O’Brien Fellow Earns Banting Fellowship

lynne-gouliquerDr. Lynne Gouliquer is a first for St. Thomas University and for New Brunswick with her recent award of a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship, one of 23 in Canada, is a professional triumph for Gouliquer and recognition of the work taking place on aging at St. Thomas University.

Gouliquer is studying the resiliency of the aging population, particularly people over the age of 90, a group she refers to as the ‘elder elders.’  “I think there are many things we can learn from them. I will be doing a qualitative study, and I believe St. Thomas is a great fit for this research.”

With the largest cohort of the population now aging, Gouliquer highlights the importance of delving deeper into studying their resilience. “Examining the life history narratives of ‘elder elders’ has the potential to provide empirical insights into the circumstances and coping strategies that will benefit future generations. The knowledge of our very old is critical for policy discussions regarding the commitment of resources, adoption of services, and development of interventions.”

Gouliquer’s background is diverse. She is a graduate of St. Thomas University and served in the Canadian military for 16 years. She returned to school following her military career and earned a master and PhD at McGill University. Her research background includes studying various marginalized groups (women and sexual minorities) within the Canadian military, as well as ongoing research on female firefighters and on the elderly in rural New Brunswick. Dr. Gouliquer received an O’Brien Fellowship in 1999 to assist with her doctoral studies at McGill.

The Banting Fellowship was created in honour of Dr. Frederick Banting who discovered insulin. The discovery won him worldwide acclaim and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1923 and a knighthood from the British crown in 1934. The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. The fellowship is administered through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and is valued at $70,000 per year.

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