Posts for the Topic PhD Student

GRADventure profile: Justine Salam

Justine Salam

I am a University of Waterloo PhD candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. My research is on oil governance in Alberta, especially the role played by corporate actors, government, NGOs, and civil society groups in making policy. I am also a racket and water sport enthusiast, so I love swimming, kayaking, scuba-diving, and badminton.

GRADventure Specialist profile: Sonya Buffone

Sonya Buffone

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Faculty of Arts, in Sociology and Legal Studies. My research interests are in methodology, and police studies. My dissertation examines the roles, and activities, of media relations officers in police services in Ontario. I want to understand how police construct crime for the public, how they manage their image, and how they view their relationship with the media.

GRADventure Specialist profile: Nyasha Gondora

Nyasha Gondora

I am a PhD candidate at the School of Pharmacy and co-supervised in the School of Public Health and Health Systems. Broadly, my research is in the field of neuropharmacology. Specifically, I am investigating Receptor Tyrosine Kinase (RTK) signaling in neurons, as well as investigating the impact of early life adversity on the expression of key brain receptors.

GRADventure Specialist profile: Paige Stirling

Paige Stirling

I am a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology. I am in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology division. My research focuses on the development of competencies through experience. In addition to my role as a PhD candidate, I have also worked as a teaching assistant and have lead a project for the Waterloo Organizational Research Consulting group.

GRADventure Specialist Profile: Xiao-Bo Li

Xiao-Bo Li

I am a PhD student in the Cheriton School of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics. My research is about the mathematical aspects of modeling protein structures. For example, one of the topics I work on is demonstrating that a variety of protein dynamics problems can be formulated as low rank positive semidefinite optimization problems.

GRADventure Specialist Profile: Richard Li

Richard Li

I am a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. My research focuses on shale gas reservoir characterization and resource development technologies. In addition to my role as a PhD candidate, I also currently work on campus as a teaching and research assistant, training program coordinator, and GRADventure Specialist.

GRADventure Specialist profile: Beth Timmers

Beth Timmers

I am a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Environment’s School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. I’m part of the Faculty’s Global Food Politics Group. My doctoral research looks at Jamaica’s domestic food system as part of a larger research program on food security across seven low- and middle- income countries: the Hungry Cities Partnership.  

GRADventure Specialist Profile: Sebastian Rios

Sebastian Rios

My name is Sebastian Rios and I am starting the 3rd year of my PhD in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS). I am part of the interRAI Canada research group, which works with big population health care data from the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). More specifically, my graduate research work looks at mental health systems, quality of care, scale development, outcome measurement, and program evaluation.

GRADventure Specialist Profile: Robin Mazumder

Robin Mazumder

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Robin Mazumder. I am a first year PhD student. I am currently doing my PhD in cognitive neuroscience where I am exploring how urban design impacts mental health.

What do you want to do following graduate school?

GRADventure Specialist Profile: Abhishek Raj

Abhishek

Who are you and what do you do?

I am an international student, currently in the final year of my PhD in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department. My research is focused on the emission reduction potential of novel fuel additive material. I have also worked as a teaching assistant in my department and the Waterloo Professional Development Program. 

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