Ontario Tech University graduate story: mentoring shaped my experience

Andrea Brown


FSSH_AmandaCoutureIn 2004, I launched my undergraduate career in the Criminology and Justice program with the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. As a small university, Ontario Tech University provided me with incredible opportunities to be mentored by professors in multiple research and conference initiatives. These experiences solidified my commitment to academia and provided me with the skills necessary to complete a Master's degree in Ontario Tech University's Criminology graduate program, where my research was funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS).

I am currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Toronto, also funded by SSHRC through the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship Program. I have also had the privilege of returning to Ontario Tech University as a sessional instructor with the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. These experiences have inspired my research in the areas of intimate partner abuse and immigrant integration. I have been fortunate enough to share my work at conferences across Canada and the United States as well in journal publications (co-authored with professors from Ontario Tech University). Needless to say, Ontario Tech University has been instrumental in shaping the foundations of my academic career and I am proud to be among the many alumni that will continue to represent our school in the years to come.  

Amanda Couture
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Criminology and Justice, 2008
Master of Arts (Honours), Criminology, 2011
PhD candidate, Sociology, University of Toronto
Ontario Tech University Sessional Instructor

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