The LAUNCH Forum

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The first LAUNCH Forum is intended to create a space for faculty, staff and graduate students to share creative ideas, insights and opportunities for supporting graduate student personal, scholarly and professional development. Please join us! Hosted by the Office of Research Services and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Workshops + Registration

Female PhD student working in on plants in Cairns Greenhouse

MITACS Internships: Information Session and Experiential Stories

for faculty member + graduate student teams

10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

Faculty member and graduate student teams will learn how to navigate the Mitacs internship opportunities. Explore and discuss your potential Mitacs partnership projects with MITACS Director, Rebecca Bourque, and ORS staff. Internship opportunities are available for ALL discplines and faculties. Learn from current and previous Brock MITACS internship holders, Tasnuva Afreen (Dr. Chris Fullerton) who will share their experiences in the partnership development, application process and the experience. Session hosted by Iva Bruhova from the Office of Research Services.

LOCATION: Cairns Atrium

Mitacs builds partnerships between academia, industry and the world – to create a more innovative Canada.  As a Business Development Director at Mitacs, Rebecca’s role is to connect industry partners with academic researchers to help fuel Canada’s knowledge economy and drive innovation.  As a Strategic Account Director, she works closely with companies to determine their R&D needs and source the talent they need to compete and thrive in this global economy.  She supports all of the programs that Mitacs has to offer including Accelerate, Elevate, Globalink, and Training.  While at Mitacs she has been able to facilitate and help fund many collaborative research projects with companies as small as 2 people ranging to huge multi-nationals.

Rebecca earned her M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Windsor, and honours B.Sc. in Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research was focused on community ecology, and agricultural impacts on the environment.

Tasnuva is working as a research assistant with Dr. Christopher Fullerton at the Department of Geography and Tourism while she is finishing her Masters in Sustainability. On the second years of her masters program, Tasnuva worked as a research assistant at the University of Waterloo help creating a research agenda for the CIHR School Nutrition Policy PPM 150 and continues to be a contributing partner to the team. She is passionate about Public Transit Marketing and Innovation. Tasnuva is a recipient of the Accelerate MITACS grant where she had the opportunity to work as a Junior Outreach Officer at the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). At Brock University, Tasnuva looks forward to continue working on Innovation and promotion of pubic transit from a sociological perspective. She also enjoys canoeing, camping, and spending time with her family and friends.

Brandon is a current PhD student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (Health Bio-sciences) at Brock University. His doctoral research, funded by Mitacs Accelerate through Own the Podium, focuses on nutritional strategies to improve recovery in youth athletes. Brandon currently holds a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology, an Exercise Science and Health Promotion undergraduate degree and is a practising Registered Kinesiologist.

As a former high-performance athlete, Brandon was able to incorporate his passion and knowledge of sport into his research, with the goal of providing children the opportunity to advance their skill and performance level beyond what could have been previously attained.

Brandon currently interns at the Canadian Sports Institute of Ontario (CSIO) as an exercise physiologist for Rowing Canada and is the lead physiologist at the Brock University – Rowing Canada satellite hub.

Nathan Olmstead received his MA in Political Science from Brock University in 2018. He is now a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, where he is studying Political Theory and Public Policy. His research interests include smarty city development, transhuman technologies, and political theology. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, such as Political Theology, Adaptive Human Behaviour and Physiology, and Neuroscience. Since 2016, Nathan has also worked as consultant for the public and private sector and helped to compose several public reports currently at the forefront of Canadian policymaking.

Iva Bruhova is an Industry Liaison & Partnership Officer at Brock University. Iva’s key role is to create, promote, and facilitate partnerships between Brock researchers and their industry or community partners. As 1 in 6 in North America, Iva was awarded a technology transfer fellowship to expand her skills in managing contract research agreements, licensing and intellectual property. Iva can strongly relate to researchers and graduate students, as she pursued a PhD investigating novel pharmaceuticals and their action on the cardiovascular and nervous systems, published over 15 peer-reviewed articles and was granted 3 research scholarships. Iva particularly enjoys her position at Brock as she is involved in fostering research projects that are making an impact in our community. Her goal is to increase the number of flourishing industry-academic partnerships at Brock!

The Individual Development Plan (IDP):  Supporting Graduate student development

For faculty members + staff

1:00  P.M. to 2:00 P.M.++

The IDP is both a goal-setting tool and a set of professional learning practices to help graduate students prepare for post-degree careers. Institutions across North America and some funders (CIHR) have introduced these structured planning tools to help graduate students explore, discover, experience and reflect on their future goals. Learn more about McGill’s IDP with Lorna MacEachern, Project Officer, Individual Development Plan (IDP), McGill University Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Session co-hosted by Michelle McGinn from the Office of the Vice President Research and Karin Perry of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

++ Please note the start time has been changed to 1:00 (instead of 12:30)

location: Cairns 207

Photo of Lorna MacEachern Keynote at #Shift

Lorna has presented at professional conferences and been a guest speaker at numerous academic conferences and meetings. After obtaining her MA in Counselling Psychology, Lorna began her career at McGill University as a Career Counselor for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. She then joined the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs at Yale University, where she established a new career service for postdocs. Lorna is currently in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at McGill University, where she is developing a network of tools and programming (collectively referred to as myPath) to help PhD students create an Individual Development Plan (IDP).

Michelle McGinn

Dr. Michelle McGinn is Interim Associate Vice-President Research and Professor of Education at Brock University. Her major scholarly emphases include researcher development, collaboration, writerly identities, and ethics in academic practice for graduate students and established scholars. She has taught courses in research methodology, higher education, and writing for publication and facilitated residential academic writing retreats and scholarly writing workshops. Michelle’s most recent professional learning accomplishment is graduation from the Mohawk College certificate in Research Administration co-offered by the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA). Understandings from this certificate program inform Michelle’s day-to-day work with Brock’s research offices.

Conversion! Warm strategies for Assuring Your Applicants Choose Your Program.

for faculty members + staff

2:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Discuss tips and strategies on how to get outstanding applicants to say ‘yes’ to Brock. Learn the ‘secret sauce’ on how to provide a welcoming ‘first greet’ and extend a community of care to attract the best and brightest. Conversational workshop co-hosted by Shauna Pomerantz of Child and Youth Studies and Lauryn Carrick of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

location: CAIRNS 336

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Contact information

905.688.5550 x 6129


MacKenzie Chown
MCC 207


Monday to Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm