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Matthew Duda, PhD candidate, Biology, supervised by Dr John Smol

Topic: Using paleolimnology to reconstruct past seabird populations. Overview:  Most seabird populations are in decline. However, because of sparse monitoring it is impossible to know when the population began to decline. My research uses lake sediments to address this lack in delivery. I am to answer key questions in conservation biology, such as “What are the drivers […]

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Bailey Brant, MS Candidate, Neuroscience, supervised by Dr Stephen Vanner & Dr Alan Lomax

Topic: Diet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Pain Overview:  My research looks at how a popular food additive, monosodium glutamate (MSG), can cause pain in a pre-clinical model of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The goal is to provide a neuronal mechanism that underlies MSG’s ability to trigger pain in this patient group.

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Cheryl Bruce, PhD Candidate, Cultural Studies, supervised by Dr Colleen Renihan

Topic: The rold of women orchestral conductors, particularly within the Canadian context. Overview:  Although in the early stages of my research, my current focus has been identifying some of the ways in which women are excluded from orchestral conducting at the highest levels. This includes mentorship and educational shortfalls, gender bias and media representation.

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Sofia Melendez, M.Ed Candidate, Education, supervised by Dr Saad Chahine

Topic: Towards improving the education that mental health professionals receive about transgender-spectrum health Overview:  Sofia’s Master’s thesis aims to develop an instrument that measures mental health professionals’ knowledge, skills, and awareness (KSA) about trans health. Having this instrument is an essential starting point for the design of better educational practices that will improve mental health trainees’ KSA […]

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Candi Raudebaugh, DSc in Rehabilitation Health Leadership, supervised by Dr Marcia Finlayson and Dr Kathleen Norman

Topic: Life Skills Training For Therapy Assistant Students Overview:  College students often struggle with basic life skills such as coping skills and managing finances, leading to challenges with coping, academic performance, practicum, and employability. Rehabilitation students who are expected to work on life skills with clients can face particular challenges if they lack experience or competence in these areas themselves, […]

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Siobhan Speiran, PhD in Environmental Studies, supervised by Dr Alice Hovorka

Topic: The Lives of Monkeys in Costa Rican Sanctuaries Overview:  Despite Costa Ricas’ ‘green’ reputation, their monkey populations are at risk. My work addresses the call for interdisciplinary in tourism research by drawing on animal welfare, conservation, tourism and animal studies to understand the entangled lives of monkeys and humans, and what a ‘good life’ looks like for […]

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