First Paper Award

The Department of Geography 'First Paper Award' recognizes a major accomplishment in a graduate student’s research career, the publication of a sole or first-authored paper. This award will be given to current students at the time they publish their first sole or first lead authored paper based on research completed as a graduate student at UTM in the Department of Geography. Students who previously published a first-authored paper prior to beginning their graduate work at UTM will still be eligible for the award. Students will receive recognition from the department and a $100 award. The award will also be publicized on the department’s website and social media.
Students or the faculty with whom they’ve worked should provide the Associate Chair-Research with the information for their first paper upon successful acceptance of that paper for publication. The goal of the award is to recognize the achievements of our graduate students in accomplishing this important milestone in their research careers.

Award winners - 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023


Date Name Supervisor Title
February 27, 2023 Scarlet Rakowska M. Adams

Examining the effects of green space accessibility on school performance for 3421 elementary schools

Landscape and Urban Planning 234:104731, DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2023.104731

January 24, 2023 Haifa Al Arasi R. Buliung

Exploring the tactical mobilities and everyday activity of immigrant adolescents in a Canadian suburban city, Children's Geographies, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2023.2166816

July 14, 2022 Hanlin Zhou J. Wang,
K. Wilson

Investigating the association between the socioeconomic environment of the service area and fast food visitation: A context-based crystal growth approach. Health & Place. 76:102855

May 12, 2022 Forrest Hisey A. Olive

Supporting native grasslands in Canada: Lessons learned and future management of the Prairie Pastures Conservation Area (PPCA) in Saskatchewan. The Canadian Geographer.

Feb. 3, 2022 Andrew Kaufman A. Walks

Canadian homeless mobilities: Tracing the inter‐regional movements of At Home/Chez Soi participants. The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien, 65(3), 292-305.

February 2, 2022 Leah Marajh

A. Daniere,
Y. He

"Temperature Variation and Climate Resilience Action within a Changing Landscape" Remote Sensing 14, no. 3: 701.
August 27, 2021 Shervin Ghaem-Maghami

V. Kuuire

Immigrants Serving in Local Government: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Factors Affecting Candidacy and Election. Urban Affairs Review.
June 14, 2021 Irenus Konkor

V. Kuuire

Examining the Relationship Between Occupational Physical Activity and Hypertension Status: Evidence from the Ghana WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health, Annals of Work Exposures and Health
April 8, 2021 Jae Page

L. Besco, 
T. Conway

Dispossession through collision: low-Earth orbit and planetary sustainability
January 19, 2021 Jordan Aharoni R. Buliung University and College Travel for Students with Mobility Impairment(s) in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Canada. Findings
January 19, 2021 Alexis L. Robinson L. Brown The Influence of Snow and Ice Albedo towards Improved Lake Ice Simulations. Hydrology 8(1), 11
September 14, 2020 Alicia Dauginis L. Brown Sea ice and snow phenology in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago from 1997 – 2018. Arctic Science
May 13, 2020 Gerard Otiniano T. Porter A late-Miocene to late-Pleistocene reconstruction of precipitation isotopes and climate from hydrated volcanic glass shards and biomarkers in central Alaska and Yukon. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
September 18, 2019 Beibei Zhang A. Walks Social Policies, Financial Markets and the Multi-scalar Governance of Affordable Housing in Toronto
September 11, 2019 Mitchell Bonney Y. He Attributing drivers to spatio-temporal changes in tree density across a suburbanizing landscape since 1944
August 15, 2019 Spencer Elford M. Adams Exposure to ultrafine particulate air pollution in the school commute: Examining low-dose route optimization with terrain-enforced dosage modelling
April 2, 2019 Karl Chastko M. Adams Assessing the accuracy of long-term air pollution estimates produced with temporally adjusted short-term observations from unstructured sampling
March 6, 2019 Lea Ravensbergen R. Buliung Biking to Ride: Investigating the Challenges and Barriers of Integrating Cycling with Regional Rail Transit
March 6, 2019 Tim Ross R. Buliung A systematic review of disability’s treatment in the active school travel and children’s independent mobility literature
February 5, 2019 Janina Kowalski T. Conway Branching out: The inclusion of urban food trees in Canadian urban forest management plans
January 16, 2019 Phuong Dao Y. He Maximizing the quantitative utility of airborne hyperspectral imagery for studying plant physiology: an optimal sensor exposure setting procedure and empirical line method for atmospheric correction