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Feb. 12, 2016

A recent Laurier Graduate Students Association Poster Showcase gave high marks to students studying in two of Laurier’s university research centres.

Phillip Pham-Ho, a graduate PhD student working with supervisor Michael Wilkie, associate professor in the Department of Biology, tied for second place in the competition. Pham-Ho’s poster, titled “Mechanisms of Brain Swelling in the Rainbow Trout,” explains his research work at the Laurier Institute for Water Science. The Laurier Institute for Water Science encourages multidisciplinary, collaborative research in three interconnected water-related disciplines at Laurier: Hydrological Sciences, Ecological and Biogeochemical Sciences and Public Policy and Management.

“Working at the institute has given me an opportunity to work closely with many different faculty and graduate students,” said Pham-Ho.

Byomkesh Talukder, a PhD student working with supervisor Alison Blay-Palmer, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies also tied for second place in the competition. Byomkesh’s poster, titled “Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) Technique a Tool for Assessing Sustainability of Climate Smart Agricultural Systems,” details metrics for assessing agricultural sustainability in coastal regions of Bangladesh. He holds a Joseph Bombardier Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship. Talukder works at the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, directed by Blay-Palmer. Blay-Palmer is also the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair in Sustainable Food Systems.

“Working at the Centre allows me to be part of a larger team that is addressing related environmental, social and economic challenges facing the global food system,” said Talukder. ”This is the place to be, to work in this field.” 

“Growing the skills of these young scholars in our research centres contributes to the interdisciplinary research gains at Laurier,” noted Robert Gordon, vice-president: Research. “Laurier’s research centres bring together dynamic faculty with excellent graduate students, to carry out innovative research.”

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