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2016/2017 Sherman Centre Graduate Fellowship

Kelsey Leonard, Doctoral Candidate in Social Policy, awarded 2016 Sherman Graduate Fellowship

Nov 02, 2016

The Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship* has announced the recipients of the 2016/2017 Sherman Centre Graduate Fellowship.

The fellowships are awarded to emerging scholars who are interested in using digital tools, techniques and methods to advance their research.

"We received a number of high-caliber applications from graduate students across McMaster this year, which is indicative of the continued growth and interest in digital scholarship and the digital humanities on campus,” says Andrea Zeffiro, academic director of the Sherman Centre. “We look forward to working with these talented, innovative scholars and to seeing their imprint on the growing community of Sherman researchers.”

Kelsey Leonard, Doctoral Candidate in Social Policy, was one of three recipients who will will each receive a $1500 stipend as well as workspace in the Centre for the coming academic year.

 Her digital scholarship project will develop on an online toolkit, or data portal, that consolidates available data on water security issues affecting Indigenous Nations in the Columbia River Basin (CRB) and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin (GLSLB).

 Indigenous Nations are increasingly experiencing the effects of climate change and taking steps to adapt to current and future environmental risks. In response to ecological changes and altered human activities, First Nations in Canada and the United States are creating climate change adaptation programs for water security. The management of water resources by First Nations is inherently transboundary as those nations existed prior to modern border delineations.

The digital scholarship project highlights First Nation strategies from the CRB and GLSLB to enhance equitable and responsible management of Indigenous water resources. Highlighting the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of First Nations and advancing innovation pathways through Indigenous mapping using story maps and geospatial data.


* The Sherman Centre, which is a part of McMaster University Library, provides consulting and technical support to faculty and graduate students with all levels of technological experience. The Sherman Centre consults on any stage or aspect of a digital scholarship, or pedagogical project to help determine the digital tools, techniques and methods that best suit the project, big or small.