Justine Mallou, French cohort alumnus and political science graduate student, says combining academic rigor with concrete, practical experience has been integral to her success.


SFU master's student Justine Mallou wins national student paper competition

February 28, 2018

By Christine Lyons

Political science master's student Justine Mallou brings an innovative, critical lens to her research and writing.

In “Redefining the Road to Reconciliation: Considerations for Renewing Indigenous-Crown Relationship through Post-Secondary Student Support Program” a paper she wrote for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s (IPAC) Fifth Annual National Student Paper Competition, she proposed four policy considerations for addressing the barriers to post-secondary education for Indigenous peoples.

Her policy considerations addressed such problems as inadequate financial assistance, academic disadvantage, and geographical barriers, with suggestions for increasing the flexibility and timing of funding for Indigenous students. But one of her proposals could completely transform Indigenous communities’ access to education — the creation of a national e-learning platform for digital information-sharing with rural and Northern communities.

This innovative thinking earned Mallou first place in the competition. Her ideas come from first-hand experiences as a research intern for Indigenous Services Canada, and from her rigorous training in research and writing in political science.

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