Chapter 24 - Academic Culture in the School

One of the unique aspects of studying in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies is the tremendously multi-disciplinary nature of our environment. Research in the School spans a broad range from the humanities to theoretical and applied social science to basic and applied physical sciences. What links us together is an interest in movement, exercise and sport and the way that these have been related to health in both historical and contemporary contexts. To bring cohesion to such a diverse range of interests, it is important that we all make a strong effort to learn about the different types of work pursued by our colleagues. Members of the School try to facilitate this learning in both formal and informal ways.

Graduate Seminar Series: This forum brings all SKHS graduate students and faculty members together on a regular basis to enjoy presentations related to research activities ongoing in the School.  Attendance at these seminars is considered a mandatory, non-credit, part of your education. At the seminar you will hear presentations by visiting scholars, by our own faculty, faculty from other departments at Queen’s, and by grad students in our own program. The purpose of the presentations is not just to increase your exposure to different types of research but also to help you develop your skills as an academic. Use the seminars as an opportunity to develop questioning skills and to engage in public discussion.  Click here for details regarding the SKHS Graduate Seminar Series.

Research Day: This one-day annual conference provides students with an opportunity to make formal conference presentations in a comfortable environment. For many students Research Day is a chance for them to make their first formal conference presentation. It provides an excellent opportunity to see the different types of work that are undertaken in our School and also to hear a presentation by an invited speaker. The conference is normally held at the end of the winter term.