Pre-Conference Student Symposium

The Student Network Executive is thrilled to invite all Network students to the pre-conference Student Symposium. This event will begin June 9, 2021 at 9:00 am at the Westin Calgary. All Network students are invited to submit abstracts for a short presentation on their ongoing or completed research. Further details will follow regarding submission process and deadline.

Come and learn about new and interesting language and literacy research being presented by your fellow students!


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anne McKeough, University of Calgary

Learning the Research Ropes: Mentoring as a Two-way Street

What do successful mentors do? What should students expect in a mentor? What difference does a good mentor make in a student's life?  What difference does a good student make in a mentor's life?  These questions will be addressed through illustrations from my work with graduate students over the past two decades. I will share accounts of how students' potential as researchers were realized, and the fun we had making that happen.

Lunch with Leaders

Eat and greet! Lunch with Leaders was a resounding success at our Annual Network Conference in Charlottetown, PEI in 2006 and we are excited to bring this popular activity to Calgary.

This year, highly regarded Network researchers will offer their time and expertise during a sit-down lunch with the students on Sunday, June 10.  Each small table of students will be joined by a current Network researcher.  These small groupings will allow for optimal interaction and discussion between student and researcher.  More information will be posted in the coming weeks.

Student Poster Competition

Please view our student poster competition page for more information.

Social Events

The Student Network Executive is planning two networking events to encourage student interaction and provide students with Western Canada fun! The first event will conclude the Pre-Conference Student Symposium on Saturday, June 9.  The second event will take place on Sunday, June 10 following scheduled Annual Network Conference events.  Stay tuned for more details. 


Please be advised that all those students who are not UGRA winners or are not a part of the Student Network Executive will be required to register and pay the conference fees in full.  Reimbursement will take place through your Principle Investigator on the Network research project.

Register for the Student Symposium and 2007 Annual Network Conference.

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