Spotlight on Graduate Research

John Murray, Suzanne Ali and Michael HattenGrad students John Murray, left, Suzanne Ali and Michael Hatten conducted research to learn more about how varsity football players' knowledge and attitudes about concussions influenced their behaviour.

Football players may disregard concussion consequences, student researchers find

Despite being aware of the long-term consequences of concussions, some football players are willing to continue participating because they’re able to rationalize putting their sport ahead of themselves.

Those were among the findings of a trio of first-year masters students in kinesiology who presented their work yesterday, the final day for their research methods course.

Justin Mychek-LonderJustin Mychek-Londer is shown here on the banks of the Detroit River. He's one of nine graduate students who received scholarships from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Protecting water resources aim of Trillium scholarship winner

Armed with a new scholarship, a graduate student in the university’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research is trying to make the world a better place by protecting our water from invasive species.
Dusty JohnstoneDusty Johnstone's research involved interviewing 10 women who had been sexually assaulted but didn't label their experience as such.

Acknowledging sexual assault focus of PhD thesis

Even though by the letter of the law they may have been sexually assaulted, an alarming number of women don’t label what happened to them as sexual assault or rape, according to Dusty Johnstone.

A post-doctoral teaching fellow in Women’s Studies, Dr. Johnstone recently defended her 250-page PhD dissertation, a qualitative study based on interviews of 10 women who technically had been sexually assaulted, but didn’t label their experiences as such.

Lauren FitzsimmonsLauren Fitzsimmons holds up a cricket. The post-doctoral fellow discovered that crickets celebrate winning fights with "victory dances," especially if other crickets are watching.

Cricket research catches attention of National Geographic

Lauren Fitzsimmons earned a master's degree in Dan Mennill's lab and returned there for a post-doctoral fellowship after completing her PhD at Carleton, where she conducted behavioural research on crickets.