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2020 AIO Internships

The Faculty of Arts Internship Office is pleased to announce that 119 Faculty of Arts students received over $400,000 as recipients of the 2020 Faculty of Arts Internship Awards! Congratulations to all the recipients and many thanks to all of our generous donors. 

This year, Arts students are interning remotely in Canada or in their home countries. These students are sharing their internship experience on AIO Facebook with the hashtag #RemoteAIOInternship2020. The Faculty of Arts Internship Awards are generously supported by McGill Alumni and the Arts Undergraduate Society.

Brittany Ng, U2, International Development

Brittany Ng has been accepted as an Arts Internship Awardee and she is currently interning at a small publishing company called the Canadian Chinese Education Publishers. This company provides textbooks for students learning Cantonese and/or Mandarin in the Greater Toronto Area. Right now, Brittany is researching new target clients to expand the company's sales as well as analyzing sales in past years.

Her biggest tip for remote internships: "Setting a routine/schedule and sticking to it! Working from home brings all kinds of distractions, so waking up at the same time everyday and laying out everything I need to do definitely helps me to deliver the best work I can give"

Joy Hannam, U2, International Development

Joy Hannam has been selected as an Institute for Human Wellbeing and Development (IHWD) Intern with generous funding from an Arts Internship Award. Under the supervision of Dr. Claudia Mitchell and her team at the Institute, Joy is working on projects related to the international Cellphilm Festival where she helps in creating communication strategies, social media and graphic work. Moreover, Joy is also aiding in the Games and Gamification research node, with a special focus on finding various serious games, conferences, and opportunities that spark a positive impact on wellbeing and social change.

Joy’s remote research tip: Take stretch breaks throughout the day in order to avoid eye, neck strain.

Justine Coutu, U2, International Development and Economics

Justine Coutu is a recipient of the Carol & Lloyd Darlington Arts Internship Award and a research intern at the Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation (IMPACT) in Nanyuki, Kenya. Her daily tasks include working on field reports, creating website content and managing fundraisers. When not working directly with IMPACT, she contributes to reports and papers for the Institutional Canopy of Conservation (I-CAN) project, a research initiative led by McGill University. Justine is also undertaking her own research project, focusing on the dynamics of land-based conflicts in the region.

Justine’s remote internship tip: “My internship was initially set to take place in the field, so I’ve been reading up on the region as much as possible. It doesn’t compare to having boots on the ground, but it definitely helps to better understand the local context and feel involved. Since I’m working from home, sticking to a work schedule and having an organized workspace is also really helpful!”

Giuliana Garofalo, M1, History

Giuliana Garofalo is the 2020 recipient of the Gail Elizabeth Todgham Arts Internship Award and currently interning with the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums (CFFM), a non-profit organization that promotes the value of Canadian heritage and supports museum volunteers. Her work days are spent at her kitchen table, where she creates content for the CFFM Facebook page, writes and edits their monthly bulletin and recruits individual and institutional members.

Giuliana's remote internship tips: Create a routine and make (loads and loads of) lists!

Lauren Jelinek, U3, Geography

Lauren Jelinek has received the Carol & Lloyd Darlington Arts Internship Award and she is an intern at the Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA), an NGO in Kenya that advocates for human and land rights, enhances diversification of Indigenous livelihoods, and works with Indigenous pastoral peoples to address environmental and climate change challenges.

Since Lauren's internship at ILEPA started in May, she has been able to learn a lot about the fascinating and important issues facing Indigenous communities in Kenya. Although working from home took her some time to get used to, it definitely has some perks - like being able to work in the garden and be surrounded by plants instead of walls! Lauren's advice to anyone doing a remote internship would be to find a peaceful place to work as a good environment can make all the difference.

Eliza Yadav, U3, International Development

Eliza Yadav is an Arts Internship Award Recipient and the Marketing and Project Management intern at Remix Snacks, a McGill alumni-led start-up. Her daily responsibilities include creating content for the company's social media platforms, benchmarking competitors in the chocolate dessert snacks industry, performing market research through surveys, and participating in ongoing R&D product development initiatives. You can see some of Eliza's work through Remix's Facebook account at their website at

Eliza's tip for remote work: "Take breaks and ensure ongoing communication with your fellow team members through platforms such as Slack and Google Hangouts!"

Thanks so much for the generous support of the Arts Student Employment Fund.

Gracie Forgie, U2, History

As a summer intern with the Black Watch Museum and Archives, as well as the Arts Internship Award Recipient, Gracie Forgie is responsible for indexing boxes of archival material and documenting interesting finds. Over the next few months she will primarily be working on indexing historical photos from the Regiment’s history that have been scanned to allow her to work remotely.

Remote internship tips shared by Gracie: "The best tip I can think of is to find the joy in what you are doing. For me, as a budding historian I am very excited by this opportunity to work with archives and learn what I can from them. I also think it is important to stick to a weekly schedule by waking up at the same time each day and dressing as though I were going into my office downtown."

Sincere thank you to all donors of the Faculty of Arts Internship Awards!

Sophie Strassmann, U2, Economics

Sophie Strassmann has received the Nicol Family Foundation Internship Award which supports her research on the Cambridge housing crisis. Her daily work includes Zoom interviews with local stakeholders across local sectors: government, private for-profit consultants and investors, nonprofits, and top researchers at local academic institutions.

While she balances meetings and census data Excel sheets, she's also attending online training sessions on research methodologies, along with tutorials on how to use great design tools like LucidChart to make her policy concerns and recommendations more accessible to others. Strassmann is just as well as getting comfortable with Harvard's innovative & customizable data mapping software, WorldMap, to conceptualize housing trends across town districts in a visually appealing way.

Her thoughts on working from home: "The best home office has functional cat napping amenities"

Colette Anton, U2, Sociology

Colette Anton has been selected as an intern with Participatory Cultures Lab (PCL) this summer, the internship is funded through a Faculty of Arts Internship Award. Her internship projects are mainly focused on working with the International Cellphilm Festival (ICF) team to develop a communications and social media strategy for the upcoming International Cellphilm Festival. Her daily tasks range from conceptualizing and creating video content for the PCL’s social media to reaching out to potential collaborators for PCL’s projects.

Colette and her team's biggest challenge has been the rapid transformation of the festival to an online experience, particularly in deciding how they are going to judge, vote, and screen the submissions remotely while maintaining the festival’s accessibility and inclusivity.

Leora Schertzer , U2, Environment

Leora Schertzer is an Arts Internship Award recipient, supported by the Arts Undergraduate Improvement Fund, Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill University, and Spoken Word Department intern at McGill's campus radio station, CKUT 90.3FM. Her responsibilities include leading the production of The Expanding Economics Podcast, conducting an independent research project on the impact of podcasts and audio digitization on the future of campus radio, and cleaning, formatting, and uploading others’ radio programs to the online radio player.

To stay organized and facilitate a clear, centralized workflow, Leora keeps a work journal. She uses it to create to-do lists, daily and weekly schedules, set goals for the week, take meeting notes, write down questions she wants to ask her supervisors for their next meeting, and take research notes from her archival readings. This is a practice that she would highly recommend!

Reiko Kobayashi, U2, Geography

As a recipient of the Lev Bukhman Internship Award, Reiko Kobayashi is currently interning remotely for the South Rift Association of Landowners (SORALO), a community-based organization based in Kenya’s South Rift, from Tokyo, Japan.

In essence, SORALO aims to promote and conserve the environment and pastoralist livelihoods of the Maasai people in a changing environment. Currently, Reiko and her partner are trying to come up with ways on how they can best understand how effective SORALO’s game scout rangers are in promoting coexistence between people and wildlife and vice versa, address potential areas of weakness in their data collection & management systems, as well as thinking about future avenues of data collection, as in what data they have not collected but could/should be collecting.

Reiko's tip for doing a remote internship is definitely having a designated area in your house that is set for work. She finds that it’s definitely quite hectic having all the family members at home and finding a space that she can use for herself to get things done definitely helps. She likes to keep her workstation quite clean and minimal, just so that she is not distracted when she needs to be focused and the standing desk definitely comes in handy for the moments that she feels tired from sitting and need a quick change without having to leave her work!

Ellerie Roberts, U3, Political Science

Ellerie Roberts is the 2020 recipient of the Lev Bukhman Internship Award and currently interning with the Climate Reality Project Canada (CRPC) Climate Reality Canada / Réalité climatique Canada. Here she is on the website for the CRPC - she is so excited to get a chance to work with this amazing organization!

For her remote internship, she has been getting to check in regularly with her supervisor over Slack, Zoom and email and she've been sitting in on tons of organizational meetings and onboarding calls for new recruits to leadership positions. Ellerie is also getting to network with lots of really cool people across Canada who are passionate about climate action and excited about giving their time to help mobilize popular interest into action at the municipal level.

Elinor Poole-Dayan, U1, Mathematics and Computer Science

Thanks to the generous support from Mr. Lev Bukhman, Elinor Poole-Dayan received the Lev Bukhman Internship Award and she is working for a nonprofit organization named Project Kesher. The organization supports grassroots organizations tackling issues impacting the lives and well-being of Jewish women and girls in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and Israel. Their mission is to build Jewish community and advance civil society by developing and empowering women leaders. Elinor is working remotely for the organization at home in New York City, working on creating a website for their Israel branch to help them reach more of the Russian women in Israel who can benefit from PK’s work. Her daily tasks include Zoom meetings, website work and troubleshooting, and helping with other research and administrative tasks to help streamline workflow and increase at-home work efficiency.

Naomi Gelinas, U3, International Development

Through the generous support provided by the Lev Bukhman Internship Award, Naomi Gelinas is currently interning at Equitas Human Rights - a Canadian organisation aimed at promoting equality and social justice globally through education. Her every-day tasks involve numerous online meetings with her Equitas coworkers, as well as helping to host educational online workshops and online trainings for youth leaders across Canada.

A tip that she has for those doing remote internships is: "Make sure that you stay very organised! Given that remote employment tends to be more independent than regular employment, it is up to you to ensure that you keep a very clear work schedule. My large whiteboard helps me note down all the things I need to remember to do and my calendar for the day, ultimately helping me to stay on track!."

Juliette Chesnel, U2, Political Science 

Juliette Chesnel is a recipient of the Arts Internship Award, supported by the Arts Undergraduate Improvement Fund, Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill University and she is interning as an Education Intern at Equitas- International Human Rights Education Centre Equitas Human Rights.

Juliette supports the work of the Online Spaces Committee by designing the structure of a database gathering all educational documents for both the staff and the general public. This will help to create a lasting institutional memory and promote knowledge sharing. Her daily tasks include conducting interviews with the team to assess their needs, drafting terms of references for the future database, analyzing existing Human Rights Education databases and writing reports. Juliette also attends webinars on document management methodology.

One of the challenges working remotely can present is the integration in the team. However, this has been relatively easy at Equitas because the team made her feel welcome right away by organizing virtual coffee breaks and orientation events.

Anja Helliot, U2, Political Science

Anja Helliot is currently interning with I-CAN, a research project led by the African Conservation Center and McGill University which aims to identify community-based practices that help conserve East Africa’s biodiversity and enhance local livelihoods. Her internship is funded through the Tania Zouikin Arts Internship Award.

So far, Anja has been collecting informations on the Nashulai conservancy, the first Maasai-owned conservancy in East Africa. The Nashulai conservancy is based in the Maasai Mara region and has been advocating for the peaceful coexistence of wildlife and local Maasai communities for six years. Researching on their unique conservation model has led her to meet virtually the founder of the conservancy, a Maasai elder with whom she exchanges regularly on Zoom and WhatsApp. Thanks to I-CAN, Anja will have the opportunity to get help from a research assistant based in Kenya to collect direct informations from the conservancy.

« I had no idea I would get in touch with people in Kenya so easily remotely. Globalization has indeed its perks! I hope that my research will contribute to broadcast Nashulai’s efforts towards conservation and local sustainable development, because they embody hope for the future of wildlife conservancies in East Africa.»

Nathan Devereaux, U1, Political Science

Nathan Devereaux is currently interning with SORALO in Kenya. The internship is funded through the Allan A. Hodgson Arts Internship Award. SORALO works to protect wildlife in the south rift area through a conservation strategy that incorporates the local Maasai communities.

So far in Nathan's internship, he has been analyzing data on SORALO’s wildlife rangers to see how the rangers could be more productive in their patrolling. This task has been captivating, and he is proud to be able to contribute to the organization without being there in person.

Working remotely on this internship has presented unique challenges for Nathan. It can often be difficult to work productively from home. He has combatted this by establishing a work area in his house and setting a timer to ensure that he is putting the hours into this internship that he needs to so he can make the most of it. Nathan also wants to thank the Arts Internship Office for offering this opportunity and allowing him to be productive during this pandemic.

Mathieu Lavault, U2, Political Science

Mathieu Lavault is a recipient of the Arts Internship Awards, supported by the Arts Undergraduate Improvement Fund, Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill University and interning at Equitas Human Rights - International Centre for Human Rights Education.

Within Equitas Mathieu is a research assistant for the newly created Environmental Committee. His job as part of the committee is to focus his research on the interactions between human rights and climatic issues. His goal is to help the team make linkages to how environmental issues deeply affects marginalized communities and people of color so that Equitas can promote their human rights. His daily tasks include finding documents, academic papers, and first hand accounts on topics of both climate and human rights as well as synthesizing his findings into reports. He also attends weekly staff meetings and discusses his findings with his supervisor.

The challenge he thinks with working remotely is the absence of physical interaction with the Equitas team. But fortunately the dynamic of the team is there as they email, message, and Zoom each other every week!

Francesca Mercurio, U2, Anthropology 

As a recipient of the Max Stern Internship in Art History Award, Francesca Mercurio is currently interning remotely for the Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC), a not-for-profit art organization and member-based club that has been promoting and inspiring the arts in Toronto since 1887. Many thanks to the Max Stern Internship in Art History Award!

The WAAC has served as an inclusive space that fosters artistic growth, collaborative projects and a supportive community of women. Currently, the WAAC is looking to diversify its association by reaching out and connecting with females of all ethnicities and ages. Francesca’s tasks this summer include running the association’s social media presence, connecting with a younger community of artists, and contributing to a monthly newsletter. Moreover, Francesca is working with a team to create a brand-new website for the association. She is also responsible for locating and digitizing the association’s archives that date back over a hundred years.

Working remotely has presented unforeseen challenges and new types of responsibilities. Francesca’s tip for a successful remote work experience is to follow a schedule, but don’t be too hard on yourself if at times you fall off track.

Michelle Hahn-Baker, U3, English

Michelle Hahn-Baker has received the Hon. Paul & Yvonne Casey Arts Internship Award, which supports her internship this summer with the Media and Communications Department of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal. Thank you to Mr. Garvin Brown's family for the generous support!

Her daily work includes managing the social media accounts of the Convention, producing informative videos, and drafting statements and interview questions.

Despite the challenges of doing an internship remotely, Michelle has been enjoying her internship immensely and has learned a lot about United Nations processes. Her tip for making the most of a remote internship is to do your best to forge strong professional relationships at a distance. It can be much more difficult to get to know your colleagues--including other interns--as everyone works from home, so taking the time to send introductory emails and check in periodically can make your internship more rewarding and give you an approximation of an office’s social environment. Building these ties can also help you take more initiative and make your internship all the more memorable!

Nathan Manhas, U2, History

Nathan Manhas is the recipient of a Faculty of Arts Internship Award supported by Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill University, and this summer he is interning with the 78th Fraser Highlanders in Montreal. This British infantry regiment was raised in Scotland in 1757 to fight in the North American theatre of the Seven Years’ War. Nathan is researching the descendants of the original regiment and their subsequent additions to the development of Canadian culture. Nathan’s daily work includes indexing correspondences, documents, and literature from collections spanning from the 1740s till today. By gathering and summarizing new and old materials, a more complete and expansive picture of the Frasers’ influence in Canada grows. He hopes his research and archival work will help the Frasers’ piece together links to the original regiment, many of whom stayed in North America and contributed significantly to Canada's growth as a nation. Nathan looks forward to continuing to strengthen his research skills in such close proximity with primary sources and knowledge.

Nathan’s tips for a successful remote internship: “Develop a healthy daily routine of work that includes breaks for fresh air, exercise, and time away from the computer screen when possible. Personally, I write, research, and read best when I have some instrumental music playing lightly in the background; something like a Thelonious Monk or John Fahey album.”

Nathan would like to thank the McGill Faculty of Arts Internship Office as well as the 78th Fraser Highlanders for their generous and continued support throughout the spring and summer.

Mary-Lynne Loftus, U3, Political Science

Mary-Lynne Loftus is the recipient of a Faculty of Arts Internship Award and she is doing a research internship with the Institute for Human Development and Well-Being, McGill University. The main project she is working on this summer is called Participatory Research on Education and Agency in Mali (PREAM), which is a collaboration between McGill and Plan International. Her work involves creating a literature review on the concept of agency as it pertains to youth education and girls' rights. Mary-Lynne is compiling a list of Malian organizations that do work in the fields of primary education and female empowerment. She've also been assisting to plan the IMAGINING Symposium, which brings together a wide array of speakers on the topic of pedagogies of reconciliation in Canada.

Mary-Lynne's main tips for working remotely are to create a to-do list each morning, start and end your days around the same time and to take breaks as needed, whether it’s making a cup of coffee or going for a walk. A remote internship requires some adapting but she is grateful to work for the IHDW because she am passionate about its mission and the team is incredibly supportive. Thank you to the AIO for making it possible! Thank you to the Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill University!

Sofia Mikton, U3, International Development

Sofia Mikton is a recipient of the Susan Casey Brown Fund for McGill, McGill International Experience Awards, and currently interning remotely with the International Service of Human Rights, under the supervision of the communications and campaigns team.

On a day-to-day basis, Sofia drafts campaign messaging, produces promotional materials, and edits video interviews with human rights defenders.

Sofia’s main tip for doing a remote internship is to make sure you have a change of scenery every couple of hours, whether that be getting up to go for a walk, or even changing desks. Standing desks are great for when you have to be home all day too! Thank you to the Arts Internship Office, and to Mr. Garvin Brown for making this internship possible!

Audrey Gray, U2, History

Audrey Gray is a recipient of the Arts Internship Awards, interning for the Maski Archaeological Project (MAP), under supervision of Professor Peter Johansen. Her role this summer is to conduct archaeological and textual data analysis. Working from home, Audrey spends her day sifting through volumes of medieval inscriptions for different districts in Karnataka, India and organizing relevant inscriptions in Excel.

Audrey’s Tips for working remotely:“ I think an upside to working from home is you can customize your study space. For example, my work requires contextualizing inscriptions by location and understanding changing district borders, so putting a few relevant maps on my wall helps me visualize what I am working with. I also recommend keeping a weekly log of time spent working to stay accountable.”

Thank you to the Arts Internship Awards that make the internships possible during such a turbulent time.

Kai Trotz-Motayne, U2, History

Kai Trotz-Motayne is the 2020 recipient of the Bryce Internship Award and is currently completing an internship something with Red Thread: Crossroads Womens Center. Thank you to Ms. Mary K. Wemp for the generous support!

Red Thread is a Non-Government Organization in Geogretown, Guyana in South America. Red Thread is an grassroots womens organization that looks to empower women throughout the country. Kai's work days are spent creating a website and gathering content, as well as weekly meetings. This includes interviewing members, organizing, gathering and editing information. In the future this website will be used to apply for funding and donations.

Kai says: "My advice for a remote internship is to organize, organize, organize. I am normally someone who works best in a designated workspace, and I am notoriously known for not being able to work from home. It is easy to get distracted from work because there is very little structure. Take it as a learning opportunity to learn how to self discipline. I created a journal where I plan out every second of my day and my weekly goals. Additionally, it is important to take breaks. I ensure that I get out at least once a day. In the evenings I have started to volunteer at a local bookstore and have found that it has helped me a lot as it gives me a reason to get out of the house and be more active rather than work in my room all day. Everybody has different things that can help, but this is what has definitely helped me!

Allison McCook, U3, Political Science

Allison McCook is interning this summer with the Institute for Human Development and Well-Being, McGill University, specifically on the More than Words Project. Her internship is funded through a Faculty of Arts Internship Award. Many thanks to the support!

Her tasks have focused on researching tools used for evaluation in order to create a “how-to” for real-world application. She is excited to see her work come to life in a toolkit as well as a section on the More than Words website, and is eager to see how her work can be used as a resource for the benefit and education of others.

Allison’s remote internship tip: use a calendar! Use a physical calendar to mark down all your important dates as well as a digital one to provide you with reminders. This tip helps you to stay organized and on top of your work. It also helps to stay motivated by having an adorable pet nearby!

Claire Downie, U3, Economics

Claire Downie is incredibly thankful to have received a Faculty of Arts Internship Award through the Susan Casey Brown Fund for McGill. Thank you Mr. Garvin Brown for the generous support!

Claire is interning remotely for the Clean Water Advocacy Center, a non-profit law firm that provides legal services regarding public interest water issues such as water safety and public access. Claire's main tasks are creating content for CWAC's social media, examining state-level water safety regulations, and researching single-use plastic reduction in the context of COVID-19. 

Working from home remotely, Claire finds it easy to get distracted. When doing internship work, she suggests turning off computer notifications and putting your phone away. She has also taken to working outside when possible, because working inside can lead to distractions by her cat. 

Ava Occhialini, U3, International Development and History

Ava Occhialini is the recipient of the Susan Casey Brown Fund for McGill, McGill International Experience Awards, for her internship with RAICES Texas.

A remote internship has its challenges, but it also allows for a good amount of flexibility and creativity!

Ava’s remote internship at RAICES Texas allows her to work remotely within several teams made up of hardworking and inspiring colleagues. Remote learning has also facilitated a more independent work style, allowing her to exercise a degree of ownership over her current projects, which focus on donor relations and project impact assessment.

She would like to thank the Arts Internship Office, McGill International Experience Awards founders and Mr. Garvin Brown for the generous support that has allowed for this engaged, rewarding, and socially-distanced experience.

Marie Saadeh, U2, International Development

Marie Saadeh, a recipient of the Archie Malloch Undergraduate Internship in Public Learning Award, is spending her summer as the Curatorial and Research Coordinator at Atelier Céladon, an art organization that supports underrepresented and marginalized artists in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal).

The majority of her work has been conducting research for the organization's Bain Saint-Michel project which entails transforming this historic public bath in the Mile End into a creative space and tourist center in the coming year. Her research has included gentrification in Montreal, histories of the land, and the social significance of communal bathing. Additionally, Marie has worked on the organization's social media engagement plan.

Tip for working remotely: Always start your day early and with a clean workspace!

Jennah Landgraf, U1, Environment

Jennah Landgraf is a recipient of a Faculty of Arts Internship Award. She is interning this summer with The Green Stop, an environmental start-up is based in Montreal that aims to reduce single-use plastics in the city by providing water bottle refill stations at large events. Recently the company has pivoted, adapting to the changing situation of a post-pandemic world, and is now selling handwashing stations as well. As an administrative assistant working in a small company of just four people, Jennah has had the opportunity to work in all aspects of the business. The past two months have been comprised of writing the business and marketing plan, creating an infographic that demonstrates the impacts of the water stations, as well as managing the company email, connecting with prospective businesses that are looking to buy the stations.

Working remotely has proven to be a challenge, but the weekly team meetings and easy access to everyone on the team through video call has allowed Jennah to nearly seamlessly integrate into this environmental start-up.

Hannah Dodd, U2, Geography

Through the generous support of the McGill Alumni and the Arts Undergraduate Society, Hannah Dodd has been busy completing her remote internships for about 10 weeks now. She is interning at Post Game Professions, a start up working to bridge the gap between female athletes and meaningful careers, and at Sawatch Labs, a Greentech Data Company.

Working from home has taught Hannah how to adjust and be flexible when circumstances change. She’s had a great opportunity to learn new skills and explore disciplines that are outside of her comfort zone, and looks forward to what the rest of the summer brings.

Alice Ishimwe, U1, Social Work

Alice Ishimwe is a recipient of the Hinda Ordower King Awards of Merit. She is interning with World University Service of Canada this summer. Thank you for the generous support, Richard, Joel, and Norman King and their families.

Alice is virtually supporting young students from Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi who are preparing for resettlement in Canada through WUSC's Student Refugee Program. She facilitates their pre-departure program to learn about Canadian life through Whatsapp groups since she wasn't able to travel to Malawi due to Covid-19"

Eman Alali, U3, Political Science

Eman Alali has been selected as a recipient of the Roland Arts Summer Internship Award for her internship at the Refugee Center. Thank you to the family of David Roland for their generous support!

Eman is an advocate for refugees’ rights, driven to meet their needs through tangible programs and services, built to empower. As the president of Opportutoring and a refugee, she brings first hand experience to her role. She currently supports the Refugee Centre in compiling resources for an online chatbot, connecting refugees in Canada’s major cities to essential services.

Eman further seeks to use her experience as a research study to analyze how the centre’s social and economic provisions have helped refugees. Her research will focus on policy gaps that inhibit the integration of refugees."

Enkhuun Byambadorj, U1, International Development and Environment

Enkhuun Byambadorj is a recipient of the McDonald Currie Fund for International Management and Development Internship Award and she is completing her summer internship with People in Need – Mongolia. Many thanks to Mr. George Currie for his generosity!

People in Need – Mongolia is a non-profit dedicated to protecting and ensuring that people in Mongolia have the freedom to choose and exercise their most basic rights. Currently, Enkhuun is researching safe and affordable heating methods for houses for families in the ger district and reviewing and analyzing Mongolia’s Voluntary National Review Report of SDGs.

Her tip for those working remotely: “Use a time tracker to keep yourself accountable and organized. Apps like Clockify and Toggle help you to keep track of how many hours you’re spending on each task and stay focused throughout the day – especially during those afternoon slumps.”

Michael Black, U2, Political Science and History

Michael Black is the 2020 recipient of the Toten family Arts internship Award and is currently completing a remote internship with Asia Centre, a think tank based in Paris. Thank you to Mr. Kenneth Toten for making this internship possible!

Day-to-day, Michael provides news briefings to researchers affiliated to Asia Centre and runs the center’s website. While doing the internship remotely has posed some challenges, Michael has enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot. His main tip for making the most of a remote internship is to make sure you have a good workspace in which you can easily concentrate and where you have everything you need. It is also very important to occasionally get a change of scenery, since staying in the same room all day can get exhausting.

Anika Hundal, U3, Psychology and English

Anika Hundal has been selected as a recipient of the Faculty of Arts Internship Award. She is interning this summer under film directors Monika Mitchell and Nicky Forsman. She is primarily responsible for screening new projects (including scripts and pitch decks) for viability, completing applications for film festivals and award-based competitions, creating potential cast lists, and helping to compile resources to pitch film projects to production companies.

Her tips for working from home include changing your clothes and moving out of your bedroom in the morning, keeping a bullet journal to be up to date on tasks, and regular coffee breaks.

Liam Olsen, U2, History and Political Science

Liam Olsen has been selected as a recipient of the Faculty of Arts Internship Award. Liam is an intern at the Jardin de Metis, a national historic site, museum, and gardens based in the Gaspé Peninsula. Together with Alexander Reford, the site’s Chief Curator, Liam will explore the nature of political lobbying in 19th century Canada and the relationship between Scottish-Canadian capitalists and politicians. The correspondence he transcribes and annotates will be donated to Library and Archives Canada.

Liam’s internship tip is work permitting, split the workday into two four-hour chunks. If you start and end the day with work, you get to enjoy the sunshine in the middle.

Munesu Mafusire, U2, Political Science

Munesu Mafusire has received a Carol & Lloyd Darlington Arts Internship Award for his internship with the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business. Thank you to Mr. Lloyd Darlington for the generous support!

Munesu’s internship with the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business has largely focused on developing new initiatives that aim to increase youth inclusion. To date, he has managed to push through two proposals for the board 1) Representation of Youth 2) Creation of an African Diaspora Mentorship Program. Having the opportunity to attend online webinars organized by the Chamber creating the opportunity to interact with high profile individuals from both the private and public sectors.

Tips for his remote internship: “Breaking down my tasks into smaller components has made work much more manageable. Essentially creating smaller achievable goals has made me more efficient in day-to-day tasks. Lastly staying healthy by playing sports or going runnings has helped maintain mental health, especially during these stressful times.”

Faiz Syed, U3, Economics and Mathematics

Faiz Syed is a recipient of the Arts Student Employment Fund Award, interning at Aquantix AI - a Tech Startup in Montréal that specializes in forecasting and quantifying climate-related risks. Thank you to @AUS for generous support!

At Aquantix, Faiz is a Business Development Intern and his job responsibilities include but are not limited to; end-to-end processing of clients through the sales pipeline, creating client-related documents with the help of data visualization software such as Tableau and presenting to large institutional investor and banks. Faiz has nearly completed 3 months of his internship and has worked with a multitude of clients and has had great exposure in the field of Risk Management.

Faiz's main tip for doing a remote internship is to try and maintain a consistent routine during the week. He believes a structured day with scheduled breaks boosts productivity and allows one to complete tasks more efficiently. To add to this, Faiz believes it is important to create a comfortable working environment at home. This can be done by investing in an ergonomic chair, office supplies and a standing table.

Aandrianna Jacob, U2, Political Science and English

Aandrianna Jacob is a recipient of the Arts Student Employment Fund Award and is currently interning with the Climate Reality Project Canada. Thank you to @AUS for the generosity! Here she is on the CRPC website, alongside one of her projects. She is delighted to be working with an amazing team on such an important topic, to learn more about why she got involved, read about her in this Spotlight Series blogpost published by the CRPC.

Her role at the CRPC is to research and develop presentations for the use of the CRPC’s wide network of Climate Reality Leaders to use while educating people about climate change. Her days mostly include research, editing excel and PowerPoint, and a weekly zoom call with her supervisor. Aandrianna is also excited to be joining the 2020 Global Training for the Climate Leadership Corps, so she can continue to remain active in the community after her internship ends.

However, she has found it difficult adapting to work from home life, as there is always so much to be distracted by. One way she has overcome this is by taking breaks to do activities she enjoys away from her desk, such as cooking during her lunch break, or a craft in a shorter break.


2020 ARIA Internships

The Faculty of Arts Internship Office is pleased to announce that 34 students received $153,000 as recipients of the 2020 Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards! Congratulations to all the recipients and many thanks all of our generous donors.

This year, ARIA students are interning remotely in Canada or in their home countries. They are sharing their research internship experience with the hashtag #RemoteARIAResearch2020. The Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards are generously supported by McGill Alumni and the Arts Undergraduate Society.

Katia Kutlesa, U2, Psychology

Katia Kutlesa is a recipient of Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award (ARIA) supported by the Arts Student Employment Fund. Under the supervision of Dr. Aparna Nadig, Katia is working on a project looking at the best way for toddlers to learn from different types of digital screens. Also, with her colleagues, Fauzia and Aaron, Katia is working on a review article about the implications of video chat on word learning, social communication, and familial bonds for toddlers. One of her responsibilities was to recruit participants by email for an online questionnaire about children screen usage before and during physical distancing due to COVID-19. Another of her responsibilities, as shown in the picture, is to lead meetings with the volunteers of the PoP Lab.

Alvin Tan Wen Feng, U1, Computer Science

Alvin Tan Wen Feng is an ARIA recipient supported by the Arts Students Employment Fund. The ARIA project explores opportunities to enhance the database used for the data transfer of edge devices at high speed and low risk. He has been benchmarking and optimizing performance bottlenecks, while researching on alternatives. Alvin is currently working on designing a fault tolerant cluster of machines as well as an abstracted adapter for the database.

Remote tip from Alvin: have a clean working environment, you'd be surprised how much a clean workplace can give you energy.

Weiming Guo, U2, Computer Science

Weiming Guo is selected as an ARIA recipient and currently conducting a research internship, with the generous support from Mr. Harry Samuel. Under the supervision of Professor Bettina Kemme, Weiming is working on SQL queries over python objects using an embedded columnar relational database. His work includes a weekly zoom meeting with professor and python programming.

Weiming's tips for remote research: 1. Keeping clearly defined working hours and sticking to it; 2. Maintaining a clean and orderly work area and putting your cellphone and snacks away while you are working. It will help you work more efficiently.

Samuel Jetté, U2, Political Science

Samuel Jetté has been selected as an ARIA recipient to conduct a research internship, with the generous support from the Charles and Betty Maldoff Family Arts Research Internship Award. Under the supervision of Professor Daniel Béland, Samuel will be working on a comparative study of intergovernmental relations within three federal states that are dealing with the Covid-19 public health crisis. Within the broader research project, he will focus on social policy initiatives in Canada and the United States at both the federal and provincial/state levels.

Samuel's tip for remote research: "Long hours in front of a computer means drink a lot of water and get as much fresh air as possible."

Sian Lathrop, U3, Philosophy

Sian Lathrop is an ARIA recipient of the Bram Garber Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award. Thank you Mr. Bram Garber for the generous support!

The beginning of Sian's Research Internship is off to a great start! Sian is currently working on a project about Kahnawá:ke and the St. Lawrence seaway, and has spent the past 3 weeks reading Indigenous Feminist critical theory, as a way to ground her later archival work on Infrastructure projects in Canada. The professor overseeing her work, Dr. Barney, invited her to a Zoom meeting of graduate students, researchers, and professors all of whom are also working on and writing about Extractive Infrastructure. She really benefitted from listening to others discuss the ways in which they are tackling projects remotely during the Pandemic. Something that struck Sian during the meeting, and has since changed the way she approaches working from home, was the amount of screen time she had accumulated since starting her Research Internship.

One tip Sian has for fellow Research Interns is to consider taking notes by hand. "This tip may seem obvious or even counterintuitive at first, but it has really helped me to cut down on the time I spend staring at a screen, something I have had to do a lot more of now that the library, all of my meetings, and much of my archival work has shifted to an online format. Allowing myself to work away from the computer screen has made my time much more productive, and I have noticed the amount of reading I get through during my working hours has drastically increased. Working from home in an academic capacity is new for me, but spending at least some time away from a screen makes it much more manageable."

Vivian Qiang, U2, Cognitive Science

Vivian Qiang has been selected as an ARIA recipient under the supervision of Dr. AJung Moon in the Responsible Autonomous & Intelligent Systems Ethics (RAISE) lab. Her interests lie at the intersection of ethics policy and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and she hopes to promote digital inclusion and equitable technology in her work. This summer, Vivian is evaluating the efficacy of existing AI ethics frameworks by applying their guidelines and assessments to a start-up’s AI-powered product.

Vivian's remote research tip: “Stay connected with team members by scheduling regular check-ins and lab meetings. Our lab even holds virtual work sessions on Zoom to create an online ‘office’ environment which really help me stay focused!”

Some thoughts from Vivian: "Though remote research presents distinct challenges, I think it’s also important to recognize that ‘working from home’ is a privilege. Beyond the work day, we should take time to reflect on these advantages and learn about how we can support our communities."

Olivia Genest-Binding, U1, Honours Classics and History 

Olivia Genest-Binding, an ARIA recipient with the generous support from Mr. Mark Gallop, has just begun her research with Professor Catherine Desbarats. She works on transcribing and analyzing court cases involving counterfeiting in New France during the Seven Years War. Court cases are crucial documents, unveiling the evidence of daily life and often providing new information about people and communities. The research examines the degree to which the court system continued to function in a time of general crisis and how it affected everyday life.

Although Olivia and Professor Desbarats cannot meet in person, they still maintain regular contact – and Olivia has found another study partner!

Tala Al-Marashdeh, U2, Psychology

Tala Al-Marashdeh has been selected as an Arts Research Internship Award (ARIA) recipient under the mentorship of Dr. Patricia Pelufo Silveira. Tala's research is supported by the Arts Students Employment Fund.

Her work focuses on exploring the genetic correlates of adolescence that render this phase so unique, perhaps uncovering a genetic understanding of the enhanced neural plasticity during this period. Working from home has involved learning to conduct an effective literature search, learning the basics of coding with software such as R, and weekly meetings with her supervisor. While this unique work environment presents a distinct set of challenges, Tala tries to stay organized by maintaining a daily schedule, ensuring the cleanliness of her workspace, and staying active and healthy. Working from home has required significant adaptation, but Tala is very grateful to have the opportunity to explore her passion despite the circumstances.

Eliana Brehaut, U2, Psychology

Eliana Brehaut has been selected as an ARIA recipient for summer 2020, under the supervision of Dr. Brett Thombs and the DEPRESsion Screening Data (DEPRESSD) team. Her previous work has focused on the accuracy of a commonly used depression screening tool in estimating depression prevalence compared to a validated diagnostic interview. For her summer research project, she will be conducting a systematic review of primary studies to investigate the methods used by researchers to select optimal cutoffs for case ascertainment. Eliana's ARIA project is supported by the Arts Student Employment Fund Award. Thank you!

Eliana’s tips for remote research include following a schedule, pausing to eat and drink, and getting outside.

Sijia Zhang, U2, Linguistics

Sijia Zhang has been selected as an ARIA recipient for summer 2020, under the supervision of Professor Francisco Torreira. With a strong interest in phonetics and phonology, she will be examining the status of mid-level nuclear accents in English intonation by conducting an online experiment and analyzing the data with statistical models. In the past few weeks, she has been reviewing and summarizing previous literature on intonational phonology as well as designing a remote experiment.

Sijia’s tips for remote research: “Create a comfortable environment, keep a consistent routine, stay connected and take breaks!”


Sara Mohammadi, U3, Economics and Political Science

Sara Mohammadi is a recipient of the Charles and Betty Maldoff Family Arts Research Internship Award and currently works as a research assistant to Professor Krzysztof Pelc. She is involved in a few different research projects related to international trade and peace treaties. As part of her research internship, she will contribute to a database of historical treaties of 300 years and will perform computational text analyses on the data. For this, she will use specialized software to transform scans of treaties into text format alongside statistical software to manipulate the data. Thanks to the family of Charles and Betty Maldoff for making this internship possible!

Working from her studio apartment, Sara finds that a structured daily schedule helps to bring some normality into working from home and to preserve good mental health. She tries to leave her house at least once a day and likes to take long nightly walks to get some exercise and enjoy Montreal’s various neighborhoods in a safe way.

Rosalind Sweeney-McCable, U3, Art History and Political Science

Rosalind Sweeney-McCable is an ARIA recipient, funded by the Rosalind Goodman Arts Research Internship Award. Many thanks to the Morris and Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation for making this internship possible.

Rosalind is assisting the McGill Visual Arts Collection on Bicentennial projects. McGill will be commissioning an Indigenous artist to create a sculpture for the campus. She've been looking at precedents from other Canadian universities. The second project is about art and culture in Montreal; her research has supported this project by consulting online archives to find relevant material for an installation of panels on Sherbrooke Street.

Rosalind's tips for remote research: "I keep a twenty minute timer on while I work as a reminder to give my eyes a break and stretch once every few hours for my back. I regularly check in with a member of my team – the problem and the beauty of archives is you can really go down a hole, these check-ins keep me on track".

Claire Corsten, U3, Sociology and Political Science

Claire Corsten is an ARIA recipient who received the Eakin & Hoffmann Arts Research Internship Award. Many thanks to Dr. Joan Eakin and Mr. Christopher Hoffmann for the generous support!

Under the supervision of Prof. Taylor Owen, Claire is researching online activism and how social scientists can use Twitter as an ethnographic field site. She will be interviewing activists in the Montreal area, specifically those involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, about how Twitter has shaped their experience with activism both online and offline. Claires also hopes to produce a methodological framework for ethical sociological observation on Twitter.

Claire has been doing a lot of her work at Parc Jeanne-Mance (at a safe 2 meter distance from others) and is enjoying the beautiful weather!

Abigail Wiggans, U2, Honours Religious Studies and Political Science

Abigail Wiggans has been selected as a summer 2020 ARIA recipient, with the generous support of the Faculty of Arts Internship Award. Thank you to the Arts Internship Awards! McGill University Faculty of Arts

Under the supervision of Professor Andrea Pinkney, Abigail is working on the "Religious Mosaic of Montreal" project which will produce a contemporary, critical mapping of religious sites in Montreal, with a focus on religious sites and community centres including Buddhist temples, Sikh gurdwaras, Muslim mosques, Hindu mandirs, Jewish synagogues, and Christian churches.

Abigail's tip for remote research: "Work in a space that you enjoy and that is conducive to focus, for me that is outside!"

Tallis Clark, U1, Linguistics and History

Tallis Clark has been selected as a 2020 ARIA recipient, with the generous support from the Faculty of Arts Internship Awards. Congratulations! 

Tallis is researching the Austronesian language Malagasy with Professor Jessica Coon in the Department of Linguistics. He is looking at some of the syntactic and semantic properties of verb-initial, subject-final languages by studying Malagasy possessive constructions.

In addition to learning formal methods of semantics, investigating possession in other languages, and gathering novel data, Tallis helps to organize a weekly reading group with various students and experts in Malagasy linguistics. His top tips for effectively working at home are to mix up tasks every 40 minutes or so, get really good at LaTeX, and befriend the local bird populations.

Benjamin LeBrun, U2, Computer Science and Linguistics

Benjamin LeBrun has been selected as a recipient of the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards, with the generous support from Mr. Harry Samuel. Thank you Mr. Harry Samuel for making the internship possible!

Under supervision of Prof. Andrew Piper, Benjamin's project seeks to understand the impact that cost-cutting measures have on journalistic content. A recent wave of high-profile transformations at a variety of publications have indicated that the goal of corporate ownership is to dramatically reduce staff and cut costs. Critics of this process have suggested that such financial decision-making has had a significant impact on the quality of journalistic content. 

In this project, Benjamin aims to test this hypothesis by using computational tools to examine stylistic and topical content before and after the identified moments of transformation. Throughout the summer, he will be collecting and examining hundreds of thousands of articles with the goal of generalizing about the effects such transformations have on journalistic content.

Ender McDuff, U3, Political Science

Ender McDuff is the 2020 recipient of the Harry Samuel Arts Research Internship Award and a research assistant under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Welsh. In this position, Ender is currently assisting Professor Welsh and Professor Emily Paddon Rhoads develop two related articles on organizational learning and bottom-up civilian protection at the UN. Thank you Mr. Harry Samuel! 

Ender’s workdays are spent conducting literature reviews, gathering data, and assisting with interviews. He also reviewed quantitative studies analyzing the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations to inform a preliminary memo that was submitted to the UN.

Ender’s #RemoteARIAResearch tips are to stay motivated by setting small, continuous goals and get outside whenever possible.

Declan Gemmill, U2, Honours Political Science and Philosophy

With the generous support from Mr.Harry Samuel, Declan Gemmill has been selected as an ARIA recipient this summer. Many thanks for Mr.Harry Samuel's generosity! 

Declan is doing research with Prof. Daniel Béland on the dynamics of natural resource extraction in federal systems. From home, Declan has been working to better understand the state of pipeline protests across Canada and the United States. Between Supreme Court rulings and a new bill in Alberta, the past few weeks have been especially interesting for the politics of pipelines.

Declan is feeling very lucky to have the chance to work with an expert and would like to thank the Arts Internship Office for supporting this learning opportunity.


Brianna Cheng, U3, Joint Honours History and Political Science

Brianna Cheng has been selected as an ARIA recipient with the generous support from Mr. Mark W. Gallop. Sincere thank you to Mr. Gallop for making this internship possible!

This summer, Brianna is working with Professor Shanon Fitzpatrick to research the role that novelists have historically played in crafting understandings of U.S. foreign relations events characterized by stark international asymmetries and imbalanced archival documentation. 

Brianna is currently organizing and indexing relevant documents on Zotero and exploring how specific authors have shaped the historiography of U.S. foreign relations. She is spending lots of time in her backyard to get some fresh air while conducting her research.

Simona Bobrow, U3, Philosophy

Simona Bobrow has been selected as a recipient of the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards, with the generous support from Dr. Leah Pope and Mr. Clayton Pope. Thank you to Dr. Leah Pope and Mr. Clayton Pope!

Under the supervision of Professor Colin Scott, Simona is completing her ARIA research with the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA), an organization headquartered at McGill. Her research has particularly focused on supporting CICADA's upcoming project, which aims to work with Indigenous communities around the globe to help revitalize their traditional ways of knowing and being in the world, in a dual effort to conserve, protect and enhance biocultural diversity and to combat ongoing colonialism through decolonial paths, rather than externally imposed agendas.

Simona's advice on working from home: set up a workspace (near a window if possible, so you can enjoy the sun!) and set a daily schedule.

Kai Scott, U2, Political Science and International Development

Kai Scott is a 2020 ARIA recipient who has received the generous funding support from Mr. Harry Samuel. Thank you again to Mr. Harry Samuel!

Kai is working with Professor Erik Kuhonta and Professor Franque Grimard on a research analyzing the important trends leading up to the 2020 Myanmar elections, with a focus on the potential role of gender. This project has two pieces of output planned—a policy brief and an article— which Kai will co-publish alongside Professor Kuhonta and Professor Grimard. Kai has spent his time surveying news articles and NGO/CSO reports, participating in IDRC online events, and reaching out to Myanmar researchers in both Canada and otherwise! 

Kai's advice: Ask lots of questions and be sure to voice your opinion!

Adi Sneg, U2, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Adi Sneg has been selected as an ARIA recipient to work with Dr. Alanna Thain on a podcast series called Art of Access, through the generous support of Mr. Harry Samuel. Thank you so much to Mr. Harry Samuel for supporting the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards. 

In an age where listeners are seeking connection and political accountability from their institutions, this podcast seeks to offer accessible engagement with the discourses of equity, diversity, and inclusion that art institutions are currently taking up, and the implications this may have on academic structures. To accomplish this, Adi is not only researching technical aspects of podcast creation, but how to weave Feminist methodologies throughout the process, from recording to publishing. 

Today, Adi’s office is a park in Montreal to take advantage of the summer heat and park wifi, while social distancing of course!

Yingrui He, U1, Honors Mathematics and Classical Studies

Yingrui He has been selected as an ARIA recipient for summer 2020, under the supervision of Professor Brendan Gillon. Yingrui's ARIA project is supported by Mr. Harry Samuel. Many thanks to Harry Samuel for the generous and thoughtful support! 

Yingrui's research aims to analyze and formulate the syntactic and semantic rules for Mandarin Chinese and Latin numeral systems. In the past few weeks, she has worked on the semantics of Chinese numerals for positive integers properly between 0 and 100,000 and has reviewed previous literature on Latin numerals for the integers from 1 to 100.

Yingrui’s tips for remote research: “Drink a lot of water and have a whiteboard with you :)”

Gilli Cohen, U2, Honours Political Science and Religious Studies

Gilli Cohen is a recipient of the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award (ARIA) with the generous support from the Arts Internship Award. Thank you!

This summer, Gilli has been analyzing the development of Jewish claims on urban space in industrializing Montreal, and how dominant Catholic parishes and secular governments interacted with these Jewish spaces from around 1850-1950. While remote research has deterred Gilli from working in person with his supervisor Professor Samuel Nelson, and other researchers analyzing Montreal's religious history, Gilli has nonetheless been able to visit some of the structures he is learning about (respecting two-meter social distance). One such synagogue, as depicted in the photo, is the Orthodox Bagg street shul, constructed in 1899 and a testament to the vibrancy of the industrializing plateau's Jewish community.

Claire Grenier, U2, Political Science and Western Religions

Claire Grenier is a recipient of the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards, kindly supported by the Max Bell Foundation. Thank you!

This generous patronage allows Claire to spend the summer working remotely under the supervision of Professor Taylor Owen and Professor Andrew Potter. Working from her family home in Welland Ontario, Claire is researching how Facebook and Google are changing the landscape of journalism based on data provided by the Tow Research Centre at Columbia University.

On her motivations for this research, Claire shares “what interests me about doing this project now, in the wake of COVID-19, is that despite how critical good reporting has become to communities, the journalistic profession is still facing extinction because media companies are still struggling to gain financial security.”

Jiewen Liu, U2, Computer Science

Jiewen Liu has been selected as a recipient of the Arts Undergraduate Research Award funded by Mr. Harry Samuel. Thank you to Mr. Samuel for making this internship possible! 

This summer Jiewen is conducting a research under the professor Erica Moodie’s supervision. Her project description is as follows: 

As the saying goes, appearances are often deceptive. Inappropriate method might give your wrong conclusion from data collected. To break the illusion, she is working like a detective and using the delicate math tool “G-dWOLS” proposed by her supervisor to extract the true casual relationship on real world data sample and quantify it.

Her tips for remote summer research: "ask your question and understand the background. Keep work life balance and make the research part of this great summer!"

Denis Chmoulevitch, U3, Honours Cognitive Science

Denis Chmoulevitch is an Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award recipient, under the supervision of Professor Brett Thombs. His internship is generously funded by Mr. Harry Samuel. Thank you Mr. Samuel! 

Denis' research is looking at the drivers of “too much medicine” in mental health, which can be described as excessive and unnecessary diagnosis and treatment that can lead to anxiety, harmful outcomes, inefficient use of scarce health care resources, and reduced trust in health care practitioners. In light of the rising prevalence of mental disorders and psychiatric drug use, addressing such drivers could help health care systems shift their resources to those who are underdiagnosed and undertreated and help inform treatment and harm-preventive practices. Denis aim to identify the causes of too much medicine and offer concrete solutions.

Scarlett Xu, U2, Honours Cognitive Science

Scarlett Xu is a recipient of the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards, funded by The Arts Student Employment Fund (ASEF) Award. Thank you for the generosity! 

Under the supervision of Professor Timothy Odonnell, Scarlett's project is to explore computational modeling of phonotactic structure with three kinds of models: Maximum Entropy models (the BLICK model), Bayesian models, and neural network based models (the Ryan model). So far, they have already collected the data from three models, so Scarlett's current job is to merge and compare the outputs produced to the collected data to ascertain which salient features are captured by these models for learning phonotactic generalizations.

Ximena Ramirez Villanueva, U2, Honours Sociology

Ximena Ramirez Villanueva’s ARIA project is funded through the generous support of Dr. Joan Eakin and Mr. Christopher Hoffmann. Thank you!

Ximema has just begun her research with Professor Luca Maria Pesando. At the moment, Ximena is researching available datasets on education in low-income countries.

Her tips for remote research: Keep your desk tidy and nice to look at. The saying "a clutter desk is a cluttered mind" absolutely becomes true when spending so much time at home. It is easier to concentrate if you keep your workplace organized.

Daria Lisus, U1, Cognitive Science

Daria Lisus is a recipient of the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards, funded by Mr. Harry Samuel. Many thanks to Mr. Harry Samuel for the generous support!

Daria’s current research focuses on the connections between emotions (specifically surprise and suspense) and memory. Through literature reviews and lab meetings she has been able to gain a lot of experience and knowledge about the process of conducting research in the field of psychology.

The biggest challenge for her project has been having to switch to a remote format for collecting data. However, while the process has been challenging, it has also been extremely rewarding as she has had the opportunity to focus on developing new skills that would not have been as necessary if the research was being conducted in person.

A research tip that Daria would give other students would be to not be afraid to ask questions! Although it can sometimes be intimidating, asking questions will always help you build a better understanding of your topic and also allow you to learn something new.

Katja Lemermeyer, U2, Economics

Katja Lemermeyer is a recipient of a Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award, supported by the Arts Student Employment Fund (ASEF). Thank you the Arts Undergraduate Society for the generous support. 

Katia is doing research with the McGill Happiness Economics group at the Institute for Health and Social Policy, under the supervision of Professor Aparna Nadig. This summer, she is working on a review of Canadian subjective-wellbeing literature to identify areas where there is a need for further research in the Canadian context— where presently, not enough subjective well-being data exists for meaningful or specific policy guidance. Her project's emphasis on policy and interventions including healthcare, education, and other areas necessitates interdisciplinary understanding and dialogue between economics, medicine, psychology, and other fields.

Her top tip for working at home over the summer is to use a mouse and external keyboard to avoid hunching over your laptop!


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