Student Day

Please join us for the 10th annual ArcticNet Student Day, one of the largest gatherings of students engaged in Arctic research. Organized by the ArcticNet Student Association (ASA) in collaboration with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the event will be held on 7 and 8 December 2015 at The Westin Bayshore.

Student Day will provide an exciting opportunity for students to build and strengthen professional relationships, partake in dynamic discussions and learn from each other’s research experiences. Student Day is open to all interested individuals and the participation of students and researchers and representatives from northern communities, Inuit organizations, government and industry is welcomed.

Student Day will be held over 2 days, starting at 08:30 on Monday, 7 December and continuing until 12:00 on Tuesday, 8 December. The theme for this year's Student Day is "Guiding personal and professional development for early-career Arctic researchers". The plenary talks and workshops will focus on helping students further develop the skills they need to succeed during their studies and better prepare them for a career following degree completion. The program will also include an icebreaker event, "elevator pitches" to promote student research, and a networking/social evening. Please check back in the fall for more details. We are looking forward to welcoming you!


Student Day Program


08:30 - 09:00
Welcome Remarks/Icebreaker
Terin Robinson, President, ArcticNet Student Association
09:00 - 10:00
Plenary #1: Sun, Surf and Snow: A Historian’s Account of How Arctic Exploration Shapes Contemporary Scientific Research in Canada
Glenn Stein, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Polar & Maritime Historian

Glenn Stein, polar and maritime historian with more than 40 years of research experience, will share why and how he got into his career choice and provide a fascinating overview of how Arctic exploration took place hand-in-hand with scientific research in Canada. More than just a history lesson, this talk will aim to reignite a passion for research and highlight why tales from the past are still relevant in our current pursuit of scientific knowledge. Through storytelling and personal experiences, Glenn will speak directly to students on what skills are needed to be successful in any profession, motivate our young researchers with encouraging anecdotes to help them through their studies, and offer advice on how to pursue their ideal choice of career.

10:00 - 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:15

Workshop Sessions (1)
Salon ABC
The Research Mindset: Strategies on How to Think Critically About Your Research
Glenn Stein, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Polar & Maritime Historian

The ability to develop and continually sharpen critical thinking skills is vital for every researcher in any field of endeavor. The focus of this workshop will be to discuss the tools and strategies for the growth of critical and conceptual thinking in order to enhance the quality of their work. Students will learn how to better frame and structure research objectives and arguments, identify gaps or vulnerabilities in how their research is organized, and increase the overall persuasiveness and effectiveness of a research paper.

Collaborative Paper Writing and Questions of Co-Authorship
Philip Bonnaventure, Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge

Working with other researchers is one of the foundations for an impactful paper. However as an early career scientists there are many questions regarding recognition of work and use of data. What merits co-authorship on a manuscript? What are the responsibilities and expectations of the first author? How do you handle issues of co-authorship and authorship order on projects with multiple collaborators? Can data presented in a collaborative paper be “recycledâ€