During his Master’s at Queen’s University School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP), Fraser McLeod worked collaboratively with community research partners from two First Nations in Southern Ontario. Now, working with local communities is integral to his job in Calgary as a planner with Stantec Inc., an international design and consulting firm. His commitment to building meaningful relationships with others defines both his graduate work and his current employment and has inspired his career.
Reading Week presents a chance each year for many graduate students to take a small break from their respective classes as well as teaching fellowships and assistantships. Many of them use the one-week hiatus to visit family and friends, or book a last minute ticket south to escape the frigid temperatures and snowy conditions that characterize a typical February in Canada.
For 55 master’s and doctoral students, however, four days free from classes and teaching represented a rare opportunity to make some significant progress on their writing, and they took full advantage by signing up for the fifth annual Dissertation Boot Camp, which took place in the Harry Potter room at Douglas Library.
Online Voting for the 175 Research Moments Photo Contest has now been completed for the month of April and we are pleased to announce the winner, as well as the top submissions that will enter to win the grand prize.
We have extended the contest until August 31st, so go ahead and submit your own photo! To get started, check out the contest website
Kingston’s 6th annual Science Rendezvous was held this Saturday at the K-ROCK Centre, and it did not disappoint. Designed to expose children, their families, and inquiring minds of all ages to all branches of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the event provides an opportunity to watch and perform small-scale experiments with local researchers from Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, and the greater Kingston community.
In the field of legal studies research, Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich has had to advocate for herself as much as for the clients she has represented in the courtroom. And in both domains – research and practice – Bromwich has taken the road less travelled.
“Getting answers is easy; the information is all there,” says Dr. Homy (Homayoun) Dayani-Fard. “Asking the right questions, that’s what’s hard.”
In graduate studies at Queen’s Homy Dayani-Fard says he learned how to ask questions. Some of those questions were of the “big names” in his Master’s field of computer science. At a defense preparation, his MSc internal examiner said: “you have the chance when you are here to challenge even the biggest expert in the field. My question is do you agree with him?” His expertise was already sought after and his work was award-winning, but that was the first moment he remembers someone inviting him to say what he thought and to think for himself.
Queen’s University’s Anastasia Shavrova has advanced to the national final of the Three Minute Thesis after placing third at the provincial competition on Thursday, April 14 in Waterloo. It was no easy task for the judges to choose the five finalists who will go on to the national competition. All participants presented engaging talks on topics ranging from improving the gym experience for women, to the role of young adult literature in helping deal with death and mourning, to using bacteria to harden sandy soils and make buildings safer.
This year’s winner of Queen’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, Anastasia Shavrova, is fascinated by the mysteries of biology, evolution, and sex.
Dr. Jennifer Tomasone has a special passion for Queen’s. She completed two undergraduate and a master’s degree here, and returned to Queen’s in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies (SKHS) after completing doctoral and post-doctoral work at McMaster. During undergrad she was a dancer and Head Choreographer for the Vogue Charity Fashion Show, a member of Queen’s Dance Team, and was involved with the Winter Adapted Games. Not only that, she met her husband during Frosh Week.
The University of Tübingen in Germany has released calls for two programs for applicants from Matariki Partner Universities (Queen’s is part of the Matariki Network).