Research Café: Sport Edition

Our Research Cafés allow the graduate community to showcase their theme-specific research in a more casual and supportive environment (versus a traditional conference). The Cafés usually have a specified theme, with this year’s being all about athletics and sports in the timely manner of the 2022 Canada Summer Games.

2022 Information / Schedule

Date: Thursday, Oct. 6
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Pond Inlet (Moved from Rankin Family Pavillion – Main Entrance, St. Catharines campus)

Grad Student Presenters:

  • Jennifer MooradianWhere’s Mom? Preliminary Findings from Investigating the Intersection and the Under-representation of Women in Coaching through a Major Games Event
  • Chris VellucciLeveraging Biomechanics and Machine Learning to Enhance Coaching Practices
  • Caroline Hummell – Reflections on Improving Women’s Experiences of Mentorship in Canadian Coaching
  • Jesse PorterRelational Coaching Practices as Work 

Registration and Details

Registration now closed

Conference Information

Students can participate in one of two presentation types – an oral research presentation or a poster presentation.

Oral Presentations: Limited space – only 5 spots available! If more than 5 students apply, a group will be created to choose the top, aligning 5 presenters.
Oral presentations will be 10 minutes long with a 5-minute Q and A session from the audience. You are encouraged to follow the format most likely used in your discipline. If unsure what that is, speak with your supervisor or graduate program director. You must also submit an abstract (maximum 250 words). Your presentation will be equipped with a computer, projector and screen. You are welcome to share any sort of visual materials you like.

Poster Presentations:
Students who participate in a poster presentation will create a poster showcasing their research and will need to be available during their assigned poster viewing session to answer questions about their work. You will also need to submit a presentation abstract (maximum 250 words) for the conference program. There are no restrictions on posters, but they must fit on the provided tack board, which is 48″ wide and 36″ tall.  Posters can be printed through Brock’s Printing Services or in the Brock Library at your own cost. Some programs have funding available to support students creating research posters, so be sure to check with your supervisor or GPD.

You may use this template to create your poster or create your own.

48″x36″ template

The templates are set at half scale, making the design easier for students to layout and view on screen. The final product output will be printed at 200 percent to fit the required final size.

Master’s, PhD level programs, postdoctoral fellows and visiting researchers are able to present.

Special sport edition and Canada Games research details:
We’re looking for cross-disciplinary themes as the Canada Games are a major multi-sport event related to many demographics, facets of society and disciplines. It isn’t just a sporting event; it celebrates and promotes recreation, leisure, physical education, active living, health and well-being, be it physical, mental and/or emotional. The Games include art and culture through various programs and engage the community and individuals through outreach.

Some research topics across faculties to think about include:

  • Math and Science: physics, statistics, technology and chemistry play roles in optimizing sports performance
  • Social Sciences: sustainability, child and youth studies, culture, communication, tourism, politics and economics have many touchpoints
  • Business: all management areas relate to how sports organizations and events operate; education embraces critical thinking that challenges barriers to sport
  • Humanities: history, dramatic arts, game studies and visual arts often express sport in unique ways
  • Applied Health Sciences: the areas related to sport that is mentioned above underpin each and every program in unique ways

Not ready to present your research?  You can still attend! Registration to attend will open in mid-September.

All graduate students in course- and research-based programs at Brock are encouraged to attend to support their peers and learn about the exciting research taking place by students on our campus. The Research Café is a great place to meet students and connect to the larger graduate studies community.

Students wishing to present must apply before the deadline of Friday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. (a possible week extension may be applied if we do not reach minimum presenters)

Please use the CLICK HERE TO REGISTER link above.

Before beginning your application to present, you will need to have the following information ready:

  • Name
  • Brock e-mail
  • Program of study
  • Level of Study (Master’s, PhD, Postdoctoral)
  • Supervisor Name
  • Presentation Title (This will be displayed in our conference program exactly as entered)
  • Presentation Abstract
    • Maximum of 250 words. Anything more than 250 words will be deleted and will not be included in the conference abstract. Please note, if your abstract contains special symbols, we recommend that in addition to submitting your abstract in the registration form, you also email it to with the emailed titled, MNK Conference Abstract – Your Name).  Often, special symbols or letters do not appear in our website collection form.  If emailing to us, please send as a Microsoft Word document, and not a PDF.)
  • Presentation keywords – you may include up to 10 keywords to help us put your presentation in a session with similar presenters

Workshops or one-on-one sessions may be available for students looking for support on their poster and/or oral presentation. Connect with if you are interested (Subject: Research Cafe support).