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March 22, 2019

Announcing Western’s 3MT 2019 WINNERS!


Photo (from left):  Anisa Morava, Robert Kuehnen, and Yoah Sui

We are pleased to announce the winners of the eighth-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
Yoah Sui
PhD candidate, Kinesiology
Sofa, so good? Maybe not.

2nd Place
:  $500 Cash Prize
Robert Kuehnen
Master's candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
How Fast can you Evacuate a Building Fire?

3rd Place
:  $250 Cash Prize
Anisa Morava
Master's candidate, Kinesiology
Can you go without it?

Yoah will be Western’s representative at the 3MT Ontario 2019 provincial competition at McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

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

March 20, 2019

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES — "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: How to Get Where You Want to Be." on March 27, 2019


Lisa Cechetto, Executive Director of WORLDiscoveries, will be speaking next Wednesday, March 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the IGAB Atrium about Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: How to Get Where You Want to Be.

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!

March 18, 2019

Take the Libraries survey


Western Libraries wants to know what you think about all things library!

Take five minutes to answer a short survey for your chance to win:

  • Beats headphones
  • A $50 gift card to campus restaurants
  • A private study room for the April exam period


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Journal of Multidisciplinary Research at Trent (JMRT) 2019


If you are interested in publishing your research in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research at Trent (JMRT), a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for graduate students, we are currently in the process of collecting original articles to be published in our second volume.

Submit your manuscript online until April 30, 2019 to be published on the JMRT online platform at the end of summer 2019 term. For author guidelines and further details, please see our Submissions page. 

JMRT was founded in 2017 with the goal of showcasing the research of graduate students using an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach, locally and nationally. Our journal is designed to help graduate students learn to write scientific publications and get accustomed to the review and journal production process.

This opportunity is open to all graduate students and supervisors from Canadian universities.

March 13, 2019

Heatmaps and Pointmaps using ggmap


This workshop, led by Rebecca Henderson, will focus on learning to produce heatmaps and pointmaps using the Google maps platform. Heatmaps can be used to represent population density, per-capita income, social views, and many other geographically important measurements. You are welcome to come follow along actively as Rebecca walks us through the code. If you'd prefer just to sit and listen, that is fine too! If you do wish to follow along actively, however, there is some prep work we ask you to do beforehand, which is detailed at our event page.

What is R-Ladies?: A low-key get together for people 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: Thursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: London Public Library, Central Branch (251 Dundas, right downtown). We will be in the Lawson Room (formerly the Richmond Room) on the first floor, across from the main library entrance.
Cost: All our meet ups are free, and always will be!
Sounds good, where do I sign up?  RSVP at our MeetUp page

Find us: Website | 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 individuals 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 underrepresented genders in leadership positions (including but not limited to cis/trans women, trans men, non-binary, genderqueer, agender) leadership, our general membership is fully inclusive.  Read more about the global initiative at

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

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