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May 28, 2018

Mitacs Training (In-person) Workshop Schedule: June - September 2018


In-Person Workshops -- June - September 2018


Foundations of Project Management II

DATE: June 11-12, 2018
LOCATION: St Paul’s Bloor Street, Toronto, ON



Foundations of Project Management I

DATE: July 12-13, 2018
LOCATION: Location TBD, Toronto, ON


Skills of Communication

DATE: July 16, 2018
LOCATION: Location TBD, Toronto, ON



Business Writing for Today’s Professional

DATE: September 20, 2018
LOCATION: Location TBD, Toronto, ON


Time Management

DATE: September 21, 2018
LOCATION: Location TBD, Toronto, ON


Essentials of Productive Teams

DATE: September 25, 2018
LOCATION: Albert McCormick Community Centre, Waterloo, ON


May 22, 2018

Learn about data analytics in Industry using R

R-LadiesGlobal_300Presented by R-Ladies #LdnOnt

This R-Ladies session will feature Vicki Cocco presenting a whole new perspective for us - using R in industry! Vicki is the founder of 10in6 Inc, a London, Ontario based company that helps businesses improve their productivity and efficiency through data analysis. Vicki is also a long-time R-Ladies, #LdnOnt member, and we are thrilled to have her share her insights with our group!

Come join us at this R-Ladies session if you...
... want to start or keep learning about R for your own work/research
... are curious about a career in industry/data science
... are interested in meeting like-minded people interested in tech, coding, and learning!

What is R-Ladies?: A low-key get together for ladies interested in using and learning more about R, a powerful statistical software program. We meet about once a month to feature different topics and speakers. 
When: Tuesday, May 29, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: London Public Library, Central Branch (251 Dundas, right downtown). We will be in the Wellington Room on the 2nd floor. 
Cost: All our meet ups are free, and always will be!
Sounds good, where do I sign up?  RSVP at our MeetUp page

Social Media:  Twitter | Facebook | MeetUp | Email


Do I need to be an R expert? No! While some familiarity helps, all levels are welcome! If you want to follow along, come with your laptop and have R and RStudio installed.

I already know R, what's in it for me? Awesome! Come join a community of women interested in STEM research, meet new pals, learn new skills or sharpen old ones, or talk to us about leading a workshop on a topic you're passionate about!

I don't identify as a lady, but I still want to learn R - can I join? Yes! While we prioritize female leadership, our general membership is fully inclusive.

I'm interested in leading a workshop! How to I get in touch? Great! You don't even need to be a full fledged "expert" to lead a workshop... this is a group for skill swapping. If you're interested, send us an email at

May 07, 2018

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Summer School in Contexts of Indigenous Culture


The Interdisciplinary Initiative (IDI) in Applied Indigenous Scholarship invites applications from Graduate Students at Western University and its Affiliate Colleges to submit applications for our Summer School in Contexts of Indigenous Culture.

The school will take place July 18-20, 2018, and will involve cultural awareness activities, a community visit, and meaningful space for dialogue and relationship building among culturally knowledgeable trainers, local community members and school participants.

Those interested should complete the form in the link below by June 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Decisions will be made by June 15.

**Please note we are able to accept only 40 participants. All invited applicants must commit to attend all three days (two half days and one full day) of the school.

Please apply at:

For more information, please contact Dr. Gloria Thomas at

May 02, 2018

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2018 John W Davies Memorial Award


The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Arctic Section is pleased to offer one scholarship award of $3,000 (CAD) in memory of John W. Davies, a former Chair of the Section.

The competition is open to any full-time graduate student at a recognized University in Canada or the US State of Alaska whose research will assist in providing solutions to problems encountered in the Arctic or in cold ocean environments.

Full details can be found here:

The deadline for applications is midnight Mountain Standard Time on Friday, July 6, 2018. This scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2018.

We look forward to receiving applications for this award from qualified and interested candidates.

Excellence and Quality in Academic Life (EQUALs) Conference: June 1-2, 2018


EQUALs is a venue for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers considering a career in academia. 

The purpose of this conference is to explore the spectrum of pathways of success in academia with an explicit focus on gender equity and its intersections with other identity markers.

DATE: June 1-2, 2018
TIME: 4:30 p.m. Registration
LOCATION: University of Waterloo


To affect a real and meaningful change in the academic climate, the EQUALs conference is dedicated to having attendees of diverse genders, races, minority groups, ethnic backgrounds, and academic career paths.

The conference program includes a wide range of topics spanning career path related issues, including:

  • Where do you want to go, and how are you going to get there?
  • Getting the job and the position you want.
  • Navigating your work atmosphere.
  • Can you have a life when you’re an academic?

Space is limited. The deadline is May 25, 2018

April 17, 2018

CALL FOR APPLICANTS: Africa Institute Graduate Student Research Fund


The Africa Institute is pleased to announce a new round of funding available for 2018 for the “Africa Institute Graduate Student Research Fund” developed to support graduate student research in African-related scholarship.

The AI Graduate Student Research Fund is open to graduate students currently enrolled at Western University who meet the eligibility requirements as outlined HERE. Students may apply for the research fund grant to receive up to a maximum of $2,000 CAD to defray expenses incurred for their thesis research and/or other activities associated with graduate research and knowledge translation that fall within the domain of African-related scholarship.

If you have any questions regarding this application, please do not hesitate to contact The Africa Institute at and/or via telephone at (519) 661-2111 ext. 82277.

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.

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