Name: Sharday Mosurinjohn
Program: Cultural Studies PhD, year 2
About Me: I have moved between politically engaged work in critical race and gender studies and work that is situated at the intersections of visual culture, anthropology, and philosophy of aesthetics. My current research explores drawing and the experience of time and boredom in modernity by following the heuristic concept of the line. The relationship comes from investigating philosophical understandings of boredom as a particular experience of time in connection with drawing as a link between mental interiority, repetition, and ritual, which I analyze as modes of controlling our experience of time under the conditions of modernity. With the Cultural Studies project option, I also plan to draw on my background in studio art to make my own drawing practice form a modest contribution to this overall research project.
Why I chose Queen’s: After an undergrad in Anthropology and Museology at Western, I wanted to keep broadening my opportunities through an interdisciplinary grad program. Queen’s was one of the only schools in Canada to offer Cultural Studies and I decided to take the risk and reap the rewards of becoming part of the inaugural cohort. I finished my MA in Cultural Studies two years ago, and having enjoyed the interdisciplinary freedom, began the PhD directly after.
What I’m here to blog about: I’m here to talk about what grad school is like as an interdisciplinary researcher in the humanities and social sciences, attuned to the crossovers between traditional scholarship and cultural production. I can offer perspective, too, about what it’s like to do two grad degrees in the same place, to navigate the administrative side of a new program, and what it can mean to get involved in the Kingston community as well as at Queen’s.
Name: Atif Kukaswadia
Program: Epidemiology PhD, Year 3
About Me: I completed my B.Sc (Hons) and B.A. (Hons) from Carleton University in Ottawa, ON, and my M.Sc. in Epidemiology from Queen’s University. After taking a year off to work, I returned to Queen’s, and am now a PhD Candidate in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. My research interest is the health of immigrant youth, and how their health changes the longer they live in Canada. In my spare time I like to lift weights, play ultimate and volleyball. I’m also a photographer. You can follow me on Twitter or read my blog at www.MrEpidemiology.com.
Why I chose Queen’s: After finishing my Master’s here, I took a year out to work. When I decided I wanted to do a PhD, I opted to return to Queen’s University and continue working with the same supervisors.
What I’m here to blog about: I’m here to offer a perspective on grad life and work from the health sciences.
Name: Amanda Tracey
Program: Biology PhD, Year 2
About Me: I completed both my B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. here at Queen’s and started my PhD in September 2012.
My research is in plant community ecology and evolution looking at the implications of plant body size for reproduction, abundance and recruitment. The majority of my research takes place on properties belonging to the Queen’s University Biology Station (QUBS) north of Kingston in Chaffey’s Locks and Westport. I am passionate about science education and teaching & learning in general. I am an avid volunteer with the Kingston Humane Society, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and PlantingScience. I love spending time in nature, hiking, fishing, and taking photos of it all.
Why I chose Queen’s: I can’t really remember why I originally chose Queen’s—that was too long ago now. I decided to stick around at Queen’s because I have a great Supervisor and having QUBS close by is very convenient for field work.
What I’m here to blog about: My experiences as a grad student in the natural sciences, at Queen’s and in Kingston.
Name: Rachel Wayne
Program: Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., Year 3
About Me: I completed my B.A. & Sc. (Bachelor of Arts and Science) at McMaster University’s interdisciplinary Arts and Science Program. I loved being exposed to a variety of disciplines and being a part of a unique program that gave me the opportunity to write essays for my statistics and physics classes (yes, really!). I graduated with a combined degree in psychology and completed my M.Sc in Clinical Psychology, here at Queen’s, where I am currently a Ph.D. candidate. I work in the field of auditory neuroscience and my research involves understanding ways in which we use environmental cues, context, and “lipreading” to support conversational speech, particularly in noisy environments (like at Trivia Night at the Grad Club, for instance). The goal of this research is to provide a foundational basis for empirically-supported rehabilitative programs for hearing-impaired individuals. The clinical portion of my program has allowed me to do various assessment and therapy placements in Kingston and Toronto, and it also gives me the opportunity to switch things up on a regular basis. When I’m not working, you can find me going for a walk or hike in nature, weight training, writing, playing ultimate frisbee, or planning my next adventure.
Why I chose Queen’s: I chose the Clinical Psychology program at Queen’s for its excellent reputation, as well as for the opportunity to work with a fantastic supervisor. I also have several friends who went here for undergrad and loved it, which made a good impression as well!
What I’m here to blog about: I’m here to offer a unique perspective on what it’s like to study in a clinically-oriented program, as well as to discuss issues related to mental health as they relate to graduate students. In addition, I can draw upon my own experiences as a hearing-impaired individual in order to address specific challenges faced by students with a disability in graduate school.
Name: Gurveer Bains
Program: Geography MA, year 1
About Me: I am a Toronto native, having graduated from the University of Toronto-Mississauga (UTM) with an Honours Bachelor of Science, for which my major was biology and my minors were geography and environmental science. I’m really enthusiastic about studying health care within a geographical scope–specifically, studying access to care (hence health geography!). In my spare time I enjoy being involved with different organizations on-campus and off-campus, and I feel giving back to the community is really important. I’m pretty easygoing and if you ever see me on-campus definitely say hi!
Why I chose Queen’s: Queen’s University is a really amazing campus and the university itself is one of the best in Canada. Most importantly, I chose Queen’s because of the wonderful people in the Department of Geography and the innovative research which takes place in this department.
What I’m here to blog about: As a first year master’s student I am here to blog about my experience changing universities, cities and starting a new degree. I hope everyone enjoys my insight as a first time graduate student and hopefully many are able to relate to my experience!