The Postgraduate Affairs Office takes pleasure in inviting postgraduate students to the 7th Wits Cross- Faculty Graduate Symposium which will take place on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 October 2015.
We invite registered Masters and PhD students from all five Faculties to attend the Symposium, submit their research for presentation and compete for the cash prizes available. Presentation can be in the form of an oral presentation or a poster. In addition, the top oral presentations and poster displays from each Faculty will be selected to give a presentation to judges in a single plenary session, vying for a top prize.
We welcome and encourage postgraduate students to volunteer as session chairpersons and registration officials. The purpose of the symposium is to give students and their supervisors the opportunity to engage in a high-level intellectual activity on the Wits Campus. This is the only time that postgraduate students will have to engage with colleagues across the five Faculties. To get the full benefit from the symposium you will need to attend as many oral and posters presentations as possible. Learning to ask questions as an audience member is a critical skill for successful intellectual engagement.
Remember, to participate, your research need not be complete.
We welcome the academic community at large to register to attend and support their students.
There is no cost involved in presenting or registering for the Symposium.
We invite you to present your research, prepare an abstract, volunteer for duties or visit as a member of the audience and experience why “Wits has the Edge.”
Please see detailed information below
Professor Mary Scholes
Ms Hildegard Chapman â¡ Tel +27 11 7171156 â¡ Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Symposium welcomes Master’s and Doctoral students to:
Please read carefully before you register
Submission of Abstracts – deadline Friday 14 August
Complete your online registration form in the drop down menu on the Symposium web page
Abstracts must be supplied together with your online registration AND
Abstracts must be emailed as an attachment to email@example.com - to facilitate the programme entries.
Programme Entry Format
Format your abstract as follows:
The role of woody canopy cover in resource selection by sable antelope (Hippotragus niger) in northern Kruger National Park
The relationship between woody canopy cover and habitat use by sable antelope (Hippotragus niger) in Kruger National Park is poorly documented. A spatially explicit measure of habitat use (i.e., a utilization distribution) was related to dot-grid derived woody canopy cover from panchromatic aerial photographs in a geographic information system (GIS). Simple linear regression models (resource utilization functions) were used to test the relationships. Woody cover measurement played an integral role in the study. They was an inverse relationship between the two cover measures which were the dot-grid method and object-based image segmentation (OBI) (r= -252, t = -2.65, d.f. = 66). There were no significant linear relationships between woody canopy cover and habitat use by sable antelope using the dot-grid method. However, there was a significant positive linear relationship between woody canopy cover and habitat use based on the OBI in the dry season (R2=0.152, p = 0.001, d.f. = 66), and less noise. Also, there were differences in mean woody canopy cover within the dry season use areas (p<0.05, t = -1.72, d.f. = 182. Selection was more evident in the dry season. These inconclusive results appear to support the predator avoidance hypothesis. Noisiness in the data suggests that the scale chosen for the investigation was inappropriate for investigating the relationship between woody canopy cover and habitat use. An increase in the size of sampling grids, use of high resolution colour imagery, incorporation of heterogeneity, and shorter-interval home ranges are recommended in future studies.
There are two presentation formats
Prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Cross-faculty oral presentations (top achievers from Faculty oral presentation):
Cross-faculty poster presentations (top achievers from Faculty poster presentation):
Oral presentations (Faculty specific):
Posters (Faculty specific):
It is important for the presenters to have a knowledgeable audience to see and hear their work. Staff members are encouraged to attend the oral presentations and poster displays on 29 October and to attend the Cross- Faculty presentations on 30 October.
Candidates will be asked in the registration form to volunteer as
Lectures and Workshops
How to Lunchtime Lectures
Professor Mary Scholes will present the following lunch time lectures to help prepare participants.
All the above lectures will be made available on the Symposium website.
Venue: Senate House Basement 1, Lecture Theatre 1 (SHB1)
Time: 13.15 - 14.00
Presented by Professor David Mycock on how to make a successful presentation at a conference
Date: 13 August
Time: 9.00 and 13.00
Venue: 4th Floor Conference Room, Wartenweiler Library between
Symposium Workshops will be held shortly before the Symposium.
Find details and booking form in the drop down menu.
Professor Mary Scholes
Graduate Support Division, Research Office
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Graduate Support Division
Tel: +27 11 7171156