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Meet Concordia’s newest Public Scholars

10 PhD students gear up to present research ranging from workplace stigma to zero-waste technologies
June 18, 2024
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The newest Public Scholars cohort. (Front row, from left): Elizabeth Eley, Burcu Olgen, Sarah Farahdel, Faisal Shennib, Rana Ali Adeeb. (Back row, from left): Alexandre Pace, Ameer Nizami, Sarah Tahini and Muhammad Ilyas Nadeem. Absent: Abu Saleh Mohammad Sowad

Concordia has announced its 2024-25 cohort of Public Scholars. This distinguished group of 10 doctoral students represents academic excellence and research diversity at the university.

The Public Scholars have been selected to bridge the gap between academia and the wider community by sharing their groundbreaking research with the public. From exploring how workplace stigmas can affect employees to using computational predictions to optimize the interface design of battery cathodes, these projects highlight the breadth and impact of the innovative research being conducted at Concordia.

“We are delighted to introduce our newest cohort of Public Scholars,” says Faye Diamantoudi, dean of graduate studies. “These exceptional PhD students will engage with diverse audiences to communicate the significance and societal benefits of their research.”

Launched in 2016 in partnership with the Montreal Gazette, the Public Scholars Program has grown to include collaborations with Le Devoir and The Conversation. These valuable relationships amplify the program’s reach, enabling scholars to engage with a wider audience through various platforms, including media interviews, public events and social media interactions.

The 2024-25 cohort will carry on this legacy, ensuring their research extends beyond the university and has a significant societal impact.

Meet the 2024-25 Concordia Public Scholars

Burcu Olgen, Individualized (INDI) program

In the public space, how can artificial intelligence improve community experiences and lead to more efficient, ecological and sustainable interactions?

Meet Burcu.

Abu Saleh Mohammad Sowad, Sociology and Anthropology

How do different groups of Bangladeshi transnational migrant men in Canada conceptualize masculinities? Specifically, how do they do so while negotiating the sociocultural differences among normative Bangladeshi culture, Bangladeshi diasporic culture in Canada and normative Canadian culture?

Meet Sowad.

Elizabeth Eley, Management

How does disclosing potentially stigmatizing information in the workplace affect the quality of workplace relationships, career support and leadership potential evaluations?

Meet Elizabeth.

Ameer Nizami, Chemical and Materials Engineering

How can computational predictions guide the optimization of the interface design of lithium-sulfur battery cathodes?

Meet Ameer.

Alexandre Pace, Geography, Planning and Environment

How do tree rings capture environmental change in ecologically sensitive areas over the past millennium in southern Quebec?

Meet Alexandre.

Rana Ali Adeeb, Supply Chain and Business Technology Management

What is the impact of emotion on the perception of fake news on social media platforms?

Meet Rana.

Sarah Farahdel, Information Systems Engineering

How can we design a sustainability assessment framework to help organizations select, prioritize and understand the relationships between sustainability indicators, fostering improved decision-making in achieving sustainability goals?

Meet Sarah.

Sarah Rahimi, Business Administration

How do dyslexia and gender influence leadership potential?

Meet Sarah.

Faisal Shennib, Individualized (INDI) program

Can artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and open data help communities achieve zero waste?

Meet Faisal.

Muhammad Ilyas Nadeem, Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

How do obesity and Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) independently affect the characteristics of fat tissue in the upper and lower body? And how does weight loss in obese individuals without T2DM and those with T2DM affect regional fat tissue characteristics?

Meet Muhammad Ilyas.

Learn more about Concordia’s 2024-25 Public Scholars.



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