Women’s and Gender Studies Award

2023 Winner – Cameron Barnard



I was born and raised in South Africa. I was homeschooled for eight years before my family and I moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, in 2020. I then completed my last year of high school and entered straight into Acadia University. I am a double major in Classics & Biology, where I am just finishing my second year and preparing to graduate with honours in 2025.

I also founded and run the American Sign Language (ASL) club on campus and I’m an executive for the History & Classics society. I plan on becoming a bioarchaeologists where I can focus on both material cultures and organic remains from ancient societies in order to rebuild their stories and give a voice back to their narrative.


My project is a webpage, “The Iconography of Women on Attic Pottery,” uploaded on a larger website, Women in Antiquity. The website is hosted by Dr. Chelsea Gardner and the project was completed for her class Gender and Sexuality in the Greco-Roman World. The project had to focus on an aspect of women or womanhood in antiquity. My topic, focusing on women depicted on Athenian pottery, specifically showcases depictions of female friendship, motherhood, labour, and female roles during important societal events that aren’t often found in literary sources. My goal was to stress the importance of what evidence we can find of women in material cultures, how relevant and valuable they were to Greek society, as well as bring attention to the stories of these women that are often neglected by modern scholarship.



B.Sc. Biomedical Biology, 2015, Laurentian University
B.A. Psychology, 2017, Laurentian University
M.Sc. Biology/Cellular Biology, 2019, Laurentian University
B.Sc. Medicine (Research), 2020-2024, University of Manitoba
M.D., 2020-2024, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba

Arielle’s research project focuses on improving the standard of care for birthing parents who are at risk of delivering pre-term by identifying optimal timing for antenatal corticosteroid (ACS) administration. ACS are used to develop premature babies’ lungs and improve their survival outcome. She intends to inform new guidelines that evaluate what symptoms and measurements are most important and influential at predicting if birthing parents will deliver preterm and require ACS to improve ACS stewardship and health outcomes across Canada.