Student profiles

“My experience at Brock University has been the most beneficial journey of my life. The Faculty of Social Sciences has a lot to offer and the friendly staff is always there to welcome and support you through your university career.” — Maira (BA ’15, Communication Studies)

Alison O’Connor, a Psychology PhD student and her supervisor, Associate Professor of Psychology Angela Evans, set out to explore perceptions of older adults’ involvement in jury duty and how this may be shaped by the opt-out law, available to those 65 years and older.

Together, the researchers constructed a questionnaire for younger and older adult participants to assess their willingness and capability to serve on jury duty, their perceptions of older adults’ capability to serve, and what participants thought of the so-called ‘opt-out’ law. Prior to completing the questionnaire, the researchers informed half of the older adult group about the law. The other half of older adults were not told about the law until the end of the questionnaire. The results, published last month in the journal Psychology, Crime and Law, confirmed some of O’Connor’s and Evans’ theories.

Meredith DeCock-Caspell, a master of Sustainability student, was one of only three graduate students across Canada chosen to present at a national conference.

DeCock-Caspell, who is supervised by Professor Liette Vasseur, participated in the Student Delegate Program as part of the MSA Research and Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) Connect 2020 conference. The conference is focused on catastrophe management and fostering collaboration before, during and after catastrophic events.

“This opportunity means a great deal to me,” said Meredith. “Not only do I get to share my research and that of my team with a broad national audience, but it is an incredible networking opportunity.”

A group of students from Professor of Geography and Tourism Studies Michael Pisaric’s GEOG 4P26 class visited Sunset Beach in north St. Catharines to measure the quantity of plastics turning up in the sand.

They measured out plots on the beach and sifted through the sand to collect as many tiny pieces of plastic as they could. Then they compiled their findings in lab reports for the end of the Fall Term. The results are alarming. In one sample alone, one square metre of the beach yielded 665 individual pieces of plastic material.

Emily Bowyer, a third-year student from Mississauga majoring in Geography and Biology who participated in the field collection, described it as “an opportunity to see the magnitude of the problems in the environment first-hand.”


“As a very appreciative parent, I wish to thank you today for your incredible opportunities for personal as well as professional development/growth. The transition of Meagan’s self-confidence is nothing short of miraculous to all who are close with her. Brock University provides many opportunities and support to guide students towards building a strong foundation for their promising future. It is the exceptional personal experience of such life-changing moments that otherwise most students would not encounter.

Meagan continues to excel with her social skills, self-confidence, and passion to explore the world and simply/unselfishly make a difference as a humanitarian. We could not be more grateful today as well as confident that our daughter will succeed in any endeavour that she sets out to achieve. Thank you Brock University, our family will be forever grateful.” — Leanne, proud Brock U parent