The Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), through the Discovery Centre for Undergraduate Research and Engagement, honours exemplary undergraduate students with the Provost Scholars Award each spring. The students are nominated by their faculties for excellence in one of the four pillars of the Discovery Centre:

  • Undergraduate research
  • Community engagement
  • Internationalization
  • Immersive learning

There are up to two awards per Faculty valued at $1000 each. Final judging of the submissions was done by the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) in consultation with the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice –President (Academic) Lorraine Dyke, the Vice-President (Students and Enrolment) Suzanne Blanchard, Professor Cheryl Schramm from the Faculty of Engineering and Design, and the Director of the Discovery Centre Alan Steele.

Due to the variety of work done by students throughout the university, there can be a broad interpretation of the four categories above, but the student’s work must be linked to their studies at Carleton. Although the focus is on individuals, nominations of groups or teams of undergraduate students were also considered, with the award money shared. Nominated students were all registered in an undergraduate program in 2017-18.

We are pleased to highlight this years’ Award Recipients:

Eliana Remus, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Psychology

Eliana is described as an outstanding student, committed to community engagement that is linked to her undergraduate research. Her studies are linked to a wide variety of community activities. She was selected to a volunteer position on a youth-led advisory committee with the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. She and her colleagues create and facilitate educational workshops on topics such as consent and healthy relationships delivered to local elementary schools or community centers.

Baraa Arar, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Humanities

Baraa has achieved success in the areas of undergraduate research, community engagement and immersive learning. In 2016, Baraa received the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Award for her research on representations of Algerian women in art. This research produced three conference papers and a Ted-style talk that she gave on at the 20th Anniversary of the Bachelor of humanities program in October 2016. She is committed to community engagement through her podcast, “The Watering Hole.”

Brigitte Martins, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Architecture

For Professor Bucking’s Architectural Technology 1 class, Brigitte designed an original net-zero energy tiny home research project. As a result of this, she then worked with Professor Bucking on a Net Zero Energy tiny home called the Northern Nomad project during the summer of 2017. This project was student led and pushed the boundaries of sustainable building design. Brigitte was the lead designer and with her skills, she not only successfully completed the project, but engaged the local and national media.

Maximilian Polzin, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Aerospace 

Maximilian embodies community engagement, internationalization, immersive learning, and a strong commitment to academic excellence. He is committed to his studies and is a dedicated member of the Carleton Engineering team and the Carleton University Blackbird Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team. Taking his undergraduate research into the community is one of the ways Maximilian engages with those around him. He has organized and participated in activities to promote interest in space research and science, including visiting local high schools to present his team’s research and answer questions about Carleton.

Anna-Marie Robertson, Faculty of Public Affairs, Law

Anna-Marie has excelled in the areas of undergraduate research and community engagement. Now in her fourth year at Carleton, she has demonstrated, and continues to model excellence in undergraduate research, and community engagement with an internationalization theme that cuts across both. Reflecting her passions for humanitarianism and global citizenship, Anna-Marie seizes every opportunity to advance her own knowledge as well as engaging in the community through her involvement with the Canadian Red Cross, Humanitarian Organization for Latin American Students at Carleton, Red Cross Club Carleton and the Carleton Law and Legal Studies Society.

Summer Lewis, Faculty of public Affairs, Criminology and Criminal Justice

In the Criminology and Criminal Justice program, Summer has shown to be an exceptional student, while also contributing extensively to the Carleton community. Summer has been on the Dean’s List and was awarded the Celia Ruygrok Scholarship for the top student accepted into the field placement course in 2016-2017. In her third year she completed a placement with the Law Office of Jonathan Boss, from September 2016 to April 2017 (384 hours). Summer is currently completing a Mindtrust fellowship and is a volunteer with the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services.

Elyn Rowe, Faculty of Science, Neuroscience

Elyn is described as an excellent researcher with well-rounded, active, contribution to Carleton’s vibrant academic community. She is committed to her studies and her contribution to interdisciplinary collaborative research shows her strong leadership and hard-working devotion. At Carleton, she was involved in founding a new Science Blog with The Charlatan to encourage science communication and as a kick-start team leader and mentor with Carleton’s Student Science Success Centre.

Olivia Perryman, Faculty of Science, Computer Science

Olivia has achieved success in the areas of undergraduate research, community engagement and immersive learning. She received the Dean’s Summer Research Internship where she worked on understanding mental rotation. She was accepted into the Nengo summer school at Waterloo, and learned about computational neuroscience with senior scientists from many disciplines. Her neural model of rotation is the first to ever be created, and with her faculty supervisor, is now preparing her work for publication. She participated in a three-person team representing Carleton in the Association for Computing Machinery (AMC) programming challenge, placing 17th out of 127 teams–a Carleton record.