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October 29, 2019

Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) - Graduate Scholarship Program

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The Canadian Water Resources Association annually offers five scholarships awarded to graduate students whose programs of study focus on applied, natural, or social science aspects of water resources.

The application deadline for the 2020 CWRA Scholarships is January 31, 2020.

LEARN MORE

Questions? Please contact the Scholarship Chair.

October 24, 2019

WORKSHOP: Reading Strategies for Graduate Students -- November 7, 2019

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DATE: Thursday November 7, 2019
TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: University Community Centre Room #147A

In this presentation we will discuss and practice various efficient and effective approaches to reading academic material at the graduate level, including skimming, scanning, and careful/analytical reading. We will also address how to deal with a large volume of reading, and with difficult parts of text.In this presentation we will discuss and practice various efficient and effective approaches to reading academic material at the graduate level, including skimming, scanning, and careful/analytical reading. We will also address how to deal with a large volume of reading, and with difficult parts of text.

View full presentation schedule: learning.uwo.ca

October 23, 2019

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES — "From the Outside In: Feeling at Home in the Academic World" on October 30, 2019

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Dr. Margaret McGlynn, Associate Vice-Provost, SGPS, and Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty and Operations, Faculty of Social Science, will be speaking on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. in the IGAB Atrium about From the Outside In: Feeling at Home in the Academic World.

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!

October 17, 2019

IBM Quantum Talk on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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Quantum Computing at IBM

Medhi Bozzo-Rey
Global Offering Manager,
IBM Q startups - Canada ecosystem lead

WHEN: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Stevenson Hall, Room #4155
RSVP: Aïda Juodis by Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at ajuodis2@uwo.ca 

IBM is actively looking to work with researchers who have an interest in using Quantum Computing to explore if and how they can solve some of the most difficult problems either alone or in conjunction with classical computers.

This introduction to Quantum Computing will clarify why this disruptive technology is getting so much attention from governments, industry and academia, and the types of problems to which it might be applied. We will explain the basics of the technology and where we are in the timeline toward reaching quantum advantage. We will then give an overview of IBM’s effort to advance quantum computing technologies, accelerate development of the first commercial use cases and expand the ecosystem of users via the IBM Q Experience and the IBM Q Network.

Mitacs Training Opportunities for Postdoctoral Scholars!

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Mitacs Accelerate

The Mitacs Accelerate industrial postdoc provides up to three years of funding valued at $55,000/year for research with a company or not-for-profit, as well as access to professional skills training courses..

Postdocs:

  • Build a longer-term collaboration with a company or not-for-profit
  • Apply their expertise to real-world problems
  • Connect with a potential employer

This limited-time offering closes on December 6, 2019. With questions or for more information, contact us at accelerate@mitacs.ca.

APPLY NOW!


Mitacs Elevate

Mitacs Elevate provides two years of postdoc funding valued at $60,000/year plus extensive customized professional development training ($7,500/year non-cash value).

Postdocs:

  • Manage a long-term collaborative research project with a company or not-for-profit
  • Develop business-ready skills in leadership, financial literacy, management and negotiation, project management, problem solving and much more

Key deadlines

  • January 8, 2020 - Intent to Apply and Conflict of Interest declaration deadline
  • February 19, 2020 - Final application deadline

For questions or more information, please contact us at elevate@mitacs.ca.

APPLY NOW!

Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada Scholarship for Canadian Women

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2020 Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada Scholarship for Canadian Women

This year the foundation is awarding two scholarships in the amount of $7,500 each.

  • The application deadline for the scholarship is March 16, 2020. The scholarships are awarded in June.
  • Our scholarship is open to any Canadian citizen who is currently pursuing her PhD studies.

APPLY NOW!

October 10, 2019

Upcoming Fulbright Canada Webinars for Scholars and Students -- Oct 15 & 17, 2019

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Two Fulbright Canada webinars will take place next week.

The webinars will talk about our awards for Canadians that wish to conduct research/study in the US.

Target audience: Faculty and Students (senior undergraduate and graduate).

  • On Oct. 15, Fulbright Canada will be doing a webinar for Scholars about the application process and how to submit a successful application.
  • On Oct. 17, Fulbright Canada will be doing a webinar for scholars and students regarding the Awards that are available for this competition.

Applications for both Student and Scholar awards are open until Nov. 15, 2019

Register below: Our recommendation is that you register for the webinar even if you are not able to attend the live broadcast.  This will allow you to receive the recording link after the event.

  1. Register HERE for October 15 Webinar about the Fulbright Application Platform Walk Through and Tips for Canadian Scholars
  2. Register HERE for October 17 Webinar about the Fulbright Awards for Canadian Scholars

October 09, 2019

GRAD STUDENTS -- Share Your Knowledge with the Community!

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Are you interested in presenting your research to the community?

Retiring with Strong Minds (RWSM) is currently looking for graduate and professional students from ALL faculties to present their research (8-10 minute informal presentation) to the community at whatever stage your research is at.  Monthly presentations occur at various retirement homes and senior centres across London.

If you are interested in sharing your research with the community, please sign up HERE! We will be in touch with the presentation dates and additional details in the coming weeks.

We look forward to hearing from you!


ABOUT US

Strong Bones, Strong Minds, Strong Muscles (SBSMSM) is a committee organized by graduate students from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. Our committee aims to deliver research awareness to the community through engagement and fundraising activities, effectively “shortening the gap” between researchers and the public.

Retiring With Strong Minds (RWSM) is a sub-committee within SBSMSM and our goal is to promote and increase knowledge exchange between students and older adults/senior citizens through presentations and interactions between Western University graduate students and patrons at retirement homes in London.

APPLY NOW: WiDS Graduate Scholarship for Women

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The Annual Women in Defence & Security (WiDS) Scholarship fund was established in 2006 with a mandate to encourage women to further their educational objectives and pursue careers related to Canada's defence and security.

Since 2006, over $100,000 has been awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000-$10,000. This year, WiDS is pleased to announce that one or more scholarships valued at up to $10,000 will be awarded. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Applicants must:

  • be enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part- time
  • demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to Canada's defence or security
  • have a minimum grade point average of 70%
  • provide evidence of community, education or professional leadership
  • be a woman
  • be a citizen of Canada

APPLY NOW!
Applications should be submitted, and post marked no later than December 13, 2019.

October 07, 2019

Open Access Week 2019

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Open Access Week is your opportunity to explore the benefits of open access and learn how to take advantage of open access publishing. All are welcome and admission is free.


Workshops

Before You Sign: Know Your Academic Publishing Rights

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.- 12 noon
Thursday, Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Room 121, Centre for Teaching & Learning, The D.B. Weldon Library

Putting Together Your Data Management Plan (DMP)

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Instruction Room (Ground Floor, Map and Data Centre), The D.B. Weldon Library


Academic Panel – What’s the Big Deal about Open Access?

Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Room 258, The D.B. Weldon Library
 
Panelists:
Joyla Furlano, Vice-President, Society of Graduate Students, and PhD candidate in Neuroscience
Kristin Hoffmann, Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Western Libraries
Katina Pollock, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
Sam Trosow, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information & Media Studies, and Faculty of Law


Film Screening – Paywall the Business of Scholarship
Oct. 25, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., McKellar Room, UCC
 
This fascinating documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science. The film questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40 per cent profit margin associated with the top academic publisher, Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google.
 
Free popcorn!


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