Graduate Student Public Scholar Program

Telling stories onstage let us hear gasps and applause from an audience. Writing a group blog let us celebrate when our articles were shared thousands of times. I saw my work through new eyes when it was illustrated by live music, improvised dance, chalk art, and poetry. When I shared what I work on, I felt part of something bigger because I saw my role in society as a creator of knowledge. I felt a new responsibility, too: The public funds our work; we owe people an explanation of what we’ve found. (Shorr, Chronicle of Higher Education 17/07/17)

Memorial’s School of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with The Harris Centre, launched a Public Scholar Program in Fall 2017 to train, showcase, and celebrate graduate student work in the public sphere as public intellectuals. Combining workshops on Public Scholarship and Knowledge Mobilization with guest speakers and events, the first year of the program launched the initiative. The second year of the program took feedback from year one and built a more robust set of offerings and opportunities for graduate students. 

2018-19 PSP Opportunities and Workshops

I) People, Place and Public Engagement Conference

Register for any one of these four FREE sessions. Note: they all run concurrently.

A: Designing Public Engagement Facilities and Spaces: Global Lessons, Local Applications
B: When Public Engagement Meets Entrepreneurship
C: Healthy Communities: Using Public Engagement to Improve the Places We Live and Work
D: The Neighbours Project: Stories from Cultural Communities in and around St. John’s

Date and Time: Friday, October 26, 1-4 p.m.Location: Signal Hill Campus (Section A, B, D) and St. John's Community Market (Section C)

To RSVP, please email Cherie at and specify which session you would like to attend.

II) 21st Century Public Intellectuals

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 7, 1-2:30 p.m. NST
Mode: On-campus
Location: Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, IIC 2014 (St. John's) and AS 2036 (Grenfell campus)
Presenter: Dr. David Wilson and Dr. Madeline Mant

III) Knowledge Mobilization and Why it Matters (February)

Details forthcoming 

IV) Public Speaking (March)

Details forthcoming 


School of Graduate Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000