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Reconciling the past, inspiring the future

Just over a year ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report, which contained 94 calls to action.

[QNSA conference organizers]
Organizers of the Inspiring a Generation conference map out their camapign schedule. (Submitted photo)

Moving those recommendations forward will be the overarching focus of an upcoming conference organized by the Queen’s Native Student Association (QNSA).

“The goal of the conference is to show that everyone, especially young people, has a part to play in the reconciliation process,” says Darian Doblej (Artsci’18), a co-chair of Inspiring a Generation, which will take place Feb. 2-4. “We anticipate that the participants will engage in debates and question what more they can be doing to advance reconciliation between Indigenous Peoples and Canadian society.”

While reconciliation is the broad theme of the conference, the sessions will focus specifically on how economic growth fits into the reconciliation agenda. As the organizers explain, “our conference discusses this economic growth – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and what it means on the ground for everyday people. We know that in Canada, meaningful, positive growth only occurs in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples … These discussions will bring leaders together and offer solutions to our shared challenges.”

Organizers have invited a mix of students, community leaders, elected officials, and civil servants to participate in the conference. The Hon. David Zimmer, Ontario minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and the Hon. Liz Sandals, President of the Treasury Board, will offer remarks at the conference. Other confirmed attendees include Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, the Hon. Patty Hajdu, federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Indigenous Chair on Truth and Reconciliation at Lakehead University.

A majority of the conference will feature a series of work sessions, where small groups of delegates from different backgrounds and experiences will engage in frank discussions.

“The conference is a great opportunity for student delegates to interact with current leaders,” Mr. Doblej says. “We also think the professionals will benefit hearing from students and learning what’s important to them.”

The conference will also feature social sessions where delegates can relax and discuss the day’s topics. At the social sessions, participants will have the opportunity to view the finalists from the QNSA National Art Project. QNSA received many more submissions than it expected, with artists from across Canada sending in 50 pieces of art for consideration.

“We want to showcase young artists who are celebrating Indigenous ways of being through art,” Mr. Doblej says. “The national art project acknowledges that debates around reconciliation happen in more than one media.”

The conference is open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, as well as students from across all disciplines. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 23 at midnight. Visit the Inspiring a Generation website for more information.

Exploring career options

  • Will Cunningham, ED'16, of Trinity College School, hugs Elspeth Morgan, Career and Recruitment Advisor for the Faculty of Education, at the Options Career Fair.
    Will Cunningham, ED'16, of Trinity College School, hugs Elspeth Morgan, Career and Recruitment Advisor for the Faculty of Education, at the Options Career Fair.
  • Teacher candidates were able to meet recruiters from 52 organizations at the Options Career Fair hosted by the Faculty of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
    Teacher candidates were able to meet recruiters from 52 organizations at the Options Career Fair hosted by the Faculty of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
  • A teacher candidate speaks with a recruiter from one of the 52 organizations that took part in the Options Career Fair on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
    A teacher candidate speaks with a recruiter from one of the 52 organizations that took part in the Options Career Fair on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Teacher candidates were able to make some valuable connections for the future at the Options Career Fair, held Tuesday at Duncan McArthur Hall.

The annual event brings together potential employers such as school boards, schools and camps as well as several international organizations.

Teacher candidates were able to gather information, meet one on one with a variety of organizations and get some career support from Queen’s partners.

This year’s event drew 52 organizations, up from an average of 40, a potentially positive sign for the job market.

“As a career advisor and as an employment advisor, it really heartens me that there is this many organizations coming and wanting to recruit and hire our graduates, which means something because it has been such a tight job market,” says Elspeth Morgan, Career and Recruitment Advisor for the Faculty of Education. “But now I say to them, ‘Look, we have all these people here, they aren’t here because they don’t want to hire graduates.’”

One such graduate is Will Cunningham, a faculty intern at Trinity College School in Port Hope, who returned to the Queen’s with the goal of helping teacher candidates make the connection that he did at last year’s event.

“At this time last year I had no idea what I was going to do. It was because of this Options Career Fair that I made contact with TCS,” he says. Afterwards he applied and was able to land his first teaching job. “The other reason I came back is that the Education Career Services department at Queen’s is so fantastic.”

Among the organizations in attendance was the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Canada’s biggest school board. Sam Iskandar, principal of Silverthorn Secondary School and Reika Fuentes, Ed’94, vice-principal of Bloor Collegiate, were busy answering a number of questions from teacher candidates about what the TDSB is looking for.

“A number of people have asked ‘What are you looking for?’ and honestly we are looking for people who connect with kids, people who love what they do,” Mr. Iskandar says. “They ask us should I take anything in particular and we tell them take any subject that they enjoy teaching. You don’t want to be teaching something you don’t enjoy. When you do something you enjoy the kids love it, you’re very effective and the kids benefit huge.”

The Faculty of Education is hosting the annual Teaching Overseas Recruiting Fair (TORF) Jan. 27-29. More information is available online.

A worthwhile investment

Queen’s students will vie for the title of Canada’s top student investor this winter, while at the same time raising money for a good cause.

The Capitalize for Kids Student Challenge will feature more than a thousand students from 30 different universities across Canada going head to head in a portfolio management competition. There is no cost to register, but to be eligible for prizes and professional benefits such as mentorship, participants must fundraise at least $100 to support cutting-edge research and programs at the Centre for Brain and Mental Health at SickKids Hospital in Toronto.

[Joshua Wine, Jack Hayward, and Lauren Wong]
Joshua Wine, Jack Hayward, and Lauren Wong plan to keep a close eye on the stock ticker in Goodes Hall once the Capitalize for Kids Student Challenge kicks off Jan. 16. The national portfolio management competition will give students the opportunity to hone their financial management skills while at the same time raising money in support of children’s brain and mental-health research.

Joshua Wine, Com’17, Jack Hayward, Com’17, and Lauren Wong, Com’17 – executive members of Queen’s University Investment Counsel – are encouraging Queen’s students from all academic programs to participate in the competition.

“Nearly everyone I talk to has a friend or family member or knows someone who experienced a brain or mental health issue when they were young,” says Mr. Wine. “The Student Challenge gives students the chance to support a worthy cause as they develop the skills and experience necessary for an investment career after graduation.”

From Jan. 16-April 16, students will select and manage an investment portfolio. Participants must submit a 500-word explanation of their investment thesis. Final ranking is determined by the performance of the portfolio and a juried evaluation of the provided rationale.

Capital for a cause

The Student Investor Challenge is hosted by Capitalize for Kids Foundation, which was established by Queen’s alumni Jeff Gallant, Com’11, and Kyle MacDonald, Com’11, in 2014. Justin Scaini, Artsci’13, Associate Director, Capitalize for Kids, says the organization launched the student challenge in order to engage future investment leaders who want to make a difference.

Dynamic Duo
Smith School of Business profiled Jeff Gallant and Kyle MacDonald, founders of Capitalize for Kids, in 2014. Read more about their charitable work

“Mental health is the number one health issue facing young people,” says Mr. Scaini, who notes that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 experience mental illness and/or substance-use disorders more than any other age group. “To tackle this immense challenge, Capitalize for Kids supports projects focused on depression and brain injuries, which are among the most prevalent issues experienced by children and youth.”

Mr. Scaini developed a passion for supporting youth mental health in his second year at Queen’s. He became involved in Jack.org, which was founded by Eric Windeler and Sandra Hanington after their son died by suicide in March 2010. After acting in a Jack.org educational video, Mr. Scaini played a leading role in organizing the Jack Summit (formerly Unleash the Noise), a national student mental health innovation summit held each year in Toronto.

After working with Accenture as a management consultant after graduation, Mr. Scaini jumped at the chance to join Capitalize for Kids, where he could combine his passion for improving youth mental health with his professional interests.

Investing in financial literacy

Mr. Scaini says the investment challenge also offers educational value for university students across all disciplines.

“With the challenge, we wanted to enhance financial literacy of young people. We believe the competition is an engaging way to teach students about investing and portfolio management,” he says.

Mr. Wine, the Queen’s student organizing the competition on campus, agrees the competition has the potential to make the stock market less intimidating for students.

“We are at the point in our lives where we will be earning a salary soon, so it’s a good time to learn more about the stock market and gain a greater awareness of investment opportunities,” he says.

The deadline to sign up for the competition is Jan. 15. Visit the Capitalize for Kids website for more information.

Gaels lend voices to mental health conversation

The Queen’s Gaels have joined athletic departments across Canada to spark a conversation to end the stigma around mental illness.

[Students with the Bell Let's Talk toques and signs]
Women's rugby players Miki Kawano (left) and Dominque Rumball (right) and rower Shannon McIlhone participate in the kick off of the Bell Let's Talk studen-athlete initiative. Athletics and Recreation and the Varsity Leadership Council will host a Mental Health Game on Jan. 13 at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. (Submitted photo) 

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative focused on student-athlete mental health kicked off today. Fifty-three universities and more than 23,000 student-athletes and coaches from across Canada will support this initiative leading up to Bell Let’s Talk Day on Jan. 25.

“We recognize that mental health is an issue that impacts many of our student-athletes. Some struggle with mental health problems, while others support their teammates during difficult times,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Executive Director, Queen’s Athletics and Recreation. “We are pleased to partner with Bell Let’s Talk for this initiative in order to encourage even more mental health conversations in sport facilities, classrooms, and residences on campus.”  

As part of the initiative, Queen’s Athletics and Recreation and the Varsity Leadership Council will host a Mental Health Game on Jan. 13, when the Gaels women’s and men’s basketball teams take on the Ryerson Rams at 6 pm and 8 pm, respectively, in the main gym at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. Groups from the Queen’s and Kingston community will attend the game to offer information on mental health programs and support services available in the community. 

What: Mental Health Game featuring Queen's basketball teams vs. Ryerson Rams
Where: Athletics and Recreation Centre Main Gym
When: Friday, Jan. 13. Women's game at 6 pm, men's game at 8 pm​
Groups from the Queen’s and Kingston community will attend the game to offer information on mental health programs and support services available in the community.

Queen’s student-athletes will also be wearing the Bell Let’s Talk toques they received this week. Fans will receive thunder sticks and temporary tattoos and have the opportunity to sign talk bubbles and banners in support of mental health.

Visit oneteam.bell.ca for more information on the campaign.

Queen’s athlete shares story

Nadia Popov, Canadian rugby player and former Gaels women’s rugby team member, has written a first-person account of her experience coping with a mental illness that she was diagnosed with while preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In the story, she discusses the guilt and stigma she experienced and how she overcame those feelings through a treatment plan and support from her family, friends, therapist, and teammates. In an accompanying video, Ms. Popov also explains that Clara Hughes, six-time Olympic medalist and Bell Let’s Talk national spokesperson, inspired her during her struggle with mental illness.

Visit the CBC Sports website to read the full story and watch the video.

Heading to the Hill

[Students participating in QMP in 2016]
Queen's Model Parliament participants debate their bills in the House of Commons. (Submitted photo)

The House of Commons is adjourned until Jan. 30, but the chamber will roar back to life this week for Queen’s Model Parliament (QMP), which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

“To sit in the same seats as our country’s decision makers is really special and surreal,” says Brandon Jamieson, Artsci’17, QMP co-chair and past participant. He notes that Queen's is one of the few universities in Canada to have access to the House of Commons for its model parliament, and no other university has the opportunity to use the House of Commons for multiple days. 

“For so many students, QMP is a transformative experience. Some of the nation’s brightest leaders today planted their political roots at QMP, doing exactly what the delegates will be doing this week," Mr. Jamieson adds.

From Jan. 11-14, 338 Queen’s students from a variety of faculties will sit as Members of Parliament. During the mock third-reading sessions, participants will give speeches and debate bills before the vote is called. An additional 10 students will attend and cover the conference as journalists.

The students have spent months preparing for the three-day visit to Parliament Hill. Every week through the fall term, the student MPs gathered in their respective party caucuses to discuss policies, draft legislation, and prepare speeches. The student journalists covered this activity by interviewing the delegates and conducting their own investigations.

The time commitment demanded by the extracurricular opportunity is worth it, according to QMP co-chair Jasmine Lagundzija, Artsci’18.

“The experience is unparalleled,” says Ms. Lagundzija, who attended QMP as a first-year student in 2015. “We have this incredible opportunity to take ideas we are learning about in the classroom and apply them in the House of Commons.”

From Grant Hall to Parliament Hill

It’s often said that politics is compromise, so it’s fitting that QMP was founded 70 years ago to solve a political dilemma. Queen's has enjoyed strong connections to government and political life in Canada over the past 175 years. As detailed on Queen’s 175th anniversary website, students wanted to establish campus branches of national political parties after the Second World War, but they couldn’t because a 1930s referendum banned any affiliation with off-campus organizations.

[A student delivers a speech in the House of Commons during QMP in 2016]
Ashley Ansah, Government House Leader for the Green Party during last year's Queen's Model Parliament, delivers a speech in the House of Commons. (Submitted photo)

To work around the ban, political studies students Kate Macdonnell and Mike Howarth recommended a model parliament similar to McGill University’s mock parliament. The idea took off, with Queen’s students debating issues in Grant Hall.

QMP has evolved over the years, most notably moving to the House of Commons in the 1990s at the invitation of Speaker Gilbert Parent. Peter Milliken, Arts’68, a former QMP participant, continued to facilitate the students’ use of the House of Commons when he became Speaker.

“QMP originally gave politics students a sounding board to talk about politics. Now, the largest and oldest model parliament in Canada offers Queen’s students of all stripes and disciplines the opportunity to engage with the parliamentary process,” Mr. Jamieson says. “It’s the 70th year, and I think more than ever we want to show how far the conference has come from its roots in Grant Hall.”

Lasting connections

Every year, QMP organizers invite distinguished guests to act as the Speaker of the House of Commons for each bill reading. Just a few of the notable past Speakers include Justin Trudeau, Marc Garneau, Rick Mercer, Andrew Coyne, and John Baird, Artsci’92, who participated in QMP as a student. Many other QMP alumni return to speak with current students at the various social events that are held during the conference.

PM Justin Trudeau serves as Speaker during QMP in 2016]
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participated in Queen's Model Parliament in 2016 as the Speaker of the House. QMP organizers invite politicians and journalists to act as the Speaker. (Submitted photo)

“There’s something really special about connecting with alumni,” Ms. Lagundzija says. “Last year, Nik Nanos attended and he talked about how it’s still a similar experience he had. I like sharing that experience with alumni.”

David Lindsay, Com’81, is looking forward to attending the conference this year as the keynote speaker at the gala dinner. Mr. Lindsay, President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities, participated in QMP in 1981. He believes the extracurricular learning opportunity offers many benefits for students.

“The skills required to be a good parliamentarian – the ability to construct a logical argument, speak articulately, work well in a group, negotiate and sway opinion – transition well to the real world, regardless of what field you work in,” he says.

Mr. Lindsay recalls fondly his QMP experience. Much like today, the resolutions debated in the House of Commons included a mix of serious issues and more light-hearted topics. One resolution called for Canada to build a wall along the border to keep out “killer bees” that some people perceived as a threat at that time.

“Constructing a cogent argument around a frivolous topic is a real skill,” Mr. Lindsay says. “You have to apply intellectual rigour and creativity, and hone those skills that you will use the rest of your life.”

Mr. Jamieson explains that while the students will have some fun with some satirical debates, they will also bring forward bills that might not necessarily be on the government agenda but matter to young people.

“We are giving young Canadians an opportunity to engage in issues they care about in an environment that doesn’t stifle debate,” he says. “QMP is all about encouraging creativity, humour, and fun, while also bringing the lighter side of politics to light.”

Visit the QMP website for more information about the student conference.

Adding a tool for better writing

Starting this winter session, Queen’s will be running a pilot program for the writing assessment service Turnitin.

The test run of the online service will involve approximately 15 courses, says Peter Wolf, Associate Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, before the program is made available university-wide in September 2017.

The strength of the program, Mr. Wolf points out, may be as an academic integrity education tool, helping guide users into becoming better writers.

“We really see Turnitin as a tool for students, for staff, faculty, that has tremendous potential to enhance writing and help us be more assured of reflecting disciplinary and scholarly approaches to building on existing knowledge,” he says “That’s what this is all about – respecting what came before and building upon that.”

Turnitin is currently used by numerous post-secondary institutions across North America, with more than 25 million users – instructors and students – globally.

Ahead of the pilot a transition group, chaired by Mr. Wolf and Susan Korba, Director, Student Academic Success Services (SASS), was formed to look at the supports and resources that are available and to determine the settings for the program at the university.

Turnitin is a database that stores written submissions and compares them within and across institutions. For the upcoming pilot phase, however, the transition group has decided that submissions at Queen’s will not be made accessible to any other institution.

“As well, every course outline will make sure students are fully aware of the use of Turnitin and everyone will be informed that we are going to be collecting data on the pilot that will inform future use,” Mr. Wolf says.

This will include piloting how SASS can best support students in meeting the standards of scholarly writing via in-class workshops.

“The use of Turnitin can reinforce the support that we already provide when we go into a classroom and work with a professor to address student writing needs,” Ms. Korba says, adding that the program may broaden the scope of these efforts. “This is something that we address already – how to paraphrase, how much quoting is too much, how much originality should there be from a writer’s voice in a particular paper and so on.”

Once a paper is submitted to Turnitin, the program provides a report on how closely it compares to previously written material through an analysis of word patterns. The writer can then address the issues before making a final submission.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is also piloting instructor and TA supports to help make the use of Turnitin effective and efficient. They are also exploring other ways to use Turnitin in the wider Queen’s community.

“It is seen primarily for use in-course but it can also be used by faculty, staff and students to review their scholarly writing outside of courses,” Mr. Wolf says.

For more information regarding the introduction of Turnitin at Queen’s contact Peter Wolf.

Getting ready for the future

In an effort to help graduating students prepare for and navigate the transition to life after university, a group of Queen’s campus partners have created a webpage providing valuable links and advice in one location.

[QYourFuture]
QYourFuture is an online informational hub and an information card connecting students to a range of resources and support programs. (Supplied Photo)

The initiative – QYourFuture – is an online informational hub and an information card (available in hard copy around campus) that connects students to a range of resources and support programs. 

The partners – Career Services; Alumni Relations; Queen’s Student Alumni Association (QSAA); Smith School of Business – Career Centre, School of Graduate Studies; and Alma Mater Society (AMS) – have highlighted things students should do in their final year of study, aptly called “10 Things to Do Before You Graduate”.

While not an exhaustive list, the 10 activities aim to help graduating students take the next step, from joining a Queen’s career networking group and applying to graduate, to attending career fairs and information sessions, and discovering how all they have gained during their time at Queen’s adds up.

“Career Services was excited to partner with departments across campus to create an outlet for graduating students to seek support and guidance in transitioning towards their successful career,” says Cathy Keates, Director, Career Services. “QYourFuture helps to cross-promote our programs through one channel to make programming more accessible and comfortable for graduating students.”

For further information and to get copies of this year’s card, visit the QYourFuture page or send an email via qyourfuture@queensu.ca.

Leading by example

Sam McKegney (English Language and Literature) and Louise Winn (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) have been recognized by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) for their work with graduate students.

Awarded for the first time last year, the “Featured Graduate Coordinators of the Year” initiative is aimed at highlighting the best practices among graduate coordinators.  

“Graduate Coordinators are on the front lines of providing crucial supports to students and supervisors. The School of Graduate Studies launched the Graduate Coordinators of the Year initiative in 2015 to feature excellent initiatives that could inspire colleagues across the disciplines,” says Kim McAuley, Associate Dean, SGS. “Louise Winn and Sam McKegney have set great examples by developing new programs and promoting a supportive community for graduate students and their faculty supervisors.”

Sam McKegney

[Sam McKegney]
Sam McKegney

Specializing in the study of Indigenous and Canadian literatures, Dr. McKegney says he feels very fortunate to oversee graduate studies at Queen’s in the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. He points out that while he is involved in a number of graduate-related initiatives, the acting head of the Department of English Language and Literature regularly utilizes a collaborative approach.

He is currently involved in the development of the MPhil degree in English Literature – a two-year Master’s Level degree with direct entry into the doctoral program. He is also overseeing two experiential learning components for graduate programs. The first – the Literary Internship –provides master’s students with work experience that is directly related to literary studies, including Kingston WritersFest, the Strathy Language Unit, and McGill-Queen’s University Press.  The second – the Publishing Practicum –takes students through the revision and submission stages of scholarly publishing with the goal of achieving a publishable piece by the end of the student’s first year of doctoral study.

In receiving the award, Dr. McKegney provides the following advice for incoming graduate coordinators:

“Be personally invested in the wellbeing and successes of your grad students, but do not take their struggles personally. Try to focus on developing solutions to concerns that arise without bearing the burden of responsibility for things beyond your control.

Louise Winn

[Louise Winn]
Louise Winn

As the Associate Head - Graduate Studies for the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Dr. Winn is responsible for overseeing all aspects of graduate administration from admission to degree completion for more than 100 graduate students.

She also helped launch a new initiative offering a combined program  (BScH/MSc) that sees students in the fourth year of an honours program to take up to two courses in the department at the graduate level, allowing them to enter the graduate program with advanced standing.

Recently, Dr. Winn has developed a proposal in collaboration with the School of Computing for interdisciplinary graduate programs in biomedical informatics that include a diploma and professional master’s. She has also developed a proposal in collaboration with the offices of Postgraduate and Undergraduate Medical Education for graduate programs in medical sciences that include a diploma and professional master’s.

Dr. Winn also serves on a CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship selection committee.

In receiving the award, Dr. Winn provides the following advice for incoming graduate coordinators:

“I have a standing weekly meeting with the program assistants, which I have found to be extremely helpful for keeping well-informed and in touch with of all of issues that need attention. Nurture this relationship as it will serve you well."

Space for creativity

[Stefy McKnight]
After moving into a new home in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, the Department of Cultural Studies created ‘Pot-pourri: a collegiate exhibition,’  co-curated by Stéfy McKnight, above, and Michelle Smith. (University Communications)

When the Department of Cultural Studies moved into their new home in the lower floor of Mackintosh-Corry Hall, it brought together all the pieces – students, faculty and staff – in one location.

That provided some new opportunities.

Walking through the doors of B176, visitors are now greeted by ‘Pot-pourri: a collegiate exhibition,’ a gallery space for Cultural Studies students.

Co-curators Stéfy McKnight and Michelle Smith explain that Cultural Studies students can use their research and artistic practice as translational research or as a theoretical medium, allowing them to have conversations through different means and to engage with different materials. However, finding a display space on campus can be difficult.

“So that was a question we had: ‘How do we show people in our program that we are doing artworks in dynamic ways?’” says McKnight. “That’s where the idea of having our own space where graduate students in Cultural Studies can exhibit their work or even experiment with it came from.”

By using the spacing the students are also gaining experience in curating, installing, applying to exhibitions and preparing a professional body of work. They are exploring the space, how to present and what to present, McKnight says.

A new exhibition will be displayed each month.

Response has been positive, including from Queen’s community members who previously occupied or visited the space.

“They come down here and it’s ‘Oh my God, this space, it’s so fantastic, it looks so homey and roomy and we love it,’” says Smith. “Having that kind of reaction is really a positive reinforcement of what we have been doing and what we are trying to achieve. We’re trying to move away from just the utilitarian aspect of it toward this kind of connected space and this idea of community building.”

That’s where Pot-pourri comes in – bringing various pieces together to make something new.

With several exhibitions already complete, the co-curators are hopeful that the gallery will continue to evolve and expand with artists from outside Cultural Studies getting involved as well.

“It has become a very dynamic space,” McKnight says.

Applications now open for summer work program

Career Services is now accepting applications for the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP). Students have until Feb. 9 to submit their applications for SWEP summer 2017 postings.     

SWEP provides Queen’s undergraduate students with an engaging, challenging, and rewarding summer work experience. The program encourages the creation of on-campus summer jobs that provide valuable experiences for Queen’s undergraduate students.

To be eligible for SWEP, students must be currently registered in their first full-time Queen’s undergraduate degree program and be returning to a full-time Queen’s undergraduate degree program in fall 2017. Concurrent Bachelor of Education students are also eligible to apply to the program.

More information about the SWEP program and how to apply is on the Career Services website.

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