Jennifer Thivierge, a PhD candidate in the Department of History, has received an Ingenium-University of Ottawa Fellowship in Gender, Science and Technology.
The fellowship, offered jointly by the University and Ingenium — Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, allows graduate students to get jobs in national museums and learn about the world of heritage and curation, while gaining direct access to a collection related to their research.
Thivierge is examining the history of Canadian women in the world of computer science, particularly women in Canadian university programs between 1945 and 1990. A drop in the number of women in these programs since the 1980s has been noted. Thivierge’s research looks at this issue and at the status of women in general in computer science.
Thanks to the assistance of supervisors Ruby Heap and Catherine Mavriplis, both professors in the Faculty of Engineering, Thivierge now has a unique opportunity to work in a national museum and have access to exclusive documentation for her research. She says that the relationship between the University of Ottawa and the museums is crucial in continuing to attract students who appreciate both our past and present.
Jennifer Thivierge will continue her internship until the end of July, while pursuing her research.
Warmest congratulations from the Faculty of Arts!