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December 03, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS — Justice, Crime and Deviance: Regional Graduate Research and Networking Conference 2019


Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus will be hosting the seventh annual Justice, Crime and Deviance: Regional Graduate Research and Networking Conference on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

This interdisciplinary conference will provide a platform for graduate students to share their completed and ongoing research endeavours related to justice, crime, and deviance, while also providing valuable peer-networking opportunities.

At this time, we invite graduate students to submit paper and poster abstracts by Friday, January 25, 2019.



November 29, 2018

Propel's Holiday Pop-Up Market: Shop local vendors on December 3, 2018


On Monday, December 3, retail startups will be popping up in the UCC Atrium from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Whether you want to do some holiday shopping, enjoy some delicious treats, or just stop by to soak up the holiday spirit, this market is sure to do the trick!  In addition to vendors, this year's market will feature a gift wrapping station, hot chocolate bar, an instagram-worthy photo booth, holiday music, and more!

Vendor List:

For more event updates follow our event on Facebook.

November 27, 2018

Mitacs Launches New Learning Management System EDGE


Mitacs Training has launched a new learning management system called EDGE (Education, Development, Growth, and Engagement).  EDGE has started replacing Mitacs Training’s past learning platforms and is designed to enhance student’s training experience through courses and curriculum.

By accessing EDGE, students will be able to:

  • Enroll in Mitacs Training courses scheduled across Canada
  • Access Mitacs Training’s online course catalog
  • View and download transcripts following successful course completion
  • Check course registration status, download resources and tools, and more!

To get started on EDGE, students will need to:

  • Visit
    • We recommend using a web-based browser. The site isn’t fully optimized for mobile browsing just yet.
  • You will be required to create a new account! Please do not attempt to use your existing login credentials with previous Mitacs platforms, they will not work!
  • Select your Learner Affiliation on the EDGE Registration Portal
  • Carefully select your current Mitacs Program Affiliation
    • If you are not a Mitacs Intern or program participant, please select General

November 26, 2018

GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 2018-2019


Four awards of $5,000 are available to Canadian Master’s and/or Doctoral candidates to support the independent research and writing of an academic paper responding to a specific Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament (NACD) topic. Awards also include domestic travel support to Ottawa where successful candidates will present their completed papers during a special event at Global Affairs Canada Headquarters on March 7, 2019.

Deadline for applications: January 21, 2019

Selection of four award recipients: February 15, 2019
Presentations at GAC in Ottawa: March 7, 2019


Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation are offered by The Simons Foundation and the International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP) of Global Affairs Canada (GAC) with a primary objective to enhance Canadian graduate level scholarship on disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation issues.

November 23, 2018

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL! The Robert Macmillan Symposium in Education


The Robert Macmillan Symposium in Education (RMSE) is accepting proposal submissions until December 16, 2018!

The symposium will be hosted by Western University’s Faculty of Education on Friday, March 29, 2019. The theme of this year’s event is Diversity in education pedagogy: Mobilizing knowledge for the education of all. We welcome all research relating to education. 

Our goal is to showcase and support education-related projects, conceptual research, and inquiries in progress for graduate students. You will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogues with peers and faculty and get feedback on education-related research through poster presentations, roundtable presentations, paper presentations and other creative forums. 

Check out our WEBSITE where you can peruse programs from previous years, discover the most current details about the Symposium, submit an abstract for paper/poster/roundtable presentations, and register online.

November 22, 2018

Indigenous Awareness Week 2018


Western University is pleased to announce the 5th annual Indigenous Awareness Week happening November 24-30, 2018. Join students, faculty, staff and community members in celebrating Indigenous peoples’ contributions to postsecondary learning through cultures, arts, and scholarship.


The week will launch with The REDress Project - Art Installation (November 19 to December 7). Indigenous Services would like to highlight the original REDress initiative created by Métis artist Jaime Black in 2011. The hanging and display of red dresses represent missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, to ensure that they are not forgotten, that awareness and justice is needed still #NoMoreStolenSisters.

Other events include:

Nov. 24

  • Western's Indigenous Students' Association's 13th Annual Powwow

Nov. 26

  • Indigenizing the Academy: Opportunities and Challenges. Presented by Candace Brunette-Debassige
  • Cherie Dimaline: Writer-in-Residence, Public Reading

Nov. 27

  • NOT VANISHING - Indigenous Women Surviving and Resisting Colonial Terror in Contemporary Canadian Society – Keynote by Dr. Robyn Bourgeois
  • Dr. Diana Lewis: Working together with Pictou Landing to Redefine a Healthy Community
  • Learn to Bead!

Nov. 28

  • Indigenous Cuisine at Delaware Dining Hall
  • Respect, Reciprocity, and Relationship with Indigenous Communities
  • The Pass System - Film Screening with director Alex Williams

Nov. 29

  • Stain Glass Workshop
  • Haudenosaunee style Fall Social

Nov. 30

  • Blanket Exercise for Grad Students

Visit the Western Library author/art displays and the Indigenous Awareness Week booth in the UCC Atrium all week for interactive activities. Remember to tag your experience with #WesternuIAW.

November 21, 2018

International Student Congress Of (bio)Medical Sciences (ISCOMS) 2019: Call for Abstracts


Are you conducting (bio)medical research and are you interested in presenting your work on an international platform? Or are you simply interested in learning about the latest (bio)medical research?

The International Student Congress Of (bio)Medical Sciences (ISCOMS) is one of the world’s leading student congresses in the field of (bio)medical sciences. Last year, 959 participants from more than 50 countries attended the 25th edition of ISCOMS. This year, the 26th edition will take place from June 3 -7, 2019 in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Students can visit the congress both as a presenting and non-presenting participant. ISCOMS offers a scientific programme with a pre-course on mastering your research, student presentation sessions (plenary, oral, and poster), workshops and a surgical operation. You can also acquire information on working and performing research in Groningen during our networking lunch, which gives you the opportunity to integrate with companies interested in recruiting ambitious biomedical students.


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SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES — “Transferring Your Skills from Academia to the Workplace: Trends, Tips and Traps” on November 28, 2018


Mr. Robert Collins, Director, Workforce Development at London Economic Development Corporation, will be speaking next Wednesday, November 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the IGAB Atrium about Transferring Your Skills from Academia to the Workplace: Trends, Tips and Traps.

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!

November 20, 2018

ERASMUS CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2019: International Funding Opportunities for Canadian Students


Erasmus + is open to Canadian students, institutions and youth organizations, and offers a range of specific opportunities including:

  1. International Credit Mobility (ICM)
    Providing short-term study scholarships (3-12 months) in a participating European University counting towards a degree back home. To participate, students must check if their own university (international office) has an international credit mobility agreement with corresponding universities in the EU.
  2. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master or Doctoral Degrees (EMJMD)
    These offer full scholarships to complete a full master or doctoral degree offered by a consortia of European universities.
  3. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship Programme
    Funding provision for up to 3,000 PhD scholarships per year in Europe. There are vacancies all year round and Canadian candidates should apply directly to the projects published on the Erasmus+ website.
  4. Erasmus+ for Higher Education Institutions - Higher Education Institutions may apply for funding to join consortia of European partners to offer:
    -Joint Master Degrees (as partners)
    -Developing joint degrees of exceptional quality open to students from all over the world.
    -Credit Mobility
  5. Jean Monnet Activities (replacing EU Centres of Excellence) provides funding to support the teaching and research of EU studies worldwide.
    Jean Monnet grants continue to support actions and activities in the fields of education, training and youth. Since 2007, there have been 49 successful projects selected for Jean Monnet funding in Canada.

For more information, contact Melanie N. Katsivo, PhD, Cert.APM, International Research Officer & Adjunct Research Professor, PaLM, Western University, at or 519-661-2111 ext. 82861.

November 19, 2018

Learn about the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught


The Student Success Centre and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies are pleased to partner in offering the Blanket Exercise to graduate students as part of Indigenous Awareness Week on Friday, November 30 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we're rarely taught. Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous people in Canada. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.


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