The Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (JCURA)

Kip Jorgensen, 2014-15 JCURA recipient

Kip Jorgensen, 2014-15 JCURA recipient at the JCURA Research Fair

The Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award (JCURA) was started in 2009-10 as the Undergraduate Research Scholarship program by the Vice-President Academic and Provost. It supports exceptional undergraduate students who might otherwise not be able to obtain a direct research experience.

Undergraduate students with a GPA of 7.0 or above who are registered in 3rd and 4th year eligible for this award. Full-time status normally means registration in 12 or more units of study in the Winter Session. Award winners complete a research project under the mentorship of a faculty supervisor.

Each successful student receives a $1,500 credit in his/her UVic account.

2019-20 Political Science recipients

ERIC BUHNE  (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Jamie Lawson)
Research topic: "Regional Identity in BC and Alberta: The Disparate Development of Identity in Western Canada" BC and Alberta, while neighbouring provinces, have distinct political cultures. This project will examine each province's economic, demographic, and political development, as well as the way in which these factors intersect.

JESSICA BURGOYNE-KING  (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Rita Dhamoon)
Research topic: "Strategies of Co-Resistance: Indigenous and Black Mobilizing to Combat Racism and Colonialism in Canada" What relationships of solidarity exist between Indigenous and Black communities mobilizing to combat racism and colonialism in Canada? How is liberation and decolonization approached in similar or different ways by Indigenous and Black communities. This project will bridge an Afro-futurist lens with Indigenous strategies of resistance.

MOIRA LOUW (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Oliver Schmidtke)
Research topic: "Identity Crisis: The Relevance of Naitonal Identity in the 21st Century". The idea of a national identity seems to be increasingly relevant in the European context, but does the same hold true in Canada? This research will analyze why the idea of a national identity is still relevant in Europe in the 21st century, and finish by considering the implications for Canadian identity.

NATALYA RAMBOLD (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Avigail Eisenberg)
Research topic: "Masculinities in Motion: The Implications of Shifting Narratives of Nationalism on the Formation of Canadian Masculine Identities". Recent changes to the way we talk about men and masculinity from teh #MeToo, to the rise of so called 'incels', has led academics and Reddit users alike to declare a 'crisis of masculinity'. This research project analyzes the impact that nationalism has on the debates surrounding emerging trends in masculinity in Canada.

2018-19 Political Science recipients

BLAKE GLASSFORD  (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Scott Watson)
Research topic: "Tale of Two Democracies: Examining the Effectiveness of U.N. Democratization Missions". The project examines the effectiveness of U.N.-sponsored democratization missions in post-conflict states. The research will compare two sub-Saharan countries and examine the political, social and economic contexts which influence mission results.

RACHEL MCMILLAN (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Grace Lore)
Provincial and federal legislatures alike have developed reputations for disorder and hostility as a result of routine heckling. Is it possible that increasing the number of female MLA's and cabinet ministers could alter this aspect of Canadian political culture? Drawing on critical mass literature, this research will analyze the dynamics of heckling in the current BC legislature which boasts the highest percentage of female MLA's in Canada as well as a 50/50 cabinet.

ERIN SPENCE (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Oliver Schmidtke)
Research topic: "The Impact of Electoral Systems in European Parliament Elections". This project focuses on the methods of nominating, electing and translating electoral outcomes of seats in the EP and the influences of national rules and political cultures. Research will focus on the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

LYNDSEE THOMPSON (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Colin Bennett)
Research topic: "The Intersection of Privacy Norms: Social Media Use and Data Protection in Malaysia". This project examines the concept of privacy and how it might be influenced by various understandings of religion and state, as well as how this relates to the monitoring of social media platforms such as Facebook, the most widely used form of social media in Malaysia.

2017-18 Political Science recipients

SARAH JANSEN (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Carla Winston)
Research topic: "Canada's Business of War: A Realist Persective". This project investigates the issue of sending more arms to an already insecure area and further destabilizing the region. Research methods will include both quantitative and qualitative research data, official government statements, NGO reports and selective interview.

ALEXA LEWIS (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Scott Watson)
Research topic: "Ideology in Humanitarian Intervention: An Analysis of the Influence of Ideology in Foreign Affairs". This project will explore whether administrations with strong commitments to realist ideology are more likely to intervene in human rights.

KENYA ROGERS (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Heidi Stark)
Research topic: "Creating Communities of Care: Towards a Survivor Centred Methodology in Political Science Research". This project will engage an ethnographic study at UVic, rooted in an intersectional community-based framework. (This JCURA was awarded under the Indigenous Supervisor category.)

ALIYA SCHWABE (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Scott Watson) Research topic: "International Relations Theory: The End of U.S. Unipolarity". This project address the question of whether U.S. unipolarity will persist in spite of challenges from Russia and China. The question will be answered not only by looking at military and economic indicators, but also with an investigation about how the U.S. perceives these threats from Russia and China.

2016-17 Political Science recipients

ANNA DODD (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Mike Webb)
Research topic: "Private Regulatory Arrangements and the Necessity of Consumer Motivation". This project addresses how consumers can be motivated to take PRAs more seriously, to the point of deeply impacting global economic practices. It will also examine the role of psychology, sociology, the politics of consumption and social media as a force for change.

GULEENA SANDHU (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Amy Verdun)
Research topic: "The Effects of Public Opinion on Euro Adoption in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland". This project explores the effects of public opinion on the decisions of national governments. It will also look at the adoption of the euro overall and the economic institutions of the EU.

ILIANA TURNER (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Wender) Research topic: "Decolonizing Political Theory: Intersectionality as a Possible Tool". Despite callls to action for the decolonization of political theory, western curriculums remain largely comprised of these voices. This project will address whether intersectionality is an effective way to influence the study of political theory.

2015-16 Political Science recipients

SAUL BROWN (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. James Tully)
Research topic: The Heiltsuk have developed and maintained sophisticated laws, known as Gvi'ilas, to govern territories, manage relationships and solve disputes. This project will examine the Heiltsuk Gvi'ilas with a focus on marine stewarship and governance and specifically the regulation of commercial fishing activities in Heiltsuk territory.

YASMINE EL-HAMAMSY (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Feng Xu)
Research topic: An examination of how the Malaysian state and the international community respond to forced migrants in Malaysia, particularly in terms of their 'illegal' status. How do these responses affect the migrants? How do various characteristis, such as class, language, religion and gender

JORDAN KONYK (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Feng Xu) Research topic: An investigation of the effects of state-based attempts to manage transnational migrant workers from Bangladesh. The research will address two central questions: (1) how is migration managed by the government of Bangladesh and (2) what are the effects of this management on the lives of migrants.

JACK McCASKILL (Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Amy Verdun)
Research topic: A growing concern is that NAFTA leads to non-state actors impeding Canada's ability to pursue policy relating to labour and environmentalism. This project will examine how NAFTA has affected Canada's sovereignty.