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Two Queen’s students are competing in a national video competition to highlight their research.

Yuliya Nesterova and Sterling Mitchell are among 40 students from across Canada competing in NSERC’s Science, Action contest, with the aim of getting Canadians excited about science and engineering research through one-minute online videos highlighting their own work.

[Yuliya Nesterova]
Yuliya Nesterova – Lives Of Shapes in Space 

The 25 most-viewed videos as of Tuesday, Feb. 28 will move on to the finals where they will be judged by a panel.  A total of 15 cash prizes will be handed out, including the top prize of $3,500.

A master’s student in algebraic geometry, Ms. Nesterova took an animated approach for her video Lives Of Shapes in Space which describes how she is testing a beta invariant to try and understand its convexity.

To make the video, Ms. Nesterova spent three months drawing the images and then taught herself how to use an open-source animation program.

It has been a beneficial learning experience, she says.

“(The project) made me learn more math. There were two things that didn't end up getting animated that took a week of problem-solving and researching to try and get right, work out how the shapes would look,” she says. “And then it was too difficult to animate, so it got tossed out. But you're always learning something about your topic from unexpected sources.”

[Mitchell Sterling]
Mitchell Sterling – Mistaken Point

In his video Mistaken Point, Mr. Mitchell, a third-year geological engineering student, introduces viewers to the work by Guy Narbonne (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) and his research team at the recently-designated UNESCO World Heritage site in Newfoundland.

In making the video, Mr. Mitchell utilized some of the skills he has developed through working at Studio Q.

“As a geological engineer, I believe Dr. Narbonne’s research gives us fascinating insight into the history of our world,” he says. “As Mistaken Point was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site, I thought it would be a great time to highlight his research.”

At the top of the class

Queen’s physicist James Fraser receives prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

  • Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon welcomes attendees to the celebration in honour of Dr. James Fraser's receipt of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
    Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon welcomes attendees to the celebration in honour of Dr. James Fraser's receipt of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
  • Marc Dignam, head of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, discusses how Dr. Fraser's teaching has inspired students and colleagues alike.
    Marc Dignam, head of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, discusses how Dr. Fraser's teaching has inspired students and colleagues alike.
  • James Fraser thanks his past and present students and teaching assistants for inspiring him to continue improving as an educator.
    James Fraser thanks his past and present students and teaching assistants for inspiring him to continue improving as an educator.
  • Students - past and present - as well as colleagues and supporters packed the foyer of Stirling Hall to celebrate Dr. James Fraser receiving the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
    Students - past and present - as well as colleagues and supporters packed the foyer of Stirling Hall to celebrate Dr. James Fraser receiving the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Queen’s professor James Fraser (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) has received the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Dr. Fraser is the eighth Queen’s professor to be made a 3M Fellow, with the most recent being John Smol (Biology) in 2009.

“The 3M National Teaching Fellowship recognizes exceptional academics who go above and beyond to foster a stimulating educational experience for their students,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Queen’s. “Dr. Fraser works tirelessly to instill an appreciation and understanding of physics in his students – encouraging them to participate as active partners in the exchange of knowledge. On behalf of the entire Queen’s community, I wish him our most sincere congratulations on this distinguished award.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Fraser has received praise and recognition for his unique, student-driven approach to teaching. As opposed to the traditional lecture format, in which students are presented with information to absorb, Dr. Fraser uses the assigned readings and the questions that they raise to guide the teaching process. By encouraging small group collaboration and discussion, the students are able to apply what they have learned and work through questions in a way that promotes a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

“It is a tremendous honour to be named a 3M National Teaching Fellow,” says Dr. Fraser “I am truly grateful for the immense support and encouragement I’ve received during my teaching career from my departmental colleagues, my teaching assistants and the students themselves.”

Dr. Fraser was previously awarded the 2016 Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics from the Canadian Association of Physicists, and the Queen’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. He is also a recipient of the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award.

Dr. Fraser’s receipt of the 3M Fellowship is the latest major achievement for the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy – which has helped Queen’s cement its reputation as a world leader in research and education in the field. Queen’s is home to 2015 Nobel Prize recipient Art McDonald, as well as Gilles Gerbier, the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Particle Astrophysics. In 2016, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund provided Queen’s with a significant investment to support the creation of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC).

"I can't think of a more deserving recipient of this award than James,” says Marc Dignam, head of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. “Since his arrival in the Department, he has been a driving force behind the continual innovation and renewal of our courses.  His impact on the first year physics course, in particular, cannot be overstated.  I firmly believe that his innovative, student-focused approach has not only improved the learning outcomes and student satisfaction in this key course, but has also resulted in significant growth in physics majors at Queen's."

Queen’s recognizes the importance of promoting active learning and student engagement to enhancing the student learning experience. Experiential learning activities help students apply what they have learned inside the classroom and allow them to deepen their knowledge and skills. This commitment to experiential learning is exemplified through a wide range of practical, hands-on learning opportunities embedded in academic programs – such as such as internships, practica and service learning.

The 3M National Teaching Fellowship is amongst the most prestigious recognitions of excellence in educational leadership and teaching in the post-secondary sector. Founded in 1986 through a partnership between the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada, up to ten Canadian academics annually are named fellows. Fellows become life members of the society – taking part in its annual meeting and working to create new ways to foster academic excellence.

For more information on the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, please visit the website.


First for code

Code, the basic building block for creating computer software, apps and websites, is practically ubiquitous in today's tech-driven world.

Yet the majority of people has little understanding of how it works, much less are able to use it.

[Robert Saunders]
 The Engineering Society Coding Competition is aimed at introducing more students to the world of coding, says Robert Saunders, Director of Information Technology for the Engineering Society. (University Communications)

With the aim of introducing more Queen’s students to coding the Engineering Society is hosting its first coding competition. The two-week event offers up some prizes as well as bragging rights for the top coder but the real goal is to get more students involved in coding, says Robert Saunders (Sc’19), Director of Information Technology for the society.

“The competition’s not really about the prizes. It’s about getting people involved,” says the computer engineering major. “You never know, one student who doesn’t know anything about coding can sign up and fall in love with it. For me, the competition is a way to leverage my position to get people involved in coding.”

The competition is open to all Queen’s students no matter their skill level and utilizes HackerRank, a website where users can practice on coding problems or set up competitions. Those who sign up to compete will face a series of coding questions that they will have to solve to earn points. The competitor with the most points wins. If there is a tie, the winner will be decided on time.

“Technology is so huge now, it’s really important to get involved. Even if you have the most basic skills for coding at least you have some sense of how things work,” says Mr. Saunders, adding that the site can be used as a learning tool. “When you are doing a problem (HackerRank) asks you to write your code but what’s different about it is you’re not just submitting the code to the platform for us to review, it also runs test cases through your code. It shows the user the process of a computer kind of feeding input to your program and getting the desired output, which is nice.”

Competitors do not have to be on Queen’s campus and can use their own computers. Sign up is free but does require a Queen’s email address.

Visit the Engineering Society Coding Competition site for more information or to participate.

Following the competition Mr. Saunders has also organized the Engineering Society Startup Workshop on Feb. 28 from 6-9 pm. The workshop will focus on project management, team communication, user interface and experience design, version control and issue tracking systems. 

Playwright explores new ground in return to Queen's

[Kat Sandler]
Kat Sandler

Kat Sandler, Artsci’08, unbundles her coat and grabs the same seat in Theological Hall she sat in when she took a playwrighting course a decade ago. Ms. Sandler is back at Queen’s as an artist in residence in the Dan School of Drama and Music. It’s a busy time as she prepares to direct Queen’s students in the debut performance of her play, The End of the World Club.

The venue for the play – The Isabel – might be new to Ms. Sandler, but many aspects of her Queen’s experience remain familiar.  

“It’s so crazy being back because it feels like no time has passed at all,” says Ms. Sandler, recalling her student days. “I mostly remember the feeling of community. I am still friends with people I met at Queen’s, and they’re all coming to see the show on Friday. It’s a true honour and gift to come back.”

While it’s a homecoming for Ms. Sandler, she has avoided simply reliving her Queen’s glory days. In talking with Craig Walker, Director, Dan School of Drama and Music, she proposed collaborating with current students to write and mount an entirely new play. 

“I wanted to make something with the students, because it was a much more exciting endeavour than just doing a play I had done before as a student. It’s very similar to what I would do in Toronto,” she says.

[Scene from End of the World Club]
The End of the World Club tells the story of 15 students who must create a new society in the wake of a hypothetical global apocalypse. The play is written and directed by Kat Sandler, Artsci'08, a visiting artist in residence in the Dan School of Drama and Music. (Photo by Tim Fort)

Despite the challenges that come with developing a new play in just three months, Ms. Sandler is proud of the result. The End of the World Club, which premieres tonight, tells the story of 15 university students who sign up to participate in the New World Challenge, a study commissioned by a billionaire alumnus. The characters have three days to create a new society in the wake of a hypothetical global apocalypse.

Ms. Sandler says the students inspired her throughout the writing process. She cast the play without a script back in November. The playwright, actors, and crew got together and discussed the themes and ideas they wanted to address in the play. Ms. Sandler went away from that discussion and created a framework to house those ideas. She returned and the cast has helped workshop the play through rehearsals.

“I am amazed about how open the students are and how much they were willing to share about themselves,” Ms. Sandler says. “Maybe it’s because of social media and technology, but they are so much more generous with their emotions and memories than I feel my generation was.”

The End of the World Club presented by the Dan School of Drama and Music
Written and Directed by Kat Sandler, created by the ensemble
Evening performances: Feb. 9-11 & 14-16 at 8 pm Matinee Performances: Feb. 11-12 at 2 pm
Tickets available on The Isabel website

Zach Fedora, Artsci'17, the play's production manager, says the experience pushed students out of their comfort zone and gave them a better sense of what theatre is like in the professional world.

"It has been the most challenging production I have every worked on, because of all the unknowns and constant changes throughout the process," he says. "Yet here we are on opening night, a month later, with a truly spectacular show to share with the world for the first time, and I could not be more honoured to have had this opportunity to help bring Kat's stories to reality."

Since graduating from Queen’s, Ms. Sandler has built a career as a successful theatre creator, serving as artistic director of Theatre Brouhaha, which she co-founded with her Queen’s classmate Tom McGee, Artsci’08. She received one of Canada’s top theatre honours in 2016 when her play Mustard won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play. She also recently wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Late Night, in collaboration with media mogul Moses Znaimer.

The Dan School of Drama and Music brought Ms. Sandler to Queen’s with support from the arts fund portion of the Queen’s Research Opportunities Funds. The Arts Fund aims to support artists and their contributions to the scholarly community at Queen’s and beyond.

Ms. Sandler took the artist-in-residence opportunity to push her creative boundaries and explore new approaches to storytelling.

“If you can’t try things out at the place where you learned to do things in the first place, where can you try them?”

A boost for Queen's Elder Law Clinic

[United Way Queen's Law Clinic
QELC Director Christian Hurley and Review Counsel Blair Hicks receive a $25,000 cheque from Wendy Stuckart, Volunteer Panel Chair, Community Investment Fund Grant – United Way and City of Kingston, at the Queen’s Law Clinics in downtown Kingston. (Photo by Derek Cannon)

One of the only clinics of its kind in Canada, the Queen’s Elder Law Clinic (QELC), has received a $25,000 grant from the United Way.

The funding will enable the clinic to provide help to a greater number of Kingston-area seniors while also providing students more experiential learning opportunities.  

“The clinic has grown substantially, to the point that it now requires a full-time director,” says Christian Hurley, the director of QELC and the Queen’s Business Law Clinic (QBLC). 

Blair Hicks joined QELC last May on a part-time basis as review counsel. Thanks to the charity’s funding, she will assume the role of director in April. This will enable Hurley to focus his full-time efforts on QBLC, which is also rapidly expanding. 

“I’ll be able to pass the torch to her,” Hurley says. “It’s going to enable the Elder Law Clinic to grow at a quicker pace and pursue other avenues available to us.”

It also means the clinic, which dealt with 102 separate matters for 69 clients in 2016, can bring on more students and increase its visibility. 

Hicks runs her own estate planning practice in Kingston and works with issues related to elder law every day.

“I come from an education background so I enjoy working with students and seeing the progress people make when they are learning a new skill,” she says. “It was an easy fit.” 

The clinic deals with a wide range of issues affecting seniors and regularly assists their clients to prepare wills, powers of attorney and guardianship applications. QELC students are often asked to help their clients understand their legal rights and obligations in a number of different contexts.

“It’s not boxed in, per se. It’s a broad area of law,” Hurley says. “We also give presentations to stakeholders in the community.”

These include care workers, doctors, nurses, social workers and the Kingston Police. 

QELC is also teaming up with the Queen’s Prison Law Clinic to provide legal assistance to older inmates, which Hurley chalks up as a product of the collaborative workspace at Queen’s Law Clinics.

“While inmates are incarcerated, they often need someone to help with their outside affairs. Preparing a power of attorney can address this issue; however, many inmates do not have the means necessary to retain a lawyer to do this sort of work,” Hurley says.

Hurley applied for the grant in October, and pitched QELC’s case to the United Way in November. He was advised that the application was approved just before the holidays. 

“It’s a very popular clinic. Last year we received applications from 54 students seeking one of the eight available caseworker positions,” he says.

Thanks to the grant from the United Way, QELC is now in a position to expand its enrolment, which will help it to meet the growing demand.

Standing and fighting

Queen’s law students are supporting refugees in the wake of the United States travel ban.

President Donald Trump’s recent ban on refugees has prompted action from the Queen’s Law Refugee Support Program (QLRSP). As part of the Write for Refugees program, the group has collected over 100 signed letters asking Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen to suspend the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement as legal challenges to these executive orders continue to come forward.

Despite a less than positive initial reaction from Minister Hussen, the students are undaunted.

Queen's law students Alyssa Moses (l, Law'18), Stephanie Bishop (Law'17) and Yamen Fadel (Law'18) are fighting for the rights of refugees.

“We have to make a stand,” says Yamen Fadel (Law’18). Born in Syria, Mr. Fadel is a dual citizen who, at this time, is unaffected by the ban. “What about the people that don’t have my status? What is going to happen to them? Our response to the minister is we will never stop doing what we are doing. We have to continue to fight.”

The letter includes a call to denounce the executive order as discriminatory and contrary to Canadian values. It also calls on the government to remove the designation of the United States as a safe third country and to take immediate steps to offer protection to refugees caught in the middle.

“The reaction from the minister is disappointing but not unexpected,” says Alyssa Moses (Law’18). “It shouldn’t take our focus away from our goals. We have to let him know Canadian people care and want to help. I’m heartened by the reaction of the Queen’s students.”

Along with the letter campaign, the QLRSP is undertaking a number of other initiatives to support refugees. They are joining 21 other Canadian law schools for a “research-a-thon,” a 12-hour effort to compile as much research as they can to challenge the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement. The research will be used by the Canadian Council of Refugees.

The group has also started a Tilt campaign to bring a Syrian refugee family to Canada. Last year, Queen’s Law contributed to the sponsorship of Syrian refugee Pierre Rahebeh, whose family escaped from Aleppo to Lebanon after their home was destroyed. This time, the QLRSP is working to bring his family to Kingston. For more information, visit the Tilt campaign website.

For more information on QLRSP, visit the Facebook page.

Hacking into the future

More than 400 students will be taking part in the second annual QHacks event Feb. 3-5. (Photo by Garrett Elliott)

After successfully hosting the first-ever QHacks event last year, the student-organizers of the event were ready to take it to the next step.

That was after getting some much-needed sleep of course.

The numbers tell the story. For the second annual hackathon at Queen’s, there is twice the number of participants at 400 and twice the amount of sponsorships. The event is bigger and better, says Anuj Arora (Artsci’17), a founding member and the Head of Strategic Partnerships for QHacks.

More than 1,600 applications came in, showing the increasing interest in the event.

“We have applicants from everywhere,” Mr. Arora says. “We have applicants from Egypt, from California, from London, from France. There are people from more than 100 schools that have applied.”

A Major League Hacking event, QHacks gets underway at 10:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 3 and will wrap up on Sunday, Feb. 5. In between there will be lots of hard work toward creating new technologies, little sleep, but also lots of fun and opportunities for participants to advance their knowledge.

The focus of the event is on building the individual project, as well as skills, connections and networks for the participants.

“It’s about building and using creativity – building something tangible with this creativity that you have,” Mr. Arora says. “The original hackathon was a bunch of coders sitting around a table saying, ‘Let’s get some pizza, let’s see what we can build and let’s help each other out.’ Even though it now has become more commercialized and sponsors have come on board, we want to maintain that original hackathon concept, and keep the reward within – I came here to build, to show that I can do it, to develop and learn.”

The goal of a hackathon is for teams to work together to build or create a new technology. Projects started before the event are not permitted. It has to be created completely at the hackathon.

Early in the program, a wide range of workshops are available for the teams to learn new skills that they can apply to their projects. Then it is down to work. There’s 36 hours and very few of those will be dedicated to sleep.

Projects will be displayed Sunday in Ellis Hall, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, with the final ceremonies following in Grant Hall. Both events are open to the public. A panel of judges will pick the top three projects. Other awards are also up for grabs throughout the weekend through mini-competitions such as working on a coding project without testing the code before the final product is submitted. The cleanest code wins. There are also awards for Best Sustainability Hack, Best Mental Health Awareness Hack, Best Healthcare Hack as well as the best use of specific technologies.

Half of the participants are from Queen’s and there is a mix of hackathon veterans and rookies. There’s much to be gained, says Mr. Arora.

“The ones who are new to this, they are the ones who will get the most out of this,” he says. “That’s who we’re doing this for.”

For more information about QHacks and to see the full schedule, visit qhacks.io/.

Living in for literacy

Queen’s students camp out in Stauffer Library to raise funds for literacy.

Whenever the large doors at the entrance of Joseph S. Stauffer Library open, a cold winter wind whips through the atrium. It’s hardly an ideal location for camping.

However, this is where Queen’s University students Emily Robertson (Artsci’18) and Kathleen Waterston (Artsci’19) have set up their tent in support of Live-In for Literacy. The duo are living, eating, and sleeping in the library entrance for seven consecutive days to raise funds and awareness for world literacy and gender equality in education.

Queen's students Kathleen Waterston (l) and Emily Robertson are camping in Stauffer Library to raise funds for literacy.

This is the 12th year for the event at Queen’s.

“This event began in 2005 in Stauffer Library and each year we look forward to hosting Live-in for Literacy,” says Vice-Provost and University Librarian, Martha Whitehead. “The students’ dedication to building educational facilities and promoting literacy in underdeveloped countries is truly inspiring. These ideas are such a good fit for us at the library, and we're delighted to support this student initiative.”

Along with their tent and sleeping bags a number of resources, including books from around the world, are set up. Ms. Robertson and Ms. Waterston must stay at the campsite for the full week, leaving only to go to class or to shower. In addition to engaging with library patrons, university and community members, the campers will also be holding daily activities including faculty competitions, free tea, and interactive games.

“I lived in Singapore for a few years and Live-In for Literacy was very important,” says Ms. Waterston. “When I came to Queen’s and found out about the program here, I had to get involved.”

All proceeds from Live-In for Literacy support Room to Read and their programs in school and library construction, girls' education, local language publishing, teacher training and curriculum development in developing areas of Asia and Africa.

“I really care about Room to Read and the opportunity to live in the library and provide education is amazing,” says Ms. Robertson. “I really want to raise awareness around this issue.”

Those wishing to donate are asked to visit the campsite during the event or visit the Tilt page.

Time to talk

  • [Evan Sambasivam]
    Evan Sambasivam (Artsci'18) holds up the message he wanted to deliver on Bell Let's Talk Day.
  • [Jack.org]
    Jack.org members Evan Sambasivam (Artsci'18), Erika Campbell (Artsci'19), Kristina Burrows (Com'18), and Natalie McCann (ConEd'18) set up their sign in the Queen's Centre during the Bell Let's Talk Day event. Several student groups provided information to students during the annual event to raise awareness of mental health. Jack.org had the opportunity to meet Bell Let's Talk national spokesperson Clara Hughes when she was on campus Jan. 24 for the announcement of the renewal of the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair.

Jan. 25 is Bell Let's Talk Day, with several student groups setting up in the Queen's Centre to share information about mental health resources on campus. 

Queen's is playing a leading role in advancing research into the pervasive stigma around mental illness, a significant barrier to treatment for many people. Heather Stuart, who was recently reappointed as the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair, has developed 5 simple ways people can help end the stigma around mental illness. Read more about Dr. Stuart and the work her team is doing at Queen's.  

The Bell Let's Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaign, like Bell Let’s Talk Day, alongside significant Bell funding for community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

Students trek to India for innovation insights

The opportunity to attend India’s largest social entrepreneurship conference couldn’t have come at a better time for Esther Jiang, the chief executive officer of Gryllies, the winning venture from the 2015 Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative.

[Queen's in the World]
Queen's in the World

As the fledgling company prepares to scale up its line of pasta sauces made with protein derived from crickets, Ms. Jiang (Artsci’15) hopes to gain some valuable insights at Development Dialogue, where ‘Scaling Effectively’ is the theme.

“This cross-cultural experience will be invaluable,” she says. “It will let me see social innovation from a different perspective. I am interested to learn how other companies and entrepreneurs – especially those in India – approach certain problems.”

[Deshpandes speak with students]
Gururaj and Jaishree Deshpande speak to students following the announcement of their gift and Andrew Dunin's gift to support innovation programming at the university. A delegation from Queen's is attending Development Dialogue in Hubballi, India. The social innovation conference is hosted by the foundation created by the Deshpandes. (File photo by Garrett Elliott )

The Deshpande Foundation, founded by Queen’s alumnus Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande (PhD’79) and his wife Jaishree, hosts Development Dialogue, which takes place Jan. 28-29 in Hubballi. The conference brings together 500 delegates from around the world who advance innovative and entrepreneurial ideas to solve complex social challenges.

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre is leading the university’s delegation, which includes a representative from NorthSprout, another summer initiative venture that is developing a soil additive to improve water efficiency, two representatives from the Queen’s Sustainability Conference, two executives from Queen’s Enactus, a student group dedicated to improving lives through entrepreneurial action, and Kathy O’Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International).

Ann Choi (ConEd’17), a founder of the Queen’s Sustainability Conference, is looking forward to attending Development Dialogue. While she is graduating this year, Ms. Choi intends to share what she learns with other Queen’s students who will continue organizing future editions of the sustainability conference.

“From this conference, I hope to gain greater understanding of the relationship between policy changes and the impact on the daily lives of people,” she says. “I also want to understand better how students can also advocate for more sustainable and ethical ways of living beyond their immediate communities.”

The Deshpandes along with the Andrew Dunin (Sc’83, MBA’87) and his wife Anne Dunin (Artsci’83) jointly provided a significant gift to the Queen’s Innovation Connector in October 2016. Shortly after the announcement, Deshpande Foundation Executive Director Raj Melville invited Queen’s to send a delegation to this year’s Development Dialogue.

“Both Dr. Deshpande and Mr. Dunin are big believers in the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to build wealth and transform economies,” says Greg Bavington, Executive Director of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for our students to see some of the successful projects in India and hear from hundreds of people about the work going on in other developing countries.”

Ms. Jiang is thrilled by this opportunity and views it as a testament to the growth of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre since she participated in the summer initiative nearly two years ago.

“I was in absolute disbelief when I found out about this opportunity. Extending this invitation to me shows how much the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre cares about its alumni ventures and how much they want us to succeed,” she says.

Visit the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre for more information about its programs.


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