There is never a straight path for those delving into PhD research. You might start off with a certain idea or project in mind but end up with something quite different.
That’s exactly what happened with Matthew Rätsep, a third year PhD candidate in the Pharmacology and Toxicology program, now part of the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (DBMS) at Queen’s University.
When Economics PhD candidate Michael Kottelenberg was researching his award-winning paper, public use data wasn’t enough to answer his question—namely, when a $5-a-day daycare program was implemented in Québec, what happened to families that used it? He and co-author (also his supervisor) Dr. Steven Lehrer had to leave all forms of electronic communication or recording—even iPods—behind and go into the highly secure Queen’s Data Research Centre (QRDC).
RetreatWriting six hours a day for five consecutive days is not for the faint of heart. Resisting the internet and the urge for friendly social media chats during writing time is an equal task. But 16 Masters and 38 PhD students were up for the challenge during the School of Graduate Studies’ (SGS) most recent Dissertation Boot Camp. Armed with laptops, iPods, water bottles, and completed research, they gathered in the Douglas Library Reading Room to set up camp.
Ryan Plener is on track to earn both a Masters of Industrial Relations and a Juris Doctor in only the time it typically takes to earn the latter—and to do so, he spent a summer semester working all day every day on a suite of international business law courses at Queen’s Herstmonceux castle (UK).
Jeff MacCormack, a PhD student in the Faculty of Education, asserts that unhappiness or stilted ambitions were not the reasons for his life altering career move. After nine years working as a certified teacher he continued to love his work. He knew teaching was the career for him, only that the job he held could not answer some long lingering questions plaguing his mind.
Last Thursday (7th August), 30 international undergraduate Globalink students from the Universities of Windsor, Waterloo, Guelph, McMaster, UofT, Ryerson, York, McGill, Carleton and Concordia visited Queen's to see what the School of Graduate Studies, Queen's and the city of Kingston has to offer. This is part of an initiative to increase international students and to highlight to our programs in this instance funding options to assist international students.
Queen's Office of Post-Doctoral Training (OPDT) has compiled a list of tips to help you with your application for the Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowship - or other fellowships like CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC fellowships.
Find the full list of tips on the OPDT website.
A passion for teaching, academia and understanding the human body is what Nicole Ventura and Kristiina Aasa have in common.
It’s that same love for anatomy that made them apply to Queen’s University’s Anatomy and Cell Biology Program, now a part of the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (DBMS). Both opted to pursue a Masters and stayed on for a PhD.
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?”