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Wednesday October 11


Interacting with the Media

When: 9:00am - 11:00am

Where: Robert Sutherland Hall, room 202

​Presenter: Vicky Arnold (SGS), Queen's Communications


This will be a hands-on workshop on how to pitch yourself to the media, how to respond to media inquiries, and tips for doing interviews for print, radio and television/video. Participants may volunteer for live practice and feedback.

Media Training by Vicky Arnold (PDF 487KB)

Presenter Bios

Vicky ArnoldPresenter Vicky Arnold

Vicky Arnold is the Coordinator, Communications and Post-Doctoral Training, at the School of Graduate Studies.  Vicky has extensive experience with marketing, communications and education administration both in Canada and abroad.


Experts from Queen’s Communications will also participate in the workshop.

How to find a Post-Doctoral Position

When: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Where: Robert Sutherland Hall, room 202

​Presenter: SGS and faculty and post-docs (see bios below)


Postdoctoral fellowships are an invaluable bridge between graduate study and a post-graduate career. Opportunities for these competitive positions are limited. This workshop will help you find out where to find post doctoral opportunities, how to complete applications, and how to make the most of the opportunities provided by post-doctoral study.

Applying for a Banting Fellowship: a recent PhD's Perspective - Dr Emma Peacocke (PDF 528KB)

Presenter Bios

Dr Nicolle DomnikPresenter Dr Nicolle Domnik

Dr Domnik is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Medicine.She completed her BScH and PhD at Queen’s (lab of Dr. John Fisher; NSERC support via Alexander Graham Bell MSc, Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, CGS PhD awards), and was fortunate to pursue projects at the University of Tasmania and Hospital for Sick Children in that time. 



Dr Greg KingPresenter Dr Greg King

Dr King is a current post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Geography and Planning supervised by Dr. Ryan Danby. Greg completed a BSc in Environmental Science (2006) and an MSc in Physical Geography (2009), both from Carleton University where he fell in love with Northern Canada. After a European sojourn to earn a PhD in Climate Sciences from the University of Bern (2014), he returned to Canada and was named the Robert Gilbert Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography and Planning from July 2015- June 2017, during which he conducted the research he will speak about today. Greg will begin a position as an assistant professor of Environmental Science at the University of Alberta Augustana in January 2018.


Dr Lois MulliganPresenter Dr Greg King

Dr. Mulligan completed her PhD in Medical Genetics at Queen’s University and went on to further training focusing on molecular genetics of rare cancer syndromes. Her research on the molecular mechanisms of inherited thyroid cancers led to the discovery of the role of the RET oncogene in endocrine tumours and its contributions to a number of cancers. Dr. Mulligan is a Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and a member of the Division of Cancer Biology and Genetics, Cancer Research Institute at Queens University. Her primary research interests are in understanding the molecular, cellular and clinical roles of the RET receptor tyrosine kinase in normal and cancer cells.


Dr Emma PeacockePresenter Dr Peacocke

Dr Peacocke is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the English Department at Queen's, working with Professor Shelley King. Emma's current project is on Romanticism and the University. For her doctorate at Carleton University, Emma worked on Romantic-era museums in literature - you can read all about it Romanticism and the Museum (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) if you like! Emma first came to Queen's with a Bader Fellowship.



Dr Sarah YakimowskiPresenter Dr Yakimowski

Dr Yakimowski is a Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow. Her research training began in the Biology Department at Queen’s where she investigated weedy invaders (B.Sc. in Biology and Computing) and the genetics of threatened species (M.Sc.). She sought further training in evolutionary genetics at the University of Toronto (Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), followed by a postdoc at the University of British Columbia studying adaptation to stress. Sarah has come full-circle, returning to Kingston and Queen’s to work with the Colautti-Eckert Rapid Evolution group (Department of Biology). 


Preparing for your academic career

When: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Robert Sutherland Hall, room 202

​Presenters: SGS and Dr John Smol (Biology), Dr Brooke Cameron (English), and Dr Nicolas Hudon (Chemical Engineering)


If you are seeking an academic career as a university professor, what can you do now to prepare? A panel of professors at various career stages from disciplines in STEM and Humanities/Social Sciences will give you their top strategies for increasing your chance of success in securing an academic job and succeeding in it. Topics include networking, publishing, teaching, research, service, and the job search.

Preparing for your Academic Career - Dr Nicholas Hudon (Chem Eng) (PDF 235KB)

From Adjunct to Tenure-Track Professor - Dr Brooke Cameron (English) (PDF 919KB)

Advice to Early Career Researchers - Dr John Smol (Bioilogy) (PDF 560KB)

Paper on Advice to Early Career Scientists: Personal Perspectives on Surviving in a Complex World - Dr John Smol (Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 9:19-23, 2016) - (PDF201KB))

Presenter Bios

Dr John SmolPresenter Dr John Smol

JOHN P. SMOL, OC, PhD, FRSC is professor of biology at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), where he also holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change. Smol founded and co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL), a group of ~40 students and other scientists dedicated to the study of long-term global environmental change, and especially as it relates to lake ecosystems. John has authored over 500 journal publications and chapters since 1980, as well as completed 21 books. Much of his research deals with the impacts of climatic change, acidification, eutrophication, contaminant transport, and other environmental stressors. He has led research on circumpolar Arctic lakes for 3 decades. John is a frequent commentator on environmental issues for radio, television, and the print media. Smol was the founding Editor of the international Journal of Paleolimnology (1987-2007) and is the current Editor of the journal Environmental Reviews.  Since 1990 John has been awarded about 50 research and teaching awards and fellowships, including the 2004 NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal as Canada’s top scientist or engineer. He has won 11 teaching, mentoring and scientific outreach awards, and was named by Nature magazine, following a nation-wide search, to be Canada’s Top Mid-Career Scientific Mentor.  He is currently Chair of the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA). In 2013, John was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dr Brooke CameronPresenter Dr Brooke Cameron

Brooke Cameron is an assistant professor of English at Queen’s University (2015-on). Before accepting this tenure-track position, she worked as an adjunct professor at Queen’s and Concordia University.



Dr Nicolas HudonPresenter Dr Nicolas Hudon

Dr Hudon was appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen's University in July 2016.  He holds a B.Ing. (2002) and a M.Sc.A. (2004) in Chemical Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.  Following his Ph.D. thesis (2010) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen's University on the topic of nonlinear control and feedback stabilization under the supervision of Professor Martin Guay, he held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) from 2010 to 2010, working of the topic of distributed control of chemical process control, and a Postodoctoral Fellowship at the Universite catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) where he worked on physical-based representation, estimation, and control of nonlinear controlled systems.  His current research interests focus on developing distributed control and observation strategies for chemical process systems exploiting physics-based decomposition and thermodynamics to integrated control, communication, and computational systems.  Applications of this research include tokamak reactors, multiphase chemical systems, and integrated processes evolving on different time-scales, in particular sustainable chemical processes under constraints.....