Category Archives: undergraduate students


KIAS is proud to support this project:
Great Minds. 3 Minutes. 1 Evening
Join us September 25 to hear amazing ideas from Next Gen researchers, academics, innovators and entrepreneurs as they present their ideas in 3 minutes to a distinguished judging panel from academia, government, business and the media. Top prize—a trip to Berlin to compete in the international finale.
UAlberta FWLab event details: 
  • Thursday September 25, 2014, from 6:00  8:30 pm
  • Room 1-440, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (CCIS), University of Alberta
  • Free event. General attendance is welcomed and encouraged but RSVP is REQUIRED
Meet UAlberta’s FWLab jury
Richard Fedorak, Jillian Buriak and Ingrid Johnston (UAlberta), Dan Rizzoli (Acting Deputy Minister, Innovation and Advanced Education, Alberta government) Cory Janssen (UAlberta alumus and successful entrepreneur), Zainul Mawji (VP Operations and Strategy, TELUS) and Paula Simons (Columnist, Edmonton Journal).  
FWLab UAlberta webpage: (link to RSVP page is embedded above and on this page)

Posters, presentations, publications: sharing your undergraduate research

Presented by the Undergraduate Research InitiativeWednesday, July 30, 2014
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ECHA 1-190 
Free!  Lunch will be provided.  (Please RSVP here!)

*Professors & Instructors please bring this to the attention of your talented students:

You’ve done (or started!) a research project, and now you’re ready to share it with the world. How do you do that? Where do you start? This session will introduce students to different ways of sharing your research: undergraduate journals, posters, and presentations. Learn about publication and presentation opportunities for U of A students, and get some hands-on experience with the process of planning and presenting a research poster.

This session is ideal for undergraduate students currently working on a summer project who plan to present their work at the end of the summer, or who would like to submit work to the Undergraduate Research Symposium!

For more information please contact the Undergraduate Research Initiative team at:
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Social Sciences Research Crawl

KIAS is happy to help promote this excellent initiative by our colleagues in the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI)!

Social Sciences Research Crawl
Wednesday, February 19

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free lunch provided

Join us to explore various possibilities of research in the social sciences, gaining an understanding of how such research helps us to make sense of and improve our ever-changing world — from preserving cultural identities, examining past atrocities, and working at the intersection of statistics and theories in order to create change. We will visit three different social sciences research groups with one thing in common — undergraduate research!

This is a great opportunity to see interdisciplinary social sciences research at work, and find out more about how undergraduates can get involved.

Please register online by Friday, February 14, 2014. (Space is limited, early registration is encouraged).

For more information, contact the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) at

Interactives – interdisciplinary interfaces for the arts and humanities

Scott Smallwood and his students in the Interactives interdisciplinary course will present ideas around the theme “Creating Interactive Interfaces for the Fine Arts and the Humanities.”

Students from a diverse range of programs including Art and Design, Music, Drama, and Humanities Computing will be pitching ideas for projects that involve interactive technologies. These projects will be presented in an exhibition at the end of the semester.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 2-7
University of Alberta

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TIN 2013 – Particularly for visitors

TIN 2013 participants might be wondering what will be included in the accommodation so they know what to pack for the trip.

Here is a link to information about the Schaffer rooms that we have booked for you. Below is a picture of a room showing some of the amenities including towels, sheets, and a desk!lister_schaffer

The majority of the conference activities will be in either the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA); or in the Students’ Union Building (SUB).

We have paper maps in the conference kits, but participants might also consider downloading the University of Alberta app which has a whole set of materials including maps, transit information, etc.

At this time of year the days are 14 hours long here in Edmonton (sunrise 6:15 AM and sunset 9 PM) and the weather is mostly ranging between sunny, cloudy, stormy, and windy…  In Edmonton we sometimes say that if you don’t like the weather… just wait 15 minutes! Here is a link to the local weather forecast. Recently the weather has been very mild, so let’s hope that continues.

2013 Tomorrow’s Ideas Now conference is loaded with talent!

We have such a great group of people coming together for the 2013 Tomorrow’s Ideas Now (TIN) conference August 16-18!

First of all, we are excited to be bringing together participants from Mexico, Great Britain, Ukraine, Brazil, United States… and Canada!

The keynote speakers will be Ayondela McDole from Columbia College – Chicago; and Lianne Lefsrud KIAS Doctoral Scholar at the University of Alberta.

Ayondela photo

Ayondela McDole graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 from Columbia College Chicago majoring in Cultural Studies with a high concentration in Black World Studies. Ayondela attended the “Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now” conference in August 2012, where she presented an essay deconstructing the popularity of the Black American movies Big Momma’s House, Madea’s Family Reunion and Norbit. In honoring the spirit of the  conference, Ayondela will discuss the necessity of change in the world and the detrimental implications when there is none! She will also illustrate in her talk the importance of using our gifts and talents to better serve our local communities and influence society at large.  It is her belief that sharing ideas and collaborating with fellow students is a wonderful catalyst for change and can be best used for interacting with the world today and tomorrow. Ayondela is an engaging and inspirational speaker and we are so glad to have her with us again this year!

LianneLefsrud photoLianne Lefsrud is a KIAS Doctoral Scholar in Organizational Analysis in the Alberta School of Business. Her research is looking at the oil/tar sands at the intersection of institutional theory, social movements, and professions. Specifically, she is interested in the role of language and rhetoric to define, value, and shape our conceptions of the environment and regulatory institutions related to the oil/tar sands. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked in Regulatory Affairs with APEGGA (Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta), Canadian National Railways, and in environmental consulting, water resource engineering, construction, and oil and gas. Lianne joins us fresh from presenting at TEDx Ft. McMurray!

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.