Nos finissant(e)s! Our Graduates!

En juin 2020, la troisième cohorte d’étudiants en sciences humaines numériques a obtenu son diplôme de l’Université d’Ottawa. Leur dernière année universitaire ne s’est pas terminée comme ils l’avaient prévu, mais ils ont travaillé dur pendant la quarantaine pour terminer les derniers cours de leur parcours de premier cycle.

As we ready ourselves for the fifth year of the Minor, we wanted celebrate the students that were part of the Faculty of Arts’ Class of 2020! These students were part of the last two years of Capstone classes, contributing to honours projects that used digital tools to showcase stories about local culture and history. The 2018-2019 Capstone class developed a website and interactive map called Unseen uOttawa showcasing the history of the buildings on the University of Ottawa campus. The 2019-2020 Capstone class embarked on an ambitious project to document immigration to Ottawa, which they called Saveurs internationales /International Seasonings. In both classes, the students work as a team, combining their diverse educational backgrounds and skills to develop a these digital resources for the Ottawa community.

Voici nos diplomés / Meet our graduates :

Zoë Argiropulos-Hunter, Honours B.A. Communication, Minor in Digital Humanities
Emily Blanchett, B.A. Communication, Minor in Digital Humanities
Dalie Brisson, B.A. spécialisé en communications, mineure en sciences humaines numériques)
Xuanqi Dai, B.Soc.Sc Economics, Minor in Digital Humanities
Sébastien Sanscartier, B.Sc Informatique, mineure en sciences humaines numériques
Candide Uyanze, B.A. Communications, Minor in Digital Humanities

Nous sommes très fiers que, pour la troisième fois au cours des trois dernières années, l’une des majores de promotion de la Faculté des arts ait été une étudiante engagée dans le programme de sciences humaines numériques. Avec Tristan Lamonica (juin 2018) et Shanna Ossé (automne 2018), Candide Uyanze a été une majore de promotion en juin 2020.

Candide Uyanze graduated in June 2020 with an Honours B.A. in Communication with a Minor in Digital Humanities and participated in the Co-op program. In her time at the University of Ottawa, Candide was a laureate of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program – taking second place for her work with Dr. Dubois on political bots. She was also co-president of the uOttawa STEAM club. This Fall she begins an M.A. in Digital Futures at the Ontario College of Art and Design with an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

Discours de Candide Uyanze, Majore de promotion 2020
Candide Uyanze’s speech, 2020 Class President

Réflexions de nos diplômés / Reflections from the graduating class

“My favourite aspect of the Digital Humanities program at the University of Ottawa is how the professors work to demystify processes surrounding data collection. curation and extrapolation. Throughout my undergrad, ‘doing research’ with data seemed like this impossible task reserved for hardened academics, but this program taught me otherwise! I’ve since embraced data to bolster my research in music and media studies, and owe the University’s DH program for breaking down that initial barrier.”

~ Zoë Argiropulos-Hunter, Honours B.A. Major in Communications, Minor in DH, 2020

“J’ai débuté mes études postsecondaires en communications, car la discipline m’intéressait et me semblait populaire dans le marché du travail. Nous étions nombreux dans les classes et j’ai donc voulu me démarquer parmi mes camarades. Durant l’été 2016, j’ai appris l’annonce de la nouvelle mineure en sciences humaines numériques (SHN) et la perspective interdisciplinaire m’a fortement intéressée, j’ai donc sauté sur l’occasion d’enrichir mon expérience universitaire en ajoutant celle-ci à mon dossier. Suite à l’inscription, j’ai eu le privilège de faire partie de la première cohorte d’étudiants de la mineure en automne 2016.

La mineure SHN a réellement changé mon plan et parcours universitaire grâce à ses cours pratiques et aux nombreux projets diversifiés que j’ai pu accomplir. En étant inscrite à des classes plus petites, j’ai pu apprendre à connaître mes professeurs et me familiariser avec un style d’enseignement différent. Les professeurs ont pu nous guider étroitement et nous donner des conseils afin de pouvoir réussir nos travaux de manière indépendante. La mineure n’a fait qu’ouvrir des portes pour moi et m’a inspiré à vouloir entreprendre une maîtrise. Je me suis donc inscrite à la Maîtrise en sciences de l’information, qui me semblait le choix idéal pour poursuivre mon cheminement universitaire et pour pousser plus loin mes compétences apprises dans mes cours de SHN.

J’ai participé aux portes ouvertes de l’EspaceCréatif ou j’ai pu partager avec le public un des projets qui a marqué mes études. Dans le cours DHN 3300 – Selected Topics in Digital Humanities, Digital Curation at a National Museum, j’ai eu la chance de participé dans un projet qui touchait l’histoire, la médecine, la conservation numérique d’un artéfact du Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada et une introduction à l’imprimerie 3D. C’était de loin le semestre le plus captivant!”

~ Dalie Brisson, B.A. spécialisé en communication, Mineure en sciences humaines numériques), 2020

“An interdisciplinary program, Digital Humanities opened up not just humanities learning, but also the development of technical skills. My years in Minor in DH were a wonderful journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the innovative and unique aspects to Digital Humanities work, and invested in my projects, presentations, and research. For instance, in the Programming for the Humanities course, I learned about the effectiveness of Python, APIs, and web scraping when collecting data for research. In the Digital Humanities Workshop, my group designed and developed a database and TimeMapper to enhance the discoverability of information held by the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) from 1975-2019. We had the opportunity to present this work to the ACA and were second place in the competition of Digital Humanities in Faculty of Arts. Moreover, I recently completed my Capstone Project during Winter 2020. One of the students responsible for data research, I was part of a team supervised by Dr. Jada Watson to develop a StoryMap on immigration to Ottawa between 2006 to 2016. The project was published on Omeka, through our exhibit International Seasonings. Some of my projects can be viewed on my website.

I came to Digital Humanities after changing programs a few times. And in that journey, I realized that life is not only about finding yourself, but also about creating yourself. I am now applying for graduate school and am looking at programs that have a digital component, such as information studies, digital medias and so on. I would like to congratulate the DH Class of 2020 and thank everyone: I am so glad to have met each of my classmates and professors. We completed many projects together and am grateful for the best experience and most vibrant atmosphere in my whole undergraduate studies “

~ Xuanqi (Kiki) Dai, Honours B.Soc.Sc., Major in Economics, Minor in DH, 2020

“My journey with Digital Humanities started with an e-mail by the Faculty of Arts about a new minor. By then, I was entering my second year and felt like something was missing from my Communication program. As much as I enjoyed communication studies and media theory, I was always looking for something a bit more technologically-inclined, practice-based, and interdisciplinary. My New Media, Video, and Multimedia courses — as much as I enjoyed them — just weren’t enough, and I would attend as many workshops as I could at the school’s Makerspace.

So when the faculty introduced a new minor in Digital Humanities, I rushed to add it to my degree (despite not knowing what it was) because it had the word “digital” in it.

The following years completing the minor were so enriching. I learned so many useful skills that I use to this day, such as using Zotero and creating pivot tables, and had the chance to explore other methods and theories within the humanities such as musicology, GIS mapping, language acquisition, film photography and digitization, 3D modelling and scanning, programming, digital journalism, UX design, projection mapping, data visualization, text analysis, statistical analysis, and more.

The minor in Digital Humanities was the perfect complement to my primary field of study, and it definitely inspired me to start researching digital media graduate programs. In the Fall, I’ll be starting an MA in Digital Futures at OCAD University, and I have the minor to thank for all the experience and portfolio pieces that enriched my successful application.

Besides the skills and theory, I’ve met some incredible scholars and have become good friends with a lot of the people I’ve encountered through the minor, especially since we tend to have smaller class sizes. I’m incredibly grateful for all my DH professors, but I’ve been especially inspired by professors Jada Watson, Kyle Conway, Jean-Sébastien Marier, and Jay Irizawa (visiting professor who led a DHSITE workshop on projection mapping).

~ Candide Uyanze, Honours B.A. in Communication, Minor in DH

Félicitations à toutes et à tous! Congratulations to all of our graduates!