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Jackman Scholars-in-Residence

Jackman Scholars-in-Residence 2022

Program Dates: May 2-27, 2022

Thank you for your interest. The application period for 2022 has now passed.

Jackman Scholars-in-Residence (SiR) is an intensive, 4-week paid research opportunity in humanities and social sciences for upper-year undergraduates. SiR provides students with an opportunity to acquire advanced research skills and experience while collaborating with an interdisciplinary and intellectually vibrant community of peers, professors, and research professionals. Students selected for SiR work as Research Assistants in small teams on projects led by professors. Students also share group activities including multidisciplinary workshops on research methodologies, standards, protocol, and professional communication; cultural events; and talks featuring professionals such as lawyers, policymakers, and documentary filmmakers that highlight research-intensive career trajectories. Eligible students must apply by Feb. 28, 2022 and be selected to work on one of the projects listed below.

Jackman Scholar Award

If you are selected for SiR 2022 and complete the program requirements you will receive a $1000 Jackman Scholar Award. You will have the opportunity to contribute to original faculty research projects, develop skills, and build supportive relationships with peers and professors.

Location and Modality of Projects

SiR 2022 offers 21 in-person projects and 5 online-only projects. Please pay careful attention to the differences between the two types of projects.

IN-PERSON: Students selected for in-person projects will live in residence on the campus where their project takes place for the period 2-27 May. Free accommodation and a free dining plan will be provided for all students who are accepted for in-person projects. Students will participate in 20 hours/week of scheduled research work and attend 5 hours/week of in-person program activities.

In-person Scholars-in-Residence will be offered on all three UofT campuses. Five projects each will be offered at UT-Scarborough and UT-Mississauga, and the remainder will be located at UT-St George. Your residence will be assigned according to the campus location of your project (e.g., if you are accepted to a UT-Scarborough-based project, you will stay in residence on that campus). Please be aware of location when you select your preferred projects. You are encouraged to apply for projects on any of the three campus locations, regardless of your current affiliation.

ONLINE-ONLY: There is no residence component for online-only projects. Students will participate in 20 hours/week of online-synchronous research work and 5 hours/week of virtual program activities.

Time Commitment

Scholars-in-Residence is considered a full-time commitment during the program period, 2-27 May 2022 inclusive. It is a very intensive program, and you will derive the most benefit if you devote your full time and energy to it during the month of May. If accepted into the program, you may request permission to take one credit course or accept up to 15 hours of other employment per week (not both, and not more) alongside your participation in SiR, as long as the course or work schedule does not conflict with scheduled SiR research and other activities. You must be available for all SiR working sessions as scheduled by your supervisor and for the group activities scheduled for your session (i.e., St George, UTM, UTSC, or Online).

How to Apply


Eligible undergraduate students are those currently in second year or higher in any program in the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Faculty of Music, the Faculty of Information, or the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at St. George, or at UTM or UTSC. You must have a minimum CGPA of 3.0 in order to apply.

Selection criteria include academic achievement, commitment to and qualifications for the research project, and suitability for team-based research as shown by the application material and references. The application period for 2022 has now passed.

For SiR 2022 only: students who participated in SiR 2020 or 2021 are eligible to re-apply. However, in order to give as many students as possible the opportunity to take part in SiR, students who have not participated before will be given higher priority.

The Application

Please read this section carefully before you begin your application.

Applications consist of:

  • Indication of two preferred projects, in order of preference.
  • Names and email addresses of 2 academic referees whom we may contact if you are short-listed. Please inform referees that they will not be required to write letters of recommendation, and that they will only be contacted if you are short-listed.

Upload a SINGLE APPLICATION DOCUMENT IN PDF FORMAT that contains the following:

  1. One-page letter of interest outlining how SiR furthers your educational or career aspirations. Speak directly about your preferred project(s), and feel free to mention any relevant skills and qualifications.
  2. Transcripts (screenshots from ACORN are acceptable, but you must show all academic activity beginning from your first year of university, so that we will be able to determine your current year of study).
  3. Short, up-to-date resume that outlines your academic and professional skills and includes names and email addresses for your two referees.


  • Please compile all application documents in the order listed above as a SINGLE PDF FILE.
  • Applications must be submitted online starting 20 January 2022.
  • Please check your application document carefully to ensure that all components are included BEFORE YOU UPLOAD IT.
  • Applications are due by 28 February 2022.


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The Projects

Please review these descriptions carefully and note your first and second choices, using the code and number that appear at the top of each description. You will use this information in your application.

UT- Mississauga


Supervisor: Prof. Ellen Berrey

Title: University Responses to Campus Protest in the U.S. and Canada, 2012-2018

Project Description: Universities are fertile ground for protest, from the 2012 student strikes against tuition increases in Quebec to the 2017 white supremacist march through the University of Virginia. This sociological study asks: how do university administrations manage campus protest? The broader goal is to understand how campus-based movements in the U.S. and Canada mobilized, spread, succeeded, and failed in the 2010s. Student RAs will use a customized online platform to conduct sociological coding of universities’ actions and discourse on protest, as reported in student newspaper articles. This project will appeal to students interested in developing their skills in conducting rigorous qualitative analysis and building a quantitative dataset. Required: strong performance in at least one social sciences course on research methods (sociology, political science, anthropology, or a related field such as history). 


Supervisor: Prof. Steve Hoffman

Title: Knowledge Production and the Sociology of Anticipation in Disaster and Emergency Management

Project Description: Students are invited to participate in an interview and ethnographic study of disaster management professionals. Students will assist with data coding and analysis using NVivo 12 software, focusing on how disaster professionals are anticipating the many impacts of the human-induced climate crisis and related environmental risks. Familiarity with qualitative analysis software is valuable but training will be provided. Background in sociology, science and technology studies, and/or disaster studies is highly valuable.


Supervisor: Prof. Madeleine Mant

Title: Investigating Children's Health Histories in the Northampton Archive (1744-1847)

Project Description: This project is the first to investigate the Northampton General Hospital Archives to explore the health experiences of children in Northampton, UK from 1744 to 1847, contributing unique longitudinal insights into the history of poverty, childhood, and social welfare. Student RAs will gain experience with archival research, including transcription, proofreading, and database management, as well as data analysis and interpretation. This project invites students with interests in medical history and/or anthropology of health to work with primary sources to explore children’s health (focus upon trauma, infectious disease) through time. Previous experience with paleography is an asset but is not required. 


Supervisor: Prof. Zoë Wool

Title: Mapping Petrochemical Infrastructures of Settler Colonialism in Tkaronto (Toronto)

Project Description: In Toronto, urbanization hides the chemical infrastructures of settler colonialism on which the city is literally built. Together with co-facilitator Sophia Jaworski, using our dataset of 900 historical petrochemical storage and manufacturing sites in the old city centre, this project of the TWIG Research Kitchen will create a website with interactive map, data sharing tools, and critical contextual resources allowing visitors to grapple with the toxic legacies of colonialism in Tkoronto (Toronto). A great fit for students committed to feminist, anti-colonial, and environmental or data justice practices, and/or sociocultural anthropology or science and technology studies approaches to toxicity. Preferred skills: excel/data management, organization, and collaboration. Prior experience with archival research, GIS, StoryMaps welcome but not required.


Supervisor: Prof. Nicholas Zammit

Title: The Price of Empire: Trade Diversion and Dominion Status

Project Description: This project will help quantify the price that British colonial relationships have imposed via trade policies. The results will have significant implications on the current debate around colonial history and trade diversion. Student RAs will develop a large detailed Canadian trade database covering the period from 1870 to 1919 that will be accessible to researchers. Participants should have an interest in Economic History and basic experience in quantitative analysis. RAs will be using excel macros to collect data and at least one of Stata, R or Python to conduct analysis. They will also be introduced to the Amazon Web Services research modules developed specifically for this project as a collaborative endeavor between UTM and AWS.

UT – Scarborough


Supervisor: Prof. Blair Armstrong

Title: Improving Reading Curricula by Developing an Explicit Theory of Reading Instruction

Project Description
: There is broad consensus that an early step for pre-literate children is learning that particular patterns of visual symbols (letters) map onto particular sounds; this is referred to as phonics instruction. However, phonics programs disagree on exactly which rules to teach. Student RAs will work as a team to examine what is taught in several popular phonics programs. Different students will take the lead on different parts of a phonics program, but we will work collectively and meet regularly to discuss challenges and standardize our examination methods. Background in linguistics, psycholinguistics, education, and or computational linguistics would be an asset; we will try to tailor the work based on each student’s strengths and interests.


Supervisor: Prof. Sébastien Drouin

Title: Early Modern Canadian Newspapers Online (1752-1810)

Project Description: This project is dedicated to Canada’s first newspapers. Printed in the second half of the eighteenth century in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Québec and Ontario, these newspapers are extremely hard to find. The goal of this project is to provide a database giving access, for the first time, to electronic editions of these newspapers. Each newspaper will be given a bio-bibliographical introduction providing extensive information on the context of publication, the printers, and our first journalists. Since these documents are searchable, we will also investigate the content of these newspapers especially in the context of decolonization. Students with interests in Early Modern history, Canadian history, book history, as well as students in computer sciences are encouraged to apply. This is a bilingual project: students with a near-native level in French are especially welcome.


Supervisor: Prof. Emine Fidan Elcioglu

Title: New Canadians, New Tories?: Understanding Conservative Party Voting among Immigrants in Toronto

Project Description: Why do visible-minority immigrants vote for right-wing parties, even when these parties adopt platforms that appear racist and anti-immigrant? Student RAs will recruit subjects and conduct interviews with foreign-born Canadians who have voted or seriously considered voting for the Conservative party and other right-wing parties in Canadian elections. RAs will also be tasked with compiling social media posts (e.g., TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) that have been produced by right-wing parties and associations for new Canadians. Experience in conducting interviews and/or critically analyzing social media posts is an asset, but not a prerequisite. Training will be provided in qualitative research work. Students who are new Canadians, who come from immigrant households, and/or who are embedded in immigrant communities in the GTA are especially encouraged to apply. Likewise, familiarity with Tagalog, Cantonese, Mandarin, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Somali, Amharic, Hausa, or Jamaican Patois is an asset, but not required.


Supervisor: Prof. Roger Mantie

Title: Participation and Belonging: The Future of Leisure Time Music-Making and Sports in Canada

Project Description: This project seeks student RAs interested in the well-being aspects of leisure-time music and sports participation. We will be working on four interrelated projects: (1) a web ethnography to identify key stakeholders; (2) direct contact with leading organizations involved with education and promotion of music-making and sports; (3) a scoping review of development opportunities, motivational factors, and attitudes related to leisure-time music and sports participation; and (4) development of an Airtable database of key resources. Members of the team may also collaborate with a similar student research team at the University of Sheffield to generate cross-national comparisons on leisure-time organizations and opportunities.


Supervisor: Prof. Neil ten Kortenaar

Title: Tricks, Confidence Schemes and the Basis of Social Trust 

Project Description: This project will study the tricks played by tricksters, characters in stories who can read minds and manipulate others for their own ends, across cultures and across time, but with a particular focus on collections of precolonial African oral tales, postcolonial African literature, and North American literature. Examining how tricksters win trust will reveal the nature of the trust that is the basis for collective life in different societies. Examining how trust is abused in trickster stories will reveal the attitudes of story-tellers, novelists, dramatists, and their audiences toward the basis of social trust. Student RAs will collect trickster tales, films, and contemporary novels and examine them to ask: How does the trick work? What does the trickster assume about other people? What aspect of ordinary interactions does the trick take advantage of? When is the trickster admired and when is he feared and denounced? 

UT – St George


Supervisor: Prof. Dimitry Anastakis

Title: Contesting Closure: Life Stories of Work and Community in Oshawa’s Motor City, 1980-2019

Project Description: In partnership with Ingenium-Canada’s Museum of Science and Innovation, this project provides students with training to develop their historical research skills, oral history and interviewing skills, and digital history skills towards the creation of an interactive and engaging digital history exhibit. Following an intensive Instructional Boot Camp, students will interview former General Motors employees, conduct and collate primary research, visit the Canadian Automotive Museum and the GM plant in Oshawa, and help plan the design of the online exhibit that tells the story of four decades of work at GM’s Oshawa plant and its meaning for the community, its workers, and the broader Canadian economy.


Supervisor: Prof. Heather Baker

Title: Ancient Assyrians Online

Project Description: Ancient Assyrians Online develops a web platform to present biographical information about ancient Assyrians (c. 911–612 BC), based on The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (Helsinki, 1998–2011). The primary task of student RAs is to research and write up-to-date, engaging biographies of important Assyrians such as kings Ashurbanipal and Sennacherib and queen Sammu-ramat (the legendary Semiramis). Scholars will work with primary cuneiform sources in English translation, including digital text corpora, as well as secondary literature. Specialist expertise is not needed as full training will be given, though a background in history is desirable.


Supervisor: Prof. Elise Burton

Title: Lexicon of Science in Asia (LSA): A Multilingual Historical Database

Project Description: The LSA is a multilingual, searchable database of scientific terminology, tracing the history of scientific translations and technological exchanges across Asia. Students from all disciplines with interests in digital humanities, history of science and technology, and the history and culture of any region of Asia (including Middle East) are welcome to apply. RAs will work as either web programmers or historical researchers. Programmers will gain experience working with multilingual datasets, developing the website’s search functionalities and user interfaces. Researchers will work with library and digital archives to discover primary source materials in Asian languages, as well as identifying, analyzing, and synthesizing relevant information from secondary sources. Students must have one of: 1) basic knowledge or programming experience with Python (Javascript also a plus); and/or 2) good reading knowledge of an Asian language.


Supervisors: Profs. Robert Davidson and Daniel Bender

Title: Multisensory Taste

Project Description: How does taste, as socio/cultural and physiological practice, order what we put into our mouths as food, drink, medicine, poison, taboo, etc.? How does taste operate in relationship to other senses, especially smell? Students will help prepare an edited book and conference “from the ground floor” through research in archival, museum, and digital resources. Student RAs will connect group/individual research to a multidisciplinary bibliography. RAs should have an interest in multidisciplinary modes of inquiry, including sensory studies, material culture, gender studies, semiotics, history and philosophy of science, and food studies. Prior experience in culinary/beverage practice is welcome. This project will offer training in multisensory interpretation, including in kitchen settings. 


Supervisor: Prof. Heather Dorries

Title: What Rationalities Shaped the Development of Floodwater Infrastructure in Manitoba 1955-2018?

Project Description: Due to geo-physical features and climatic conditions, southern Manitoba is prone to flooding. Over the past 70 years, an expansive physical infrastructure has been constructed to deal with flooding. For example, the Winnipeg Floodway was constructed to protect the City of Winnipeg against flooding, and at the time was the second largest excavation project in the world. However, while this infrastructure protects some communities, it results in increased flooding for others, including several First Nations communities. Student RAs will analyze news stories from the Winnipeg Free Press covering flooding and infrastructure development using research software (NVIVO). Students will receive training on the software and in principles of discourse analysis. Students in Geography, History, or Indigenous Studies are particularly encouraged to apply.


Supervisor: Prof. Angela Esterhammer

Title: A Critical Edition of John Galt’s Transatlantic Fiction

Project Description: John Galt (1779-1839) was a bestselling Scottish-born Romantic-era novelist and a key figure in early-nineteenth-century Canadian settlement. Student RAs will be involved in an international project to publish The Works of John Galt, a first-time multi-volume edition of his fiction. We will focus on Galt’s North American tales, which engage topics such as Indigenous-settler relations, emigration, and exploration. By assisting with annotations, fact-checking, and proofreading and working with Galt’s manuscripts and first editions, students will gain experience in scholarly editing and the publication process. Background in nineteenth-century literature and history is useful; the most important qualifications are accuracy, dedication, and enthusiasm.


Supervisor: Prof. Rie Kijima

Title: Reformism: The Causes and Consequences of National Education Reform Worldwide

Project Description: Education reform is largely taken-for-granted as a routine feature of school systems. Globally, we have witnessed the cyclical patterns of education reforms. The failure of a reform simply generates more reform, leading to widespread doubts about the efficacy of these reforms. The goal of this research is two-fold: 1) to understand the substantive foci of education reforms; and 2) to measure the impact of reforms. Student RAs will identify and code reforms from documents produced by international organizations. They will join a research team that consists of faculty and graduate students from the University of Toronto and Stanford University.


Supervisor: Prof. Ira Wells

Title: Becoming Margaret Atwood

Project Description: This project provides a rare opportunity for hands-on research in Atwood’s archives at the Thomas Fisher Library. Sixty-three years ago, Atwood began studying literature as a UofT undergraduate. Today, she is arguably the world’s most influential living writer, the author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace, The Testaments, and many more. This project focuses on Atwood’s emergence as a professional writer. Together, we will explore how her first 5 novels and volumes of poetry evolved through drafts and editorial feedback, also analyzing her journalism, speeches, publicity documents, letters, and original research files. Student RAs will acquire archival skills and methodologies, a practical understanding of the publishing industry, and gain unprecedented access into the creative process of one of our greatest writers.


Supervisor: Prof. Kevin White

Title: Haudenosaunee Storytelling, Waugh, and Orality Project 

Project Description: Student researchers will work with Dr. White on three storytelling/orality community-based projects. The collections include the Gahsrq:nih: Waugh project, the Richard Hill collection of stories, and the Hewitt-Curtain collection. Student RAs will engage in indexing, categorization of the collections of stories, analysis for points of similarity and identifying alien/foreign conceptual frameworks that do not mirror Haudenosaunee values and epistemological frameworks. Some transcription work and annotated summarization of the stories may also be asked of the student RAs.


Supervisor: Prof. Rebecca Woods

Title: Immortal Mammoths: Tracking and Mapping Frozen Mammoths in the History of Science

Project Description: This project explores frozen mammoths in the histories of colonialism, science, and the environment. For centuries, soft-tissue remains from extinct mammoths were extremely rare. Now they emerge from Arctic permafrost each summer, signaling the dramatic warming of the circumpolar north in an era of rapid climate change. Student RAs will help track and document the histories of these frozen mammoths, contributing to emerging understandings of how these specimens have shaped scientific understandings of the planet’s past, present, and future. They will gain hands-on experience in digital historical research and analysis and data and project management, and will contribute to visual and narrative digital artifacts on the project website.


Supervisor: Prof. Adrien Zakar

Title: Instruments of Empire: The Forgotten History of Modern Mapping in the Middle East and the World

Project Description: This project will gather a team of RAs and student programmers to investigate a forgotten history of when modern mapping became part of everyday life, from paper maps and pocket atlases to aerial photography, satellite imagery, drones, and GPS. Student RAs will develop cutting-edge methods in digital research and spatial analysis, recenter non-hegemonic voices in the archive, and contribute to the creation of a platform for humanities research and world heritage particularly in the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. A previous team laid the foundations of a searchable engine ( and experimented with a 3D research room ( Relevant skills and interests include: navigating large digital archives and databases; Turkish, French, or Arabic language skills; familiarity with Python, Git or 3D Software (Unity). Feel free to mention previous coursework in related fields.



Supervisor: Prof. Simone Casini

Title: Italian Linguistic Landscape: From Toronto to the Global World

Project Description: The project aims to study the linguistic contact between Italian and immigrant languages in some of the largest Italian cities (i.e., Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples, Palermo). Students will use Google Maps to select the urban areas with a high immigrant population and will then use Google Street View to analyse the words in foreign languages written on publicly visible street signs and shop windows. The data collected will be entered into a large database and analysed from a linguistic and semiotic perspective. Participating students should have a high level of linguistic competence in Italian and should be capable of conducting linguistic and sociolinguistic research. Students should also be able to use technology such as Google Maps and Excel for research purposes. 


Supervisor: Prof. Kate Holland

Title: Digital Dostoevsky: Reading Russian Novels with Computers 

Project Description: Digital Dostoevsky uses methodologies such as TEI encoding, machine reading, and natural language processing to help to answer questions about the deep structure of Dostoevsky’s novels, questions about speech, character, space, temporality, affect, and fictionality, among other areas. Student RAs will learn methods of text encoding, including TEI and XML, and use these methods to encode Dostoevsky novels in Russian in collaboration with a team of professors and graduate students. No prior knowledge of coding needed (training in digital methods will be provided), but advanced Russian is required (three years of university- level study, heritage, or native speaker fluency).


Supervisor: Prof. Pablo Robles-García

Title: Measuring Word Knowledge Development in Second-Language Learners of French and Chinese

Project Description: This study aims at exploring the order of acquisition of four word-knowledge components (form-meaning link, morphology, collocations, and multiple meanings) in L2 French and Chinese. Student RAs will develop the activities that will be used in these two tests. For the French section, proficiency in French (advanced level/first language) is necessary. For the Chinese section, proficiency in Chinese (first language) is necessary, and additional proficiency in Spanish is highly desirable (Spanish knowledge will not be needed for French speakers, only for Chinese speakers). All RAs will be trained in developing word-knowledge activities for L2 students. 


Supervisor: Profs. Kathi Wilson and Tracey Galloway

Title: Covid-19 Vaccine Equity in Diverse Urban Settings: A Comparative Analysis in Ontario, UK, and France

Project Description: This project compares community experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic including access to vaccines, local government approaches to vaccine rollouts, and the role of community organizations in supporting access to vaccines among immigrant, Black, and racially visible populations in Canada, the UK, and France. Data collection is on-going and includes in-depth interviews with: i) community members; ii) municipal governments, public health boards, and Covid-19 advisory boards; iii) leaders from community organizations and community groups; and iv) health service providers. Student RAs will be involved in library research, data collection, analysis, and dissemination, and will receive training in social research methods.


Supervisor: Prof. Román Andrés Zárate

Title: Measuring Social Skills and Group Dynamics with Virtual Games

Project Description: Play Together is a virtual platform we have developed to measure teamwork and leadership abilities and study group dynamics among individuals of different characteristics using virtual tasks and games. We are currently working on implementing field experiments with interested partners in Latin America. Student RAs will help us with a literature review on topics related to the project. They will also contribute the data analysis to implement the experiments and generate the code to study the performance indicators on the platform. Finally, they will help us to identify websites to run online experiments with the tools we have developed.