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April 01, 2019

APPLY NOW: Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Master's and Doctoral Scholarships 2019


Royal Canadian Legion Masters Entrance Scholarship in Veteran Health Research

  • $15,000/year for 2 years to a Master’s level student specializing in research related to Veterans and their families.
  • Online application now open.  Apply before 12 noon on June 3, 2019.

Wounded Warriors Doctoral Scholarship in Military and Veteran Health Research

  • $18,000/ year for 2 years to a Doctoral level student conducting research on issues relevant to military members, Veterans and families.
  • Online application now open.  Apply before 12 noon on September 4, 2019.

March 26, 2019

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2019 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.

Full details can be found here:

The deadline for applications is midnight Mountain Standard Time on Friday, June 28, 2019. This scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2019.

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

March 22, 2019

Announcing Western’s 3MT 2019 WINNERS!


Photo (from left):  Anisa Morava, Robert Kuehnen, and Yoah Sui

We are pleased to announce the winners of the eighth-annual 3MT competition that took place yesterday evening at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library (Central branch) in downtown London.

1st Place
:  $1,000 Cash Prize
Yoah Sui
PhD candidate, Kinesiology
Sofa, so good? Maybe not.

2nd Place
:  $500 Cash Prize
Robert Kuehnen
Master's candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
How Fast can you Evacuate a Building Fire?

3rd Place
:  $250 Cash Prize
Anisa Morava
Master's candidate, Kinesiology
Can you go without it?

Yoah will be Western’s representative at the 3MT Ontario 2019 provincial competition at McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Congratulations to all participants from across the university who dedicated their time and effort to compete in this year’s event!

March 20, 2019

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES — "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: How to Get Where You Want to Be." on March 27, 2019


Lisa Cechetto, Executive Director of WORLDiscoveries, will be speaking next Wednesday, March 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the IGAB Atrium about Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: How to Get Where You Want to Be.

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!

March 18, 2019

Take the Libraries survey


Western Libraries wants to know what you think about all things library!

Take five minutes to answer a short survey for your chance to win:

  • Beats headphones
  • A $50 gift card to campus restaurants
  • A private study room for the April exam period


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Journal of Multidisciplinary Research at Trent (JMRT) 2019


If you are interested in publishing your research in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research at Trent (JMRT), a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for graduate students, we are currently in the process of collecting original articles to be published in our second volume.

Submit your manuscript online until April 30, 2019 to be published on the JMRT online platform at the end of summer 2019 term. For author guidelines and further details, please see our Submissions page. 

JMRT was founded in 2017 with the goal of showcasing the research of graduate students using an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach, locally and nationally. Our journal is designed to help graduate students learn to write scientific publications and get accustomed to the review and journal production process.

This opportunity is open to all graduate students and supervisors from Canadian universities.

March 13, 2019

Heatmaps and Pointmaps using ggmap


This workshop, led by Rebecca Henderson, will focus on learning to produce heatmaps and pointmaps using the Google maps platform. Heatmaps can be used to represent population density, per-capita income, social views, and many other geographically important measurements. You are welcome to come follow along actively as Rebecca walks us through the code. If you'd prefer just to sit and listen, that is fine too! If you do wish to follow along actively, however, there is some prep work we ask you to do beforehand, which is detailed at our event page.

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, March 28, 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

March 12, 2019

Behind Immigration Debates: Discourse, Policy and Reality of Muslim Integration in Western Societies


Dr. Jeffrey G. Reitz
RF Harney Professor and Director, Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy University of Toronto

DATE: Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: SSC Room #6210

Dr. Reitz examines the social, economic and political experiences of immigrant and ethnic populations, and has a number of projects underway in Canada.  His current comparative research examines the experience of Muslim immigration in France, Quebec and Canada, based on extensive quantitative data and new qualitative interviews.

Immigration debates varied greatly across Western societies, expressing distinctive national concerns and putting forward different approaches to immigrant integration. With international conflicts and the ‘war on terror,’ these debates have emphasized possibly distinctive problems regarding Muslim groups. Research on actual processes of Muslim minority integration in Western societies shows that while these distinctive national debates and ‘discourses’ represent symbolic inclusion and exclusion, and have important impacts on Muslims, overall they provide a poor representation of the reality of Muslim social and economic integration. In this context, a comparison of France and Canada is of particular interest for two reasons: (1) they represent almost diametrically opposed integration ‘models’: republican secularism in France, multiculturalism in Canada; and (2) for each there are excellent large-scale survey data to assess Muslim minority integration.

Please join us for this Sociology Colloquium, 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.



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.

The 26th edition of ISCOMS will take place from June 3-7, 2019 in the University Medical Center of Groningen, the Netherlands. Last year’s congress was a great success with 959 participants attending from all over the world.

ISCOMS offers students the opportunity to present their research. Besides this, students can take part in interactive workshops, and get inspired by lectures presented by a few of the best scientists worldwide.

The keynote speakers of this year’s congress are:

  • Prof. Mario Capecchi PhD (Mouse models of human disease from cancer to neuropsychiatric disorders)
  • Prof. Henning Schliephake MD DDS PhD (Tissue engineering: Fact or Fiction?)
  • Prof. Andrea B. Maier MD PhD (The future of age)
  • Prof. Hein A.M. Daanen MD PhD (Preparation for exercise in extreme heat and cold)

The registration for non-presenting participants is now open!

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Also, feel free to visit our website or watch our promotional film.

Small Research Funding Available: rare Charitable Research Reserve


The rare Charitable Research Reserve with properties in Waterloo/Wellington offers small funding opportunities through our Ages Foundation Research Fellowship and Bursaries program and provides housing and facilities free of charge for graduate students conducting research at rare.

We provide research access to 900+ acres of ecologically diverse habitat in southern Ontario. The area includes remnant old-growth forests, diverse aquatic systems, tallgrass prairie, alvar, and a variety of other habitats.

Our website, at, provides information about past and present research projects as well as our scholarship program. Go to the ‘Researcher’ tab for more information.

Applications for scholarships for the 2019 field season should be submitted by 1 April, 2019; but research applications not associated with funding requests are welcome at any time.

For further information, contact Jenna Quinn, Program Scientist- Research Priorities, Partnerships, & Monitoring.

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