Spotlight on Graduate Research

Vanier scholarship a recognition for grad student's work

Meet Mehrdad Shademan for the first time and it’s easy to get the impression he’s a fairly quiet, low-key type of guy. He wasn’t so mild-mannered, however, the day he found out he was the recipient of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

“I was screaming and yelling,” he says in the graduate student office he shares with colleagues in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation. “Everybody was pretty shocked.”

New flumes give grad students cutting edge technology for studying water flow

Minimizing the impact of tsunamis on coastal regions and building sturdier bridges are just two of the outcomes a group of graduate student researchers are aiming for now that they have some top-notch new equipment up and running in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

“It’s really cutting edge,” PhD student Vimaldoss Jesudhas says of the giant flume he works with, one of two of its kind in the new engineering building.

Children of Arab immigrants caught between two worlds, PhD student finds

Ashley Paterson clearly remembers the first day of one of her classes when all of the students had to say a little about themselves. A boy in the class introduced himself, noted that he was from the Middle East, and added the caveat “And I’m not a terrorist.”

“That’s an example that really highlights the importance of identity,” said Paterson, a PhD student in psychology. “You could see how he was struggling with his cultural identity in a society that so often discriminates against people.”

Aerospace engineering program opens up blue skies for PhD student

Since coming to the University of Windsor, Hart Honickman has taken to the skies in more ways than one.

A PhD student in Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering, he’s one of the first graduate students here to focus his studies primarily on aerospace, as the university steps up its efforts to make inroads for more academic opportunities in that sector.

As it happens, he’s also a licenced pilot, who earned his credentials to fly small planes in March of 2011 after completing 58 hours of flying time.

Open-mindedness of philosophy department appeals to grad student

Feminist author and social activist bell hooks once said that she entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for her and every other student to be an active participant, and not just a passive consumer of education.

That’s a sentiment that must certainly resonate with Jamie Sewell, who is studying the author’s works as part of her master’s thesis is philosophy.

Students thrilled with access to new materials research facility

Having full access to one of the top materials sciences facilities in Canada is akin to visiting an unlimited scientific smorgasbord for Javad Samei.

“It’s like going to an all-you-can-eat buffet,” the PhD candidate in materials engineering enthused yesterday after the university signed a collaborative research agreement that will allow its students and faculty to use the CanmetMATERIALS laboratory in Hamilton, ON.

Greater bird diversity in reclaimed oil sands wetlands, masters student finds

While her findings are still very preliminary, a UWindsor biology student has found that newly reconstructed wetlands in the oil sands of Alberta support a greater variety of bird species than their natural, old-growth counterparts.

Masters student Sheeva Nakhaie has been tracking birds in the area of Fort McMurray over the last three summers, counting species in existing boreal forests, as well as in those wetlands that have been mined for bitumen by petroleum companies and then restored to their original conditions.