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Symposium allows students to present research ideas

A student delivers a presentation during the annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, which ran from March 5 to 6.

The Sociology Graduate Students' Caucus (SGSC) annual Graduate Student Research Symposium is a student-led event that enables graduate and undergraduate honours students to present their proposed, in progress, or completed research in a supportive forum.

This symposium also provides students with an opportunity for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration, as well as professional socialization and development. Over the course of its 11 years, the symposium evolved from a faculty-organized one-day event to an entirely student-run two-day conference.

University of Calgary students from disciplines within the social sciences, humanities, health sciences, environmental design, and education are invited to submit abstracts for presentation, as are students from social science disciplines at other western Canadian universities. Elected student coordinators then review abstracts, organize sessions that are chaired by invited faculty members, and oversee the venue and vendor operations for the event. This year’s symposium theme was “Moving Forward: Finding Your Path,” and it received over 40 abstract submissions.

The event took place on March 5 and 6 at the University of Calgary’s MacEwan Conference and Event Centre. Guest speaker Calgary city councillor Druh Farrell kicked off the symposium on Thursday morning by sharing her experience as a progressive urban voice and one of the few women on city council.

The remainder of the symposium featured a total of 39 presentations by students in Sociology, Environmental Design, Economics, Social Work, Nursing, Linguistics, Languages and Cultures, French Italian and Spanish, Anthropology. and Psychology. Students also attended  from the Universities of Alberta, Lethbridge, and Manitoba. Thirty-two were oral presentations across eight panel sessions and seven were poster presentations. The poster session was a new addition to the symposium this year, and included posters from two Sociology alumni to highlight career possibilities after graduation.