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Graduate Student Leadership Award

Deadline: October 1, 2024

The LaMarsh Centre Graduate Student Leadership Award is designed to provide opportunities for graduate students to receive mentorship from LaMarsh faculty and play a leadership role in promoting initiatives that enhance student engagement in research at LaMarsh. The Award is open to graduate student trainees of LaMarsh, and is meant to support their active engagement in LaMarsh initiatives.  Leadership representatives are involved in planning, attending and coordinating LaMarsh activities such as: student engagement, website, workshops, speaker series, newsletter, executive meetings, fundraisers, events and the annual graduate student symposium.

A full description of the award and application are found below:


LaMarsh Centre Coordinator


Student Leaders

2023 - 2024 Student Leaders

Nathania Ofori

Supervisor: Jessica Fraser-Thomas
Department: School of Kinesiology & Health Sciences

I am an upper year PhD candidate in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science. My primary research interest relates to the healthy psychosocial development of children, youth, and
emerging adults through sport, with a secondary interest in physical activity promotion. I conduct research and support projects at various stages from grant writing, research project conceptualization, and participant recruitment to qualitative data-collection, data-analysis, knowledge mobilization and communication. My Master’s thesis explored coaches’ life skill
development, as emerging adults within a Sport for Development facility. The aim of my doctoral research is to advance understanding of youth’s experiences within one community-based high performance sport education program in central Canada, with a focus on exploring processes and outcomes of PYD. Community engagement has been an integral part of my education. As a LaMarsh Graduate Student Leader, I hope to effectively apply my learning into practice, identify diversity gaps and biases, enhance my leadership skills, participate and coordinate LaMarsh research initiatives, and advocate positive change among children and youth.