Graduate Scholar Awards

For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. Graduate Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, participating in Talking Circles, and presenting their own research papers. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. Meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and friendships are all additional benefits of this Award.

Graduate Scholars are entitled to free registration and are given special recognition during the conference proceedings. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate studies program. Awardees must be available on-site the day prior to the conference (for orientation and training) and throughout the conference.

Deadlines can be found on the downloadable application below. 


Teresa Branch-Smith

Teresa Branch-Smith is a Ph.D. student at the University of Waterloo studying philosophy of biology where she researches novel applications of agent-based modelling. Most recently, she worked as a philosopher-in-residence at an architecture firm developing near-living architecture which produces chemically active, automated, and interactive systems. Her research focused on alternative approaches, like near-living architecture, to discussing theories of emergence.

In addition to Teresa’s academic pursuits, she has worked regularly in science communication since her undergraduate studies in biochemistry.  After her bachelors she acquired a masters in the history and philosophy of science, and then completed a graduate diploma in science communication in collaboration with a science centre.  During her graduate diploma she learned effective techniques in rhetoric, written, visual and oral communication; however, she specializes in science communication through exhibit design. Teresa has worked as a curatorial researcher at the Canada Science and Technology Museum (Ottawa, ON), programming assistant at the Royal Ontario Museum - ROM  (Toronto, ON), and as an exhibit designer at Science North (Sudbury, ON).

Teresa also has an interest in science policy. Recently, she worked with Dr. Heather Douglas (Waterloo Chair in Science and Society) as a research assistant to help create the Science-Policy Interface: International Comparisons workshop that brought together science policy scholars and practitioners to examine science policy issues across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Teresa is looking to do more work at the intersection of science communication and science policy in the future.