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SGS Habitat Featured Articles: Graduate students participate in housebuilding with a local charity

Article by Natalia Mukhina

Early one Saturday morning, when most students were still asleep after a hard week at school, some Queen’s grads from the Civil Engineering Department went to Napanee to build a house. It was a multicultural crowd, with students from India, China, Canada, Nepal, the US, and led by Titilope-Oluwa Adebola from Nigeria. They were going to work together with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that mobilizes volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing for low-income families.

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Transcultural Transdisciplinarity: Alumna Zaira Zarza Wins Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship

Queen’s alumna Zaira Zarza is the first Cuban International student to graduate for a Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences program. She completed a PhD in the Cultural Studies Program in 2015, and won a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies.

Zaira’s doctoral research project combined archival, curatorial, and historiographical work. Her dissertation, Roots and Routes: Cuban Cinemas of the Diaspora in the 21st Century, comprised a written thesis and the organization of a travelling showcase of Cuban diasporic digital films. The showcase toured Montreal, Kingston and Toronto in 2015 and Havana in 2016.

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Vanier Scholar Jackie Huberman

Queen’s Jackie Huberman is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Jackie’s research has focused on characterizing gender differences and similarities in patterns of sexual response.

“The Vanier award will allow me to focus more on my research in the coming years, maximizing its impact and my success. I am so humbled to have received this prestigious award, which will carry me forward in my career,” she said.

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Homecoming Research Showcase

At the Donald Gordon Centre on Saturday October 15, eleven graduate students showcased their research to alumni as part of Homecoming 2016.  This was the first time such an event had been held for graduate students. The showcase is part of the School of Graduate Studies' commitment to help disseminate the great research our grad students are doing.  With special guest Dr. Art McDonald (of Physics Nobel Laureate fame), the morning got off to a great start.  In his introductory remarks, Dr. McDonald showed that even after many years in research it isn't always easy to explain the work that you are doing to people outside of your field. Our students had six minutesfor this task.

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Career Week 2016

The School of Graduate Studies third annual Graduate and Post-Doctoral Career Week went off without a hitch!  With eleven workshops and culminating in a reception at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, it was a week for grad students and post-docs to start preparing for life after grad studies, whether in academia, business, government or the non-profit sector. 

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Ana Patricia Chuc Gamboa: Combining Work in International Trade Law and Human Rights

Originally from Mérida, Mexico, Ana Patricia Chuc Gamboa has worked as a lawyer advising foreign companies which import and export raw materials in Mexico. Now she is working on a PhD at Queen’s in order to study the trade agreements which those companies rely on. Ana Patricia has a Master’s degree in International Law from the Graduate School of Government and Public Policy – now called the School of Government and Public Transformation – at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and a second Master’s degree in Constitutional Law from the Autonomous University of Yucatan where she focused on human rights.

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