Graduate student research

Graduate student research


Brock grads have something brewing with coffee business

August 21, 2014

It smelled like a good idea at the time, and now three Brock University grads have something brewing with a single-serve custom coffee packaging company.

Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods.

“We’re filling that gap of (businesses) who maybe have six or seven locations but aren’t big enough to work with (bigger companies),” Marchionda said.

The idea began percolating a couple years ago, when Marchionda’s brother — a business student — listened to a guest speaker who started a private label coffee bag packaging business.

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Brock’s graduate student research excellence recognized

June 12, 2014

Last month, more than 150 guests, including graduate students, donors, and faculty and staff, gathered in Pond Inlet for the University’s annual Graduate Student Awards and Donor Recognition Reception.

This year’s event celebrated the success of more than 240 graduate students in winning a total of $2.5 million in internal and external scholarships and awards.

“This is one of my favourite days in Brock’s graduate studies calendar,” said Michael Plyley, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at the outset of the event.

“As you leaf through the pages of the awards booklet you received when you entered, you’ll see the many reasons why we’re celebrating today,” he said. “Congratulations to all of our student award winners, many thanks to our generous donors, and a special thank you to our long-term donors who continue to support our students.”

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Decision pays off for international Goodman graduate

June 7, 2014

After completing her undergrad in China, Shuoqian (Athena) Gao made a calculated choice to attend Brock University for her master of business administration.

Two years later, Gao - who grew up north of Shanghai - has a job, new memories and friends, and is preparing to become a Canadian citizen.

“I think it’s a great experience in my life, and you can learn different knowledge and know different people and you can meet friends globally, so it’s a very valuable experience,” she said.

Gao received her Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock Award Friday on Day 4 of Convocation ceremonies. She was supposed to receive it Saturday while graduating with more than 600 fellow Goodman School of Business students, but Gao spent her day writing Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) program exams.

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Universities need to better prepare grad students for job market: Congress panel

June 5, 2014

Universities need to do a much better job of preparing their graduate students for a very tough job market outside of university circles, said speakers at a panel held during the recent Congress 2014 at Brock.

Historically, PhD students have been socialized to pursue careers in academia, being told that careers outside of the institution are not as fulfilling or are inferior, said John T. Ho, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School in the University at Buffalo.

“We want to remove the stigma that, if you get a job in government or industry, it is only a consolation prize. These are perfectly good careers that you could pursue without any reservations,” he told the gathering.

“For those of you who are graduate students, one of the best things that you can do is to become active and to agitate for your program’s attention to the question of what you might pursue after completing your degree,” said Brock University English Language and Literature Prof. Marilyn Rose.

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April 25, 2014

Leslie Nash has qualified for the first-ever Canadian finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) contest.

The master’s student in Applied Health Sciences placed second out of 19 graduate student presenters at the second annual Ontario competition held at McMaster University April 24.

Nash impressed judges with her presentation “Simplici-Tea: Investigating tea as a dietary strategy for better bone health.” Her research, supervised by Prof. Wendy Ward, focuses on assessing how tea flavonoids manipulate mineralization in human bone cells, in hopes to identify dietary strategies for prevention and maintenance of osteoporosis.

The 3MT is a university-wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one static slide.

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Professional development conference helps in transition from learning to working

April 23, 2014

A half-day professional development conference for graduate students May 1 is all about planning for the transition from learning to working.

SHIFT: Make it Happen! combines skill-sharpening workshops with presentations and discussions with professionals about essential competencies of entrepreneurship, creativity and leadership required in today’s job market. The Faculty of Graduate Studies is presenting the conference as part of its Academic and Professional Development program. Sixty to 80 graduate students are expected to attend the event.

“We are covering a lot of territory in a few hours,” says Karin Perry, coordinator of the Academic and Professional Development program.

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