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Issa Ebombolo

Issa Ebombolo

MA Peace and Conflict Studies

Growing up surrounded by violence, in an armed conflict zone in the Great Lakes region of Africa, propelled Master of Peace and Conflict Studies student Issa Ebombolo to search for a better way.

Leah Govia

Leah Govia

MA Anthropology

For her MA in Public Issues Anthropology, Leah Govia is studying an unconventional group of humans: artificial intelligence experts.

Nick Zabara

Nick Zabara

MA Psychology

Say you’re about to walk into a party. You don’t know anyone but the host, and you feel a little nervous. You take up a position on the wall and survey the room, letting your anxiety settle before diving in.

Now, imagine your anxiety soars anytime your back isn’t to that wall. That kind of reaction might suggest a clinical level of anxiety.

Jenny Flagler-George

Jenny Flagler-George

Sociology PhD alum

Until the fourth year of her undergraduate degree, Jenny Flagler-George thought she was going to be a lawyer.

Rachel Beals

Rachel Beals

Political Science MA alum

Rachel Beals fell in love at first sight with political science. It happened in a first-year World Politics course during her B.A. at the University of Guelph. “I know it sounds cheesy and I thought it only happened in the movies,” she says, “but I loved it immediately.” But after graduation, Beals was looking for more.

Andria Bianchi

Andria Bianchi

PhD Philosophy

By 2030, 75 million people will be diagnosed with dementia worldwide. Many of them will be sexually active. But how can they consent to sex?

Khanh Dang

Khanh Dang

Master of Public Service alumna

After completing her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Health Studies at McMaster University, Khanh Dang wasn’t exactly sure which career to pursue, but she knew she was interested in health policy.

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan

Master of Public Service alumna

Kate Ryan has long been drawn to education.

At first, she wanted to be a teacher. While studying toward her degree in history at the University of Windsor, she volunteered at her old high school. She soon realized the profession wasn’t for her, but her passion for education remained.

Dana Thacher

Dana Thacher

MA Anthropology

It was late April in 1848 when the surviving men aboard Sir John Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition abandoned their ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, which had been frozen for several years in Victoria Straight near King William Island.

Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker

Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker

MA Fine Arts

Denise St Marie completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria in BC, focusing on printmaking, multiples, and site-specific sculpture. Influenced by her previous 2 years of studies in Psychology, she used a multidisciplinary approach to her art by adding interventions to the streets of Victoria from 2000-03. As her practice grew she began collaborating with Timothy Walker in 2010, both nationally and internationally.

Jess Lincoln

Jess Lincoln

MA Fine Arts

Jess Lincoln is an artist from Calgary, Alberts. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University (2012) with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, having completed an exchange program in painting at Kookmin University (Seoul, South Korea). Since then she has lived in Dawson City, YT, Montreal, and Toronto, and has worked as a custom framer, art and language teacher, and interpreter at a museum of historical firetrucks.

Alexis Hildreth

Alexis Hildreth

MA Fine Arts

Alexis is a multidisciplinary artist from the Pacific Northwest. He started his education in the Visual Arts department at the University of Victoria and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2014. Alexis' work revolves around boundaries, barriers, and thresholds. He is invested in the relationship between internal and external geography, the balance of terror and awe, and with mapping the transition from one state of consciousness into another.

Robyn Walter

Robyn Walter

MA Political Science

Strategy and Program Consultant at Ministry of Finance, Ontario Public Service and Master of Arts candidate in Political Science

Robyn liked that at Waterloo it was clear that she would be able to pursue her own passions and interests in her research and her studies. Discover what else made Waterloo the right fit for her master’s studies.

Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

PhD History

Public Affairs Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and Doctoral candidate in History

Andrew splits his time between researching United States military public affairs policy and operations and working as a reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces himself. Find out what made Waterloo the ideal choice for his doctoral studies.

Stefan Jovanovic

Stefan Jovanovic

MA Anthropology

“Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples is its most important relationship. And yet, we don’t really have an understanding of how our large immigrant populations fit into the equation.” With his research, Stefan hopes to foster the relationship between immigrant communities in Toronto, and local Indigenous groups like the the Mississaugas, and Haudenosaunee.

DJ Houle

DJ Houle

Classical Studies alum

DJ is an alumnus of the MA Classical Studies program. He is currently working towards his PhD at McMaster University, while working for the Waterloo Regional Police Service in the Records Branch. His background in Classical Studies has been a huge asset, despite it not being the most obvious career path.

Michaela Tatu

Michaela Tatu

Classical Studies alum

Michaela Tatu is an alum of the MA Classical Studies program. Michaela began working on campus part-time while earning her Master’s and loved it so much that she stayed. She forges her way past the geese to Renison University College each day, where she is able to use the skills she developed in the Department of Classical Studies to contribute to the student experience.

Peter Blouw

Peter Blouw

PhD Philosophy

“I find language to be an interesting topic to study because on the one hand, it is incredibly familiar to us, while on the other hand, there are many things about language and language learning that are quite mysterious,” says Peter, a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy and Computational Neuroscience Research Group.

Uzair Belgami

Uzair Belgami

MA Global Governance

“I experienced many tensions and hierarchies spreading through society in the name of ‘development,'” explains Uzair, a MAGG student who began his studies at The University of Warwick.

Rosanne Abdulla

Rosanne Abdulla

PhD French Studies

Having started out as a Psychology major, Rosanne switched to French Studies but kept a minor in Psychology. Her interest in abnormal psychology and mental illnesses has carried on throughout her MA and now her PhD and she is finding interesting ways to combine the two fields. “I am researching the representation of depression and melancholy in contemporary French literature.

Amanda Suko

Amanda Suko

MA Anthropology

“I became interested in archaeology as an undergraduate, particularly during my first field school in Jordan. The work was strenuous but richly rewarding.

Sarah Yu

Sarah Yu

MA Economics

When asked what the next step is post-graduation, Sarah Yu, an Economics MA student, gets right down to it: “The next step is to start working.”

Tommy Mayberry

Tommy Mayberry

PhD English

Tommy’s research on transgender visual culture in 19th century British art and literature evolved from his first “encounter” with William Blake. “I did my undergrad here in Fine Arts and English Honours and I really never understood how the two fields could work together. And then I met William Blake. He would create watercolours of his poetry.

Gordon Pennycook

Gordon Pennycook

PhD Psychology

New research from the University of Waterloo indicates there’s an association between heavy smartphone use and lower intelligence. The research suggests smartphone users who are intuitive thinkers frequently use their device’s search engine rather than their own brainpower.

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