MA student Kiarah O’Kane receives prestigious Vanier Scholarship

Join us in congratulating Kiarah O’Kane on receiving a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS).

Kiarah, a clinical psychology masters student at UBC, received this award to support their PhD research project ‘A multi-method examination of links between gender euphoria and sexual well-being in gender-diverse and cisgender individuals and couples.’

“It is an honour to be one of the 2024 Vanier Scholars, representing UBC's Psychology Department. I am so thrilled to have received this funding to support my PhD research examining links between gender euphoria and sexual well-being. I am very grateful for the opportunity to conduct research that will deepen our understandings about an under-researched topic -- positive aspects of transgender and gender-diverse individuals' sexual experiences -- and broaden knowledge about gendered sexuality in general.”
MA Student, UBC Psychology

Across Canada, 166 doctoral students received the Vanier CGS. The Vanier CGS program awards up to $50,000 per year for three years to students working in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences, engineering and health

Named after Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the first francophone Governor General of Canada, the Vanier CGS program helps Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students. Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

“Canada is a world-leader in research and innovation, and the individuals we are recognizing today are a testament to that. Their research holds tremendous promise for making our lives better and healthier in a variety of ways.”
Minister of Health