Annual awards recognize research excellence

Each year, the FGS provides awards of $1,000 to outstanding Master’s and Doctoral graduate students in a research-based program from each of Brock’s Faculties.

The 2017 recipients of the Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Awards have been chosen from within their Faculties for pursuing exciting and bold directions in research – they stand out for projects that are highly original and are addressing significant questions.


Angel Phanthanourak, MSc, Applied Health
Angel examines how individuals prepare for upcoming physical movement. This preparation is known as anticipatory postural adjustment – APA for short. She’s bringing new insight about APAs in relation to fall risk and advanced age.

Aly Bailey, PhD, Applied Health
Aly’s dissertation puts her at the forefront of body image research. She is among the first to investigate body image from a positive perspective. Her project provides a unique approach to the promotion of well-being in diverse populations.


Sheri Mallabar, Master of Education
Sheri’s thesis is a rich analysis of a peer-mediated model designed to develop social skills in children with autism spectrum disorders. She is the first to embed this teaching intensive model in the wider context of whole-class instruction.

Jennifer Brant, PhD in Educational Studies
Jennifer’s dissertation is a rich, deep account of Indigenous women’s responses to Indigenous Maternal Pedagogy, which connects maternal pedagogies with women-centred indigenous epistemologies to provide holistic supports for students.


Helen Hsu, MA, Classics
Helen’s research focuses on the characterization of sex labourers in the comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus, writing at a time of socio-economic change. Her research aims to break the traditional binary view of the women that dominates the secondary scholarship on these plays.

Jill Planche, PhD, Interdisciplinary Humanities
Jill’s research project investigates the present and potential role of contemporary theatre in postapartheid South Africa where the social architecture of apartheid persists in its socio-economic, political and cultural conditions.


Eric de Hoog, Master of Science, Biological Sciences
Eric’s studies are based on the examination of the neural effects of the Vitamin A metabolite, retinoic acid, on adult neurons. Retinoic acid has long been known to play an important role in the development of the nervous system, enhancing the outgrowth of nerve processes.

Van Hung Mai, PhD, Chemistry
Van Hung Mai carries out comprehensive studies on the reactivity of a chemical catalysis that serves as a key chemical phenomenon that contributes to 25 per cent of GDP of industrialized countries. He is contributing to advances in green chemistry to develop more economical and cleaner methods.


Taylor Heffer, MA, Psychology
Taylor’s thesis examines coping and adjustment among university students over time. Her research encompasses a much broader investigation of coping and adjustment, with a specific interest in understanding how to promote positive adjustment.

Mark Hoffarth, PhD, Psychology
Mark’s thesis is truly original. He is investigating how religious attendance shapes attitudes toward gay rights, for example marriage and adoption. This project has the potential to be a game changer.


Luciano Lapa, MSc, Management
Luciano is studying the potential benefits of offering a suitable mobile commerce experience to customers. His research has far-reaching contributions to the rapidly growing mobile commerce industry across the world.

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