Cassandra Santangelo, SURF 2022

Human Kinetics (Clinical Exercise Physiology)

Supervisor: Dr. brian dalton

Investigating how upper-limb support affects balance control

Awards and Scholarships

  • Dean’s Honour List, University of Ottawa, ON 2020 – Present
  • Admission Scholarship, University of Ottawa, ON 2018
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, University of Ottawa, ON 2020 – 2021


  • Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans Course on Research Ethics 2020
  • Université d’Ottawa Certificat de compétence en langue seconde 2021
  • Diplôme d’étude en langue française – Examen B2 2018
  • National Lifeguard – Pool 2021
  • Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Instructor, Emergency First Aid Instructor 2020
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C and CPR with AED skills 2022
  • Airway Management 2021


“My name is Cassandra Santangelo. I am originally from Georgetown, Ontario but for the last 4 years I’ve lived in Ottawa, Ontario. I recently graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics (French Immersion) and an Advanced Minor in French as a Second Language from the University of Ottawa.

I aspire to become a researcher in human motor control. My area of interest during this award is the impact of upper-limb support on balance control. Research indicates that both vestibular and visual systems decline with age — thus, peripheral somatosensory input in balance control is of interest when aiming to reduce the fall risk of older adults.

The purpose of this project is to emphasize the importance of upper-limb assistive devices (e.g. handrailing, cane, walker) and influence policies that incorporate and accommodate these devices in public spaces and workplaces.”

To the Stober Foundation

“Thank you to the Stober Foundation for this opportunity to develop my skills as a researcher. I look forward to all that I will learn from the faculty and students at University of British Columbia Okanagan. I know these skills will be valuable as I transition into a graduate student.”