The 2016 Muskoka Summit on the Environment (MSE) is providing several opportunities for students to get involved while promoting environmental research in the Muskoka River Watershed.
MSE is accepting applications until February 26th for the second disbursement of the MSE Research Grant. This $7,500 grant supports graduate student environmental research within the Muskoka River Watershed in the fields of environmental science, resource studies or policy. The winner of the grant will be announced at the 2016 Muskoka Summit on the Environment, taking place in Bracebridge May 27-28th. More information about the research grant is available at http://muskokasummit.org/mse-research-grant/.
The inaugural MSE Research Grant was awarded to Sarah Hasnain, a PhD candidate at Queens University, in 2014 to assist with her research in area lakes using native species to address the spiny water flea invasion in Muskoka. Sarah will provide an update on her research at the 2016 Summit in May.
A very popular component of the previous summit was the Poster Session and MSE is once again requesting the submission of abstracts for posters that describe innovative and exciting research in the fields of environmental science or policy related to the Summit theme of solutions to address the issue of climate change. Posters are encouraged from academia (especially graduate students), government, industry and the NGO community, and will provide researchers with a forum to present and discuss their findings with meeting participants at the Summit reception on May 27th.
Abstracts for the Poster Session must be received by March 15th. MSE will be awarding one student a $250 prize, which will be presented at lunch on Saturday, May 28th. For more information, including submission requirements, visit http://muskokasummit.org/2016-summit/poster-session/.
MSE is also accepting donations to help local high school students attend the 2016 Muskoka Summit on the Environment at no cost to themselves, providing them with a unique learning experience. Select students will be able to fully participate in the Summit, interact with fellow attendees from around the province, meet the speakers, and ask questions at the concluding panel session, moderated by CBC Radio’s Paul Kennedy.
For as little as $50, you can help provide a local high school student with this experience. Visit the Muskoka Summit on the Environment website at http://muskokasummit.org/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/contribute/transact&reset=1&id=1 to donate.