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Application deadlines are fast approaching! Domestic student apply by May 1, 2022. International students apply by March 1, 2022!

Madeleine Arseneau will be defending her thesis “The Role of Soil Health Extension (SHE) In IncreasingOn-Farm Adoption of Climate-Smart Soil Practices” on Monday, April 25th, 2022 at 9 am via Zoom.

Her thesis aims to “develop a better understanding of the Soil Health Extension policies, programs and activities available to farmers in Ontario. This is done through the development of an inventory of soil health extension organizations across Ontario, followed by a descriptive analysis of the development of extension, and finally, through the collection of data involving farmers who are aware of or participated in soil health extension activities through the use of a semi-formal interview process”.

Members of the examination committee include Prof. Helen Hambly (advisor, SEDRD), Prof. Alan Lauzon (Graduate Faculty, SEDRD), Prof. Ataharul Chowdhury (Examination Committee Member), and Prof. Sara Epp. You can watch Madeleines defence via the following link:

CDE student Serena Viola was Interviewed by OAC on her research.

Students improving life: Building inclusivity through improved food access in rural communities by Tahlia Dyer

Read the article here:

Serena was also interviewed about her research on the”Clearing a New Path” Podcast by Shauna Rae.

Looking for a learning Agricultural Internship Opportunity?

Take a look at this Youth (15-30) Internship in Grey County:

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Internship Oppertunity The American Liason Office is currently accepting applications for their flexible internship (40 hr per month). This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in working with the United Nations and international financial institutions.

Please visit the following link to apply:

Congratulations to Paige, Maddy, Heather and Beth for their presentation at the 7th annual Rural Symposium! Their research abstract can be found here

Congratulations to Ayoyinka Oshodi on completing her major research paper titled  “From the Virtual to the Physical: Understanding the Impact of Twitter on the 2020 Chapter of the ‘End SARS’ Movement”

Congratulations to our recent graduate Ezekial Martin. His thesis can be found here

Attend Paige Allen’s thesis defence titled The Social Side of Soils; a Farmer Centred Analysis on the Adoption of Cover Crops on April 16th 2021. Email Lorena ( for more information.

CDE is offering a graduate research assistantship on the project here:

April 11, 2021. FORUM DISCUSSION SEREIES ON AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY SERVICES: PART 1: What’s holding up advancing agricultural advisory services? The series is the part of Ontario Agri-food Innovation Alliance Knowledge Translation and Transfer supported project. In this part, we focused on advisory systems, coordination and governance-related questions. The speakers shared their international and local perspectives on the topic. The recording is available here.

Applications invited for a six-month internship program with the International Fund for Agricultural Development for students of University of Guelph. The first cohort of the program started in November 2020. The second cohort will join in May 2021. This is a great opportunity to acquire competencies for careers in the field of international development policy. Contact: Dr. Ataharul Chowdury.

A CDE Alumnus working with World Food Program Canada has forwarded this Call for applications: World Food Program East Africa Internships Program

Nov. 2020 NEW RESEARCH PROJECT FUNDED: Social Impact of Broadband Access during COVID-19 – A partnership project with R2B2 and City of Hamilton

The Covid-19 pandemic shows the depth of vulnerability for those people whose uptake of and access to internet broadband has been difficult. A new approach to social impact analysis of broadband infrastructure and services is needed (Benton Institute, 2020). This SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant involves the Regional and Rural Broadband (R2B2) project led by Professor Helen Hambly and the City of Hamilton’s Digital Information Officer, Cyrus Tehrani. The project examines evolving broadband technology deployment funded with full or partial public funding through the lens of social equity and inclusion of all in the digital society and economy.   

If you are from the rural or urban areas of Hamilton and want to participate, please see the broadband Internet use study site here:

REMINDER: Applications for domestic students close May 30, 2021!