Cindy was a Master's student in the Human Development program. She completed an internship as a research assistant at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress (Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal), directed by Dr. Sonia Lupien and financed by a Summer Training course Scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQ-S). She received a CGS Master’s Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, $17,500/year) for the 2014-2015 school year.
Her research interests involve the study of external factors that trigger the motivation of socioeconomically disadvantaged students (SEDS) about their academic endeavours and future professional achievements. Specifically focusing on SEDS’ engagement towards school, motivation for academic achievement and external determinants of educational trajectories. She also aims to develop literature concerning adolescent development and social issues in education using the theoretical frame of self-determination theory to evaluate schools’ factors (e.g., sports programs, ICT) that tend to support autonomy and competence, fostering intrinsic motivation.