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CEW 2024

Student Program

CEW prides itself on providing an amazing Student Program by giving students ample opportunities to network, learn, and exchange ideas at a reduced registration cost and lower short-course fees. Just indicate which events you are interested in when you sign up via the online registration form, show up, and we will do the rest!

Graduate Student Advisors

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. This is a great opportunity to gain experience organizing a national conference, be involved in the governance of a national scientific body, and network with fellow students and professionals from academia, industry, the consulting sector and government.

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.

Want to provide feedback or suggestions on the CEW Student Program?

Reach out to Reyd! Contact information below.

Reyd Smith | Carleton University

2023-2024 Graduate Student Advisor

Reyd is a Ph.D. student at Carleton University and Environment and Climate Change Canada. She is co-supervised by Dr. Joseph Bennett (Carleton University) and Dr. Jennifer Provencher (ECCC). Reyd completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Manitoba under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Fraser, where she published her research demonstrating how overwintering artificial light exposure advances purple martin (Progne subis) spring migration timing. Her M.Sc. was completed at the University of Windsor with Dr. Oliver Love, where she published her research on stable isotope niche dynamics and the effects of multiple stressors on breeding phenology and behaviour of Arctic-breeding common eider (Somateria mollissima). For her Ph.D., Reyd is collaborating with the Nunatsiavut Government to research polycyclic aromatic compound exposure patterns and sub-lethal health implications in three harvested seabird species following a local diesel oil spill in 2020.

Reyd Smith, CEW Graduate Student Advisor

Connor Stewart | University of Alberta

2024-2025 Graduate Student Advisor

Connor is a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Tamzin Blewett. His research is focused on nickel toxicity in Arctic ecosystems, evaluating the effects of short- and long-term nickel exposures on Arctic freshwater and marine species, including sea urchins, daphnia, and Arctic char. Connor also completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta with a specialization in integrative physiology. During his undergraduate research, Connor contributed to a project evaluating the toxic effects of ultraviolet filters from sunscreens, which showed significant survival and reproduction impacts to Daphnia magna at environmentally relevant concentrations. Connor has also been involved in research on various other topics, including evaluating the toxicity of oil and gas wastewater and its treatment, a comparative investigation between lab reared organisms and their wild-sourced relatives, and investigating the physiology of a highly successful invasive species, the European green crab.

Networking Opportunities

Student Program Overview

*Signup for all student program activities is available upon registration until September 22nd.

For any student program questions, please contact the Graduate Student Advisors.

Student-Mentor Activities

Evening Networking | October 6th, 2024

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.

Student-Mentor Lunch | October 7th, 2024

The Tuesday networking event will consist of mentees choosing or being assigned to mentor tables 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 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.

Student Competitions and Awards

Volunteer judges will evaluate all poster and platform 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. 

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 during registration to be included in the Student Poster and Student Platform Competition!

Playle Awards: 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. The winners present their award-winning theses at the workshop so be sure to attend. 


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!

Student Outreach Competition

The TikTOX, meme and tweet your thesis competition have received a makeover! We’re excited to invite students to flex their creativity and display their research in an artistic way. Whether it’s poetry, photography, beading, painting, song, video, or memes, as long as it can be mounted to a poster board (with QR codes as an option), you’re welcome to submit. Maximum size of submission: 2ft x 2ft. Students’ creations will be displayed on poster boards during the workshop, and attendees will vote on their favourite throughout the conference. 

Student Co-Chairs

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.

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 Monday 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.

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