Bake Your Thesis brings together sweets and scholarship

Canada’s immigrant communities rendered in fondant on a cake; the experience of trauma depicted as a cinnamon bun: these are some of the confections that were part of the first Bake Your Thesis competition at Memorial University, where participants said the process of turning their research into an edible confection was a great new way to look at their work – as well as a welcome break from it.

Kelly Piercey is pursuing a master’s in social work and works with young people. “The first time a young person disclosed to me sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, I felt very unprepared,” Ms. Piercey said. She worked her way through it, but imagined others had felt similarly; her research now involves developing a training module on how to respond to disclosures from young people about sexual abuse and exploitation.

Ms. Piercey represented that via a cinnamon bun. “A cinnamon bun …