It might have been an icy and wet day yesterday, but that did not deter the graduate students and post-doctoral fellows invited to this years Tri-Council Reception from coming.
The post-graduation job search can be difficult. Many new grads struggle to find work in their fields of study right away. However, after completing the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program earlier this year, Dilys Huang feels fortunate to have been able to transition seamlessly into the working world. Currently a Senior Planner for the Town of Osoyoos in BC, she is excited to be involved in a range of planning activities, such as reviewing development applications and updating policies and bylaws.
Emerging scholars from across Canada and the US will be traveling to Queen’s this weekend for the fifteenth annual Graduate Visual Culture Association Student Conference, Context and Meaning. This event is set to take place January 29 and 30, and will feature graduate students from across Canada and the United States, who conduct research in the humanities and social sciences with a focus on visual and material culture. In the past, conference participants have included students from Queen’s, Carleton, Concordia, McGill, Harvard and Pennsylvania State Universities. This year’s conference will include 21 graduate student presenters have been selected and the resulting panels are diverse in both subject matter and methodology.
"The Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy is pleased to announce the Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship in Canadian Freshwater Policy. This fellowship provides up to $25,000 per year, and is open to funding-eligible PhD students whose thesis topic is in the area of Canadian freshwater policy."
Concussions in youth sport have received wide-reaching attention over the past decade. Recent legislation introduced in Ontario aims to set province-wide guidelines for treatment of concussions and return-to-play protocols. Closer to home, Queen’s University student-athlete Allen Champagne (MSc’17) has launched an education program to teach youth football players how to play the game safely while reducing the risk of concussions.
Jay Huang’s breathtaking career path suggests that a formula of success should necessarily include three elements:
1. People who have much to teach you
2. Books, which can change your perspective
3. Dreams, which drive you beyond what has already been accomplished.
During the course of his career, Theron has directed student services at places like Okanagan College, the University of Calgary, and Trent University. He also coordinated a program in the Athletic Department at the University of Hawaii where he drew on his background as university athlete to offer a tutoring program for academically at risk athletes before eventually ascending to the position of Dean of Student Services at Honolulu Community College. He spent a year in the United Arab Emirates working in student services at Al Ain Men’s College. His last career move saw him take the position of VP of Student Affairs and Enrolment Management at Cedar Valley CC in the Dallas County Community College system.
Henry Naijie Wu is the managing director of planning, China region, for one of the largest consulting design firms and engineering professional services in the world. The multinational company, WSP I Parsons Brinckerhoff, has 500 offices in 39 countries and employees about 31,000 people around the world. So how did Mr. Wu end up with a job that many Queen’s graduate students in the fields of urban planning or business would dream of having someday?
Ms. Jialin Sun has been leading a successful career over the past 26 years working for INVISTA in Canada, China and across the Globe. Ms. Sun is currently the vice president, performance materials for Asia Pacific Region and is based in Shanghai, China. She has worked for INVISTA in Kingston (formally DuPont Canada) almost 17 years before she was relocated to Shanghai China as an expatriate in 2006. Her main goal nowadays is to pass on her vast knowledge and expertise in operations and management to a local team in Asia in particular Chinese INVISTA employees.
Graduate students “often have difficulty contemplating how their training and skills might prepare them for careers in and out of academia.” So says the call for Graduate Alumni Mentors, a new initiative that is part of the Queen’s 175 celebrations.
One Queen’s Alumni Mentor who saw clearly how her doctoral training and skills would contribute to her career development is Jennifer Massey, now Director of Student Life at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.