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Queen's PhD Candidate earns Fulbright Scholarship

PhD candidate Leah Sarson (Political Studies) has been awarded a Fulbright Canada student grant. The prestigious funding will allow her to conduct research at Dartmouth College this academic year.

“The Fulbright award provides me with the opportunity to immerse myself in a new academic environment and explore different approaches to the study of international relations,” says Ms. Sarson.

“Working at Dartmouth exposes me to the many advantages of an Ivy League institution, including its renowned network of scholars and experts in the field of international relations. The award also affords me the financial latitude to focus on my dissertation rather than other commitments.”

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Vanier Scholar - Hannah Dies

In November 2015 we introduce our six new Vanier Scholars. Next in this series is Hannah Dies, a doctoral student in the Chemical Engineering at Queen's whose research focuses on creating a portable biosensor that may be used to detect pathogenic biomolecules indicative of various types of cancers and bacterial diseases.

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Palak Patel - Collaborative Cancer Research

Palak Patel has a "curious mind," as he puts it. He is keen to verify observations through experimentation - be it the perfect amount of chocolate to eat, or the accuracy of genetic tests for diagnosing prostate cancer.

Palak is a second-year PhD student in Pathology, working with Dr. David Berman in the Queen's Cancer Research Institute. They are part of a 13-lab, cross-Canada collaborative project focused on prostate cancer, funded by a Movember Team Grant (Prostate Cancer Canada).

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Melissa Bredow - A Scholarship for Research in Japan

Melissa Bredow's first trip overseas was about as far as you can go from Canada. Thanks to a scholarship from the Japanese Society for the Advancement of Science, Melissa traveled to Japan for three months to conduct research on the antifreeze proteins found in some hardy cereals. Freezing causes cellular dehydration, rupturing of cellular structures and cell death. However, the antifreeze proteins (AFPs) in hardy cereals allow for survival below -10 degrees Celsius.

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SGS Habitat Featured Articles: Dissertation on the Lake

There was a brisk, lively atmosphere at the corner of Union and Division Street early in the morning of August 24. About 30 Queen’s graduate students from various disciplines were getting together to set out on their journey to the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (ELEEC). The writing retreat titled “Dissertation on the Lake” was going to start on the shores of the lake for the second time since it had been pioneered in 2014 by the School of Graduate Studies. New campers had to take themselves away for a “five-days-four-nights-long” camp to push their dissertation projects forward.

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SGS Habitat Featured Articles: Podcasting PhD's

Graduate students regularly face questions about what they actually “do” in the course of research and study towards their degrees. For those outside the academy, and indeed even from differing faculties, there are often misconceptions about what graduate student research is, how is gets done, and what it's "for." “Curiosity Driven” is a short radio and podcast documentary series about Queen’s graduate students’ research that aims to present their work in an accessible, entertaining format for a wide audience.

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