PEGASUS NSERC Workshop

Yesterday PEGASUS once again hosted information workshop, from 5:00-6:00pm in Physics 175, for the purposes discussing NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) funding opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate Physics students. Thank you to all the students who participated this year!

A copy of the workshop presentation is available at this link. If you are interested in graduate studies or research be sure to get in contact with the Physics and Engineering Physics department! You can talk to the secretaries in the main office, Andrei Smolyakov, Sasha Koustov, or PEGASUS.

Remember, if you are an undergraduate student interested in research, talk to some professors in an area of study you find interesting, and apply for an USRA! They are easy to apply for and applications are often very successful.

TA opportunity – Making the Future, taught by Ken Dryden, remote lectures.

There is a TA opportunity for physics graduate students. The course is called “Making the Future.” What follows is a description of the course. If you are interested, please contact the department.

It has been offered for three years at McGill and this year simultaneously at the University of Calgary. The course asks students to apply the present- and past-focused learning of their regular academic program to their own future, and to the future of Canada. It highlights different aspects of their life – the workplace, family, religion, health and health care, diversity, public engagement and politics, Canada in the world, etc. – one each week, and challenges them: you have 60-plus years of life ahead of you, 40-plus years of work-life. How do you want to live them? In what kind of Canada? In what kind of world? And knowing that “visions” are easy, how would you achieve that vision? How would you get from here to there?

Experts in each subject-theme are invited to present a thought-provoking overview of the past and present of their specialities, to engage with Ken in a discussion of what they’ve presented, then to discuss with students the future, this time as if they too are 20 years old, but knowing what they do about their subject and about Canada, with all those years of their lives ahead of them. How would they think about and approach their subject differently? How would they transform it?

The course offers a chance for students to experience, week after week, very interesting people, engaged by their subject, who are intrigued by the puzzle and challenge of making the future. It offers them a chance to feel some connection to students in other parts of the country, and to work with them – people they don’t know, who may have different interests and strengths, with whom they may not get along, but with whom they have a task to perform and perform well – giving them a taste of and some experience in their futures.

The students like the breadth of the course, its newness, its focus on the future, that it’s about Canada, that they are connecting to Canada in it and through it. They like its surprises, relevance and excitement. Given its subject matter and its future-focus, the course is equally appropriate for students from science, social science, humanities, business, engineering and other disciplines.

We are hoping that you would be interested in learning about this course, sharing ideas of how it might be best launched on our campus, and exploring idea for potential speakers and student TA opportunities. Please let me know which of the following times work in your schedule.

May 5th from 3:30-4:30, Arts 298
May 7th from 3:00-4:00, Arts 298
May 14th from 8:30-9:30, Arts 298

Must have proven/advanced technical (IT) ability and be comfortable using PC and MAC computers. Should have working knowledge of Skype and not be intimidated with co-facilitating an Canada-wide multipoint video conference set-up across 5 campuses.