Graduate Student Advisors

What are the responsibilities of the CEW Graduate Student Advisor?

The position requires:

1) Attendance at both annual workshops held during the two years of the position (Winnipeg 2022, TBA 2023).

The Board of Directors will cover reasonable costs associated with the Graduate Student Advisor’s participation at CEW in 2022 and 2023.  

2) Active involvement in promoting, preparing and running the student program during the 2022 and 2023 workshops.  Duties are shared with the 2021-2022 GSA and the future 2022-2023 GSA. 

3) Attendance at the annual Board of Director’s meeting (held during the workshop) and 2-3 conference calls held throughout the year. 

Who is eligible to apply?

A graduate student pursuing a relevant area of study and who will continue to be a graduate student for the duration of the two-year period (i.e., February 1, 2022 – January 31, 2024). 

How to apply?

By the deadline of December 31, 2021, interested applicants should submit:

  • a one-page Statement of Interest,
  • a CV, and
  • a letter of support (emailed separately) from their academic advisor.

For more information, or to submit an application, please contact Sarah Wallace or Ryan Prosser 

What is a GSA?

The purpose of the GSA positions is to introduce student members of CEW at the start of their careers to the function and goals of the Board of Directors in hopes that, once established, they will develop an interest in chairing a CEW and/or serving on the Board of Directors.

In addition to advising the Board of Directors, the role of the GSA is to assist the Organizing Committee (OC) with the Student Program subcommittee. GSAs have a varied role and duties include evaluating and reporting on the student program to the Board of Directors, providing a level of core consistency for the student program from year to year, orient each new OC of past student events, and providing information of value to the new OC.

How to become a GSA:

Each year, the Chair of the Board sends out a broadcast email inviting graduate students to apply for one two-year appointment as an Officer of CEW. Invites usually occur after CEW in late fall and applications are received by December 31. The GSA term begins on February 1 of the calendar year in which the GSA is appointed by the Board of Directors

If you are interested in becoming a GSA, talk to one of our Board members or current GSAs to get some insight on the position and keep an eye out for the invite to apply in late fall each year. For more information contact: Ryan Prosser

Our current GSAs:

Sarah Wallace (Graduate Student Advisor 2020 – 2021)

Sarah is a second-year Ph.D. student at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS-ETE) in Quebec City, QC under the co-supervision of Dr. Valerie Langlois (INRS) and Shane de Solla (Environment and Climate Change Canada). She studies the transcriptomic effects of polycyclic aromatic compound exposure in Canadian bird species throughout embryonic development. Sarah has a Master’s degree in Biology from Queen’s University supervised by Dr. Vicki Friesen and studied the conservation genetics of the seabird Cassin’s auklet. Applying these ‘omics techniques, Sarah worked as a lab manager and research assistant for four years in an ecotoxicology lab at Royal Military College before starting her Ph.D.

Camelia Tavakoli (Graduate Student Advisor 2021 – 2022)

Camelia is a Master of Science candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She is co-supervised by Dr. Brian Laird and Dr. Kelly Skinner. Her master’s research will study the toxicological and social impacts of environmental exposures in country foods on Indigenous communities in Canada. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted research in an Environmental Toxicology lab on the effects of diluted bitumen and a dispersant on a species of eelgrass and well as the sublethal biochemical effects of sea lice pesticide and Ivermectine on juvenile starry flounder under the supervision of Dr. Chris Kennedy.