School of Graduate Studies

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School of Graduate Studies

PhD-Community Initiative Presentations & Reception

Students at a PhD Community Initiatives meeting

Join us for light refreshments and a chance to listen to our PhD-Community initiative teams as they give their final presentations and answer questions about their project. 

When: Wednesday March 22, 2017

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Where: Donald Gordon Centre

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to

The PhD-Community Initiative pilot program launched in Fall 2016 as part of a new theme, Setting Ideas in Motion, under the School of Graduate Studies Expanding Horizons banner. This initiative brings together PhD students from all disciplines into interdisciplinary teams to assist local community organizations. The organizations identify specific issues and challenges that could benefit from a fresh, interdisciplinary, analytical approach that could help them move forward in a positive way.

Five community groups have signed on with the project, including Sustainable Energy in Remote Areas (SERA), Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) Community Outreach Expansion, Sistema Kingston after-school program, Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet), and the Night Economy Project, a partnership with Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO).

Seventeen PhD students are participating in the pilot and attended preparatory workshops on design-thinking and working effectively as a team before beginning work with their respective partner organization. Each team has an experienced mentor to provide guidance and advice, but it is very much the teams that have determined the project goals and outcomes.

For more information, see PhD-Community Initiative pilot program and the Gazette article: Win-win for PhD students, community