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Nicole & Kristiina Reflecting on Queen's Anatomy Program

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.


Making the transition from undergrad to grad

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?”


Sarah Smith - Art is political for GG's Gold Medal Winner

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


Erik Drysdale - Forecasting in the Financial World

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.