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April 25, 2017

Beyond the Professoriate: Learn about PhD jobs and careers . . . and how to get them! 

Beyond the Professoriate

Beyond the Professoriate is the online conference for PhDs in career transition.

Join us for two days of presentations and discussion with PhDs working in non-faculty roles in a variety of jobs and careers. Learn from PhDs who've been there, done that!

The 4th-annual conference will take place live on Saturday, May 6, and Saturday, May 13, 2017, starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT both days.

All conference sessions will be recorded and will be available to watch on demand for 21 days.

Full conference tickets are only US $49 (early bird) and US $59 (late registration) + the Eventbrite processing fee.


April 19, 2017

R-Ladies #LdnOnt MeetUp: Intro to R & Intro to GitHub

R-LadiesGlobal_300Come join us for our next R-Ladies meet up!

When: May 1, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: UnLondon Community Space: 211 King Street, London ON (corner of King and Clarence). We are incredibly excited to now be able to host our meet ups at UnLondon's community building downtown, which provides us a more accessible space beyond the walls of the university, as well as access to their awesome community.
What: An informal group of folks interested in using and learning more about the R programming language. This months topics include an Intro to R and Intro to Git.

We have two topics to present to you this time, led by two awesome women:
1) Intro to R: Rachael Smyth will be walking us through some basic introductory material in R and best practices of writing your R scripts.
2) Intro to version control with GitHub: Pauline Barmby will then demonstrate the ins and outs of version control using GitHub, which can be an incredibly useful way of keeping track of changes you make to your scripts (or other documents).

Both will be dynamic presentations allowing you to put your new skills to practice. Join us for drinks after the talks!

Please RSVP on our MeetUp page if you plan on attending so we have an idea of how many to expect.

April 05, 2017

Announcing Western’s 3MT 2017 WINNERS!


Photo (from left):  Gregory Wallace, Tamara Tavares, and Shane Smith

We are pleased to announce the winners of our sixth-annual 3MT competition that took place this morning in the Davenport Theatre, Talbot College.

1st Place

Tamara Tavares
PhD candidate, Neuroscience, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Title:  Doctor, what is the diagnosis?

2nd Place

Shane Smith
MSc candidate, Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Title:  Combat Vascular Trauma: From Characterization to Innovation

3rd Place

Gregory Wallace
PhD candidate, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Title:  Fabrication of Metallic Nanostructures for Molecular Plasmonics

Tamara will be Western’s representative at the 3MT Ontario 2017 provincial competition at the University of Waterloo on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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

March 30, 2017

Announcing Western’s Top 20 3MT Finalists for 2017!


After six exciting heats that have taken place over the past five weeks, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is pleased to announce the top 20 students across the university that will be competing in the Western 3MT Final.

DATE: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

In alphabetical order, Western’s 3MT Top 20 finalists are:

  1. Dova Brenman
  2. Christina Catenacci
  3. Nolan Dyck
  4. Pavlina Faltynek
  5. Daoping Guo
  6. Moe Haddara
  7. Andrew Hanna
  8. Elise Harrington
  9. Ainsley Inglis
  10. Gordon Irvine
  11. Pascaline Kohio
  12. Taniya Nagpal
  13. George Orlov
  14. Freda Qi
  15. Katerina Rnic
  16. Shane Smith
  17. Yoah Sui
  18. Tamara Tavares
  19. Hayley Wallace
  20. Gregory Wallace

Immediately following the competition, we will move to the IGAB Atrium for lunch.  During lunch, we will announce our top three winners, including the one student who will go on to represent Western at 3MT Ontario 2017 on April 12 at the University of Waterloo.

Good luck to all participants!

March 25, 2017

Current Issues in Canadian Corrections


DATE:  Friday March 31, 2017
TIME:  12:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  McKellar Room, UCC

You have all seen the stories in the news about the many problems in our prisons, jails, detention centres. This is our opportunity to hear directly from Howard Sapers, Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform, Ontario and formerly Correctional Investigator of Canada about the issues in our correctional facilities.

Don’t miss it!

All disciplines welcome. No RSVP required.

Contact if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make these events accessible to you.

Seed Your Startup Pitch Competition


DATE: Thursday, April 6, 2017
TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Propel (WSS 2130)

Watch as six student startups pitch, "Dragon's Den" style, to win two cash prizes of $3,000!  PLUS, all audience members will be entered to win a DRONE! One "Fan Favourite" prize will be awarded to the pitch with the most audience votes.

You won't want to miss this!

R-Ladies #LdnOnt: Data visualization and creating graphics in R!


Drop by our upcoming R-Ladies, London ON event! This time, Sinthiya Thavam will be leading a presentation on visualizing your data and creating awesome graphics in R. Attendees will also be signed up for unlimited access to DataCamp R Courses (available through August). As always, this event is free and fully inclusive. All our events are female-led but open to any and all to attend!

When: Monday April 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: North Campus Building, Room #293 (NCB is located on Perth Drive, just north of the bridge on University Drive)
What: Interactive presentation on using R to visualize patterns in your data and creating high quality graphics. The presentation will be followed by time to play around with plotting, as well as time to peruse the DataCamp courses and discuss which courses to feature at upcoming meet ups.
What to bring: Laptop with R & R Studio installed.
Contact:  Email if you have questions!

Be sure to RSVP on our MeetUp page where we will also post updates about future events!

March 23, 2017

Lifestyle Medicine Student Conference

EIM Lifestyle Medicine Day  Poster

London is making huge advancements in medicine with a lifestyle based medical clinic; the Advanced Medical Group clinic located on Richmond Street brings a lifestyle based approach to medicine with facilities such as a mindfulness centre, a gym, a healthy bistro, massage therapy, kinesiology clinic and more available to all patients.

On April 1, Western students studying Nutrition, Kinesiology, Health Science, Medical Science, Nursing and/or are interested in pursuing a health-related career are invited for a conference at this clinic.

Students will have the opportunity to work with Western faculty and London physicians by engaging in interactive workshops to learn how to prescribe lifestyle.  The day will conclude with a social where students will have their chance to share how they envision the future of our Canadian healthcare system.  This is an excellent opportunity to build your CV, explore future career opportunities and learn from established researchers in the field.

Cost to attend is $15.00 and this will include your meals, a drink and all conference material.


March 22, 2017

Richard J. Schmeelk Fellowship for French-Speaking Graduate Students


Is French your first language? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the 2017 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 Friday, April 14, 2017.


Questions?  Please contact Erin Daley at

Health Sciences 3MT Faculty Heat: Wednesday, March 29, 2017


The Health Sciences heat will take place in Somerville House (SH), The Great Hall from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


  • Presentations must be based on research that is directly related to your graduate program thesis or major research paper.
  • You must register for the event with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, who will confirm your entry.
  • You must be available to present, in person, at Western’s 3MT final on Wednesday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m.


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