Students from the Master of Arts in Environmental Policy (MAEP) Program have excelled for a second year in St. John’s while participating in the Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference 2016, hosted by the Graduate Student’ Union (GSU) and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). This conference offers MUN graduate students a chance to present course work, a work in-progress or a completed research paper/poster they feel is valuable and interesting. This conference was created in memory of Dr. Frederick A Aldrich (First Dean of Graduate Studies, 1970-87) and this year was attend by over 100 of the graduate students enrolled at MUN from all campuses.
Graduate students from both the MAEP and MSc in Boreal Ecosystem and Agriculture Sciences (BEAS) program at Grenfell Campus traveled to St. John’s from March 18th-20th, 2016 to present in three of the four conference categories; Sciences and Engineering, Social Science and/ or Humanities and, Connecting Research and Public Engagement. There was also, for the first time, a poster presentation session for all disciplines. All students did an amazing job and overall Grenfell brought home three of the five awards offered at the Aldrich 2016 Conference!
Sean Manners received first place in the poster presentation for his research on Climate Change Policy: Creating Space for Environmental Ethics and Human Rights.
Conor Edwards and Leanna Butters tied for first in the Social Science and Humanities oral presentation. Conor’s research applied human dimensions research to a proposed European Bison reintroduction project in the Netherlands and, Leanna’s research will look at fly-in/ fly-out mobility in source hub communities and its potential implications for community sustainability.
The third win was for Rebecca Brushett who placed first in the Connecting Research and Public Engagement oral presentation. Her research will assess the marine and coastal management areas off Western, NL using geospatial analysis paired with expert and stakeholder participation.
Congratulations to all the students that participated, Grenfell Campus and Environmental Policy Institute for your success!