Activities and opportunities available to students at the annual Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop:
1) Student-Mentor Activities
Networking is one of the key benefits of the workshop and the activities included are a staple in the CEW Student Program! These events are designed to create a professional yet casual milieu that enables students to interact with volunteer mentor professionals from industry, academia, and government. Mentors, who will be distinguishable by their nametags, will also be available and approachable during the poster social and coffee breaks! Further details will become available within the upcoming weeks, but for now, please see below for more information.
Sunday Evening Networking Event
Join us Sunday evening on October 2nd/2022 in-person or virtually to meet fellow attendees and professionals from academic, industry, and government backgrounds!
During our speed-networking style event, mentors and mentees will be seated such that mentees rotate to new tables/breakout rooms every few minutes. Each “table” will have some suggested questions covering a wide range of topics including but not limited to job/postdoc search tips, work/life balance, early career advice, science communication and media, and inclusivity in science that the seated parties can discuss.
This is a great opportunity to identify mentors that you would like to get to know over the course of the workshop. Additional details about the event’s logistics will be sent to the participants ahead of the workshop. Light snacks and a beverage will be served.
Monday Student-Mentor Lunch
The Monday Student-Mentor lunch provides an opportunity for students to meet and discuss career options with mentors from different career sectors with fewer workshop distractions.
Both in-person and virtual registrants can participate in the Monday networking event which will consist of mentees choosing or being assigned to mentor tables/breakout rooms on various themes (e.g., early career advice, women in science and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in STEM, science communication, work-life balance, travelling for research continuing in academia, tips for publishing, and working in industry or government). Each table/ breakout room will be given ice breaker questions to facilitate conversation. Details about the event’s logistics will be sent to the participants ahead of the workshop.
2) Student Competitions and Awards
Volunteer judges will evaluate all poster, platform, and TikTOX presentations in these competitions according to CEW-identified criteria. A sample judging rubric will be made available shortly, and we encourage students to keep these criteria in mind when preparing their presentations. There is also a meme competition, with winners decided by a popular vote, and an award for outstanding BSc and MSc theses!
(i) Poster and Platform Competition: Are you presenting your research and want valuable feedback as well as a chance to win cash prizes? Then sign up to be included in the Student Poster and Student Platform Competition!
(ii) Playle Award: If you have had your thesis submitted and accepted in the past year, you are eligible to be nominated for the Dr. Richard Playle Award for Outstanding Thesis in Ecotoxicology. Two awards (one each at the BSc and MSc level) are awarded annually. For more information on eligibility criteria and application deadlines, click here.
(iii) TikTOX: Interested in diving into science communication and sharing your research in a creative way?
The CEW TikTOX competition offers a platform for students to share their research; we’re looking for short (2 to 3 minute) videos of your research, your methods, or a day in the life of an ecotox researcher. The goal is to capture the audience’s attention by showcasing the exciting and intriguing aspects of your research. Don’t hesitate to throw in some fun facts, humour, or share a story from the field or lab. For more information on general guidelines (e.g., video format and file submission), as well as tips & tricks, click here.
(iv) Meme Competition: What better way to deal with the crippling pressures of school than with humour? Here, students and non-students alike compete by designing their own toxicology memes to communicate the funny side of your science! There are cash prizes for the best meme. For more information on eligibility criteria and application deadlines, click here.
Take advantage of this opportunity to co-judge platforms and/or posters with a mentor-judge. Each student will be assigned a presentation and use the judging rubric to independently review the presenter and their work. They will then coordinate with their judging mentor to meet and discuss each other’s scores. This is a great opportunity for students to get a behind-the-scenes view of what professionals look for in well-prepared scientific presentations, either in a poster or platform format. Participation will provide insight that can help you improve the presentation of your own research!
4) Student Co-Chair(s)
Ever wonder what it takes to be a session chair? Well, wonder no more! Students have the opportunity to assist session chair(s) during the workshop and learn what it takes to keep a workshop productive, organized, and on schedule. Assisting the chair(s) involves loading presentations and ensuring they are in the proper queue, keeping track of attendance at each presentation, thinking of possible questions to ask presenters, and possibly introducing presenters to the audience.
5) Student Attendance Grants
Up to 10 attendance grants of $400.00 are available for students to subsidize travel costs. Application and eligibility criteria can be found here.
6) Student Buddy System
Attending a workshop for the first time can be overwhelming! If it’s your first time attending CEW or you’ve been to CEW before and you want to show first-time attendees the ropes, consider participating in our Buddy System. First-time CEW student attendees will be paired up with experienced student attendees on Sunday before the start of the workshop. This is a fun way for students to network with each other and meet new people with similar interests in a casual setting while helping first-time attendees feel more comfortable with other workshop events. The Buddy System will be available to both virtual and in-person attendees.