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November 16, 2018

APPLY NOW: Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


Research Western, on behalf of the Vice-President (Research), invites applications from all eligible individuals for Western’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program.

This program is funded by Western University and administered by Research Development & Services (RD&S).  Western’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, nationally and internationally, who will contribute positively to research excellence at the university and help advance Western's strategic research plan.

The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program’s objectives are to:

  • Attract top-tier postdoctoral talent, nationally and internationally;
  • Develop their leadership potential; and
  • Position them for success as tomorrow’s research leaders.

Please note: the deadline for this competition has been extended two weeks and applications are now due on January 15, 2019 at 14:00 (EST).


Mitacs Now Offers Two Opportunities for Postdoctoral Scholars!


Mitacs Accelerate

The new Accelerate industrial postdoc provides up to three years of funding valued at $55,000/year for research with a company or not-for-profit.


  • 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 January 18, 2019. 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).


  • 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 deadline: January 23, 2019 - Intent to Apply and Conflict of Interest declaration deadline

For questions or more information, please contact us at

November 15, 2018

Exercise is Medicine Canada - On Campus Symposium -- November 24, 2018



Exercise is Medicine Canada - On Campus will be hosting their annual research symposium on Saturday, November 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

This interactive symposium includes many opportunities for students to learn about how to get involved nationally with Exercise is Medicine Canada and locally at Western University. There will be faculty presentations from Dr. Michelle Mottola and Dr. Lindsay Nagamatsu.

Additionally, there will be a panel discussion with current senior PhD candidates and medical students who have transitioned from aresearch-based graduate program to medical school will be hosted. During this panel, students will have the opportunity to ask questions about progressing in graduate school, tips for success and opportunities for growth and learning. Finally, you will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive workshop about exercise prescription and referral.

Lunch and morning refreshments are provided! To register, the cost is $10.00. If you have any questions please email Attire: Comfortable, ready to be active! All attendees will receive a certification for attendance and completion of the workshop. 


November 12, 2018

Registration Information for Winter Term 2019



Any requests to change your winter term status should be submitted by November 27, 2018.

These changes include requests to change from full-time to part-time, part-time to full-time, leaves of absence, Intent to be eligible for TDO status, voluntary withdrawal, etc. Requests for Leaves of Absence, Part-Time Status, and Voluntary Withdrawal may be submitted online via the Graduate Student Web Services Portal.

Other request forms to be submitted in hard-copy are also found via the Portal.


If you anticipate that you will complete your degree requirements within the fall term and be eligible to graduate at the February In Absentia Convocation, you must apply to graduate via the Student Center.

Once logged in, under the Main Menu select "Self Service" and then “Graduation”. Select “Apply for Graduation” and follow the instructions to complete the process, which includes verification of your name and degree being awarded.

Please complete your application to graduate by November 27, 2018.

November 09, 2018

Lunch and Learn - Visual Methodologies Group

Visual Methodologies Group

The Visual Methodologies Group is a supportive forum for students and faculty to work through problems and possibilities for visual research.  At each meeting researchers from different fields and disciplines lead a discussion exploring their approach to visual research, and the ways different methodologies help us "see." 

Bring your lunch, your questions, and your insights. We meet bimonthly at the Faculty of Education. The next meeting is Monday, November 19, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Room #1018 (The Curriculum Centre - southwest corner of building). Contact Dr. Kathy Hibbert ( for more information.

November 07, 2018

Transitioning from SPSS to R

R-LadiesGlobal_300Join us for the return of the popular workshop, "Transitioning from SPSS to R, " led by Daryn Cushnie-Sparrow.

The first time Daryn gave this talk back in summer 2017, she walked us through considerations for using R as an SPSS user from the perspective of a relatively new R user (as she was at the time!). She has since updated the presentation and will be leading it anew on Thursday, November 29th at 6pm.

The workshop will involve learning how to think about your data in R as an SPSS user and to use commands for running statistical tests in both programs. She will also walk us through how to manipulate your data in R and output it in a ready-for-SPSS format for those who don't like data wrangling in Excel, but prefer to conduct analyses in SPSS. Daryn is also a tidyverse fiend, and has a way of sprinkling helpful nuggets of useful tidy syntax throughout. Bottom line: there will be lots to learn, whether you're an SPSS user or not!

If you can, come with R and RStudio already installed, but if you have trouble or are unable to, don't let that hold you back. The workshop will be a mix of presentation and hands-on exercises. You are welcome to follow along actively or passively!

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, November 29, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: London Public Library, Central Branch (251 Dundas, right downtown). We will be in 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

November 06, 2018

GIVE YOUR INPUT: Indigenous Learning Space Survey


Western University is engaging the community on the enhancement and/or creation of an Indigenous Learning Space on campus.

We are inviting students, alumni, staff, faculty and community members to provide input on their needs and interests on the development of this new space. To gather this input, we have created a survey that will be available until November 26, 2018.


The survey is voluntary and anonymous. It will take only about 10 minutes to complete. This survey falls under quality assurance guidelines. Results will be reported internally to the Provost and a report will be made available online.


November 02, 2018

CBC Calling all PhD Students -- Share Your research with Canada!


CBC, Canada's national public broadcaster, wants to turn your PhD research into a 54-minute Ideas episode. It would be part of the regular feature on the program called "Ideas from the Trenches."

If you're interested in participating, in a page or less, tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired your interest in your area of study. Describe the focus of your PhD and why it would appeal to a national audience, and outline a few of the key theorists, authors and concepts your PhD explores and challenges. Email your submission to Nicola Luksic by email at

Please email your submission by Friday, November 16, 2018.

Successful candidates will be expected to participate in a background interview to explain to us more about your thesis, and then participate in three recording sessions for the documentary itself. Please note that you can be at any stage of the PhD process.


October 29, 2018

Celebrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on November 14, 2018


Celebrate Geographic Information Systems Day alongside community leaders at this free, drop-in, interactive event. Not technical? That’s okay, maps and mapping technology are more accessible now than ever before.

It’s your chance to:

  • Escape into new virtual reality worlds
  • Check out the latest drone technology
  • Play with interactive maps and digital sandboxes
  • Discover how to take advantage of mapping technology in your research, education, or for your next job interview
  • Draw for one of four gift cards to The Bookstore or Hospitality Services


  • 10:00 a.m. Event begins
  • 10:30 a.m. ArcGIS Pro Software Tour -- Kathy Tang, Western Geography
  • 1:00 p.m. Exploring Statistics Canada Data with the Beyond 20/20 Browser -- Liz Hill, Western Libraries
  • 2:00 p.m. Esri Canada Show-and-tell -- Chris North, Esri Canada
  • 3:00 p.m. City of London ArcGIS Online -- Mark Boulger, City of London
  • 7:00 p.m. Grad Club Trivia Event

Where: The Map & Data Centre (ground level of Weldon Library)

Questions? Elizabeth Sutherland

October 25, 2018

Call for Proposals - Graduate Student Conference - March 14, 2019


The Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CEPSI-CIPSS) from Université de Montréal and McGill University, in collaboration with the Centre for International Policy Studies (CEPI-CIPS) from University of Ottawa, is happy to announce the next edition of their annual graduate student conference.

This year, the conference will be held at Université de Montréal, on March 14, 2019. This multidisciplinary and bilingual conference will focus on the following theme: “The actors of International Relations: Legitimacy, Solidarity and Contestation”.

We hereby invite graduate students to submit their communication proposals for this event.  The submission procedure can be downloaded HERE.

Please note that the deadline for submitting communication proposals is November 30, 2018 at 23:59.

All the information regarding the conference can be found HERE.


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