The Wire
The Wire. Group of students, studying.

Share The Wire

Contact Us

About The Wire

Your one-stop online destination for upcoming deadlines, current events, innovative training, and more to help you navigate the many exciting opportunities available to you as a Western graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, faculty member, or staff member.

Acceptable Use Policy

We welcome all constructive comments to the weblogs hosted by the University. Individuals who post content on Western's weblogs are subject to the terms of Western's Acceptable Use Agreement. Content which constitutes clear cases of abuse of the medium will be removed from the weblogs.

March 20, 2023

INSPIRING MINDS | Fanny Leveau, PhD candidate, Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Inspiring Minds seeks to broaden awareness and impact of graduate student research, while enhancing transferable skills. Students were challenged to describe their research, scholarship or creative activity in 150 or fewer words to share with our community.

Fanny Leveau
PhD candidate, French Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Posthuman novels: how stories of clones, robots and animals reshape our understanding of humans

Traditionally, language, intelligence and emotions have been attributed to humans. Those deemed devoid of these qualities are labelled as “others” and become “disposable bodies”. The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded humans of their vulnerability - a characteristic shared with all the living world - and has made obvious their increased dependence on science and technologies. It has highlighted the imperative to rethink the autonomy of humans to move towards a definition that takes into account interconnections with other species and technologies. Stories depicting non-human characters blur the boundaries between what is human and what is not. My research focuses on analysing French novels that question the frontiers of humans. In Marie Darrieussecq’s book Our life in the forests, readers discover that the narrator is a clone and not a “real” human. They experience confusion and are invited to rethink humanity as a moving scale rather than a closed and fixed category.


March 15, 2023

APPLY NOW! 2023 Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Competition


The 2023 Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation are offered by The Simons Foundation Canada and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) with a primary objective to enhance Canadian graduate level scholarship on disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation issues.

A total of four awards of CAD $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 seminar at Global Affairs Canada Headquarters in June 2023 (TBC).

  • Deadline for applications: April 28, 2023
  • Selection of four award recipients: May 26, 2023
  • Presentations at GAC in Ottawa: June 2023 (Date TBC)

Applications must include:

  • Your resume, including proof of Canadian citizenship status.
  • A complete, official transcript of your grades (including undergrad). Electronic copies of official transcripts are acceptable.
  • An academic paper (approx. 1,500 words, MLA format) responding to one of the specific Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament topics shown at the link below.

This competition is open to Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents/landed immigrants currently enrolled in a Winter 2023 university graduate programme. In order to expand the community of Canadian scholars working on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament (NACD) issues, employees of Global Affairs Canada, and previous recipients of a Graduate Research Award are not eligible.

Complete applications must be received by the close of business (PDT) on April 28, 2023 and should be sent to Elaine Hynes at The Simons Foundation Canada by email to:


EnviroCon 2023


March 24, 2023 

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (virtual)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (in-person IGAB Atrium for Keynote Address)  

EnviroCon is an interdisciplinary conference organized every year by graduate students in the Collaborative Specialization in Environment and Sustainability at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at Western University. EnviroCon 2023 will provide a forum for a broad range of topics in the Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Social Sciences, Business, Policy, and Management.

The conference is FREE to attend and participate in.

This event aims to bring together the knowledge and research of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and community members involved in environment and sustainability. 

2023 Theme: Intercultural Dialogue on Environment & Sustainability

Participating Universities

  • Western University
  • Université de Montréal
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Guelph
  • McGill University
  • York University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Lakehead University
  • McMaster University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • Michigan State University

Panel Discussion
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Online

Intercultural Dialogue on Environment & Sustainability


  • Annie Booth, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State University
  • Aranya Iyer, Western University

Keynote Address
2:00 – 3:00 pm | IGAB Atrium 

Bipasha Baruah, Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues, Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Western University 

Promoting Gender Equality and Social Justice in the Global Green Economy: Opportunities, Constraints, Contradictions, Disruptions

Register for FREE

Program and Schedule

Contact Us

March 14, 2023

GET YOUR TICKETS! Return to Eden -- African Student Association Showcase | March 18, 2023


Everyone is invited attend this year's African Student Association's Showcase.

The theme of the showcase is "Return to Eden," which promises to be a mesmerising journey through the heart of Africa. This year, we will be celebrating African art, music, dance, fashion, and much more! Our doors will open at 4 pm for a chance to mingle and enjoy delicious refreshments before the show starts at 5 pm.

Cost: $30/ticket

The showcase promises to be an exciting and engaging event that showcases the beauty, vibrancy, and diversity of African culture. Our talented performers will leave you in awe with their breathtaking performances, showcasing the significance and vibrancy that exists within different African cultures and traditions.


March 13, 2023

INSPIRING MINDS | Mateo Balmes, MBA candidate, Ivey Business School


Inspiring Minds seeks to broaden awareness and impact of graduate student research, while enhancing transferable skills. Students were challenged to describe their research, scholarship or creative activity in 150 or fewer words to share with our community.

Mateo Balmes
MBA candidate, Ivey Business School 

Growing Digital Equity Through Accessible Blockchain Applications to Grow Low-Tech Spaces

My venture team uses the power of blockchain to empower the real-world economy by leveraging the digital potential of commonly low-tech spaces such as social services, civic engagement, and small-business creation. We do this by creating low-cost mechanisms to generate, promote and sell virtual assets that could serve as records, contracts, or simply signed media. As a social business and laboratory, the team is entering the space and its complementary niches to further the lowering of barriers to understanding cryptocurrency—causing synergies with even more untapped industries in the endeavor of organizational growth in the physical and digital worlds.


REGISTER NOW! Information Session: Onyx Initiative for Black Students | Wednesday, March 15, 2023


Join us for an exciting info session where you'll learn about the comprehensive career development resources that the Onyx Initiative offers to empower young Black professionals to achieve their full potential and make a positive impact in their communities.

DATE: March 15, 2023
TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Online - Zoom, register to receive the link

The Onyx Initiative is dedicated to bridging the gap in the hiring, retention, and promotion of Black college and university students and recent graduates in corporate Canada. Our goal is to expand the recruitment pipeline by forging mutually beneficial partnerships between corporations, educational institutions, and communities.

With access to key decision makers and roles, we aim to further the personal and professional aspirations of Black college and university students and recent graduates. Our 55+ corporate partners, including Bell, TD, Lululemon, Sobeys, PwC, Amazon, Hyundai, to name a few, are committed to building more diverse and inclusive work environments.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to join the next generation of Black leaders and make a difference in your career and community.


March 07, 2023

APPLY NOW! Heart & Stroke Personnel Awards for Black Scholars


The Heart & Stroke Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural Personnel Awards for Black Scholars research competition.

The application period is now open, and applications will be accepted until May 1, 2023.

Through this award, Heart & Stroke is seeking to increase the representation of best-in-class Black researchers across heart and brain health research fields in Canada. By removing financial burdens, the awards aim to enable outstanding students to focus on their studies, undertake a program of research, and engage with mentors as part of their training and development.

This award will be offered to students accepted to, or enrolled in, Master’s or Doctoral programs in Canada who identify as Black and who are studying in an area specific to heart or brain health. These multi-year awards will function as salary stipends intended to enable trainees to focus on their studies and advance in their chosen field.

Funding for the Personnel Awards for Black Scholars has been made possible by the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF), an innovative arrangement between the Government of Canada (through Health Canada) and Brain Canada Foundation; the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada’s primary health research funding agency, and its Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health; and Heart & Stroke, Canada’s leading health charity devoted to heart disease and stroke.

Amount of Award

  • Up to five Master's students will be eligible for funding of $25,000.00 per year for up to two years (maximum $50,000.00 over two years).
  • Up to eight PhD students will be eligible for funding of $30,000.00 per year for up to three years (maximum $90,000.00 over three years).

Full competition guidelines for the Personnel Awards for Black Scholars can be found here:

March 06, 2023

INSPIRING MINDS | Michael Ridley, PhD candidate, Faculty of Information and Media Studies


Inspiring Minds seeks to broaden awareness and impact of graduate student research, while enhancing transferable skills. Students were challenged to describe their research, scholarship or creative activity in 150 or fewer words to share with our community.

Michael Ridley
PhD candidate, Library and Information Science, Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Folk Theories and Explainable Artificial Intelligence

If artificial intelligence is so smart, why can’t it explain itself? Machine learning systems, the leading-edge of AI, are powerful, complex, consequential, opaque, and not very forthcoming. Systems like Amazon, Google, and others are part of our everyday experience. We need them to explain themselves. “I can’t tell you” or “I don’t know” aren’t an acceptable answers. The field of “explainable AI” (XAI) is about getting machine learning systems to tell us what they did, why they did it, and why they didn’t do something else instead. How can we help machine learning systems make better explanations? Enter folk theories. Folk theories are the beliefs people hold about how machine learning systems work. They may be not fully accurate, but they are functional. They help people use the system. Having folk theories and XAI work together allows machines to better understand humans and humans to better understand machines. Win-win.


March 03, 2023

JOB POSTING: Head & Heart Program Coordinator


The Head & Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship program running from May 15 to July 21, 2023 this year is seeking a Program Coordinator.

The role has been posted on the Western HR careers site, posting ID 29573.

The Program Coordinator role has been posted for a five-month contract (non-renewable) with preferred start date of April 2, 2023 working up to 24 hours per week. At times, hours may range between 24 and 30 hours per week during the Fellowship (May 15 to July 21, 2023).

This is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of one of Western’s flagship programs for Indigenous undergraduate students to gain research knowledge and experience and help prepare students to undertake research at the graduate level and/or in an applied community-based research context.

Applications will be accepted until March 12, 2023. A Master's degree is required.


Doctoral student Ethan Allers joins Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra


Congratulations to doctoral student Ethan Allers, cello, who has recently accepted a position with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and will be joining them for their fall 2023 season.

Ethan was one of five strings students selected this year as part of the inaugural London Symphonia Fellowship program, and while also performing as section leader and serving as a teaching assistant with the Western University Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Calgary, Ethan Allers’ career has been shaped by the instruction of various teachers across Canada, including John Kadz, Yuri Hooker, and Brian Yoon. He has worked with many artists, including Canadian composer Vincent Ho. While completing his undergraduate degree at uOttawa, Ethan won the annual concerto competition and performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the University Orchestra. He has had the pleasure of performing at the NAC’s Fourth Stage uOttawa concert series with various chamber groups and as a solo artist.

Under the tutelage of Paul Marleyn, Ethan completed his Master’s of Music at the University of Ottawa and is currently a doctoral student at Western University studying with Tom Wiebe.

Previous Page | Next Page



Graduate Community News