Vance stayed to work at the Davies lab after doing his 4th year honours project there. “I enjoyed Dr. Davies as a supervisor, and thought the lab well prepped and full of smart people. It was a wonderful environment where experienced students were willing to help new people. It made the transition from undergrad to grad school smooth.” Vance smiles, and invokes a kind of realism that’s hard to argue with: “I could have taken my chances elsewhere but why risk it?”
What if we could work together towards a sustainable future?
By Amelia Hamfelt
Dr Sandra den Otter, Associate Dean at the School of Graduate Studies, is currently in Harbin, China for the 2014 China-Canada Joint Workshop on Building Dual PhD Degrees. The workshop is co-hosted by the Harbin Institute of Technology in China and the University of Alberta in Canada.
The first thing Melanie tells me is a joke.
“When you’re sitting on a plane, if you want the person next to you to talk with you, you tell them you’re an astronomer; if you want them to leave you alone, you tell them you’re an astrophysicist.”
This summer, Queen’s own Mary Chaktsiris (PhD Candidate, History) is traveling across Ontario with the Curiosity Cruiser, a mobile version of the Curiosity Shop that offers “an interactive space where people engage with objects and ask questions related to university research.”
The way art can be used to tell stories about our nation intrigues recent PhD graduate Sarah E.K. Smith. This spring she received the Governor General’s Gold Medal for her research examining visual and material culture in relation to North American free trade. The Governor General’s medals are presented to graduate students with the highest academic standing at participating Canadian universities
Still yearning for the right balance between art and research she found that the art conservation program at Queen’s would be an appropriate path to lead her towards a career that would bring her happiness and satisfaction.
Erik Drysdale measures time in issues of the Economist, forecasts the future of Canada quarter by quarter, and ponders what he’d do if he knew the world were to end in the year 2100. Drysdale is an Economics Masters student in Queen’s intensive one-year coursework program. In his work as in different areas of his life, he operates on the principle of maximizing the value of his time.
When Melanie Walker was in high school, her dad was diagnosed with colon cancer. It made her curious about medicine, but she wasn’t sure exactly how that might figure into her career path. As time would tell, the interest led her through a Queen’s BScH psychology undergraduate degree, work as a research associate at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, back to Queen’s for an MSc in Public Health Sciences (then Community Health and Epidemiology), then to work at the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG), and again back to the Department of Public Health Sciences for a PhD. Last month, her father, now 80 years old, watched her cross the stage as she received that doctoral degree.
Convocation is over, but it was as exciting as ever. In all 315 grad students graduated.