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News Release

April 01, 2005

Conference Will Highlight Grad Student Research

A conference aimed at generating debate and discussion around graduate student research projects, ranging from gender assignment surgery to the social integration of minority students, is being held at the University of Guelph Saturday.

The event will highlight innovative projects by graduate students in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the MacKinnon Building and is open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.

“The purpose is to bring together students to share their research and gain experience presenting,” said Carmen Nave, a master’s student in anthropology and the collaborative international development studies program, who helped organize the event.

“We also wanted to provide a forum where students can obtain feedback, and there will be a long period after each presentation for questions, debate and other audience interaction.” Nave will discuss her research on intersex gender assignment surgery in North America at 9:55 a.m.

The conference will include a keynote address on “The Graduate Student Learning Curve” by sociology master’s student Lisa Byers. Other research topics to be discussed in the morning are: social exclusion and homicide, 10:30 a.m.; street youth in Quito, Ecuador, 11 a.m.; and South Africa and criminal justice, 11:40 a.m.

In the afternoon, concurrent sessions from 1 to 3 p.m. will focus on research projects ranging from the press and politics to step-family myths, and from jury decision-making to cultural differences between Western and Eastern societies.

For more information or a complete conference schedule, e-mail Nave at or call Laurie Malleau, manager of alumni affairs in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 52102.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rebecca Kendall, Ext. 56982.

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