Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
SSHRC allotted $3 million in grant money to 37 research projects at the University of Alberta. Among the projects being funded by this money are science centre programs for Canadian schools; feasting, fasting, and food in early Christianity; female enterprise in Canada; and the psychosocial factors influencing children's sport experience. Dr Christine Wiesenthal, from the Department of English and Film Studies, will use this funding to complete a biography of a relatively unknown Canadian poet who was murdered; the biography is called The Half Lives of Pat Lowther.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), created in 1977 by an act of Parliament, is a federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities. Working with an annual budget determined by Parliament, SSHRC funds research grants and fellowship programs that allow researchers to explore, invent, and develop expertise in a wide variety of disciplines and to target research to specific social needs. SSHRC programs also provide support for research training and communication activities.
In 2005, SSHRC awarded $3 million in grant money to thirty-seven research projects at the University of Alberta. These funds were granted to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research professors. SSHRC helps to fuel innovative thinking about such real-time issues as the economy, education, health care, the environment, immigration, globalization, language, ethics, peace, security, human rights, law, poverty, mass communications, politics, literature, addiction, pop culture, sexuality, religion, Aboriginal rights, the past, and invariably, Canada's future.
Among the SSHRC awards are: