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May 13, 2019

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: MEOPAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards


In 2019-20, the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network expects to offer three Postdoctoral Awards. The awards will provide top-up funding ($20,000/year) to highly-qualified postdoctoral candidates who have secured a base level of funding from other sources.

Proposed research activities must address MEOPAR’s organizational objective: To connect partners, resources and expertise to prepare for risks and take advantage of opportunities in the changing marine environment. Research must be linked to one of MEOPAR’s four challenge areas: Ocean Observation; Forecasting/Projection; Coastal Resilience; and Marine Operations/ Transportation.

The purpose of these awards is to bring new postdoctoral fellows into the network and to connect them with MEOPAR-funded researchers and Highly-Qualified Personnel (HQP). MEOPAR’s top-up funding will empower postdoctoral candidates to take full advantage of professional development and career-building opportunities, providing them with the ability to:

  • Increase their stipend for financial flexibility;
  • Participate in training and networking opportunities through MEOPAR;
  • Present and discuss results at national and international conferences and other fora;
  • Purchase or fund specialized equipment, travel, or supplies for their research; or
  • Offset costs associated with publication.

Access application instructions and eligibility criteria HERE.

The deadline to apply is July 2, 2019. Questions about the award may be directed to Laura Avery

Established in 2012 through Canada’s federal Networks of Centres of Excellence Program, the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network is a national network of academic researchers, students, government scientists, and partners in the private, not-for-profit and community sectors working together to reduce Canada’s vulnerability to marine risk. An independent not-for-profit organization, MEOPAR supports interdisciplinary research, provides training opportunities for students, and mobilizes scientific knowledge and technology through cross-sector engagement. MEOPAR’s objective is to connect partners, resources and expertise to prepare for risks and take advantage of opportunities in the changing marine environment. 

May 08, 2019

Data Cleaning and Exploration in R



Join us for our last R-Ladies #LdnOnt meet up of the season!

This meetup will be all about sitting down with new data! Jaky Kueper will walk us through common practices and procedures for data cleaning and exploration—essentially how to get data into a ‘usable’ form and start looking at what they contain. We will touch on working with multiple datasets (joins) and strategies for when you need to learn more about your data or where they come from. Previous experience with R is not required.

There will be time for the group to skill-share and practice/troubleshoot; if you have new data that you are or will be working with this summer, bring it!

Join us for snacks and drinks at Milos' down the street after the meet up. As always, all are welcome.

Please note that there will be no summer R-Ladies sessions. Stay tuned for more details to come about future sessions.

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, May 30, 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

May 06, 2019

Celebrating the 2019 Postdoctoral Research Forum


The 2019 Postdoctoral Research Forum was held in the Great Hall, Somerville House, on May 2. The event was hosted by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) and the Postdoctoral Association at Western (PAW).

Over 100 postdoctoral scholars took part in a day-long agenda that covered a wide range of topics:

  • Academic Job Process Panel with Dr. Matthew Davison, Professor, Dean of Science; Dr. Scott MacDougall-Shackleton, Professor, Chair of the Department of Psychology; Dr. Ruth Martin, Professor, Associate Dean Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs Health Sciences; and Dr. Anthony Straatman, Professor, Chair of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering.
  • Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities with Dr. Eric Wilkey, Banting Fellowship; Dr. Danielle Nash, CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship; Dr. Thomas McMurrough, MITACS Elevate Fellowship; and Dr. Carina Prein, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
  • Converting a CV to Resume with Wendy Richards, PhD, Employment Counsellor; and Veronica Pavalache, Certified Resume Strategist.

The forum began with the 3 Minute Research (3MR) Competition that saw 21 postdocs compete for cash prizes.

The winners were:

  • 1st Place: Molly Driediger (Occupational Therapy)
  • 2nd Place: Roya Tadayon (Biochemistry)
  • 3rd Place: Diana Sakae (Robarts Research Institute)

The forum also included the granting of two special awards:

  • Supervisor of the Year Award: Dr. Trish Tucker, Associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy
  • Postdoctoral Scholar of the Year AwardDr. Roberta Bgeginski, School of Kinesiology


April 26, 2019

Permanent Resident Application Reimbursement Closed


As of May 1, 2019, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will no longer provide funds to help cover the costs of applying for permanent residency.

April 18, 2019

Western Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars — Join Toastmasters Today!


Do you want to enhance your presentation skills?
Do you want to develop your persuasion skills?
Do you want to improve your self confidence?

Become a member of Western's Campus Communicators today!

DATE: Every Wednesday throughout the year
TIME: 12:05 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
LOCATION: UCC 147B (unless noted HERE)

Campus Communicators is the name of Western's Toastmasters club.

Toastmasters is an international, non-profit organization that provides individuals with a friendly, fun, and encouraging environment to improve their communication & leadership skills. We learn by active participation - by running meetings, giving speeches, evaluating speakers, and by giving impromptu talks followed by friendly, positive oral and written feedback provided by other members.


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