Graduate student research

Graduate student research


Conference helps grad students shift from school to career

April 22, 2015

Aidan Smyth views his time in grad school as an opportunity to “to develop, learn and reflect on many important transferrable skills, and learn how to market them.”

That’s why the incoming Graduate Students Association president plans to attend “SHIFT: From Learning to Earning,” a conference for graduate students that brings together in-house experts at Brock for a day of teaching and learning about changing gears from student life to career life.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Vitae Essential Skills programming for graduate students is presenting the conference, which happens Thursday, April 30, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pond Inlet.

SHIFT offers 11 career development workshops that will include presentations by Vitae campus partners Career Services, A-Z Learning Skills, Student Development Centre, and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation. The Faculty has also recruited workshop facilitators from the Centre for Lifespan Development Research, and Youth University and Community Learning.

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Nikitczuk readies for provincial 3MT finals

April 21, 2015

Matthew Nikitczuk, Brock’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) champion, will compete at provincial finals being held April 23 at Western University in London.

The Earth Sciences master’s student will compete against 19 other graduate students from universities across Ontario. The competition will begin at 3 p.m. and will be streamed live online.

Judging the Ontario finals are Rob Baker, guitarist for the Tragically Hip; Paul Jenkins, former senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada; Eric Lindros, retired NHL player; Christine Magee, co-founder and chair of Sleep Country Canada; and Adrian Owen, Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Cognition and Neuroimaging at Western University.

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Earth Sciences student wins 3MT contest

April 13, 2015

An Earth Sciences master’s student is Brock’s Three Minute Thesis champion.

Matthew Nikitczuk won with his presentation on glass-eating microbes during the competition in which graduate students have just 180 seconds to explain what they’ve been up to. He was one of five students vying for the chance to represent Brock at the provincial level later this month.

Event organizer Kim Gammage, an associate professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, said the field this year was extremely strong.

“This is the third year we’ve run it and every year the students have gotten so much better,” she said. “I went to the provincial competition last year and any of the five students in the finals this year would have stacked up.”

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3MT contest returns with impressive new research ideas

April 8, 2015

The finals of the Three Minute Thesis contest will take place Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the fourth floor mezzanine of the Plaza Building at Brock University.

Five finalists are competing to claim the title of Brock 3MT champion, who will then go on to the provincial 3MT finals later this month. The 3MT contest encourages students to talk about their research and explain why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate people outside of their disciplines. The challenge is that this must be accomplished in three minutes or less, while using only one PowerPoint slide.

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New graduate leadership award named in honour of former Dean

April 1, 2015

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will mark the 10th year anniversary of its Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference with the presentation of a new annual award.

The Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award will be presented for the first time at the conference on Thursday, April 9. The award recognizes faculty, staff and students for their vision and leadership on behalf of graduate studies at Brock in areas such as academic programming, research and scholarship, student services, and student experience initiatives.

This is the second award to be set up by the Faculty in conjunction with its annual conference. In 2011, the Graduate Mentorship Awards were established to recognize excellence in graduate student supervision.

Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, says the award is another way in which the conference can celebrate the best of graduate education at Brock.

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Brock grad students recognized for contributions to ‘Living in Niagara-2014′ report

January 26, 2015

An interdisciplinary team of Brock graduate student researchers were recognized recently for their contributions in helping to produce a report built by the Niagara-wide community, to gauge quality of life in our region.

In November, Niagara Connects, launched the community’s “Living in Niagara-2014” report at a breakfast attended by almost 500 people and hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

Mary Wiley, executive director of Niagara Connects, thanked Brock for being a partner in assisting the community in developing the report. She praised the role of graduate student researchers, for “helping to guide the research process and gathering data.”

The graduate students, as part of the Social Innovation Research Associate Program (SIRAP), worked to generate new indicators of socio-economic wellness while gathering data and information about existing community assets. They worked with front-line experts in the community to help inform vital and innovative solutions for addressing social, economic, environmental and cultural challenges in Niagara.

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