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

Upcoming Fall 2018 Podcasts

December 18th, 2018

CJ the DJ & DJ Bear

CJ the DJ is being interviewed by Suyin Olguin (DJ Bear) as we wrap up 2018.

Topic: What happened in 2018?.

Overview: The wrap up Grad Chat 2018.


NOTE: Grad Chat will not be airing on December 25th but will be back in the new year.

January 1st, 2019

CJ the DJ &Chantal Valkeborg

CJ the DJ. and Chantal Valkenborg.

Topic: What to expect in 2019.

Overview: From workshops to community events, find out what is happening in graduate studies for the winter and summer terms.

January 8th, 2019

Michael Wood

Michael Wood, PhD in Neuroscience, supervised by Dr J. Gordon Boyd.

Topic: Low levels of brain tissue oxygenation during critical illness may be associated with the subsequent development of delirium and cognitive impairment.

Overview: Survivors of life support often develop newly-acquired impairments that reduce their quality of life (e.g., ability to live independently). An early indicator of neurological dysfunction while on life support is the onset of delirium, which is characterized by inattention, altered levels of consciousness, or disorganized thinking. However, the underlying cause of delirium, as well as long-term cognitive dysfunction, remains poorly understood. Approximately 230,000 Canadians are cared for in ICUs annually, and the majority of these patients will experience delirium. As the mere presence of delirium has been associated with debilitating outcomes, delirium represents a major public health concern.