New Sociology Prize Supports Undergraduate Research at Trent

bowlesRoy T. Bowles Sociology Research Prize advances undergraduate study of mental health & wellness

“The support offered by the Sociology department has enabled me to succeed both academically and in research,” explains fourth year Sociology student, Adam Grearson. In recognition of his academic achievements, Mr. Grearson was recently awarded the new Roy T. Bowles Sociology Research Prize. The prize also helps support undergraduate research for fourth-year Sociology students completing a thesis.

The award’s namesake, Dr. Roy T. Bowles, joined the department of Sociology at Trent University in 1968. During his 29-year career with Trent University, Professor Bowles taught many courses in both Sociology and Canadian Studies. From 1989 to 1995, Prof. Bowles chaired the department of Sociology. The prize was donated by Roy and Devona Bowles and is part of Trent's $50 million fundraising campaign, Unleash the Potential.

Mr. Grearson’s research, completed through the Trent Community Research Centre, is centered on the study he conducted during his third year, as a part of a full-year community-based research course. The study, titled, Mental Health and Wellness at Trent University investigated the knowledge undergraduate students at Trent University have about the mental health and wellness services available on the Peterborough campus, as well as what their needs were and whether or not they felt their needs were being met.

Mr. Grearson will use the Roy T. Bowles Sociology Research Prize toward the purchase of a one-year lease of an advanced statistical software program that will help him further the analysis of the results from his study. He hopes to co-author and publish a journal article based on his research with his project supervisor and Trent University professor, Professor Kristy Buccieri.

“Dr. Kristy Buccieri and other faculty in the Sociology Department, especially Dr. Barb Marshall and Dr. Gillian Balfour, have stood as incredible supports who have helped me become a better researcher, and encouraged me to apply for graduate school.”

In addition to the Roy T. Bowles Sociology Research Prize, Mr. Grearson has been accepted into a Master’s degree program for Sociology, and has been awarded a prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarship.

Trent University is number one in scholarships and bursaries in Canada. Learn more about the many bursaries and awards available at Trent.

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