We’re so pleased to bring you a special Q & A with Tanya Tran, who is a licensee and Advisory Board Chair for TEDxQueensU. Tanya is also a current PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University. Lets hear more on how we can benefit from TEDxQueensU.
Q: In general, what are the different events organized by TEDxQueensU?
Q: Any information on upcoming events?
A: Our team will be hosting the next Salon event in the winter 2019 semester, in collaboration with the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies. We will be announcing the details of this event closer to the date via our social media outlets. TEDxQueensU will also be hosting a large venue event at the Isabel Bader Centre on February 3rd, 2019. The theme is Fast Forward. Early bird subsidized ticket applications have opened (https://goo.gl/forms/5Eq2ozPDxCk4h0LJ3) and will close this Friday November 23rd. We recommend following us on our social media outlets for news about regular ticket sales.
A: I will approach this excellent question in two ways: the benefit to graduate students as attendees and as volunteers.
What I am passionate about the most with TEDx events is their powerful ability to draw thoughtful leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts in one place to share new ideas and discuss new projects. TEDxQueensU isn’t just about watching a series of high profile speakers on stage. Speakers are from the local community who are passionate about a new solution or idea in their field and are willing to collaborate with attendees on next steps, whether that be starting a non-profit, advancing a policy change, or recruiting talented students to champion their initiative. Graduate students have many skills that are required to take an idea from conceptualization to action (it’s what we do when we complete a thesis or practicum course!). As attendees, graduate students can look forward to the opportunities to interact with fellow attendees or speakers and collaborate on grassroots projects that often take place outside of the walls of academia.
Our TEDx Salon events are great opportunities for graduate students to get involved. With our collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies, future Salon events intend to feature graduate students as live speakers, hosts, and discussion moderators. This is a unique opportunity for graduate students to talk to community members of diverse backgrounds about their research in a lay, accessible manner as well as learn to facilitate a discussion with consumers of research about the implications of their findings. I find that graduate students spend a lot of time producing research for the academic audience but seldom do we have the opportunity for knowledge translation to stakeholders.
Q: Other than attending events, are there any other opportunities for graduate students to get involve with TEDxQueensU (i.e., organizing, volunteering, becoming a speaker)?
A: As mentioned earlier, TEDx Salon events are great opportunities for graduate students to get involved. Students who are interested in this opportunity can get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another way graduate students can get involved with TEDxQueensU is by submitting a nomination for themselves or colleagues to speak at our main TEDx event. Interested students can consult speaker application guidelines and dates to apply via our website www.tedxqueensu.com or email email@example.com.
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us at Gradifying, Tanya! All the best in organizing future events for TEDxQueensU.
- Check out a previous Gradifying post on a TEDxQueensUSalon event discussing wearable technology.
- This blog post was edited and re-published on November 22nd, 2018.