Kathleen Boniol (MSc (Mgt) '23 (BA '14, BMgt '20)) graduates this spring with a Master of Science in Management. Her time at ULethbridge has been enhanced by the support of her professors. One professor, in particular, gave her the reinforcement she needed to push through her master's thesis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now Kathleen is ready to walk the ULethbridge convocation stage.

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Meet Kathleen. Caring. Hard-working. Optimistic.
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Program: Master of Science | Major: Marketing

Why did you choose to pursue graduate studies at ULethbridge?

For my master's, I knew I wanted Dr. Debra Basil to be my supervisor. I also really enjoy the campus and the facility at ULethbridge.

What does your research focus on, and what do you hope your research will accomplish?

My thesis focused on immigration. Specifically, looking at how new immigrants in the area obtain settlement resources. This research has already sparked new research in our department, and I hope it gives valuable information to organizations supplying settlement resources.

What is your most memorable ULethbridge experience?

Working with my supervisor. Since my master's was done in isolation (COVID), my supervisor was the only person I constantly communicated with. Dr. Debra Basil supported me and ensured I was on top of everything.

What is the most important lesson you learned during your time as a graduate student at ULethbridge?

That I am more resilient than I thought.

Is there someone specific who had an important influence on your ULethbridge experience?

Dr. Debra Basil. Again, she was very supportive. She was joined by Janelle Marietta and Dr. Julie Young - both who are amazing and supportive. They were always available to talk to me about my project and also supplied any resources I needed.

Did you receive scholarships and awards?

I was fortunate to receive a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant and two other scholarships. All the funding I received was helpful because I was able to focus on my project more. During my undergraduate degrees, I worked two jobs while doing full-time studies. During my master's, I was able to do one part-time job.

What are your hopes and plans for the future?

I eventually want to get my PhD.

Congratulations, Kathleen!

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