Graduate Programs


ReCon VII -Mapping 150 Years: Growth, Research & Celebration

September 8-10, 2017
Canmore, Alberta

**NEW** Website updates
**NEW** Early-Bird Registration open May 1, 2017

About the Conference
Stay In Touch
Program Details
Registration and Bus Transportation
Abstract Submission
Funding Opportunities
About Canmore
Past Conference Archive
ReCon VII Sponsors

About the Conference

ReCon is an annual graduate student retreat and conference that focuses on graduate student research and professional development. It covers topics relevant to students in all phases of their programs. Opportunities for students, staff, and professors to interact in a casual and supportive atmosphere abound. Whether students are new to the faculty or nearing the end of their programs, attendance at ReCon is an extremely valuable interdisciplinary experience that is a lot of fun!

The theme for Recon VII is Mapping 150 Years: Growth, Research & Celebration! So much of the graduate student experience is about gaining experiences through different avenues: learning skills, building knowledge, creating social networks, trying out new activities, or even studying abroad! ReCon VII: Mapping 150 Years: Growth, Research & Celebration will reflect on the many opportunities available to graduate students in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta both during their graduate programs and after they leave. In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, we will reflect, learn, and celebrate the endless opportunities that await us at the University of Alberta and after graduation!

What are the Benefits of Attending ReCon?

    • Be exposed to the wide breadth of research conducted in the faculty.
    • Be challenged to think critically about topics outside of your research area.
    • Present and receive critical feedback on your research in a safe environment.
    • Meet and reconnect with other students, staff, and faculty members.
    • Build valuable friendships and support systems.
    • Connect with the beautiful Rocky Mountains, including breathtaking views, diversity of wildlife, and endless recreational activities.

How do I sign up? 

  1. Register & book transportation
    •  Early bird registration for students: May 1st to June 15th ($110)
    • General registration for students: after June 16th ($135)
    • Early bird registration for faculty: May 1st to June 15th ($150)
    • General registration for faculty: after June 16th ($175)
  2. Book your hotel
    • Special conference rate ($130)
  3. Submit an abstract (not required)
    • Abstract submission will run from May 1st to June 30th
    • All abstracts will be accepted

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Stay in Touch

Follow us on social media and get up to date information on ReCon VII!

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If you’re sharing on Facebook, uploading fun pictures on Instagram, or Tweeting about us use the Hashtag #ReConVII to stay connected!

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Program Details

*The preliminary program-at-a-glance will be available online shortly*

The program will include professional development sessions, student presentations, keynote speakers, and outdoor activity breaks.

Keynote Speakers

Alumni Speaker

Each year at ReCon, an alumnus of the faculty will present a keynote address. The speaker will reflect on his or her experiences as a graduate student in our faculty, and how these experiences contributed to achieving career success

This year we are excited to announce Audrey Giles as our Alumni speaker. Bio coming soon!

The Rod Murray Memorial Address

*Rod Murray Memorial Address Nominations are Due April 15th*

Each year a selected senior PhD student delivers a keynote address to the ReCon delegates. The address embodies the qualities that distinctively defined Rod as a member of the graduate student community. He was a passionate teacher, committed to critical thinking, who had a steadfast belief in the role of the public intellectual. Rod believed in a thoughtful questioning of the ‘status quo’ as it applied to teaching, conducting research, building relationships, and translating our knowledge.

Professional Development Sessions

Earn your Professional Development credits! No additional costs.

Details for our professional development sessions will be available online shortly!

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Outdoor Activities

This year, a range of activities will be offered! Students can choose their own adventure, while enjoying the beauty and backdrop of the incredible Rocky Mountains. 

*Activities and registration coming soon*

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Dining Arrangements

Friday September 8th:

Dinner reservations will be made at a local restaurant in Canmore. Details will be posted shortly. Delegates will be responsible for paying for their meals!

Saturday September 9th:

  • The conference dinner will take place at the Coast Hotel and Conference Center. Details will be posted shortly.
  • The dinner is included with registration. However, delegates will be responsible for their own beverages.
  • Non-Delegates: Tickets will be available for purchase ahead of time. We will send out an announcement when these tickets are available. There will not be tickets available for purchase at the conference. 
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Registration and Bus Transportation

*Registration opens May 1, 2017*

Conference Costs:

    • Early bird registration for students: May 1st to June 15th ($110)
    • General registration for students: after June 16th ($135)
    • Early bird registration for faculty: May 1st to June 15th ($150)
    • General registration for faculty: after June 16th ($175)

Guests of ReCon VII attendees may register at the student rates

What is Included?
  • Conference registration for the weekend 
  • A conference bag stuffed with goodies!
  • 2 breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday) 
  • 2 lunches (Saturday and Sunday) 
  • Conference dinner at the Coast Hotel (Saturday) 
  • Transportation to Canmore and to activities during the conference (if needed)

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The Coast Hotel and Conference Center is located along Bow Valley Trail in Canmore, a short walk from downtown Canmore, including an array of restaurants and shops. The conference venue is fully accessible.

We have secured a special room rate for ReCon VI attendees of $130 per night (single or double occupancy). If you have more people sharing your room it will be an extra $15 per person per night. Please note: these rates do not include taxes. The Coast Hotel and Conference Centre has extended this special room rate: ReCon VII attendees can book their rooms at this special price for up to 3 days before and 3 days after ReCon VII. Hotel booking deadline for this special ReCon VII rate is August 7th or until rooms are sold out. Don’t delay, book today!

If you have any questions please email:

Students are responsible for booking their own room and finding your own roommates! Please use our ReCon Facebook page as a source for connecting with other graduate students and finding roommates!

Hotel ReCon VI rates are limited in availability! Book your room now to secure your ReCon VI room rate!

How to Book Your Hotel:

1. Online
You can pay online by credit card by going to the Coast Hotel website
Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

** Make sure the correct dates are selected for your stay**
** Your credit card will not be charged until you check out of the hotel at the end of the conference**

GROUP CODE: **Will be available shortly**

2. By Phone
Coast Hotel Reservations can be reached at 403-678-3625 or toll free 1-800-716-6199.
Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
Please mention that you are staying with RECON VII

Late check out (noon) will be provided, with luggage storage in a secure area from 12-3pm on Sunday, September 10, 2017.

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Abstract Submission

*Abstract Submission will be available online shortly*

Abstract submission: May 1 - July 15, 2017 

Presenting at ReCon is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your research and get valuable feedback from professors and students from the Faculty. It is also a great way to sharpen your presentation skills before presenting at larger conferences, submitting for publication, or preparing for an oral exam. Even if you have presented the paper at a conference prior to ReCon, there will be many people in the crowd for whom it will be 'new'.

Abstracts from all research areas are welcomed and students are encouraged to submit abstracts for all types of projects, including (but not limited to) proposals, works-in-progress, and finished projects. For example, course-based Master’s students can present their capping project or a project for a class, while Coaching Master’s students may present work that they have done with an athletic team.

All student abstracts are accepted!

Presentation Guidelines

*Please check back for presentation guidelines*

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Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of travel awards offered by the University

FGSR Travel Awards
GSA Professional Development Award
Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant
Physical Education and Recreation Graduate Travel Grant

Check with your supervisor about potential travel awards in your research area.

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About Canmore

Canmore is a quaint mountain town located on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies and is one hour west of Calgary. Banff National Park lies just to the west and north of Canmore, with the town of Banff only fifteen minutes away. Outdoor activities in Canmore are abundant, and include hiking, scrambling, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, and canoeing. The city holds a world class Nordic center and is within proximity of 5 major ski resorts. If a stroll around town is what you fancy, you’ll find a variety of restaurants, pubs, unique shops, and an inspiring collection of local art.

For more information on Canmore check out the Tourism Canmore/Kananaskis website at, and for more information on Banff check out the Town of Banff website at If you plan to stay in Canmore a day or two extra, check HERE for a list of recommended restaurants and activities!

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Past Conference Archive

Detailed Program from ReCon V
Detailed Program from ReCon IV
Detailed Program from ReCon III
Detailed Program from ReCon II
Detailed Program from ReCon I

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ReCon VII Sponsors

Physical Education and Recreation Graduate Student Society (PERGSS)