Emma Plater | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies


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Emma Plater

Portrait of graduate student Emma Plater (PhD, Human Health and Nutritional Sciences with Neuroscience) in the Science Atrium at the University of Guelph


My advisor is a fantastic mentor and resource. She is always available to answer questions but always initiates the answer by probing further, trying to help her students come to the answer on our own. This teaching and mentorship style helps graduate students to grow and think critically, and overall improve important research and real-life skills.


Human Health & Nutritional Sciences with Neuroscience* , PhD

Why I Chose Guelph… 

Guelph had the research I was interested in, and also a strong sense of familiarity as I did my undergraduate degree here as well.

What Makes U of G Unique?

I love the amount of green space, and how relatively small and compact it is compared to other schools.

About the City of Guelph… 

No other city I know has even close to the amount of running trails! Guelph truly is a running mecca. It is also nice that Guelph has a small-town feel with a quaint, pretty downtown despite being a city.

About Future Goals...

I hope to go into academia, ideally in a physiotherapy department of a Canadian university. I'm also very open to industry and other teaching careers - I want to keep all of my options open. At Guelph, I'm learning to be a researcher, a teacher, a mentor ... and perhaps forever a student! I believe all of these are essential skills going into academia.

How Will Your Research Improve Life?

I hope to apply the concepts I am researching currently to prosthetics and other assistive technologies to help older adults, those with amputation and/or diabetes, and other conditions with sensory loss to feel, and therefore interact with their environment, to a greater extent.