Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Education Graduate Student Society


The Education Graduate Student Society (EGSS) is the official organization of graduate students in the Faculty of Education. The EGSS organizes various academic and social activities as well as acting as a facilitator between the Faculty of Education and graduate student body.

  • A graduate class

    A Master of Education Class

  • Graduate Student Writing Retreat

    Graduate Student Writing Retreat

  • Socializing in the Graduate Student Lounge.

    Socializing in the Graduate Student Lounge.

  • Lunar New Year Dinner 

    Lunar New Year Dinner 

  • Wine Tasting at Fort Henry

    Wine Tasting at Fort Henry

  • Year-end social

    Year-end social

  • Convocation Reception

    Convocation Reception

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
Welcome Taco Night
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm in Lake Ontario Parks main pavilion
Price: $5 for adults over the age of 18

WIPS: Work in Progress Sessions

EGSS is launching Work in Progress Sessions (WIPS)—a monthly academic event that aims to help graduate students with their works-in-progress and cultivate an on-campus writing community.

  • WIPS is intended to offer support to graduate students working through proposals, ideas, papers, analyses, and other research.
  • Once a month, a 1-hour session will be scheduled in the Vernon Ready Room for all graduate students to attend as a collaborative and supportive community.
  • 2 graduate students will sign up for each session to share their work that is in progress.
  • 1 week in advance of scheduled sessions, the 2 presenters will send around a document that they would like to discuss with the group.
  • Each session will be divided into 2 parts (~30 minutes).
  • Each part will begin with a short (5-7) presentation of your work in progress (powerpoint presentations cannot be used but presenters are encouraged to bring handouts for attendees) and continue with a discussion amongst everyone meant to help the presenter think about ways to constructively make progress with the work.
  • Supervisors and faculty will also be invited to attend and participate in the WIPS session (space permitting).
  • Space is limited (presenters/attendees will be chosen on a first come, first served basis).
  • Pizza and refreshments will be provided

All EGSS documents put out by the Society can be found here.


President's Report

Meeting Minutes

Student Initiative Grant Program

The Student Initiative Grant Program is designed to provide graduate students with funds to support events beyond those directly run by the EGSS. Selected events will support the EGSS mission of building connections amongst students and between students and the Faculty, both socially and academically. This grant is designed to provide financial assistance of up to $200 per event for activities that enhance the social and academic experiences of graduate students at the Faculty of Education. To be eligible for funding:

  • The applicant needs to be a current graduate student of the Faculty of Education.
  • Events must be open to and involve the entire educational graduate community.

Applications for funding will be reviewed each semester. Funding amounts for events is subject to the availability of funds. To be considered for funding, please submit an application to egss@queensu.ca.


Faculty Board

Kyle Robinson

Ph.D. Representative
Kyle Robinson

Haley Motruk

SGPS Representative: M.Ed. Representative
Cory Piedalue

Standing Committees

Haley Motruk

M.Ed. Graduate Studies & Research
Michael T. Aquino 

Haley Motruk

Ph.D. Graduate Studies & Research
Britney Lester

Haley Motruk

Nominating: Student Representative
Sawyer Hogenkamp

Haley Motruk

Good & Welfare
Julie Yaqi Hao 

Member Representatives

Haley Motruk

John (JJ) Bosica

Haley Motruk

Part-time Student Representative
Jenna-Leigh Di Nardo

Haley Motruk

Social Events Co-Coordinator
Lauren Curtas 

Haley Motruk

Social Events Co-Coordinator
Kaitlind Peters 

Haley Motruk

Website & Communications
Trevor Strong

Voila David

International Student Representative
Voila David 


​The EGSS organizes a number of academic and social events throughout the year, including an end-of-year social for students, faculty, and staff in April of every year.


The Education Graduate Student Society invites graduate students and faculty to attend our ScholarShare series which provides an opportunity for current graduate students in Education to share their work with their colleagues in a supportive environment, while attendees can learn more about some of the research that is happening in the Faculty of Education.


Following the success of EGSS' ScholarShare series, the Graduate Studies and Research Office has taken on organizing a similar scholarly event to engage faculty members in sharing their scholarly outputs with the graduate student community. The nominated faculty members, should they choose to accept, would host a scholarly talk for graduate students on a topic related to their work.