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Student Profile: Victoria Mahon

Political Science Master's Student of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

January 25, 2021
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ABOUT VICTORIA

I completed my undergraduate degree in Law and Politics in 2020 from the University of Windsor. I am most interested in social movements and have focused my research on the environment and climate, feminism/gender equality, and BLM and racial equality.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I decided to come to SFU because of the amazing opportunity to be supervised by Dr. Laurel Weldon. When deciding on a graduate program, the ability to work closely with professors and classmates and have greater opportunity for close-knit learning communities was my top priority.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

I am most interested in social movements, and why people choose to support them. Currently, I am researching how individual characteristics covary with support for social movements such as BLM, and discovering some fascinating trends

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

One of my favourite parts of being a graduate student is being a TA. I love teaching and I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with students and fellow TAs and have interesting discussions about political science. I also enjoy having these group discussions in my own graduate seminars and am grateful for the inclusive and open discussions that SFU students create.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I am a recipient of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council CGS-M Award. This funding has impacted my studies tremendously as it allows me to focus entirely on my research and classes, and not have to worry about funding my degree. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to pay full attention to school and have more time to devote to research and creating connection in the SFU community.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?

SFU's Master's in Political Science provides the opportunity for one-on-one supervision with a faculty member. Throughout the degree, I will take 6 courses (2-3 per semester) and write a final research project. Also, I will take an additional semester to do a coop placement and gain work experience and connections. This degree will take about 5 semesters to complete, including the coop term, and I have access to great courses and advice from my supervisor. In my courses I get to explore my research interests and begin to develop a solidified thesis for my final research project.

Contact Victoria: vmm2@sfu.ca

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