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Final Oral Exam Announcement
Ebenezer Aggrey (MScIS Program)

Date: October 20, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. (MT)

Title of Thesis: Automatic Test Item Generation from Knowledge Structure

Supervisor: Dr. Maiga Chang

Mode of Delivery: Adobe Connect

Students and members of the faculty are invited to attend all open oral examinations. Please contact if you are interested in attending.

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Thesis-based Master-level Student Opportunity for Inuit Health Research

A CIHR-funded research team using Inuit traditional knowledge to identify Inuit health indicators for a prospective Wellness Court in Nunavut is seeking a student to undertake a Master-level thesis-based degree in a subject area related to the project. The degree will be in Public Health or Rehabilitation Science and will be undertaken at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

If the successful candidate chooses to undertake an MSc in Public Health, the student will be admitted into the program in January or September 2019. A January 2019 start date is preferred. For information about admissions to the School of Public Health see here, and for the Msc program see here.

Meanwhile, if the successful candidate chooses to pursue an MSc in Rehabilitation Science, the student will be admitted into the program in May or September 2019. A May 2019 start date is preferred. For information about admissions to the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine see here

A funding package will be offered to the successful candidate for up to 2 years. The successful candidate will also be expected to apply for external funding.

For more information, please contact Dr. Priscilla Ferrazzi, Primary Investigator at

3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) 2018 AU Competition


Congratulations to the winners of Athabasca University's internal 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition which was held in March by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Cash prizes awarded to the top three were graciously provided by AU’s Research Centre.

Kim Jones

1st Place- $1000 prize
Kim Jones, EdD student
Supervisor: Dr. Susan Moisey
Topic: Satisfaction of Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force Members with their Distance Learning Experiences

Kim represented AU at the Western Regional Competition which was held at the University of Regina in Regina on April 27, 2018.

2nd Place - $500 prize
Shamini Ramanujan, EdD student
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Susan Moisey & Dr. Cynthia Blodgett-Griffin
Topic: Self-Regulatory Foundations of Shaivite Hinduism in the Online Teaching Practice of Hindu Monks: An Ethnographic Case Study

3rd Place - $250 prize
Rita Prokopetz, EdD student
Supervisor: Dr. Debra Hoven
Topic: Capstone Electronic Portfolios: An Online Ethnography

Watch all of the competitors 3MT® presentations here.

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision (AEGSS)

Janice Thomas and Jeff Vallance

The AEGSS recognizes excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring graduate students engaged in project, theses, or dissertation work by Athabasca University academic staff members and is awarded annually to up to two academic staff members. The Faculty of Graduate Studies would like to congratulate this years' 2017 AEGSS award recipients: Dr. Janice Thomas, Department, Organizational Analysis, Faculty of Business and Dr. Jeff Vallance, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines. Janice and Jeff were honored at the 2017 AU Employee Recognition Event in Athabasca on September 19, 2017 for their superior supervisory and mentoring abilities to interest, stimulate and excite students to motive them to achieve high standards.

Updated October 16 2018 by Student & Academic Services

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