Who makes Queen's tick? Find out each week! Campus Beat sits down for in-depth talks with the unique personalities that make Queen's University the definitive university experience, from research to logistics to charitable causes.
QFLIP Conference & USSRF Opportunities
This episode features two exciting segments. First, we chat with undergraduate student leaders, Tess Shields and Caroline Leclerc of the Delegates Team for Queen’s Female Leadership in Politics. Shields and LeClerc talk about the upcoming Evolve 2022 Conference that QFLIP is running virtually on February 5th and 6th, the work QFLIP engages in, the fun and skills-building Case Challenge that will accompany the conference proceedings and of course, how people can register and learn more for the conference itself.
Visit QFLIP online to learn more!
In the next segment, we chat with two more undergraduate students, Zoe Mack and Aidan Gurung, both of whom participated in the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF) program. From Mack and Gurung, we learn more about their inspirations to apply, how they did so, the research they conducted, the skills they gained and also what they hope they will do to mobilize their learning moving forward.
New applications for the USSRF program are open with a deadline of Tuesday March 1st. In this year’s program, 19 fellowships of $6000 are available on campus between May and August and 2 fellowships of $5000 are available at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle from May through July. The Fellowships provide experiential learning opportunities for continuing undergraduate students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at Queen’s University to participate in social sciences, humanities and/or creative arts research under the supervision of a Queen’s faculty member. Further, the fellowship program is intended to provide students with meaningful opportunities to engage in discovery-based learning and to develop their research and presentation skills.
More information about USSRF and application guidelines are available on the Queen’s University Vice Principal Research Portfolio website here.
New Frontiers in Metals Protection: In Conversation with Dr. Cathleen Crudden
On January 12th 2022, Queen’s University announced that the federal government has committed $24 million through the New Frontiers in Research Funding Transformation Stream to Queen’s University-led research poised to extend the lifespan of metals using unique molecular coatings that could save billions of dollars on maintenance across a number of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, cancer therapy, consumer electronics and infrastructure. The work could position Canada at the forefront of the barrier coatings industry, which has a national economic impact of $31 billion per year, and currently employs 211,000 people across the country.
In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Cathleen Crudden, Organic, Organometallic and Materials Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Queen’s University, Canada Research Chair in Metal Organic Chemistry and the lead researcher on this New Frontiers project. From Dr. Crudden, we learn more about the problems and potential solutions she and her team have identified in preserving the longevity of metals, the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration in undertaking research on this project, and the anticipated impacts for both industry and the research field.
Cinq à Sept at Queen’s: In Conversation with Drs. Mary Ann McColl & Chris Booth
(Pictured: Dr. Mary Ann McColl, Dean Jane Philpott and, Dr. Christopher Booth)*
Earlier this fall, the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Queen’s University launched Dean Jane Philpott’s Cinq à Sept Research Talks. The monthly series, which will showcase innovations in health research at Queen’s, is like nothing FHS has hosted before and is modeled on the French tradition of gathering at the end of the workday.
In this episode, we chat with Dr. Mary Ann McColl, Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and Associate Director, Health Services Research and Policy Institute followed by a chat with Dr. Chris Booth, Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Public Health Sciences and Canada Research Chair in Population Cancer Care. Our discussions focus on themes arising from their respective talks entitled “The Ten Stories: Intergenerational Conversations” and “The Emperor Has No clothes: Finding our Way again in Cancer Care,” that were delivered at the inaugural Cinq à Sept Research Talks event on October 27th 2021.
*photo courtesy of the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Supporting Entrepreneurship in Africa
On December 3rd, The Mastercard Foundation and the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) have announced a partnership offering free virtual entrepreneurship training, and an opportunity to receive startup funding to more than 1,000 students through the Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship for African Students at Queen’s University.
The program launched in September 2020. It provides students and recent graduates from African universities within the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program with the opportunity to apply to a free virtual entrepreneurship training program delivered by Queen’s University’s DDQIC Program. Through this program, award-winning faculty and some of the best innovators, policymakers, and business strategists collaborate to support students to become Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellows. During the 2020-2021 Academic year, 1,252 students participated, and more than 60 percent of the cohort were women, recognizing the additional barriers women face when starting a business or seeking employment in Africa.
Prospective fellows receive access to a curated list of online entrepreneurship courses developed at DDQIC and work through the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Framework developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The fellowship is designed to address unemployment among post-secondary graduates by equipping thousands of students and recent graduates with sufficient entrepreneurial training to initiate and continue to grow their businesses.
In this episode, we have the pleasure of chatting first with Titose Chembezi at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She was the $5000 prize at the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre DDQIC Summer Pitch Competition and said the pitch experience provided her with a boost of confidence.
Following our chat with Chembezi, we sit down again with Jim Leech, member of the Order of Canada, former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mastercard Foundation and, of course, Chancellor Emeritus of Queen’s University about the Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship for African Students.
The applications for the upcoming academic year close on Dec. 10, 2021. Learn more about the Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship and complete your application today.
For application inquiries, please contact:
Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre
Program Coordinator at the Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship for African Students
In Focus: Top 40 under 40 and Rhodes Scholarship Recipients
In this episode, we have two guests-Dr. Teresa Purzner and Jane Hutchings.
On November 25th, Queen’s University announced that one of it’s neurosurgeons, Dr. Teresa Purzner has been named one of Canada’s top 40 under 40, an annual leadership award that recognizes exceptional achievement by 40 outstanding Canadians who are under 40 years of age. Dr. Purzner joins us to chat about her research achievements and teaching with Department of Neurosurgery and as an attending physician at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre in addition to her co-founding of the baby food brand, Cerebelly.
Then Jane Hutchings joins us. Hutchings, a recent graduate from the Commerce program at Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business, has been selected as a 2022 Rhodes Scholar, earning this prestigious scholarship to the University of Oxford worth more than $100,000 that covers postgraduate study costs including tuition, fees and living expenses. She chats about her many leadership initiatives as a Queen’s student and how she’ll build on these at Oxford during her Master’s studies.
Mapping the Universe and Mudslides
In this episode we are joined by two guests. First, Dr. Mark Richardson, Education and Outreach Officer at the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute and then around the 20 minute mark, Lisa Tauskela, Masters Candidate in Civil Engineering.
Dr. Richardson talks about the upcoming George and Maureen Ewan lecture to be delivered by Dr. Juna Kollmeier on November 29th at the McDonald Institute, shedding light on how the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and its use of spectra reveals much information that helps map and decode the history of the cosmos.
Tauskela then joins us to chat about the recent spate of mudslides caused by record-breaking rainfall and highwinds in the lower southcoast mainland area of British Columbia. She discusses her own research triggering mudslides at the Queen’s coastal engineering lab near Richardson stadium and how such research can help determine pathways land and mudslides can take.
Linda Mussell, The Conversation & The Ethics of Prison Space as Entertainment
F*ck you Linda.