Monthly Archives: October 2011

Masterclass #2

Another Masterclass, another group of students who have added to their research acumen. Dr. Roger Graves led the students through the guiding principles and ideas of writing a research paper for conference presentations.

Students from English & Film Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Human Ecology, Education, Linguistics, and Music attended – showing just how broad the KIAS Masterclass is.

So: students – are you ready to start thinking about your conference presentations? Get an idea, get a focus, and get started! You need to know “the what” before you write that abstract.

For more information about research paper writing, check out: Writing Across the Curriculum (780.492.2169), the Centre for Writers (780.492.2639 or go to 1-23 Assiniboia Hall), and the Writing Resources area of the Student Success Centre (780.492.2682 or go to 2-300 SUB).

For more information on Dr. Roger Graves, check out his site.


Upcoming Things. For You.

October is flying by! It is a slippery slope into November, but here at KIAS we are flying along (as per usual). The end of October features a couple of things for the University of Alberta public and we thought it should be shared (we learned that in kindergarten).

KIAS Interdisciplinary Course Seminar Grants

When: October 24, 2011 @ 4:00 pm deadline; pre-review deadline (paper or electronic): October 14, 2011 @ 4:00 pm to Gillian


What: The KIAS Interdisciplinary Seminar Program seeks to integrate the Institute’s research mission with the strategic objective of the University of Alberta to provide structured opportunities to develop undergraduate inquiry and research skills, while enhancing the research acumen of graduate students. Further, the seminars will bring together instructors and students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in order to develop novel ways of understanding one or more of KIAS’s focus themes.

These courses allow professors to teach something that might be more closely aligned with their research portfolio, which is beneficial to them and the students. Funds are awarded to the department in order to release the professor from one course ($8,000). As well, successful applicants are awarded a $1,000 curricular grant in order to develop the course, buy materials for the course, contribute to the dissemination activities of their students – however they see fit. For the successful grants from the Spring Competition, please check out:

Applicants are encouraged to get a pre-review from Gillian Edwards, which will provide feedback on the content and attachment requirements.

KIAS Masterclass: Session #2

When: Tuesday, October 25 @ 12:00 – 1:30

Where: Tory B-129

Say what?: This session will be a continuation of our workshop series aimed to help undergrads figure out the academic dissemination world. Dr Roger Graves (Writing Across the Curriculum, English & Film Studies) will be teaching registrants how to write a research paper for a conference presentation.

Cost: Free! With a free lunch! I know.

What do I do next?: Well, if you are a smart cookie, you will email Gillian at to grab one of one or two spots left. If you have already emailed me, check to make sure that you responded with a date to register for – otherwise, you ain’t in! If you are awesome, and have registered, then just sit back and count the days until the Session and arrive with a notebook, pen, and a ready brain.

Masterclass #1

Freshly back from the first KIAS Masterclass: Session #1, led by Dr. Jerry Varsava. It was a great session, with eager students who were keen to learn about the best way to write a conference abstract. The Masterclass series is part of the Kule Institute’s commitment to undergraduate research and with hopes that the University of Alberta will represent themselves in large numbers at the KIAS conference, “Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now.”

Students are provided with free lunch for their stomachs and food for their brain as well! The presentation from Dr. Varsava is below – please contact Gillian Edwards if you are interested in using it. Looking forward to the next session on October 25th with Dr. Roger Graves!