Graduate Student Achievements and Highlights

April 2024

  • Elena Kosareva successfully defended his doctoral thesis titled Investigation of the Development of Wildland Firefighters’ Protective Clothing with Improved Thermal Protection on April 11. Congratulations Elena!
  • Congratulations to Lucia Gago-Ross for receiving the Faculty of GPS Graduate Student Teaching Award! Thank you for all your hard work and the excellent contribution you have made to our undergraduate program. This award is well deserved!

March 2024

  • Md. Saifaul Hoque successfully defended his doctoral thesis titled Investigation of the Aging of High-Performance Fabrics used in the Outer Shell of Firefighters’ Protective Clothing on March 18. Congratulations Saiful!
  • Wing Sem Mak and Syu Hua Fang completed their program requirements for the MSc (Course-based) in Textiles and Clothing. Congratulations to you both!

January 2024

  • Congratulations to Nadeesha Samaraweera who successfully defended her MSc thesis (Textiles & Clothing) on January 15.
  • Congratulations to Elham Kaviannasab who successfully defended her MSc thesis (Textiles & Clothing) on January 15.
  • Laura Munevar Ortiz successfully defended her doctoral thesis titled Effects of accelerated aging on the performance of moisture barriers used in firefighters’ protective clothing on January 19. Congratulations Laura!
  • Congratulations to Shakil Mahmud who successfully defended his MSc thesis (Textiles & Clothing) on January 22.

December 2023

  • Olivia Neufeldt and Vanessa Osei Bonsu completed their program requirements for the MSc (Course-based) in Family Ecology & Practice. Congratulations to you both!

September 2023

  • Congratulations to Jonathan Lai who successfully defended his MSc thesis (Aging) on September 12.
  • Congratulations to Malcolm Stielow for successfully defending his MA thesis entitled Playing in the Pursuit of Reflexivity on September 20.
  • Congratulations to Anita Labonno for successfully defending her MSc thesis (Textiles and Clothing) on September 20.
  • Welcome to our incoming graduate students:
    • Family Ecology & Practice: Emily Hong & Navdeep Kaur
    • Material Culture: Andrea House, Chenshuo Li, Darren Tellier & Zoe Wagner
    • Textiles & Clothing: Shan Wing Ip, Abdun Noor, Emily Prefumo, Md Abu Sayed, Mansi Sharma & Utkarsh Sharma

August 2023

  • Rashedul Islam completed his candidacy. Congratulations!
  • Chloe Simmons won the 2023 Dr. Elizabeth Feniak Award for Excellence in Research Communications through the Canadian Home Economics Foundation. Chloe's paper Gendered Product, Gendered System: A Survey of Intellectual Property and Craft will be published in the Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia. Congratulations Chloe! 

July 2023

  • Josephine Bojali successfully defended her doctoral thesis titled Single Fit Bespoke Bra for Individuals with Atypical Breast Shape and Size, Fabric Testing, Fitting Tool, and Wear Trial. Congratulations Josephine!
  • Congratulations to Malcolm Stielow for winning the best student paper award at the 2023 AHFE Conference. What a great accomplishment! The paper is published in an open-access book from the conferences at:

May 2023

  • Jennifer Beaudette passed her comprehensive exams. Well done!
  • Shanika Donaldson successfully defended her doctoral thesis titled "Linked lives: Life courses of Family connections of older Caribbean migrants living in Canada". Congratulations Shanika!

April 2023

  • Congratulations Andrew Magnaye for passing your candidacy exam on April 3rd. Well done!

February 2023

  • Congratulations to Robyn Stobbs for successfully defending her doctoral thesis on February 21. Robyn's thesis is entitled (Im)Material Worlds: An Exploration of the Discursive Construction of the Materialities of Fictional Worlds through Information-in-Social-Practice. Awesome!

January 2023

  • Congratulations to Saiful Hoque who passed his candidacy exam on January 31st.

November 2022

  • Congratulations to Emma Drebit for passing her comprehensive exams! Well done.

September 2022

  • Congratulations to Chelsea Freeborn for successfully defending her doctoral dissertation, Learning In Relations: Engaging with Decolonization in Early Learning and Child Care. The findings from Chelsea's research provide new insights about decolonization and relationality principles, policies and practices in early learning and child care and post-secondary environments. Chelsea's dissertation offers recommendations for the micro to macro changes needed in early learning and child care and post-secondary settings. Since January 2022, Chelsea has been working as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology/Family Studies at the University of British Columbia.

August 2022

July 2022

  • Congratulations to Rashedul Islam for passing his comprehensive exams.
  • Congratulations to Kim Choong for completing his candidacy exam.

June 2022

  • Ph.D. student Saiful Hoque has published his first paper from his doctoral research. The article titled "Hydrothermal Aging of Fire-Protective Fabrics" is published in The Journal of Applied Polymer Science. This article offers a breakthrough finding regarding the aging of fire-protective fabrics. The results showed that sulfur present in larger amounts in some fibres as a residual from the fibre manufacturing process, may lead to the reduced mechanical performance of some fire-protective fabrics over time when exposed to water. The finding has a major impact on manufacturers of flame-resistant fibres/fabrics as well as on end-users of fire-protective clothing and personal equipment. Well done Saiful!

May 2022

April 2022

  • Congratulations to McKenna Oleksuik for successfully defending her Master's thesis on April 12!

March 2022

February 2022

  • Chelsea Freeborn successfully completed her doctoral candidacy on February 3rd. Congratulations Chelsea. This is an important milestone along the road to your doctorate!

January 2022

  • Congratulations to Elena Kosareva for passing her candidacy exam on January 27th. This is such an important milestone!
  • Congratulations Skylar Brown for successfully defending her MSc thesis on January 25th. Well done!
  • Welcome to our new graduate students:
    • Material Culture: Lucia Gago Ross & Siming Guo
    • Textiles and Clothing: Elham Kaviannasab

December 2021

  • Congratulations to Razak Oduro for successfully defending his doctoral thesis, which is entitled Organizing Against Poverty in Edmonton: A Case Study of EndPovertyEdmonton Movement Organization. This is such an awesome achievement. The findings from Razak's research provide new insights about social movements that organize on the basis of poverty and that emerge from within institutions, both of which are understudied dimensions of social movements. As well, Razak's dissertation offers recommendations for EndPovertyEdmonton to consider in their ongoing efforts to build a movement to eliminate poverty within a generation. Razak recently started working as a policy analyst with Alberta Health.
  • Doctoral student Laura Munevar-Ortiz was the first author of a study evaluating the effect of smaller-sized specimens in tear strength tests. The manuscript has now been published in ASTM's Journal of Testing and Evaluation. The findings open new opportunities for researchers to obtain meaningful results even when working with fabrics in limited supply, for instance when working with prototype fabric samples or specimens collected from used garments.
    • Munevar-Ortiz, L., Batcheller, J., & Dolez, P I. (2021). Influence of Specimen Size on the Tear Strength of Fabrics by the Trapezoid Procedure. Journal of Testing and Evaluation. DOI: 10.1520/JTE20210357.

November 2021

  • Congratulations to Josephine Bolaji for successfully completing her candidacy exam. This is such an important milestone, so well done Josephine!
  • Super cool to listen to our very own Saiful Hoque discuss his research on the podcast Learn Real Good in this episode - "Protecting Firefighters From Water with Saiful Hoque". Very interesting!

October 2021

  • Saiful Hoque has been awarded the Verna M Lefebvre Graduate Student Award from the Canadian Home Economics Foundation (CHEF-FCEF). This is the first year that the Graduate Student Award is being given in recognition of  Dr. Verna M Lefebvre who passed away in 2017. Congratulations Saiful. This recognition is well deserved!
  • Congratulations to Lara Pinchbeck, Saiful Hoque & Chelsea Freeborn for successfully completing their comprehensive exams!
  • Lara Pinchbeck is the 2021 recipient of the Margery Boyce Bursary from the Canadian Association on Gerontology. Lara was awarded the Margery Boyce Bursary for making an outstanding contribution in her field. Her application demonstrated academic merit, engagement and original thinking, and contributes to Gerontology research. Congratulations Lara for this achievement!

September 2021

  • Welcome to our new graduate students:
    • Material Culture: Karen Fraser & Qi Wang
    • Family Ecology and Practice: Elahe Ghanbarian, Kelty Heck, Rachel Munk, Vanessa Osei Bonsu & Wenran Li
    • Textiles and Clothing:  Anil Kumar, Anita Labonno, Jennifer Beaudette, Nadeesha Samaraweera & Shakil Mahmud