Graduate student research

Graduate student research


Three graduate students win 2014 President’s Surgite Awards

April 15, 2014

Three members of Brock’s Graduate Students’ Association executive team have been awarded 2014 President’s Surgite Awards.

GSA president Jory Korobanik and vice-presidents Leslie Nash and Ashley Do Nascimento are receiving the awards in recognition of their leadership and service to Brock as well as volunteer activities in the broader community.

Brock’s Student Awards and Financial Aid office administers the awards each year. In addition to three graduate student awards, seven undergraduate students are selected for the honour.

Korobanik is in the final stages of his PhD in Physics. Nash is completing her master’s degree in Applied Health Sciences. Do Nascimento is finishing her master’s degree in Child and Youth Studies.

The three have been part of the GSA leadership that committed time and resources this year to further develop graduate student culture and community at Brock. That led to several new GSA events being held this year, such as an October fundraising gala to support Wellspring Niagara, and the monthly Research on Tap series to help graduate students from Brock’s 45 programs connect with each other.

Brock professors honoured by Faculty of Graduate Studies

April 10, 2014

Brock Prof. Sandra Peters and associate Prof. Joe Engemann were recently honoured by the Faculty of Graduate Studies for their roles as supervisors of graduate students.

They are the 2014 winners of the Graduate Mentorship Awards - Engemann, Faculty of Education, was selected for supervising master’s students while Peters, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, received the award as a supervisor of both master’s and doctoral students.

Each winner receives $1,000 to assist with ongoing graduate student mentorship activities.

The awards were presented April 7 during the Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.

Each year the Faculty of Graduate Studies invites graduate students to submit nominations. This year a total of 11 nominations were received. Nomination packages require a mentor’s CV, a student nomination letter and up to four letters of support.

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Three Minute Thesis tests graduate students’ preparation, presentation skills

April 8, 2014

Julian Petrachenko had a lot of material to fit into three minutes.

The Applied Health Sciences master’s student detailed his plan to merge arts-based activities with significantly modified physical activity for underserved youth.

Monday’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) research communication contest at the Mapping the New Knowledges graduate student research conference was foreign territory for Petrachenko, who was one of five finalists.

“It’s a unique experience because you don’t often get the opportunity to do this,” he said afterwards. “Most of the time, from my past experience, it’s usually a 20-minute, half-hour seminar, a few questions you get to discuss.”

Presenting in three minutes meant Petrachenko had to “be vague yet spark excitement in the audience,” which included judges Cathy Majtenyi, who works in the Office of Research Services, three-time Olympic wrestling medalist and Brock graduate Tonya Verbeek, and Rob Wells, drummer for the Juno-nominated Tim Hicks Band.

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Mercier will give keynote address at Mapping conference

April 3, 2014

Thirty years ago, Joffre Mercier, Brock’s associate vice-president, research (Natural and Health Sciences) was completing his PhD in neuromuscular physiology.

In the past three decades, Mercier has gained a broad vantage point to compare the then and now of the graduate student experience - particularly the important relationship between graduate students and their mentors.

His research career in the area of neurobiology has involved supervising and working alongside master’s and PhD students. His administrative experience with the Faculty of Mathematics and Science and, more recently, with Brock’s Research Services, gives him yet another perspective of the life of graduate students.

Mercier will touch on these themes when he gives the keynote address at Brock’s ninth annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference April 7.

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Congress 2014 organizers looking for students’ help

March 10, 2014

Congress 2014 organizers are looking to fill more than 500 student volunteer and contractor positions as it gears up for the major academic conference at Brock University in May.

Last held at Brock in 1996, Congress - the largest symposium of its kind in Canada - will bring 8,000 or more delegates to the campus between May 24-30.

Organizers are looking for between 350-400 volunteers to help with “anything and everything,” said Curtis Gadula, Brock manager, off campus living and neighbourhood relations.

“We couldn’t have done this without the volunteers.”

Another 110 paid contractor positions are also available.

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Nursing students present at Gerontological Nursing Association Ontario

February 13, 2014

Two first-year Brock nursing students participated in a knowledge exchange with members of the Gerontological Nursing Association Ontario (GNAO).

Terri-Jo Sampson and Victoria Torr are both first-year nursing students selected as featured guest speakers at a recent meeting hosted by the Niagara chapter of the GNAO.

The 40-minute presentation focused on topics of ageism, elderspeak and communication with older adults, and was followed up with a discussion period.

The GNAO serves as a network for nurses who care for older adults across all health-care sectors in Ontario.

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