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September 29, 2005 11:00 ET

Minister McLellan Announces $6.7 Million for New SSHRC Fellowships and Canada Graduate Scholarships for Alberta Students

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - The Honourable Anne McLellan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced $6.7 million in funding to support 163 fellowships and Canada Graduate scholarships in Alberta. This funding is provided through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Minister McLellan made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for SSHRC, who today announced a total investment of $96 million in 55 universities across the country to support the appointment of over 2,300 fellowships and scholarships.

"This investment is allowing more than 2,000 Canadian students to carry out research at universities across Canada and around the world," said Minister Emerson. "These students will become our next generation of leaders, applying the knowledge and insight they gain through research to sharpening Canada's competitive edge in all sectors of society."

Joan Chambers of the University of Alberta is among the recipients of a SSHRC doctoral fellowship. She will undertake a critical investigation of the quality of environmental education resources for use in Alberta schools produced by outside agencies, including government, industry and not-for-profit agencies. The research will examine whether these materials present multiple perspectives, how language is used, and what view of science and society - and that of the natural world - is portrayed.

"In addition to support for the best and brightest student researchers in Alberta, the funding announced today will assist many of this province's students at a critical juncture in their research careers," said Minister McLellan. "I take this opportunity to congratulate them all and wish them every success in their research endeavours."

SSHRC is an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national peer-review competitions. SSHRC also partners with public and private sector organizations to focus research and aid the development of better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.

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