School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

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What is Grad Chat?

A 30 minute radio show featuring one to two graduate students each week.  This is an opportunity for our grad students to showcase their research to the Queen's and Kingston community and how it affects us.  From time to time we will also interview a post-doc or an alum or interview grad students in relation to something topical for the day.

Grad Chat is a collaboration between the School of Graduate Studies and CFRC 101.9FM

How To Sign Up

Just print off and fill in the "Interviewee Form" (70KB).  Return it to Colette in the SGS office at 

Actual interviews are done on Mondays between 10:00am and 12:00pm each week in the CFRC recording rooms.  A schedule will be organised with those who have signed up already.

Opportunities of Grad Chat

  • For grad students to showcase their research to a bigger audience
  • For grad students to practice talking to the media
  • For Queen’s and Kingston to hear about graduate research on campus
  • As a recruitment tool via the podcasts made which will be posted on our website and program websites.
  • For our alumni to talk about what they researched and where they are now to show grad degree employability

Fall 2018 Podcasts

September 4th, 2018

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CJ the DJ reports back from the School of Graduate Studies Welcome & Resource Fair for new graduate students.

Overview: During the Welcome event, several new graduate students will be interviewed. Listen to what their first impressions are and what they came to Queen's to study.

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September 11th 2018

Vanessa Silva e Silva

Vanessa Silva e Silva, PhD student in Nursing supervised by Dr Joan Tranmer

Topic: Organ Donation Program Evaluation/Quality Assurance

Overview: My research focuses on improving the quality of organ donation programs through studying in depth organ donation processes to increase the number of organs available for transplantation.

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September 18th, 2018

Natasha Larkin

Natasha Larkin, MN (PHCNP) in Nursing .

Topic:Tthe implications for travelling for childbirth from rural and remote areas to urban centers

Overview: Last summer I did a Joanna Briggs Institute systematic review as a part of a masters requirement course on the experiences of women who travel for childbirth.  Women from rural and remote areas who have to travel for childbirth experience emotional and financial stressors, as well as negative impacts on their relationships and feelings of autonomy.  Current practice does not align with evidence, and contributes to the vulnerability of an already vulnerable population.

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September 25th, 2018

Evan Keys

Evan Keys MNSc in Nursing, supervised by Dr Marian Luctkar-Flude.

Topic: The integration of virtual simulation into undergraduate nursing training in resuscitation science.

Overview: Virtual simulation, or ‘serious games’, are educational games which enable students to learn course content through an engaging and innovative modality. Virtual simulation has shown promising results in a variety of nursing roles, and therefore it is imperative that we evaluate the potential benefit of virtual simulation in improving the training of one of nursing’s most crucial tasks. .

October 2nd, 2018

Vanessa di Battista

Vanessa di Battista, PhD in Civil Engineering, supervised by Dr Kerry Rowe.

Topic: Geosynthetics in Site Remediation.

Overview: Contaminated sites are a worldwide problem from fuel spill affected areas in Antarctica to brownfield site reuse in urban areas. This research has focused on investigating the use of geosynthetic (geomembranes and geosynthetic clay liners) barrier systems in the remediation and reuse of these sites..

October 9th, 2018

Eric Bateman

Eric Bateman, PhD in History, supervised by Dr Adnan Hussain.

Topic: Inter-religious encounters during the Crusades (Medieval History).

Overview: My research focuses on the emotional and affective aspects of Muslim-Christian encounters during the Crusades (1095-1291). I am currently focusing on reading and re-evaluating the written chronicles of the first Crusade (1095-1099) in order to pay attention to the emotional, gestural and affective practices at play in the texts.

October 16th, 2018

Sawyer Hogenkamp

Sawyer Hogenkamp, Master of Education, supervised by Dr Ben Bolden.

Topic: Bus Drivers Perceptions’ of Bullying on the Bus.

Overview: Through surveys and interviews with Ontario bus drivers, I uncovered how they perceived bullying, the strategies they used to address bullying, and gained an overall sense of what is working/not working for them when dealing with bullying on school buses.

October 23rd, 2018

Leo Erlikhman

Leo Erlikhman, MA in Sociology, supervised by Drs Victoria Sytsma, Heather Murray and David Walker.

Topic: Youth Alcohol in Kingston.

Overview: Our objective is to describe youth presentation at the Emergency department from alcohol related issues. Information gathered will allow for temporal maps to be developed along with demographic profiles of those who access services.

October 30th, 2018

Christiana Okyere

Christiana Okyere, PhD in Rehabilitation Science, supervised by Drs Heather Aldersey and Rosemary Lysaght.

Topic: Inclusive Education for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Ghana.

Overview: The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights Conventions such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability have recognized the right of children with disabilities to be included in general education settings. Several empirical global studies on inclusion and disability have shown that inclusive education provides the best opportunity to support the development of persons with disabilities. However, implementing inclusive education in developing countries such as Ghana where disability often signifies a complete disqualification from education can be challenging. The overarching goal of my research is to understand the experience and implementation of inclusive education with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Accra, Ghana.