Western Research Forum

Established in 1987, the Western Research Forum is the largest multidisciplinary graduate research conference at Western. The aim of this conference is to provide a platform for graduate students to share their innovative work to a wide audience and discuss how their research transcends academic boundaries. What makes the Western Research Forum valuable and unique is that designed for researchers to engage with others outside their field, with the goal of exchanging thoughts and exploring ideas from various perspectives.

The conference presenters are invited to contribute their papers to the Western Research Forum Journal. As of 2017, this journal is available digitally through Scholarship@Western, Western’s open access institutional repository. Previous editions of the journal are available in the SOGS Office (Middlesex College, Room 8).

Many thanks to the contributors, volunteers, administrators and librarians who make the Western Research Forum a success.

The SOGS Academic Committee is proud to host the annual Western Research Forum on Friday, March 16, 2018 (9am-3pm). As a university-wide interdisciplinary conference, we offer all graduate students the opportunity to present their work to researchers from various fields.  This year’s theme is “Controversy: Challenging the Boundaries in Research”, featuring research that invites discussion and transcends academic boundaries.

Morning talks will take place in North Campus Building, Room 113.

9:00 – 10:15am – Graduate Oral Presentations

  • Navigating Through the Challenges of Healthcare Simulated Education, Ryan Chan and Adam Morse
  • Clarifying Dopaminergic Projections of the Ventral Tegmental Area and Substantia Nigra in Humans using Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nicholas Handfield-Jones
  • Ceilometer Measurements from The University of Western Ontario of Smoke from the Extraordinary Fires of 2017 in Western Canada, Achini Abayakoon
  • Creative Subversion: Challenging Sociocultural Silencing in Schools, Kelly Bylica
  • Improving Canadian Indigenous Health: Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease, Sukhmeet Sachal

10:30 – 11:00am – Featured Graduate Speaker, Amber White, Faculty of Education 
11:00 – 12:00pm – Keynote Speaker, Shelley McKellar, Department of History; Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry 
At noon, the Forum will move to the Grad Club for a free buffet lunch.

Following the lunch, the rest of the Forum will take place in the Physics and Astronomy Building Atrium.

1:15 – 2:30pm – Graduate Poster Presentations
2:30 – 3:00pm – Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks

For the full program, please see this link