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U of T Criminology student wins Trudeau Scholarship for research on women and violence

May 17, 2011

TORONTO, ON – The prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship is being awarded to Alexandra Lysova, a PhD student in criminology at the University of Toronto, for her outstanding research on women’s attitudes in situations of recurring domestic violence.

The Trudeau Scholarships, which include an $180,000 award and the opportunity to be mentored by a leading scholar, is awarded to Canadian and foreign PhD social sciences and humanities students who examine Canadian concerns in fields such as environment, international affairs, citizenship and human rights. Fourteen students were named Trudeau Scholars this year.

Lysova’s research explores women’s involvement in intimate partner violence using information obtained in interviews with incarcerated women in Canada and the United States.Through this, Lysova hopes to assess the independent contributions of individual and relationship characteristics to the dynamics of women’s involvement in intimate partner violence.

“I am very much delighted and honoured to be awarded such a prestigious Canadian scholarship as the Trudeau Scholarship,” Lysova says. “It also validates the importance of studying the issue of female involvement in violence. I hope that the Trudeau Scholarship will assist me with the conditions and opportunities to reach my study objectives and career goals.”

The Foundation, established in 2001, is an independent and non-partisan Canadian charity. The newest Scholars will be introduced to the Trudeau community at the Foundation’s Summer Institute will be held this year May 16-20 in Whistler, BC.

“Trudeau Scholarships not only accelerate the careers of the doctoral students who receive them, but also enable recipients to make a constructive contribution to Canada and Canadians,” said Foundation President P.G. Forest. “The Trudeau Foundation rewards excellence and provides young researchers with the best conditions to ground their work in the real world.”


For more information, please contact:

Alexandra (Sasha) Lysova
647-857-7937 (cell)

Jessica Lewis
Faculty of Arts & Science
University of Toronto