First YukonU Student Symposium shares research, builds community

WHITEHORSE, YT—Yukon University students will be presenting their research topics and findings alongside business case studies at the university’s first student-led Student Symposium being held this week at Ayamdigut Campus.

Billed as a celebration of students’ work, presentations and research, the event takes place from Tuesday, March 28 and ends on Thursday, March 31. In addition to student presentations, there will be networking and social opportunities, and a panel discussion, titled Jobs for the Future with representatives from Northwestel, Northern Vision Development, Air North and Walker Home Construction taking part.

Stacey Savage, Donna-Marie Haughton, Navneet Nijhar, Taylor Bradley, Bailey Barker and David Gatensby are students in the Bachelor of Business Administration’s Applied Northern Teamwork Leadership course (LEAD 401). They organized the Symposium to bring people together in a shared space to celebrate one another’s achievements.

“Coming out of the pandemic, we wanted to create more opportunities for gathering, for students to come together. We also wanted to see what students in other programs are doing and share what we’ve been up to in the BBA program,” said Bailey Barker.

Research and poster presentations will cover a range of topics, from health, immigration, reconciliation, food insecurity, climate change, hemp fibre, gender-based violence, mental health and wellness, and business innovation.

"Students have shown tremendous leadership in organizing this symposium. We're delighted to see the program highlighting student-led research that is directly connected to the needs of our territory,” said Dr. Bronwyn Hancock, Vice-Provost, Academic and Research.

Most events take place in-person in the Lecture Hall and The Pit. A full schedule can be found on the YukonU website. Members of the public are welcome to join throughout the Student Symposium.