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Jennifer Massey, Graduate Alumni Mentor

Graduate students “often have difficulty contemplating how their training and skills might prepare them for careers in and out of academia.” So says the call for Graduate Alumni Mentors, a new initiative that is part of the Queen’s 175 celebrations.

One Queen’s Alumni Mentor who saw clearly how her doctoral training and skills would contribute to her career development is Jennifer Massey, now Director of Student Life at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. 

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Alexandra Rosenblat - Sociology Alumna Asks: Where is Data-Driven Society Steering Us?

What will police-worn body cameras see that police won’t? Do anomalies in Uber’s visual representations produce phantom cars? Who’s watching you at work? These are all questions about the social, legal, ethical impact of new technologies Queen’s alumna Alex Rosenblat is asking as a researcher/technical writer at Data & Society

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From Queen’s to UNB, and Close to Everything in Between

For Dr. George A. MacLean, the University of New Brunswick’s new Dean of Arts, “it was Queen’s that solidified that research and teaching” would be what he did for the rest of his life.

As an undergraduate, MacLean considered grad school, med school, and law school – even an MBA. But while he considered every option, he knew “in his heart of hearts” that he wanted to wind up in a PhD.

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SGS Habitat Featured Articles: Health history and blankets

Graduate students go through a transformative teaching experience with the blanket exercise

HLTH 101 Social Determinants of Health is a course with more than 700 undergrads enrolled, 17 graduate students who serve as teaching assistants, and Professor Elaine Power, the course instructor. This year, the blanket exercise is proving an important technique in an arsenal of teaching tools to demonstrate how colonialism and racism affect the health of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. As for graduate teaching assistants, facilitating the exercise was a transformative teaching experience.

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Professor Wayne Snedden: Success as Graduate Chair

Prof. Wayne Snedden has been the Graduate Chair for the Biology Department since December 2013. He took this position both because he knows how crucial administrative work is to the functionality of a department and because he wanted to continue the process of improving Biology’s graduate programs.  In his role Prof. Snedden works with his team of colleagues on the Biology Department Graduate Committee to develop new cutting-edge programs and courses. Prof. Snedden also shows sensitivity for the learning environment and welfare of graduate students. It is this combination of program development and attention for students that has made Prof. Snedden so successful.

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Featured Graduate Coordinator - Dr Allison Sherman, Art History

Dr. Allison Sherman, Art History, is one of two 2015 Featured Graduate Coordinators at Queen’s. The Featured Graduate Coordinator is an initiative to provide support and encourage good practices, especially for those faculty members new to the role of Graduate Coordinator. I sat down with Dr. Sherman to discuss her tips for excelling as a Graduate Coordinator.

Dr. Sherman tells me that as a relatively new PhD and adjunct professor, she was initially daunted by the role, but she quickly found that her recent experience as a graduate student was actually an asset in understanding the challenges and anxieties students face, before and after graduation.

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Allan English and Hossam Hassanein receive Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Two professors are being recognized by the School of Graduate Studies for their excellence in supervision and mentorship. Hossam Hassanein and Allan English are the 2015 recipients of the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision. The award recognizes outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising and mentoring graduate students through their training.

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Dalia Thamin - A Journalist-Researcher Takes on #Activism

Like anything that’s global and just about ubiquitous, social media is a mixed bag; yes, there are a lot of cat pictures and hashtags about caffeine (who among us doesn’t sometimes #NeedMyVenti?), but it’s undeniable that there’s also an energetic, ongoing, and public conversation about civic issues in the TwitterverseDalia Thamin, a Cultural Studies MA student, is studying just that. Thamin, who worked in radio and TV journalism in Canada and the Middle East for 14 years, is applying her experience in broadcast to examine how marginalized groups are using Twitter activism to talk back to mainstream media. 

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SGS Habitat Featured Articles: SGPS Career Event

“I’ve spent plenty of time compiling my digital portfolio with CVs and references,” says Nicole, MSc student in Health Science, “but it is a photo that will be the first thing my potential boss will see when they download my profile, right? That is why I am here.”

I met Nicole in a line for free professional headshots, which had been organized by the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) in their SGPS Professional Makeover Week. This October SGPS offered three special events to help students prepare for conferences, networking events, and job interviews. In addition to headshot session, students could take part in special women’s and men’s tailoring events to find out how to look sharp and professional. For that purpose, SGPS invited business partners Chris James Kingston and Eph Apparel to provide one-on-one services with rack professional items.

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