Markoulakis, a University of Toronto student completing a PhD in rehabilitation
science, has been chosen as CAUT's J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship recipient
for the 2012-2013 year.
Markoulakis, who graduated with a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in kinesiology
from Wilfrid Laurier University, was named the winner of the fellowship by the selection
committee based on her academic achievements, information in her personal statement
and funding eligibility.
Markoulakis is researching how university policies and practices influence service
access and use by students with mental health concerns. She is conducting an institutional
ethnography — a method of inquiry that explores how activities within an organization
are coordinated and socially driven — and serves on the National Post-secondary
Student Mental Health Working Group, a group struck by the Canadian Association
of College and University Student Services to develop a post-secondary student mental
She attributShe attributes her PhD research interests to her prior experience at Wilfrid Laurier’s
Accessible Learning Centre, where she volunteered as a learning strategist working
one-on-one with students experiencing a variety of difficulties, from acute injuries
to enduring cognitive or physical impairments and mental illnesses.
"These activities have contributed greatly to the development of my project and
will continue to be important as I carry out my research," she said.
Markoulakis has received numerous other scholarships and awards, including three-time
placement on the faculty of science dean's honour roll during her undergraduate
years and recipient of the prestigious Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate
Scholarship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
She has also authored or co-authored journal articles and conference papers.
J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial FellowshiJ.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowships offer PhD students a one-year award of $5,000.
Fellowships are funded from a trust established by CAUT in honor of the association's
first executive secretary, an appointment tasked with organizing a national office
in Ottawa. Stewart Reid served in this capacity from June 1959 until his untimely
death on Dec. 13, 1963, at age 54. The first fellowship to a graduate student was
awarded in 1969.