Conferences and Events

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Conferences and Events

11th Annual
Mapping the New Knowledges
Graduate Student Research Conference

Plaza Building and Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex

Each year, currently registered graduate students from Brock’s six academic Faculties, come together to share research at the annual MNK conference hosted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Students Association.

MNK is a wonderful way to make connections with your graduate student colleagues from the vast range of Brock’s master and doctoral programs and to see the depth and breadth of graduate research activity. As well, you’ll gain valuable presentation experience that you can list on your CV and include as part of scholarship applications.

It’s never too early to begin thinking about the best way for you to participate in the conference.

Your choices are to:

• Display a poster or give an oral presentation — Call for Proposals will be announced in early 2016
Review the Poster Guideline and Oral Guidelines


Take the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Challenge — Registration to be announced in December 2015
See more details on Brock’s 3MT® website

When the time comes to register to participate in the conference, the online submission process will require all graduate students to include a 200-word (maximum) description of research in plain language appropriate for review by a multidisciplinary committee.

If you have questions about participating in the conference, please contact: Heather Junke, Communications Officer, Dean's Office, Faculty of Graduate Studies at: 

Why Mapping matters to you

• Graduate students gain rewarding professional experience when presenting their research in these enthusiastic environments

• Through the conference, graduate students meet, interact and exchange ideas with students from all parts of the University

• Student CVs are bolstered by evidence that graduate students not only undertake research, but disseminate their findings

• Strong CVs listing successful conference presentations will support applications for scholarships

“Mapping the New Knowledges is a central component to the University’s declared vision and contributes to the crossing of disciplinary boundaries for faculty and students on many levels each year”

— Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies




Vitae Essential Skills

Your valuable presentation experience can be listed on your CV or part of a scholarship application and will earn you credit toward a Vitae Essential Researcher Development Skills certificate awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies. To find out more about this certificate, please visit Vitae Essential Skills.

Highlights from 2015 MNK

The 10th annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student research conference (April 9) was one of the largest ever with approximately 140 graduate students, representing all Faculties, participating in research presentations.

The conference featured 63 oral presentations, 43 poster presentations, and 18 graduate students volunteered as session chairs. Twelve graduate students competed in the Three Minute Thesis Contest preliminary round on Feb 25 with the top five advancing to the final round on April 9.

Highlights from the day include:
• Dr. Marilyn Rose, who as Dean of Graduate Studies established the conference in 2005, gave keynote address
• Matthew Nikitczuk, Earth Sciences, won the 3MT contest and advanced to the Ontario 3MT Finals in London on April 23; 3MT Runner-up was Natalie Trojanowski, Applied Health Sciences
• Graduate Mentorship Award winners were Professor Nancy Francis, Applied Health Sciences, and Associate Professor Thad Harroun, Physics
• Professor John McNamara, Child and Youth Studies, was the winner of the Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award, presented for the first time
• approximately 180 students attended the GSA Social and conference wrap-up in Isaac’s
• approximately 80 students attended the April 10 special MNK anniversary event with Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics
(See Brock News story )

Click here for a detailed schedule of all 2015 sessions (PDF format)

Call for Nominations to 2016 MNK Awards

Nominations for the following awards can be submitted at any time prior to the annual deadline of March 10.

• Graduate Mentorship Awards — deadline March 10
• NEW — Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award — deadline March 10

The awards will be presented at the MNK conference, in April.

Click here for more information



2014 Research Café: 
Bullying – from classroom to workplace

Held on Friday, Nov. 21,2014 this free public forum, involved Brock faculty and graduate student researchers, will add to the dialogue that will be under way across the country during Bullying Awareness Week in Canada, Nov. 16 to 22.

The Source COGECO TV coverage (Reporter Holly Mohr; produced by Mark Bennett)
Graduate students part of Research Cafe (Brock News, Nov. 13)
Research Cafe looks at bullying, from classroom to workplace (Brock News, Oct. 28)

See the list of presenters at the 2014 conference in April:

Concurrent Oral Sessions

Poster Session

3MT finals