Graduate student research
Brock University student wins grad scholarship for research on mental health
February 5, 2014
Lauren Torok believes in the power of leisure in the treatment of mental illness.
Torok is a master’s student in Applied Health Sciences who is studying how recreation and leisure pursuits help people with mental illness live full and engaged lives. She hopes her research will inspire change in mental health support services and lead to the development of a new therapeutic recreation treatment program for people with mental illness.
Torok’s research is driven by her experience living with major depressive disorder.
“My own experiences with mental health and my subsequent journey of creating a life of meaning provide a context for my interest in positive psychology and the role of leisure in physical and psychological well-being,” she says.
International history of slavery conference set for Feb. 8 at Brock University
February 4, 2014
There is a brief pause as a group of graduate students in the Master of Arts in Classics program consider an underlining question to an upcoming international conference on the history of slavery.
They are asked if they can envision a world that is free of slavery.
Their answer is unanimous - unfortunately not.
“I don’t see a world without slavery in our lifetime,” says one student, as others nod in agreement. “I think we can hope to lessen the frequency and make things better by purposely looking back over history.”
The discussion takes off as the group offers reasons why individuals are living in conditions of forced bondage around the world.
New Brock program tackles sustainability and the environment
January 27, 2014
A new master’s program at Brock University will prepare graduates for careers that help address our most pressing and complex environmental challenges and opportunities.
The program, Sustainability Science and Society, responds to a growing social need to better understand and positively shape our relationship with the planet’s natural systems.
Students who successfully complete the program will earn a Master’s of Sustainability (MS), which is available with or without a co-op option. The program is housed within Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC), which researches the environment, sustainability and social-ecological resilience.
Grad students contemplate most beautiful science experiments and literature
January 23, 2014
Brock graduate students Jory Korobanik and Julia Polyck-O’Neill would agree with Plato - beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Next week, before a crowd of graduate students and faculty researchers at Alphie’s Trough they will offer personal and subjective views into their worlds of science and art.
Korobanik, a doctoral student in physics and president of Brock’s Graduate Students’ Association, will talk about what he considers the five most beautiful science experiments. Polyck-O’Neill, a doctoral student in interdisciplinary humanities, will share her top five choices for the most beautiful works of literature.
Grad students set agenda for Niagara Social Justice Forum
January 13, 2014
Ten master’s students in Brock’s Social Justice and Equity Studies program are taking a lead role in planning the upcoming seventh annual Niagara Social Justice Forum.
The experience is part of the 5P01 Graduate Seminar course.
“I think it is important to give our students an opportunity to be involved in a significant event that builds relationships between Brock and the community,” says Professor Mary-Beth Raddon, Social Justice and Equity Studies (SJES) program director.
The planning for the Saturday, Jan. 25 event started with class discussions over the fall term. Students shared their thoughts and ideas as part of a 19-member planning committee that also includes faculty, staff and community representatives. Their input into conversations around the committee table led to this year’s theme: Beyond Survival: Local and Global Activism in Times of Austerity.
Three Minute Thesis competition returns
January 10, 2014
Brock’s Faculty of Graduate Studies invites graduate students to participate in the 2014 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.
Contest participants have three minutes, and not a second more, to talk about their research and why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate a non-specialist audience. Along with keeping to the three-minute timeframe, the contestants are limited to using only one PowerPoint slide for the duration of the presentation.
Contest eligibility for 2014 has added masters students doing a research project to the competition mix. The contest is open to registered graduate students who are in their final stages of research in:
• a master’s by thesis;
• a master’s by research project;
• a PhD program.
Students who have successfully defended their thesis, but have not yet graduated, are also eligible.