• Student Spotlight – Kerrie Pickering

    kerrie-blogThe Faculty of Graduate Studies at Brock University is shining a spotlight on one of our very own graduate students, Kerrie Pickering.

    An alumnus of Brock University and PhD candidate, Kerrie has been awarded the first-ever Sustainability Doctoral Scholarship through a partnership between Brock University and The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia.

    Pickering will be researching the impacts of climate change on indigenous health under the mentorship of both Professor Ryan Plummer at Brock and Professor Tristan Pearce at USC.

    She is currently working on her PhD in Sustainability and she holds a BSc in Environment and a MA in Geography from Brock University and was a former registered nurse.

    “Climate change is the greatest threat to human health for present and future generations,” said Pickering. “Remote Indigenous people in Canada and Australia are especially vulnerable as they are experiencing rapid environmental change and currently have the poorest health outcomes within each country. To reverse these health disparities and support adaptation for indigenous people we need to understand what health means to them, what their health concerns are and what adaptive measures they are already utilizing.”

    This collaboration has seen The Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock and the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) at USC work together on a major international initiative on climate change and water governance.

    The sustainability doctoral scholarship covers tuition, living and travel expenses and was created to strengthen the partnership between Brock University and USC under the Memorandum of Understanding.

    Way to go, Kerrie!

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  • Budgeting This Holiday Season

    Living on a grad student budget is tough and it gets even harder heading into the holiday season. With upcoming holiday parties, purchasing gifts for friends and family, and travelling home for some well-deserved time off, expenses can add up quickly.

    Avoid stressing about money by making a plan and sticking to it! By tracking your spending habits, you can get a better sense of what you value, your motivations for spending, and areas where you can save some money in the future. Yes, you can actually save some money during Graduate School…so plan to go to your dream postdoctoral position and/or job afterward…or perhaps go on an international research exchange during your studies here.

    To help you manage your expenses the Faculty of Graduate Studies has created the Budget resource Tool. This tool has been designed to allow you to create a budget by simply filling in your funding amounts, tuition fees and living expenses.

    By keeping track of your expenses each month you should be able to identify where your money is going and certain expenses that you are able to eliminate. For example, how many coffees do you purchase a day? Can you minimize that by making your own at home and bringing it with you to school in a thermos? Do you buy lunch every day or could you perhaps bring your own a few days a week? Do you need the most expensive cell phone plan?

    While you explore ways to save, you need to make sure you don’t eliminate all the “extras” you enjoy. If you like going out to dinner with friends, try looking up the menu beforehand; if it looks a little pricey, suggest somewhere more reasonable. Ever thought of having potluck dinner get-togethers? Great way to meet new people and perhaps be introduced to some new cuisine. Generations of graduate students before you have done this.

    So if you find yourself stressed about money this holiday season start tracking your expenses or visit our website for more tips to help you manage your finances.



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  • Academic Integrity

    What is academic integrity?  At Brock, and across the globe, academic integrity refers to your acknowledgment of and respect for the academic principles and behaviours that support the University’s mission, which extends to how you represent yourself on campus and in the local and wider communities.

    Academic integrity is a core value at Brock, meaning that students (indeed, all academics) are expected to accept responsibility for the quality of their work by presenting it honestly and with transparency.

    We know that you work hard and we’re here to support you throughout your studies as a graduate student so if you have any questions about academic integrity drop by our offices to speak to someone or visit the Academic Integrity website.

    Be proud of your work and don’t be afraid to ask questions! As with most things, much of this comes down to simple common sense; nonetheless, there are extensive resources on campus to help you ensure that your work will meet with the highest standards of integrity and quality.

    Here are some of the resources available to grad students:

    Vitae: Essential Skills for Graduate Students

    Academic Integrity

    James A Gibson Library

    A-Z Learning Services

    Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities


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  • Attention Graduate Students – Start applying for scholarships today!

    Brock graduate students and prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships and awards from national and provincial agencies, ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 a year. The funding goes a long way in relieving financial pressures so that you can devote your full attention to your research/scholarship/creative endeavors. At the same time, these awards acknowledge the best and brightest of masters and doctoral researchers and scholars across the country.

    To be eligible for funding, you must have a minimum 80 per cent average in the last two years of study. In addition to your academic standing, applications will be adjudicated based on:

    • the rigour of study as articulated in your proposal statement
    • the strength of supporting statements from faculty referees

    We highly recommend that you take advantage of the scholarship options available to you!

    Visit our website for resources to support you with your application(s).

    Check out the deadlines below to make sure you don’t miss them.

    October 21, 2016

    Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships- Doctoral and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships
    Submit application to your current department/program.

    Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
    Submit application to your current department/program.

    November 1, 2016

    Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships
    Submit your application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

    December 1, 2016

    Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
    Submit your application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

    Autism Scholars Awards
    Submit your application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

    Ontario Women’s Health Scholars
    Submit your application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

    John Charles Polanyi Prizes
    Submit your application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

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  • Welcome to GradScope!

    Inform. Engage. Inspire.

    These three words encompass the objective of GradScope, our newest tool to connect with the graduate community at Brock, throughout Canada, and internationally.

    We seek to engage current and future graduate students as well as the Brock community with a mix of information sharing and discussion while providing reminders, tips and advice to help you stay on track while balancing a busy graduate schedule.

    So, as we are through the first long weekend of the academic year and have begun the road to the New Year, let’s remember a couple of critical points:

    • Regularly update your CV – or create one NOW if you haven’t already!
    • Make time for ADLs (activities of daily living) – among those, remember to shop for good food and get reasonable sleep.

    Overall, GradScope aims to inspire thoughtful discussion and encourages current and prospective students to explore everything the Faculty of Graduate Studies has to offer.

    We are here to help you succeed!

    The FGS office is located at MC D250. Drop by anytime Monday to Friday 8:30a.m. to 12p.m. and 1p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    your FGS Team

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