New College
Wednesday September 04, 2019 9:30 — 5:00

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Get a head start on your senior year! This event will help you prepare for fourth-year courses and assignments and for graduate or professional school applications. It will also introduce you to career options beyond academia. The conference focuses on these essential skills for senior students:

  • Critically evaluating research and communicating findings in literature reviews, grant proposals and presentations
  • Conducting effective literature searches
  • Identifying and communicating your relevant abilities in applications

Lunch and refreshments will be provided!

This event is eligible for Co-curricular Record validation.

Who can participate?

Students in the Human Biology Program in third year, fourth year or above.  Priority is given to students in fourth year and above.


Registration is closed. 


If you are no longer able to attend this event, please complete this registration cancellation form.

Please note that because spaces are limited you must be available to participate in all the events and workshops.



Time Event Location
09:30–09:45AM Sign in and find a seat. Refreshments will be served. D.G. Ivey Library, Wilson Hall
09:45–09:55AM Introductions (A. Bruce) D.G. Ivey Library
09:45–11:00AM Reflecting on your learning: From your senior year to beyond (F. Taverna & S. Stewart)
How have you developed and matured intellectually during your degree? In this workshop, you’ll work with some self-assessment tools that can help you understand your strengths, identify your goals for fourth year, prepare to address gaps in preparation, and describe your strengths and abilities effectively as you apply for graduate schools, professional schools or jobs.
D.G. Ivey Library
11:00–11:10 Break and refreshments D.G. Ivey Library

Concurrent Workshops I

Whether you go on to a career in research, health care, health policy or business, you will need to make and communicate critical assessments of research. These workshops address key forms of scientific thinking and communication that you will meet in upper-year assignments and in post-graduate, health care and workplace settings.

Registration for breakout sessions will be conducted separately via a Quercus site in late August.

Reading and Critiquing Primary Articles (M. Papaconstantinou) WE52
Designing a Poster Presentation and Oral Presentations (F. Taverna) WE54G
Advanced Research Skills (A. Kwak & J. Newman) Computer Lab (Lower Level, Ivey Library)
Graduate School Applications (A. Bruce & S. Stewart) Ivey Library (Upper Level)
12:10–01:10PM Lunch & Learn.
Meet and learn from individuals who have taken their science education into diverse disciplines beyond research and academia, including mental health advocacy and financial consulting. Please stay turned for the list of individuals.
Lobby outside the WE54 series classrooms

Concurrent Workshops II

Literature Reviews: The Keys and Steps to Good Storytelling (A. Dias & L. Newbery) WE52
Designing a Poster Presentation and Oral Presentations (C. Dockstader) WE54G
Zotero: A Better way to Building a Bibliography (J. Newman) Computer Lab (Lower Level, Ivey Library)
Grant Proposals (R. Wilson) Ivey Library (Upper Level)
2:10–2:20PM Break and refreshments Lobby outside the WE54 series classrooms

Concurrent Workshops III

Literature Reviews: The Keys and Steps to Good Storytelling (A. Dias & L. Newbery) WE52
Reading and Critiquing Primary Articles (M. Papaconstantinou) WE54G
An Interactive Crash Course in Science Communication (C. Guy) Ivey Library (Upper Level)
Advanced Research Skills (A. Kwak & J. Newman) Computer Lab (Lower Level, Ivey Library)
3:20–3:30PM Break and refreshments Ivey Library (Upper Level)

Panel Discussion

Ivey Library (Upper Level)
Drawing on their own experience, our panelists will lead us in a discussion of the core critical skills an emerging scientist or health care practitioner needs. Take this opportunity to think through your own current and future professional development and goals. Refreshments will be served and there will be lots of time for questions and conversation.


Lunch and Learn Speakers

  • Andrew Manis completed a Honours of Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto (2011) with a double major in Human Biology and Biology, followed by a Masters of Business Administration at Carleton University (2012). The skills gained from this education, which include problem solving, communication, analysis, and collaboration, have been pivotal to Andrew’s success in the work place. He is currently a Senior Manager at RBC Global Procurement, where he is responsible for developing cost management strategy.
  • Twayne Pereira currently works for Krembil, the research arm of Toronto Western Hospital, as a Public Affairs Associate. Previously, Twayne worked in finance, brain injury research and neuropsychiatry research. Aside from writing articles, creating content and chasing down scientists for newsworthy stories, he has a love for photography, cinematography and functional fitness. He graduated from the Human Biology Program with a double major in Neuroscience and Cell Biology, before Drake called Toronto “the6ix”
  • Michelle Davis is a facilitator, researcher and educator and has worked in the fields of health, education, legal education, and international development. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto after which she travelled to the Caribbean where she spent five years studying and working. Michelle completed an MSc degree in gender and development studies at the University of the West Indies. Michelle is currently a PhD candidate in Public Health at Walden University where her research will focus on Caribbean youth, sexual health education and the role of parents.


Dr. Cylita Guy completed her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. Using fieldwork and computational methods, she aims to understand why bats seem to be good at carrying viruses that they sometimes share with humans, but rarely get sick from themselves. She has spent 10 years working at the Ontario Science Centre, started a Junior Bat Biologist program with the High Park Nature Centre, and has had her hilarious field exploits featured in a general audience book (Fieldwork Fail: The Messy Side of Science!). Interested in helping others build their own science communication abilities – she is an organizer of ComSciCon Canada – Canada’s first science communication conference for graduate students.

Dr. Andras Kapus is a Professor in the Dept. of Surgery and the Dept. of Biochemistry, the Associate Vice-Chair of Research at the Dept. of Surgery, and a research scientist and head of the critical care platform at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute/Keenan Research Centre of St. Michael’s Hospital, where he also directs the Research Training Centre. His research foci include cytoskeleton regulation, epithelial functions including cell volume control, ion transport as well as epithelial and mesenchymal plasticity as it pertains to tissue fibrosis.

Victoria Marshe is a PhD candidate under the co-supervision of Drs. Daniel Mueller and Sidney Kennedy at the Institute of Medical Science and the Pharmacogenetics Research Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). My research focuses on understanding the genetic contributions to antidepressant non-remission in older adults with late-life depression, which is characterized by a pathophysiology associated with underlying cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative changes. Currently, she is focusing on understanding the methodological opportunities and challenges for machine learning associated with the integration of genome-wide data from large-scale, epidemiological datasets and smaller, clinical-treatment cohorts.

Patrycja Thompson did her BSc in Biomedical Sciences and Microbiology and completed an MSc degree in Pathobiology, both at the University of Guelph. She then worked as a Research Assistant at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization in Saskatoon to develop vaccines for bovine diseases. She completed a PhD in the Department of Immunology at the University of Toronto, where she worked on molecular and transcriptional networks guarding T cell development from stem cells. She then took up a post-doctoral fellowship at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, during which she worked on development and function of gamma delta T cell subset. She was a Project Officer at the Strategic Research Programs at the Sunnybrook Research Institute helping academics apply for and manage institutional grants and currently works at the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine as a Manager of Technology Sourcing and Evaluation, where she scouts and helps develop academic discoveries and technologies into cell and gene therapies by forming and incubating companies


Workshop Presenters

  • Ashley Bruce, Program Director, HMP; Associate Professor, CSB
  • Alistair Dias, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology Program
  • Colleen Dockstader, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology Program
  • Aneta Kwak, Accessibility and Public Services Librarian, Ivey Library, New College
  • Liz Newbery, Director, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, New College Writing Centre
  • Jeff Newman, College Librarain, Ivey Library, New College
  • Maria Papaconstantinou, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology Program
  • Sheila Stewart, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, New College Writing Centre
  • Franco Taverna, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology Program
  • Ron Wilson, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology Program
  • Cylita Guy, Research Associate and Science Communicator

This event is sponsored by
  • New College Initiatives Fund, New College
  • D.G. Ivey Library
  • Human Biology Program
  • New College Writing Centre