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
The Sunday evening networking event will provide an opportunity for all attendees to network with individuals from academia, industry, and the government.
Considering the hybrid style of this year’s CEW, the Sunday evening networking event will occur in three formats:
1) In-person round table discussions for those attending CEW in Halifax and,
2) Online round table discussions through the Pheedloop platform for those attending the conference virtually.
3) Additionally, throughout the entire conference all attendees whether participating in-person or virtually will have the opportunity to network and ask questions directly from mentors/students mentees through the online platform.
This event will provide valuable opportunities for students and mentors to engage and connect either virtually or in-person. Details about the event’s logistics will be sent to the participants ahead of the conference.
Student-Mentor Chit Chat Event (Tuesday)
The Student-Mentor Chit Chat networking lunch provides an opportunity for students to meet and discuss career options with mentors from different career sectors with fewer workshop distractions.
While the virtual and in-person events are kept separate to provide better engagement, participants will have the opportunity to meet new people, network and create connections regardless of their attendance method!
In-person attendees will be participating in this event during the lunch hour with the virtual session happening simultaneously. If you are a virtual participant, grab your beverage of interest and join in for a casual conversation with mentors.
Details about the event’s logistics will be sent to the participants ahead of the conference.
2) Student Competitions and Awards
Volunteer judges will evaluate all poster, platform, and TikTox presentations entered 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: More details coming:)
(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! Here, students have the opportunity to assist session chair(s) during the conference and learn what it takes to keep a conference 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.