Ian speaks in front of a television screen during the 2015 3MT competition.

Carleton University Doctoral Candidate Among Top 25 SSHRC Storytellers

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) today announced that Carleton’s Ian Wereley is among the Top 25 finalists in its 2016 Storytellers challenge.

Wereley is a doctoral candidate in Department of History who researches the history of oil and energy. His SSHRC Storytellers video, called Imagining Energy in Transition: Past, Present, Future examines what Canada stands to gain from shifting to alternative energy sources.

The annual contest challenges post-secondary students from across the country to demonstrate—in three minutes or 300 words—how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. The top entries this year addressed a range of issues—from sustainable technologies and digital inequality to food security, transgender issues and special-needs education—and highlighted how knowledge about the social sciences and humanities helps Canadians understand and improve the world.

“Every year, the Storytellers contest lets us recognize, reward and encourage the very best in research communication,” said SSHRC President Ted Hewitt. “These students have taken complex ideas and communicated them in clear, compelling ways. These skills will serve them throughout their careers, and will help shine a spotlight on the benefits of research in the humanities and social sciences. My congratulations to our Top 25!”

Wereley has received a cash prize of $3,000 and will go on to compete in the Storytellers Showcase at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 28 to June 3 at the University of Calgary.

The Top 25 finalists were selected from among nearly 200 entries by some 30 expert judges in Canada and abroad.

Follow SSHRC’s Twitter feed and #SSHRCStorytellers to find out more about the campaign in the lead-up to the Storytellers Showcase at Congress 2016.

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