Monthly Archives: December 2010

Canadian Blood Services

The Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit organization that manages the blood supply and blood products across Canada. They also fund various grants for blood related research and sponsors scholarships to blood researchers at various stages of their career. There are awards available for undergraduate and graduate students, health professionals, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members. Deadlines for grants and scholarships are throughout the year. Please check the Canadian Blood Services Funding Opportunities page to  view deadlines, eligibility and application requirements.

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Royal Bank Team Leaders

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is recruiting team leaders for their technology and operations division.  The position requires a masters (or equivalent post-graduate) degree in any discipline; in particular, not necessarily graduates with MBA degrees. RBC  is interested in individuals with leadership experience whether it be in an academic, work or volunteer capacity and a willingness to relocate to an RBC location outside of Canada.  There are immediate positions available as well as positions available in summer 2011.  In either situation, it is best to apply as soon as possible.  For more details regarding the job description, please click here. If you have any questions please contact Harold Ensley (Recruitment Manager at RBC) at harold.ensley@rbc.com

 

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Organizing Your Contacts

Throughout graduate school, I have met a lot of researchers from around the world at conferences, workshops, seminars and networking events. It is hard to remember everyone you have met but an efficient way to keep organized is to have a networking book. Write down their name and title, affilation, research area, date of first introduction and any other useful bit of information and staple their business card (if provided) inside your book next to their information.   Having a networking book is also helpful at career or job fairs where you  are meeting many employers and companies in a short period of time.  Keeping a networking book is not just about having other people’s contact information so you can ask them for help but it is also about you helping them.

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The John Charles Polanyi Prizes

The John Charles Polanyi Prizes are named after and in honour of the 1986 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.  This award provides funding to exceptional researchers who are entering post-doctoral studies or faculty positions at an Ontario University. This award is intended to assist with research costs and professional development. Each year up to five prizes will be awarded to individuals studying in the areas of Literature, Economic Science, Physics, Chemistry, Physiology, Medicine and related fields.

Applications are to be submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Ontario university where the award is to be undertaken. Contact them to determine the deadline for submission. The Dean of Graduate Studies will review all applications, select the top three applicants and submit these three applications to the Selection Committee by January 30, 2011.  Applicants must have successfully completed their PhD program by April 30, 2011. For more details about eligibility and the application process, click here.

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Take a Break

The end of the semester is filled with deadlines, exams, studying and projects that consume all our time and energy.  Afterwards, a break is well deserved and often necessary. In addition, now that the holidays are just around the corner, it’s a natural time to take a break.

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