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Beginning a new life in changing times

Massoud has his arm wrapped around Faezeh's shoulder, while Faezeh stands beside him.

Massoud has been planning his move from Iran to Canada since February. He and his wife, Faezeh, would arrive early enough to find a place to live and make that space their home – filling the kitchen cupboards, painting and decorating – before Massoud began his PhD studies in mechanical engineering in early May. But […]

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Spices adds flavour to campus life!

Building a brighter world. That’s what it’s all about when you’re a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow at McMaster. You spend your days immersed in research – reading, analyzing, writing – with the goal of making a difference. But at those in-between moments beyond the labs, libraries and lecture halls … well, that’s when life happens. […]

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Disability-related issues are the topic at McMaster’s Employee Accessibility Network

McMaster employees with disabilities or who have medical accommodations are welcome to join the Employee Accessibility Network – a space for faculty, instructors, teaching and research assistants, and staff to connect and discuss disability-related issues. The network holds regular meetings, where topics range from barriers to accessible teaching and learning environments, to supports for TAs […]

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Volunteer as a research associate at McMaster’s Research Shop

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Student volunteers are needed to work with public, non-profit, and community organizations on research projects over the summer. Being a research associate is an excellent opportunity to develop and apply your graduate research skills. Volunteers would be part of a team of McMaster student research associates working with organizations to refine their research questions, then […]

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Excellence in graduate community a focus for annual awards

Nominations for the 2017 Graduate Student Recognition Awardsclose on Tuesday, August 15, at 4 p.m.The annual awards celebrate the contributions of the graduate student community at McMaster.”The awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the important work done by students, supervisors and staff here at McMaster” says Doug Welch, Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.”Their efforts in the lecture halls, labs, on campus and in the broader Hamilton community, have a positive impact on so many aspects of life on campus and beyond.”This year a new award has been created to acknowledge contributions to the international graduate student community.”International students have challenges and needs that are unique. Over the years, we have seen so many outstanding grad students create opportunity and advocate for their international peers. This award is a more official recognition of such contributions” Welch says.The Dean’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contributions to the International Graduate Student Community recognizes the significant impact of an individual graduate student on the experiences of international graduate students at McMaster. These contributions may be to the spirit, morale, cohesion, quality of life, or positive outcomes for graduate students. Up to three awards in this category will be given.The McMaster Graduate Students Association partners with Graduate Studies to deliver the awards.Nomination packages are now available for:President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate SupervisionDean’s Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research is given to the top five Three Minute Thesis finalists from the 2017 competition in FebruaryGSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence AwardGSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic StaffTherese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics (GSA)Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster (GSA)GSA Millennium Award for Community ServiceTo learn more about GSA-sponsored awards, visit the GSA website.For more about the Graduate Studies awards, visit the Graduate Studies website.Winners receive certificates and a cash prize, which varies depending on the award. Recipients will be honoured at the Graduate Student Recognition Awards Reception in October.Nominations for the 2017 awards must be received no later than August 15, 4 p.m. Nomination packages should be emailed (details available on the nomination form) or may be delivered to the School of Graduate Studies, Gilmour Hall, Room 212. […]

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Volunteer as a research associate at McMaster’s Research Shop

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Join a team of McMaster graduate student research associates. Volunteer at the McMaster Research Shop!
The McMaster Research Shop works with public, non-profit, and community organizations in and beyond Hamilton to provide plain-language answers to their research questions. Research teams work with organizations to refine their research questions, then prepare rapid research reviews. The reviews are short plain-language reports Ð 10 to 20 pages.
Why volunteer?

Enhance the transferability of your academic research skills by responding to a community-identified question or need.
Explore possibilities for employment inside and outside the university.
Make connections with Hamilton community organizations.
Build your CV and portfolio by co-authoring a research report with teammates and a community partner.
Learn and practice research methodologies from other academic disciplines.
Work with graduate students from other departments.
Earn a Certificate or Statement of Professional Learning upon project completion.

What will you do?

Work independently and as a member of a small team to produce research products according to set deadlines.
Attend team meetings every 2 weeks and schedule and lead meetings with community organizations, as appropriate.
Expected commitment: an average of 5 hours/week for 8-10 weeks.

Summer projects begin in July. Fall projects begin in September. Approximately 15 student volunteers are needed as Research Associates.
Summer and Fall project topics include:

Evaluating the impact of a Hamilton arts magazine (involves ethics review, survey design and analysis, literature review, policy analysis)
Assessing the feasibility of implementing a specific poverty reduction strategy (involves an environmental scan and possible interviews)
Best practices for engaging parents of children in grades 6-8 regarding post-secondary education possibilities for their kids (involves literature review, ethics review, focus groups)
Evaluating the impact of partnerships between Neighbourhood Hubs and post-secondary institutions
Determining donation patterns of young adults and how to attract young adult donors to social services (involves literature review, possible focus group) […]

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