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Cost and reputation attract maritime students

Affordability, a reputation for quality programs, and the availability of a wide range of program options are key factors in attracting Maritime students to Memorial University according to a report released recently by researchers in Memorial's Faculty of Education.

The study, Matriculating Eastward: Maritime Student Migration to Newfoundland and Labrador, investigated academic, social and economic influences contributing to the enrolment of students from the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The research also compared factors influencing migrant students who relocate to Newfoundland and Labrador for full-time study with distance students who maintain their residence in their home province and study at Memorial using distance education means.

The study underscores Memorial University's opportunity to distinguish itself from competitor institutions in the Atlantic region and to market itself to a broad base of potential applicants based on affordability, solid reputation and comprehensiveness. These attributes may also comprise a firm basis for attracting students from other Canadian provinces and internationally.

The report was prepared by Dr. Dale Kirby (principal investigator), Melanie Greene, Monique Bourgeois and Dr. Dennis B. Sharpe. The full report is available for download in pdf format from the following website:


Chemistry research symposium to be held

The annual Summer Organic Chemistry Conference on Everybody's Research (SOCCER 2011) will be held Aug. 11-12. SOCCER is an annual two-day research symposium, which is put on to serve several purposes: to provide undergraduate and graduate students working in the area of organic chemistry with valuable conference experience, to bring in a high-profile keynote speaker, to stimulate discussion between different research groups and to foster a sense of departmental spirit.

The keynote speaker this year is Prof. Shawn Collins, Université de Montréal, a rising star in the Canadian organic chemistry community. His research interests are in the areas of organic synthesis and methodology.


MI wraps up training in Nunavut

The Marine Institute's (MI) Community Based Education Delivery (CBED) unit has initiated and completed a number of successful training programs in Nunavut recently, particularly in the past eight weeks.

CBED, a unit of MI's School of Fisheries, established seven institute instructors in Nunavut while facilitating the delivery of more than 20 courses in the territory. Eight students, including five who are graduates of Nunavut Arctic Colleges' Environmental Technology Program, have received seven weeks of training as fishery observers from MI instructors Randy Pittman, Barry Hynick and Ray Hayter.

Included in this program is MED A1 training delivered in collaboration with MI's Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) and taught by Marine Institute instructor Dean Turpin.

A pre-sea trawl course was delivered to 12 students, while a group of 10 advanced students took part in a STCW'95 basic safety and survival craft training program, which was partly delivered in Iqaluit, with the reminder of the course being taught at the Safety and Emergency Response Training (SERT) Centre in Stephenville. These training sessions were delivered by MI instructors Jerry Fewer and Allan McLean.

A number of Small Vessel Operator Proficiency courses were also offered by MI, as well as Radio Operations, MED A3 and Marine Basic First Aid. The courses were delivered by Wayne Tucker in Iqaluit, Arviat and Pangnirtung.