Synapse Abstract Submission Deadline coming up!

We invite all BScN faculty, BScN students, community partners and alumni to submit an abstract to present in an oral or poster presentation.
The deadline for abstract submission is March 31st, 2019.

The criteria for abstracts submission and instructions for authors include:

The abstract should include the following sections: Title, author(s), presenter(s) and a description (maximum of 250 words) of the background, methodology, findings and impact/conclusions. Presented work is expected to follow a scholarly and methodological process (please refer to this presentation for more information

Formats include: 

  1. Oral presentation:

A1. 25 minutes  (20 minutes presentation + 5 min Q&A): for completed work
A2. 10 minutes (7 minutes presentation + 3 min Q&A): for project proposals, presentation of a paper, or work in progress

  • Poster presentation (posters will be set up during breaks for discussion between authors and participants)

In the interest of providing a diversity of perspectives, the abstract review committee will accept a maximum of 1 abstract per author as presenter. Should abstracts be submitted by the same author, different presenter(s) will be required for each subsequent abstract. 

Responses will be sent out April 23rd at the latest. Authors will be requested to confirm attendance at the conference to present their work within a week of receiving the acceptance.

Further information and our submission link can be found on

For any questions or further information, please contact Julie Dyke at

We look forward to receiving your submissions and your participation in our conference!

Introducing our Synapse 2019 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tracie Risling!

This year, the BScN annual Synapse Nursing Symposium will be held on Thursday May 23rd, 2019 on the Cornwall Campus of St. Lawrence College under the theme Continuing our Scholarship Journey: Celebrating 10th anniversary of the first graduating class and we are excited to confirm our Synapse 2019 keynote speaker: Dr. Tracie Risling!

Tracie Risling RN, PhD is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan with a practice background in pediatric nursing. She began her nursing education career at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and spent five years teaching, and engaged in curriculum development, before assuming a leadership role in the Institute for Nursing Scholarship. In that position, she supported the scholarly work of nursing faculty including the development of research grants, publications, conference abstract submissions, and presentations. Dr. Risling currently leads a patient-oriented program of research in health informatics at the University of Saskatchewan. This work includes study on social media, co-design of patient-centered technologies, and patient access and use of electronic health records. Balancing this research with her teaching and administrative duties as the Curricular Chair for nursing has provided extensive experience on navigating the demands of scholarship and academic life.

Dr. Risling will be delivering a keynote address in addition to moderating a two-part scholarship workshop. The deadline for abstract submission is fast approaching on March 31st, 2019! We encourage all faculty, students, community partners and alumni to present to our conference! For further information and our submission link, please visit

For any questions or further information, please contact Julie Dyke at We look forward to receiving your submissions and to your participation in our conference! Julie Dyke, Chair Synapse 2019 Committee

Synapse 2019

Please save the date!

This year, the BScN annual Synapse Nursing Symposium will be held on Thursday May 23rd, 2019 under the theme Continuing our Scholarship Journey: Celebrating 10th anniversary of the first graduating class.

The symposium will be highlighting the BScN program, its partners’ and alumni’s scholarship activities in a one-day conference at the Cornwall Campus of St. Lawrence College. The symposium will also use this opportunity to celebrate the 10th year of the first BScN graduating class.

We invite all BScN faculty, BScN students, community partners and alumni to participate by submitting an abstract to present in an oral or poster presentation about a project, a study, or some other aspect of their work they are interested in sharing at this symposium. Abstracts will be accepted until March 31st, 2019 and further information will be circulated.

Please save the date! Thursday May 23rd, 2019.

Julie Dyke, Chair

Synapse 2019 committee

Synapse 2017 Program- Now Available

Click here to download the pdf of Synapse 2017 Program

4th ANNUAL BSCN Tri Campus Symposium program

Time Session Location
8:15-8:55 Registration


Student Lounge
8:55-9:10 Opening Remarks Student Lounge
9:10-10:10 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Medves RN PhD

Student Lounge
10:10-10:50 Oral Presentations

Session 1

Student Lounge
10:50-11:30 COFFEE BREAK

Poster Presentations

Student Commons
11:30-12:10 Oral Presentations

Session 2

Student Lounge
12:10 – 1:10 LUNCH Student Lounge
1:10 – 2:20 Oral Presentations

Session 3

Student Lounge
2:20 – 3:00 COFFEE BREAK

Poster Presentations

Student Commons
3:00 – 3:40 Concurrent Presentations

Session 4

Rooms 206 & 207
3:40 – 4:10 Closing Remarks And Prizes Student Lounge


Welcome to Synapse 2017

On behalf of the planning committee, we would like to invite you to join us for the fourth annual BScN Tri-campus Symposium on May 24th, 2017 at the Brockville campus of St Lawrence College.
Scholarship in Action” is our theme for this year’s SymposiumContinuing to build on the momentum from previous years, our goal is to engage faculty and students across our three campuses. Once again, we are reaching out and inviting our community partners to participate. We believe this will provide unique opportunities for sharing ideas around scholarship, as well as enhancing networking and community collaboration opportunities.
This conference includes a prominent keynote speaker, Dr. Jennifer Medves, and a diverse range of oral and poster abstract presentations, in order to showcase and enhance participants’ personal and professional development.
In addition, we trust that you will enjoy visiting our Brockville campus and have a chance to view the Marianne van Silfhout Art Gallery during the conference breaks.
We encourage you to stay up to date by visiting the Synapse website for regular updates.
We look forward to welcoming you all to Synapse 2017 and we hope you will find it to be both a rewarding and enjoyable experience!
Renee Berquist and Nancy Flynn
Co-chairs, Synapse Planning Committee 2017

Dr. Jennifer Medves Key Note for Synapse 2017

Dr. Jennifer Medves is the Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Nursing at Queen’s University.  Dr Medves is a member of local, provincial and federal committees whose mandate is to examine maternity practice and sustain health care for women at a time when there are looming health human resource shortages.  Her research program, entitled to Nursing in Healthy Rural Workplaces has five areas:  a) Safeguarding patients, families, and communities, b) Nursing beneficence, c) Interprofessional collaboration, d) Best evidence for practice, and e) Recruitment and retention of registered nurses. Dr Medves is the chair of Council of Ontario University Programs of Nursing.  Her teaching areas are maternal child health, philosophy of nursing science, and research methods. Dr Medves works closely with colleagues across health sciences on integrating interprofessional education and practice, and has been funded on a number of initiatives at the federal and provincial level.