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Student Profile: Natalie Frandsen

PhD Student in the Faculty of Education

December 04, 2020
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I am in the second year of the Educational Technology and Learning Design PhD program. I am an Assistant Teaching Professor at UVic (School of Public Health and Social Policy) and my background is in the health sciences and public health nursing.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

The faculty and staff were welcoming and helpful during my PhD program search process. I was drawn to the cohort model of the program and was impressed with the program structure. The program has been purposefully designed for professionals seeking to complete doctoral studies.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH.

My area of research focuses on accessible and inclusive education for students with mental-health-related disabilities who are studying online. I hope to contribute to making Canadian post-secondary institutions more supportive for all students, particularly those with disabilities.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

The professors in the program are experts in the field and together, they provide a varied educational experience for the students. I have met some great people in the program and I know that some of my student colleagues will be friends for life.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS?

I was fortunate to be awarded two entrance scholarships: the BC Graduate Scholarship and the Faculty of Education, Dean's Graduate Fellowship. Additionally, I was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship (2020-2023).