March 1, 2006      
 
Learning Beyond the Classroom

The McConnell Student Opportunity Fund exists to encourage projects that foster student innovation, initiative, and self-reliance, by providing students with financial support to pursue practical research and, most particularly, employment-related experiences. All projects must be proposed, organized and conducted by students.

After careful deliberation and review, the Student Opportunity Fund Selection Committee awarded $11,700 this year to help fund seven projects. The following is a list of the awards and awardees, along with their winning projects.

Katharine Hopkins and Terri Burke attended a conference in Edinburgh on “Feminist Ethics, Feminist Politics and the States We’re In: Critical Reflections in Uncertain Times”.

Kathryn Neeley and Steven Edwards have organized an inter-disciplinary conference of Classics, Religion, Philosophy and Liberal Arts in March and will publish a journal of the papers discussed.

Mathew Bellhouse-King and six others of BU Pride Alliance attended the “Canadian University Queer Services Conference” in Ottawa.

Hoi Kei Phoebe Chan and five others of the BU Model United Nations Club will participate in “CANIMUN Conference” in Ottawa in March.

Hendrikje Zwaneveld traveled to Bournemouth, England for a conference on “Forensic Science and the Investigation of Atrocity Crimes and Mass Fatalities”.

Wesley Colclough will create a documentary film about the struggle between the Betsiamites Innu and Kruger Incorporated over logging on René Levasseur Island.

Sam Solomon and three others of The Campus benefited from “The Canadian University Press National Conference” in Toronto.

“Congratulations to each of the award winners and their teams for innovative ideas, strong initiatives and diligent work,” said Dr. Brad Willms, chairperson of the Committee. “The Student Opportunity Fund is proud to support these leaders of tomorrow and wishes each of them tremendous success as they accomplish their projects.”
 
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