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New MacDATA fellows ready to tease new insights out of complex data

Seven graduate students have received fellowships from McMaster’s MacDATA Institute to pursue interdisciplinary projects that apply data analysis, collection and curation methodologies to a number of areas, including water quality monitoring, children’s mental health outcomes and brain activity in PTSD, among others. […]

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Take the U21/PwC Innovation Challenge

Six graduate students stand against a white board, watching one of the group speak

Apply your academic knowledge to real-world situations in the U21/PwC Innovation Challenge! McMaster PhD and Masters students (course- and research-based) have an opportunity to showcase their critical thinking skills and share their ideas with leaders in graduate career development – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and its clients – in this online competition. For all the details, visit […]

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Szeman honoured for excellence in graduate supervision

Imre Szeman, associate professor in the Department of English & Cultural Studies.

Imre Szeman, associate professor in the Department of English & Cultural Studies.
When Imre Szeman meets with his graduate students, he learns as much from them as they do from him.
“Working with graduate students keeps my own ideas fresh,” said Szeman, associate professor in the Department of English & Cultural Studies. “Grad students are always on top of the latest ideas and developments in the scholarly world.”
Szeman received the President’s Award of Excellence for Graduate Supervision at the Graduate Students Recognition Day on March 18.
“I feel extremely honoured to receive the award, especially since my students nominated me for it,” said Szeman. “I take my role as graduate supervisor extremely seriously and try to do what I can to make sure that my students have an interesting and rewarding time while they are in graduate school at McMaster.”
He added that he enjoys helping graduate students build their confidence as writers and researchers.
“It can be daunting to begin work in areas of scholarly research in which, inevitably, a great deal has already been written. I like helping my students come to a realization that they have something unique and original to contribute, and that through their hard work they can become part of the community of scholars that have preceded them.” […]

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Kinesiology doctoral student wins research award

As an elite cyclist, Naomi Cermak is aware of the latest trends in sports nutrition. To help distinguish fact from fiction, the doctoral student in kinesiology can rely on her own award-winning research.
Last weekend, Cermak won the Graduate Student Award at the Ontario Exercise Physiology meeting in Barrie for her project,Protein-carbohydrate ingestion does not alter selected markers of skeletal muscle metabolism during exercise in trained cyclists.
The study addressed a controversial topic in athletic circles, namely, whether adding protein to a typical carbohydrate sports drink improves performance. Some sports nutrition companies have heavily marketed protein-laced sports drinks as the next magic bullet, but Cermak’s research disputes such claims.
Cermak explained that her work was interesting from both an applied and basic science perspective.
“While this study has practical relevance for endurance athletes, our laboratory is fundamentally interested in the regulation of substrate metabolism, or the way in which the body converts fuels into energy,” she said.
It is the second year in a row that one of associate professor Martin Gibala’s students returned home with the top prize. The Department of Kinesiology was particularly well represented at this year’s meeting. Michael DeLisio, a doctoral student supervised by Gibala’s colleague Gianni Parise, was also a finalist for the 2008 award.
“We are fortunate to work with a group of very talented students,” said Gibala, “and it is rewarding to see their efforts recognized in a provincial competition.” […]

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