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September 13, 2019

A story of survival and strength


Emmanuel Ndashimye, PhD Candidate in Microbiology and Immunology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Under the cover of night, the van carrying Emmanuel Ndashimye and his family approached the Rwanda-Uganda border. Alongside his mother and four siblings, he lay flat on the floor, hidden from sight and silently praying as the vehicle stopped at the checkpoint.


September 12, 2019

APPLY NOW: $40,000 Hugh C. Morris Experiential Learning Fellowship for Graduate Students


The Hugh C. Morris Experiential Learning Fellowship, valued at $40,000 (CAD) is open to any graduate student studying in Canada who is working in a field related to earth, geosciences, environment, alternative energy, water, climate change, sustainability, or to the social impact, social sciences or design sciences related to these areas, and is designed to provide a unique experiential travel program designed by the student.

The deadline for receipt of online applications is 11:59 pm PST on January 31, 2020.

The Kimberley Foundation is a charitable not-for-profit organization registered in the Province of British Columbia whose aim to is to support unique, self-directed learning experiences that will help change the world.


WORKSHOP: Staying Motivated in Graduate School -- September 26, 2019


DATE: Thursday September 26, 2019
TIME: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Spencer Engineering Building Room #1200

Staying motivated in graduate school can be challenging, particularly when it is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In this presentation, we will discuss factors that affect motivation, challenges to staying motivated in graduate school, and motivational strategies for graduate students. 

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September 11, 2019

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES — "My Way: From Tent to Vice-Regal Suite" on September 25, 2019


The Honourable James Bartleman, Officer of the Order of Canada (2011), member of the Order of Ontario (2002), Ontario's 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (2002-2007), Western University alumnus (BA’63, LLD’02), and author of nine books including his debut novel "As Long as the Rivers Flow" which explores the consequences of Canada's residential school system through several generations, will be speaking on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. in the IGAB Atrium about My Way: From Tent to Vice-Regal Suite.

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 there!

September 09, 2019

NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships Information Session! September 11, 2019


Program Officers from NSERC, Amy Reckling and Kari Saumur, will be presenting an NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships Information Session!

DATE: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 
TIME: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB) Atrium

The Program Officers will offer guidance and tips on how to prepare a scholarship or fellowship application for the master's, doctoral and postdoctoral competitions in the natural sciences and engineering.  This two-hour event will include ample time for Q&A. No registration is required.  Refreshments will be available.


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