Record crowd expected for MNK Conference

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will host the 13th annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference on Thursday, April 12.

The day-long event will be the largest in the conference’s history, with more 135 graduate students presenting either an oral or poster presentation. For the second year, the conference will also welcome ten undergraduate thesis students in their final year to present oral presentations.

Kicking off the event will be a keynote address from Brock Professor of Sociology, June Corman. A past winner of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Mentorship Award, Corman will share stories of her personal mentorship experiences during her time as a graduate student, and how those experiences shape her teaching and supervisory philosophy today.

“MNK gives graduate students the opportunity to present, some of them for the first time, in a friendly, encouraging environment,” says Diane Dupont, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies. “We want students to get comfortable talking about their research, no matter what stage of their project they may be in. While MNK is largely an opportunity for professional development, it is also a chance for students to see how their individual studies are part of a larger community of research at Brock.”

The conference will celebrate the graduate studies community with the FGS awards ceremony from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The ceremony will include the presentation of the Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award and Michael Plyley Graduate Mentorship Awards, and special recognition of graduate students who have been selected to receive the 2018 Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Awards.

All members of the Brock Community are invited to attend the conference or awards ceremony. For a detailed conference schedule, visit the MNK website.

MNK Conference Schedule at a Glance:

Thursday, April 12

8 to 8:30 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast – Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine

8:30 to 9 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks – Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine

  • Diane Dupont, Interim Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Keynote Address, June Corman, Professor

9 to 10:40 a.m. – Concurrent Oral Session 1

  • 1a Bioscience and Health – Plaza 409
  • 1b Computer Science and Modeling – Plaza 311
  • 1c Approaches to Greening Society – Plaza 410
  • 1d Lessons Learned from Books and Film – Plaza 308
  • 1e Supporting the Needs of Others I – Plaza 408
  • 1f Behaviour – the Good, the Bad, the Ugly – Plaza 411
  • 1g Undergraduate Students Presentations 1 – Cairns 207

10:40 to 11:45 a.m. – Coffee Break and Poster Session #1 Viewing – Cairns Complex Level 300

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – 2018 Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards – Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine

  • Marilyn Rose FGS Leadership Award
  • Michael Plyley FGS Mentorship Awards
  • Jack Miller FGS Excellence in Research Awards

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch – Plaza 400 Level Mezzanine

1:30 to 2:50 p.m. – Concurrent Oral Session 2

  • 2a Bioscience and Biotechnology I – Plaza 409
  • 2b Managing Success in the Workplace I – Plaza 308
  • 2c Meeting the Challenges of Life and Learning – Plaza 410
  • 2d What’s in the Game? – Plaza 311
  • 2e Supporting the Needs of Others II – Plaza 408
  • 2f Literacy – Physical, Mental, and Health – Plaza 411
  • 2g Undergraduate Students Presentations 2 – Cairns 207

2:50 to 3:50 p.m. – Coffee Break and Poster Session #2 Viewing – Cairns Complex Level 300

3:50 to 5:15 p.m. – Concurrent Oral Session 3

  • 3a Bioscience and Biotechnology II – Plaza 409
  • 3b Managing Success in the Workplace II – Plaza 308
  • 3c Issues and Ideas in Contemporary Education – Plaza 410
  • 3d Old Issues that Continue to Challenge Society – Plaza 311
  • 3e Societal Impact of Precarious Work, Pain Management, and the Pedagogy of Graphica – Plaza 408

5:15 p.m. – Graduate Students’ Association Social – Skybar

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