Road to Success in Grad School
October 6 ] 3 - 5 pm ] Zoom ] free
Learn how to thrive in grad school in a 2-hour online panel featuring interdisciplinary graduate students and alumni. In this panel, we will be talking about the strategies for success in grad school – what to do when writing a dissertation/thesis, how to present at a conference, and how to get published. There will be a Q&A in which you will have a chance to ask our panelists any questions about the grad school.
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Meet Our Panelists
Maryam Lawal is a foreign trained lawyer and a graduate student at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary. A recipient of the McDermid Graduate Scholarships in Law, she is interested in conversations around Energy, Business and Climate Change. She conducts research and works closely with Prof. Rudiger Tscherning on Green Finance and other related areas. She is an advocate of the divestment from companies in blatant disregard of the international climate change regime and a reinvestment of divested funds in climate friendly portfolios. She is currently exploring the use of Green Bonds as a financial tool in mobilizing private finance for driving energy transition endeavors particularly in emerging economies. She has done extensive research on methane reduction, explored the justifications for granting federal methane equivalency agreements as well as suitable regulatory designs and theories for achieving real methane reductions. She is a poet, a hand-lettering artist and an avid reader.
Merion Hodgson is an MA student in Linguistics. She is interested in various aspects of Blackfoot phonology (how the sounds of language are patterned) and syntax (sentential structure of the language). Her current research focus is on phonetics and phonology of Plains Cree and Plains Cree English consonants. In future work, Merion aims to further examine the effect of exposure on perception and language attitudes towards Indigenous language features.
Glenn Hall is an MA student at the department of Geoscience. Glenn played in an alternative rock band for 6 years out of high school before switching careers and pursuing his undergrad degree in Geology from Simon Fraser University. Glenn has always been curious about why things happen or work the way they do and saw research as an opportunity to pursue interesting questions, while at the same time contributing something positive to the conversation about resource stewardship and climate change.
Glenn’s research focuses on monitoring a series of vegetated depressions that receive stormwater from rooftops and parking lots during storm events, and attempting to estimate the recharge characteristics of the system based on measurements of soil moisture, evaporation, and other climate variables.
Dr. Stephanie Coward completed her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Calgary (Department of Community Health Sciences) in 2019. Her PhD thesis focused on the forecasting the future burden of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Canada. During the tenure of her PhD, Stephanie completed an internship at the World Health Organization (for which she received a Transformative Talent Internship) and was awarded an Eyes High Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship and an Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarship. After her PhD, she began working for Dr. Gilaad Kaplan (University of Calgary) as his lab’s Research Manager and is also the epidemiologist for the IBD-Unit in Calgary. She is currently a collaborator on two separate CIHR funding schemes—one which focuses on COVID-19 and the immunocompromised. Her research, and passion, focuses on defining the current and future burden of IBD in Canada and ensuring that patients receive the care they need.
Meet David Sidhu, our alumni. He completed a PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2019, supervised by Dr. Penny Pexman. He is currently in a SSHRC funded postdoc at University College London. His research focuses on the psychology of language; in particular, how we connect sound and meaning. David also has an interest in embodied cognition; that is, how bodily experience impacts our cognition. If you want to learn more about David and his work, visit: https://davidmsidhu.com/.
Dušan Nikolić is a PhD student in Linguistics. He completed his BA and MA in English Language and Literature at the University of Niš, Serbia. He also completed an exchange at the University of Warsaw. Currently, he is holding an MA degree in Language and Literature from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Dušan is doing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Winters. He is a recipient of the prestigious Izaak-Walton Killam Award, University of Calgary International Eyes High Award, University of Calgary Open Doctoral Award, and Dositeja Award. Dušan was also awarded with the LRC fellowship. He is a vice-president of the graduate student association, “A Higher Clause”, a member of the Phonetics Lab, and a vice-chair of the GSA’s Academic Committee
As for Dušan’s non-academic activities, he is the host of the spoken word program – Linguistically Aware – which is broadcast once monthly at a local radio station, CJSW 90.9 FM. He is passionate about web-developing. He is a a member of the Canadian Association of Slavists, the Canadian Linguistics Association, and the Linguistic Society of America. Want to find out more about Dušan, visit: dusannikolic.com