Conferences and Events

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Conferences and Events

11th Annual
Mapping the New Knowledges
Graduate Student Research Conference

Each year, currently registered graduate students from Brock’s six academic Faculties, come together to share research at the annual MNK conference hosted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Students Association.

MNK is a wonderful way to make connections with your graduate student colleagues from the vast range of Brock’s master and doctoral programs and to see the depth and breadth of graduate research activity. As well, you’ll gain valuable presentation experience that you can list on your CV and include as part of scholarship applications.

It’s never too early to begin thinking about the best way for you to participate in the conference.

Your choices are to:

• Display a poster or give an oral presentation — Call for Proposals will be announced in early 2016
Review the Poster Guidelines and Oral Guidelines


Take the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Challenge — Registration to be announced in December 2015
See more details on Brock’s 3MT® website

When the time comes to register to participate in the conference, the online submission process will require all graduate students to include a 200-word (maximum) description of research in plain language appropriate for review by a multidisciplinary committee.

Find out more about participating at the conference — MNK FAQs

Read about the MNK experience

If you have questions about participating in the conference, please contact: Heather Junke, Communications Officer, Dean's Office, Faculty of Graduate Studies at: 


The VITAE Certificate

Learn how your valuable MNK presentation experience will earn you credit toward a Vitae
Essential Researcher Development Skills Certificate awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Visit VITAE to find out more about the Certificate and the many other professional development opportunities to enhance your skillset.
To enrol, visit VITAE 







Fall Term MNK Research Café presentation Wednesday, Nov. 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Pond Inlet
The Café will feature presentations by faculty and graduate students about education, research and community programming under way at the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-being.

• Registration for the Three Minute Thesis® (3MT®) — to open in December
Visit the 3MT® website for complete details.

• Call for MNK Oral and Poster Proposals — to be announced in January 2016

• 3MT® coaching - Details to be announced in December

• 3MT® preliminary round - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Pond Inlet

• MNK Awards — Graduate Mentorship Awards and Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award — nominations are open until March 10, 2016
FInd out more on the MNK Awards website.

MNK Conference Day
Thursday, April 7, 2016, Plaza Building and Cairns, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and opening remarks

Oral, Poster and 3MT® presentations, MNK Awards, GSA post-conference social

Why Mapping matters to you

• Graduate students gain rewarding professional experience when presenting their research in these enthusiastic environments

• Through the conference, graduate students meet, interact and exchange ideas with students from all parts of the University

• Student CVs are bolstered by evidence that graduate students not only undertake research, but disseminate their findings

• Strong CVs listing successful conference presentations will support applications for scholarships

“Mapping the New Knowledges is a central component to the University’s declared vision and contributes to the crossing of disciplinary boundaries for faculty and students on many levels each year” — Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies