When Melanie Walker was in high school, her dad was diagnosed with colon cancer. It made her curious about medicine, but she wasn’t sure exactly how that might figure into her career path. As time would tell, the interest led her through a Queen’s BScH psychology undergraduate degree, work as a research associate at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, back to Queen’s for an MSc in Public Health Sciences (then Community Health and Epidemiology), then to work at the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG), and again back to the Department of Public Health Sciences for a PhD. Last month, her father, now 80 years old, watched her cross the stage as she received that doctoral degree.
Convocation is over, but it was as exciting as ever. In all 315 grad students graduated.
Charlotte Holmgren has an insatiable appetite for knowledge and information which are indispensable tools for empowering one’s self.
That is why she decided to apply for an MSc in Nursing (Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner) — a dual program which offers Holmgren the opportunity to gain both theoretical as well as practical skills.
Clare Barker loves to experiment, and try inventive things.
That is why she opted to study molecular biology, genetics, and classical languages during her undergraduate years at the University of Guelph, combining her love for both the arts and the sciences.
If you could choose one question to have answered by an expert, which of your curiosities would you satisfy? The Curiosity Shop is a travelling venue, supported through the Ontario Council of Universities’ Research Matters project, aiming to offer just that chance.
That’s the question Religious Studies student Nathan Townend is asking in his Master’s project. His findings will lay the foundations for his continued graduate research in the Cultural Studies PhD program next fall.
Last night at the Kingston Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association, Rob Baker (Tragically Hip) was honoured with the Padre Laverty Award for outstanding service to Queen’s and the Kingston community.
As Kingston Branch President, Lee Wetherall says, “Rob Baker may be a famous rock star but he has never forgotten his Kingston and Queen’s roots.”
Of course the School of Graduate Studies and graduate students both at Queen’s and throughout Ontario, have had the opportunity to meet Rob, as he was more than happy to be a judge at the inaugural Ontario 3 Minute Thesis competition held at Queen’s last year and again at McMaster this year.
On behalf of all graduate students and schools, congratulations Rob.
Bright blue waters and white sand beaches – that is the image that comes to mind for most people when they think of the Caribbean. Most people never consider the plastic disposal problems and the environmental challenges the region faces. Mandy St. Rose, however, is not most people. A visiting Master’s student in Civil Engineering, Mandy has come to Queen’s to investigate solutions for the ever-pressing problem of plastic refuse littering the streets and waterways of third world nations.
henTian walks into the room she is carrying a towering stack of first year engineering exams. It is the end of the semester, which means copious marking to do and tight deadlines that need to be upheld. Yet, Tian acknowledges the work with a sigh and a smile telling me that she has to be generous when marking because she knows the questions are difficult and the students are stressed.
Having pursued all her university degrees at Queen’s, Nicolle Domnik has nonetheless had the opportunity to travel with her research as far as Tasmania, follow the translation of research through primary, clinical, and industry settings, and work with creatures as commonplace as mice and as unusual as baby oysters.