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Public Policy Takes Queen's MPA Student Around the World

Michelle Amri is graduating this month from Queen’s intensive Master of Public Administration program. Compared to students in many other schools’ MPA programs, Queen’s students complete about twice as many courses over less time – slightly less than one year, to be exact. Are you wondering what, precisely, it means to do public administration? Well, Amri’s work has taken her through energy policy, children’s health, tobacco reduction, and promoting health at the level of communities, in Ontario and abroad.


SGS Career Week Provides Support for Careers in Academia and Beyond

From October 14th to 17th, Queen’s graduate students and post-doctoral fellows were invited to attend Career Week – a series of workshops designed to provide support for career exploration and preparation. The topics of the sessions ranged from entrepreneurship and social innovation, best practices for LinkedIn profiles, CVs and cover letters, to discussion panels with employers and alumni from various sectors, such as academia, government, non-profit and business.


Ryan Pitre - collaborates with industry partner in cutting edge space technology

If you’re an engineer working in either the private or public sector, there are pressures to anticipate every contingency of your design. But when what you’re designing has to be sent into space, the stakes skyrocket, so to speak. For Mechanical Engineering student Ryan Pitre, his MSc project is subject to this astonishing array of enabling constraints: contributing to original research, meeting real industry deadlines with a corporate partner, and engineering for an environment so extreme that your designs can’t count on a second chance.


Erin Arthurs - Epidemiology researcher mines 20 years of data

After graduating in 2008 from McGill University with a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics, Erin Arthurs embarked on a promising career in healthcare research. During her undergraduate degree, she had been involved in research on health related quality of life and disease activity among patients with scleroderma (with supervisor Dr. Russell Steele). She went on to work at the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute in the Division of Clinical Epidemiology, and then the Jewish General Hospital’s Behavioural Health Research Group, while being a student member of the Canadian Scleroderma Research Group, under the supervision of Dr. Brett Thombs. She began to wonder, however, what she could accomplish with an MSc and the place where mathematics and health met, for Arthurs, was epidemiology.


Rachel Wayne: Hearing & Cognition Research has advise worth spreading

One of the tasks of any researcher is to not just identify the elements of a given system or process, but to come up with an explanation for why they interact in the way they do. For Psychology PhD candidate Rachel Wayne, a major step in her growth as a researcher came when she began to theorize the experience of graduate education itself. Specifically, Wayne, who is hard of hearing, started to think about the social dynamics of doing research about hearing, cognition, and communication and the fact that disability advocacy “wasn’t necessarily easy to do within research itself.” What she came up with was an idea worth spreading, so, after exploring some of her thoughts in a series of blogs for the science website PLOS (The Public Library of Science), she pitched it to the upcoming Queen’s TEDx panel.