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February 26, 2020

Information Session about the new McCall MacBain Scholarships on March 12, 2020


Do you aspire to make a positive impact on the lives of people around you?
Are you ready to explore new concepts and challenge yourself while working with a diverse cohort of scholars?
Are you excited to learn from peers and mentors with a variety of lived experiences and academic paths?

The McCall MacBain Scholarships team wants to meet you!

Join us for a FREE information session to learn about the new McCall MacBain Scholarships, a full scholarship and enrichment program for your Master’s or professional studies (dentistry, law, medicine) at McGill University.

DATE: Thursday, March 12, 2020
TIME: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB) Atrium


You’ll hear firsthand from a McCall MacBain Scholarships representative about the scholar experience, how to apply, the selection process, plus Q&A.

About the McCall MacBain Scholarships

McCall MacBain Scholarships

  • Full graduate scholarship covering tuition and fees, plus a living stipend
  • Comprehensive enrichment program
  • Up to 20 scholarships will be offered in the first year
  • Open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and refugees

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2020 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. Specifically the research may be in the areas of:

  • marine transportation,
  • development of offshore resources,
  • eco-systems interaction with development of Arctic/cold ocean resources,
  • climate change impact in marine cold regions, or
  • special areas of research for Arctic/cold ocean environments.

Full details can be found here:

The deadline for applications is midnight Mountain Standard Time on Friday, June 26, 2020. This scholarship will be awarded by October 15, 2020.

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

February 21, 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: Envirocon 2020


Western University invites graduate students to submit abstracts for presentations, posters and speed talks for the 2020 EnviroCon research conference.

EnviroCon is an annual interdisciplinary conference organized by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability.  We welcome students from all departments, including Science, Engineering, Social Sciences, Business, Policy, and Management.

Submission deadline extended to February 28.

The conference will take place on March 13, 2020, and there are no fees associated with this event.

Presenters and attendees are required to register HERE.

Questions can be directed to

February 20, 2020

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES — “Going for the big prize!” on February 26, 2020


Angela Meadows, PhD, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology; Jonathan A. Michaels, PhD, BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Scholar, Western Interdisciplinary Research; and Eric D. Wilkey, PhD, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Numerical Cognition Lab, Brain and Mind Institute, will be speaking next Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. in the IGAB Atrium about Going for the big prize!

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!

SOCIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM: Inequalities, exclusion, and retirement migration


DATE: Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
TIME: 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: SSC Room #9420

Toni Calasanti, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech, where she is also a faculty affiliate of both the Center for Gerontology and Women’s and Gender Studies.

A Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Aging & Society at McMaster University, her research on the intersections of age, gender and social inequalities has appeared in several journals as well as in the books Gender, Social Inequalities, and Aging (2001), Age Matters: Re-Aligning Feminist Thinking (2006), and Nobody’s Burden: Lessons from the Great Depression on the Struggle for Old-Age Security (2011). Recent explorations of the intersectional approach and of age, gender and sexuality laid the foundation for her NIH-funded research on same-sex partner caregiving.

When she visits Western on Feb. 28, Dr. Calasanti will present her latest research, a comparative study of retirees who migrate from European Union countries and the U.S. to poorer regions in Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Taking up permanent residence in a new country in retirement, “retirement migration,” has often been characterized as a lifestyle move, an attempt to seek a "place in the sun," and in contrast to migration in earlier life, wherein movement is based on economic opportunities.

Viewed from an intersectional lens that takes inequalities into account, preliminary findings in this study indicate that retirement migrants all take economic considerations into account, albeit from very different, class-based vantages. This research also found that, regardless of class or gender, respondents seek to avoid social exclusion based on age as well.

Dr. Calasanti will discuss these initial findings, and note the ways in which local and global inequalities play out in this of retirement migration.

We would love to see you all there! Everyone 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.

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