. Biological Sciences, 2015-2020, University of Alberta

Elly uses sound, or ‘bioacoustics’ for conservation research. She develops and tests tools that relate the sounds that animals make to the habitat they use. Elly then applies those tools to study the Common Nighthawk; a declining, poorly understood, nocturnal bird.

The ultimate motivation for Elly’s research is to incorporate movement in conservation planning for the Common Nighthawk and other highly mobile bird species.


Katharine E. Goodwin - CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winner 2019-2020

  • KatharineB.Sc. Biological Physics (Hons.), 2013, University of Toronto
  • M.Sc. Cell and Developmental Biology, 2016, University of British Columbia
  • Ph.D. Chemical and Biological Engineering; Molecular Biology, 2017-2022, Princeton University

Katharine has always been fascinated by how nature generates shapes, and specifically, how we (multicellular organisms) go from a single, fertilized cell to complex, 3-dimensional beings with specialized organs.

In her doctoral research at Princeton University, Katharine is investigating how the beautiful, branched architecture of the lung arises during embryonic development, in the hopes that we learn from the engineering strategies used by the embryo and apply these to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.