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April 06, 2018

Announcing Western’s 3MT 2018 WINNERS!


Photo (from left):  Bethany Hynes, Taniya Nagpal, Tianqi Xie, and Freda Qi

We are pleased to announce the winners of the seventh-annual 3MT competition that took place yesterday evening at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library (Central branch) in downtown London.

1st Place
:  $1,000 Cash Prize
Tianqi Xie
PhD candidate, Geophysics
Are we alone? Unlocking the Mystery of the Moon

2nd Place
:  $500 Cash Prize
Taniya Nagpal
PhD candidate, Kinesiology
Apples versus Doctors

3rd Place
 (Tie):  $250 Cash Prize
Bethany Hynes
DMA candidate, Music
The Voice in the Mirror: an introduction to Voice Image

Freda Qi
MSc candidate, Biology
Cracking the Metastatic Code

Tianqi will be Western’s representative at the 3MT Ontario 2018 provincial competition at York University on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Congratulations to all participants from across the university who dedicated their time and effort to compete in this year’s event!

April 05, 2018

Internship Opportunity for PhD Student


The hirewesternu Graduate Intern opportunity is now live on CareerCentral.

The application deadline is April 15 at midnight.

The position is a great opportunity for a PhD student looking to develop their professional skills and gain valuable career experience. To be eligible, you need to have completed your comps, be willing to take a 12-month leave from your program, and have the support of your supervisor.

Here are the instructions about how to access the posting, followed by a few notes.

  1. Log in to Western CareerCentral at
  2. The hirewesternu Graduate Intern should appear as a “Featured Posting” upon log in, and you can click on it to be taken directly to the posting. Alternatively, you can select “job postings” from the menu on the left, and then “job postings” again. On the middle right of the page, you can use Job ID number 46807 in the “search posting” box to be taken directly to the posting for the hirewesternu Graduate Intern role. The job description is also attached for your reference.
  3. Click on “apply for this position” to submit an application; you will need to upload a copy of your cover letter and resume.


  1. The successful applicant will require permission of their supervisor prior to accepting the position. We will provide a form letter for the supervisor to sign, and it would be appropriate to have an initial conversation with your supervisor about your interest in this opportunity prior to submitting your application.
  2. The successful applicant will need to be eligible to begin working in the role in early- to mid-May.
  3. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Miller, Acting Director of The Student Success Centre at or by phone at 519-661-2111, extension 85935.

Therapy Dogs: De-Stress Event -- April 12, 2018


Thursday, April 12, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Drop in and visit with the St. John Therapy Dogs.

All therapy dog visits take place in the University Community Centre (UCC) Mustang Lounge: East Lounge Floor.

Meet the dogs and their owners, learn about the Therapy Dog Program and the benefits they provide. Take some time out of your day to de-stress.

This is a FREE event.

April 04, 2018

Therapy Dogs: De-Stress Event -- April 11, 2018


Wednesday, April 11, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Drop in and visit with the St. John Therapy Dogs.

All therapy dog visits take place in the University Community Centre (UCC) Mustang Lounge: East Lounge Floor.

Meet the dogs and their owners, learn about the Therapy Dog Program and the benefits they provide. Take some time out of your day to de-stress.

This is a FREE event.

March 26, 2018

5th Annual Beyond the Professoriate, the Online Career Conference for PhDs

Beyond the Professoriate_2018

Many universities have identified graduate student experience as a key priority, and have woven professional development for graduate students into their strategic plans. Beyond the Professoriate tackles these challenges by providing support for PhDs who want to explore career options outside of academia.

Attend Live: 5 May & 12 May 2018, starting at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Location: Online! Attend the conference via Zoom webinar.

Watch Later: All session videos available to stream on demand from 15 May until 15 June 2018.

Price: From US $49 (+ fees) for single tickets, with discounts available for group purchases.

Who Should Attend: Graduate students, recent PhDs, postdocs, adjuncts, faculty members and anyone else interested in learning about career options for PhDs.

Discounts: Buying tickets for your students or postdocs? Discounts available for bulk purchases of 10 or more.

Presenters include 16 PhDs (and one ABD) from disciplines ranging from comparative literature to chemical engineering. Day 1 speakers are all experts in the PhD career transition process, having working with institutions and individuals across Canada and the United States. Day 2 panelists work in a wide variety of fields, industries, and sectors, including higher education, government, nonprofits, tech, and healthcare.

Day 1: Professional Development Day (live on May 5, 2018)

  • Launch Your Non-Faculty Job Search... Tomorrow!
  • Understanding & Navigating Hiring in Today's Economy
  • How to Use the Internet to Get the Job You Want
  • Getting Landed: Writing Impact-Based Resumes

Day 2: Career Day (live on May 12, 2018)

  • Panel: Careers in Higher Education
  • Panel: Careers in Government
  • Panel: Careers in Business
  • Panel: Careers in Non-Profits

More details on our program website,

Global MINDS Fellowship Program Application Deadline Extended


Are you interested in cultivating innovative solutions to global mental health challenges?

Apply to the Global MINDS Fellowship Program today!

The Global Mental Health INcubator for Disruptive Solutions at Western University (Global MINDS) is an interdisciplinary development initiative with the objective of using social innovation approaches to catalyze the development, implementation, mobilization and evaluation of disruptive solutions for the wicked problem of reducing the global burden of mental disorders and related issues (e.g., suicide). Global MINDS focus on innovating for low resource settings in low and middle-income countries (e.g., East Africa region) and for marginalized communities within Canada

The Global MINDS Fellowship Program (GMFP) 2018-19 is a year-long opportunity for highly qualified students from Western University with diverse academic backgrounds and skills to learn and collaborate in transdisciplinary teams to create innovative and impactful solutions. The GMFP 2018-19 will be held in London, Canada, and will focus on incubating solutions for local mental health inequities.

Fellowship applications are being accepted until April 5, 2018.

Richard J. Schmeelk Fellowship for French-Speaking Graduate Students


Is French your first language? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the 2018 Richard J. Schmeelk Canada Fellowships.

Worth a total of C$10,000 per academic term for up to four terms in total, the Fellowship is awarded to Canadian citizens for graduate-level studies at Western.  Schmeelk Fellows study in the “other official language”, immersing themselves and their families in the other culture, and uniquely preparing themselves to confront and help resolve problems and issues challenging Canadian unity. The Fellows embrace a refreshing new vision of Canada inspired by the conviction that with tolerance and understanding, our cultural and linguistic duality can create a renewed sense of national purpose for all Canadians.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 16, 2018.


Questions?  Please contact Erin Daley at

March 23, 2018

SOCIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM: Teen pregnancy in Canada: a forgotten social problem


DATE: Friday, April 6, 2018
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: SSC Room #5220

Dr. Lisa Strohschein researches issues relating to family dynamics and health and wellbeing. But, why pay attention to teen pregnancy in Canada?  

Today, teen pregnancy rates in Canada are at historic lows and births are more common for women over age 40 than under the age of 20. The downward trend of teen pregnancy and childbirth signals success over a social problem that has been at the forefront of policy and programmatic intervention for much of the twentieth century. The downside of such success is that the issue of teen pregnancy commands much less attention in policy circles than some of the other, more pressing social problems youth face today. Is waning interest in the problem of teen pregnancy warranted? Drawing on Canadian data, Dr. Strohschein will present three compelling reasons why teen pregnancy still matters, not just for youth and their potential futures, but also for the good of Canadian society.

We would love to see you all there! Everyone welcome, no RSVP required.

March 22, 2018

3MT 2018 Western University Final Competition


DATE: Thursday, April 5, 2018
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library (Central branch), 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition is a series of three-minute talks by Western University graduate students who will tell you about their exciting research and creative activities. These Master’s and PhD students have been selected for their ability to communicate to the public in an engaging manner and at this event, one student will be selected to represent Western in a provincial 3MT Competition.

Why Should You Attend?

  • Be part of the community conversation between members of the public and Western University about the exciting research and creative activity occurring in our community.
  • Meet, talk, and learn with Western University graduate students.
  • Be informed and inspired about the latest research and creative activity by graduate students in our community.

All members of Western’s campus community and all members of the London community are invited to attend!

Refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!


March 21, 2018

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES — “Following Your Passion: Finding Funding, Flexibility, and Freedom to Create the Job You Really Want” on March 28, 2018


Dr. David Cechetto, Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Director of Training, Support and Access Model for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Rwanda at Western's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, will be speaking next Wednesday, March 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the IGAB Atrium about Following Your Passion: Finding Funding, Flexibility, and Freedom to Create the Job you Really Want.

The Scholars to Leaders Speaker Series is a unique initiative of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that is open to all students and scholars across all careers at Western – undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postdoctoral. The Series brings students together with university leaders who are uniquely skilled in mentoring candidates as they prepare for next stages of academic competition and global careers. The monthly luncheon events showcase guest speakers who share valuable insight and expertise on critical aspects of leadership from their own career experiences.

Monthly meetings run from September to March (except December), and are held on the last Wednesday of every month in the International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB) Atrium. Pizza is available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis but feel free to bring your own lunch.

See you next week!

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