The five winners were selected from the 25 finalists in SSHRC's Storytellers Challenge, which calls on postsecondary students to show Canadians — in up to three minutes or 300 words — how their social sciences and humanities research is making a difference in our lives.
The Top 25 stories were chosen from a highly competitive field of about 230 submissions by students from across the country.
The ultimate Final Five stood out in the Storytellers Challenge’s second round, in which finalists relied on public speaking to convey the power of their story to a distinguished panel of judges in a live, virtual presentation. Each of the 25 finalists received $3,000, and the Final Five received an additional $1,000 each in recognition of their outstanding achievements.
“Technology has the unique ability to let us exist in the past and present at the same time,” says Ellis. “DECIMA harnesses this power to allow anyone to foster and grow their love for history. By allowing the past to embrace the present, we can use it to mold our futures.”
“Ariana, congratulations on this incredible achievement. You put your time, creative brainpower and heart into this challenge, and we’re thrilled to cheer you on to the next level,” says Nakanyike Musisi, acting chair and professor in the Department of History.
Ellis will next compete before a jury for a spot in the final five. The public livestreamed event takes place on Monday, May 16, 2022, at 2 pm ET at the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences.