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    Grad students answer call of the wild

    • Dissertation on the Lake participants receive a warm welcome when arriving at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre.
    • Kate Hemsworth (Geography) jots down some notes while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
    • Ashley Vanstone, a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology and SGS embedded counsellor, enjoys a coffee break.
    • Although writing is the primary focus, participants have time to relax and gather their thoughts looking out on Elbow Lake.
    • Retreat participants get together to eat their lunch and bask in the sunshine.
    • A central meeting room at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre provides plenty of space for graduate students to spread out and write their dissertation.
    • Graduate students chat about their research during the retreat.

    Thirty graduate students participated in Dissertation on the Lake held Aug. 25-28 at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre 30 minutes north of Kingston. The pilot program hosted by the School of Graduate Studies allowed participants to get away from the distractions of daily life and write in a tranquil setting. 

    Participants "brought their own work habits and goals, and used the beautiful site and bottomless coffee to their advantage," writes master's student Rana Pishva in a guest post on the SGH Gradifying blog. Read more about her experience at Dissertation on the Lake.