Library Researcher Series

There are a number of useful reference management seminars being offered through the University of Saskatchewan Library; take a look at their offerings for the remainder of the Fall 2015 semester. If you haven’t yet developed a system to manage your references, it’s a good opportunity to investigate different tools to make writing papers and citing references as easy as possible. Some upcoming workshops are listed below.


Nov. 3, 12:00 – 1:00, Murray Library, Rm. 145

Instructor: Carolyn Doi

Zotero is a freely available, open source program which allows you to easily save, organize, and cite all of your references. It is available as an extension in Mozilla Firefox or a standalone program. This session offers attendees an introduction to Zotero and how it may be used for library research.

Comprehensive Lit Review – Part B

Nov. 4, 3:30 – 4:30, Murray Library, Rm. 161

Instructor: Li Zhang

This session will describe the reasons for doing a comprehensive literature review, and will focus on designing a search strategy for databases with subject headings such as Medline, ERIC, and PsycINFO.  We will briefly cover saving your search, and writing up your literature review.


Nov. 17, 12:00 – 1:00, Murray Library, Rm. 145

Instructor: Carolyn Doi

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. Automatically generate bibliographies, collaborate easily with other researchers online, easily import papers from other research software, find relevant papers based on what you’re reading, access your papers from anywhere online, read papers on the go with the iPhone app. This session offers attendees an introduction to Mendeley and how it may be used for library research.

PEGASUS Student Summer Seminar Series 2015

Summer is coming, which means the PEGASUS Student Summer Seminar Series will
be starting up again.

Each summer, PEGASUS organizes a seminar series that provides an opportunity
for graduate students in the department to share their research and practice
their presentation skills in a friendly environment. The audience consists
of only graduate and undergraduate students, so the environment is far more
relaxed and informal than departmental seminars or conference sessions.
Talks are 30-45 minutes long with questions from the audience.

We have several unclaimed spots throughout the summer, so if anyone would
like to tell their fellow graduate students a bit about their research and
gain some experience speaking to a fairly friendly audience, please contact
Fred Sage at ac.ksasu.liamnull@523ssf for more information.

The seminars will take place on Tuesdays at 3:30 in Room 175, the seminar
room on the main floor. Coffee and cookies will be provided at
3:00 in the Faculty lounge. The first presentation will occur on May 12.

We hope you will come out and hear what your fellow graduate students have
to say.

The PEGASUS Executive

2015-2016 Preliminary Course List

Hey everyone! The preliminary course list, based on graduate student input from the
PEGASUS course offering survey, is out for the 2015/16 Academic Year.Thanks again to all those who participated in the survey this year!
Please review it and send any feedback to our department head.
The course offerings will include:
  • PHYS 816/456
  • PHYS 821/322
  • PHYS 861/461
  • PHYS 871/470
  • PHYS 883/481
  • PHYS 886/482
  • PHYS 895/498
  • PHYS 990


2015 GSA Gala

Hello fellow Pegasi! The GSA Gala is coming up (this weekend) and we hope to see you there. Here’s the info courtesy of GSA VP External:

Please Join us at the 3rd Annual Graduate Awards Gala to be held on March 7, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel-Saskatoon. It will be a night of celebrating Graduate Student Achievements, getting inspired by our Keynote Speaker Dr. Monique Haakensen and lots of fun with:

  • 9 awards
  • 4 graduate student performances
  • A Photo Booth
  • up to 20 Door Prizes

Cocktails at: 5:30 PM
Awards & Dinner at: 6:30 PM
Dance at: 10:00 PM
Ticket Price: $25

Tickets are available at the GSA Office.

Payment can be made with Cash or Debit.
For more information, please contact the GSA at 306-966-8471. For updates, please visit our Facebook page

2014-2015 PEGASUS AGM

This year the PEGASUS annual general meeting (AGM) will be in March. Please accept the following invitation to the PEGASUS AGM after the seminar on Tuesday, March 3rd. 2015.

Pizza and refreshments will be served (including gluten free and vegetarian pizza). Come out, meet the executive, and discuss any concerns on your mind.

All the best,
-The PEGASUS Executive Team

What: Annual General Meeting
When: March 3rd, 2015, 5:00 pm
Where: Physics 175

Please join PEGASUS for its annual general meeting. Come out, meet the executive, and bring forth your questions, complaints, and suggestions. We look forward to having you there — every bit of input and feedback helps us better represent our members.
Pizza and refreshments will be available.

Library Graduate Workshops

The University Learning Centre is hosting many graduate student targeted workshops in January. Be sure to check these out and register at

  • Wednesday Jan 14th, 3:30-5:00, Style in Scientific Writing, with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts 241
  • Friday Jan 16th, 12:30-1:20Time Management for Graduate Students, 102 Murray
  • Friday Jan 16th, 1:30-2:20Poster Presentations, 102 Murray
  • Friday Jan 16th, 3:30-4:20Stress Management in Grad School, 102 Murray
  • Wednesday Jan 21st, 11:30-12:20How to Apply for a Master’s Program, G3 Murray
  • Friday Jan 23rd, 1:30-2:20Endnote, 102 Murray
  • Friday Jan 23rd, 3:00-3:50, Effective Criticism, G3 Murray
  • Friday Jan 23rd, 3:30-5:00Thesis and Dissertation Proposals, with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts 241
  • Wednesday Jan 28th, 1:30-2:20Extra-curricular Winter Activities in Saskatoon, CLL Murray
  • Friday Jan 30th, 2:00-2:50, Procrastination in Grad School, G3 Murray

There are also many Researcher Series sessions happening this semester. All classes are from *12:00 PM – 1:00 PM*, are free. For more information see this webpage

  • Jan 20 – Why and How to Do a Comprehensive Literature Review Part A – Room 161, Murray Library
  • Jan 22 – Why and How to Do a Comprehensive Literature Review Part B – Room 161, Murray Library
  • Jan 27 – Citation Manager Overview: Which one is right for you? – Room 145, Murray Library
  • Jan 29 – Beware of Predatory Publishers! –  Room 102, Murray Library
  • Feb 3 – EndNote Web – Room 161, Murray Library
  • Feb 5 – Keeping Current with the Literature – Room 102, Murray Library
  • Feb 10 – EndNote Desktop – Room 1430, Health Sciences   Library
  • Feb 12 – Searching for Grey Literature – Room 102, Murray Library
  • Feb 24 – Mendeley – Room 145, Murray Library
  • Feb 26 – Why and How to Do a Comprehensive Literature Review Part A – Room 161, Murray Library
  • Mar 3 – Zotero – Room 145, Murray Library
  • Mar 5 – Why and How to Do a Comprehensive Literature Review Part B – Room 161, Murray Library
  • Mar 10 – RefWorks – Room 161, Murray Library
  • Mar 12 – 10 Government Research Tips You Need to Know – Room 102, Murray Library
  • Mar 17 – EndNote Overview – Room 1430, Health Sciences Library
  • Mar 19 – Using the DiRT (Digital Research Tools) Directory in your Research – Room 102, Murray Library
  • Mar 24 – RefWorks – Room 161, Murray Library
  • Mar 26 – Research Data Management – Room 102, Murray Library

Literature Search and Reference Management Workshop

Li Zhang (Head of the Science Library) is offering a hands-on workshop on both literature search and reference management tools for Physics and Engineering Physics graduate students, with an emphasis on reference management (including LaTeX-based tools).

When: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Room 161, Murray Library

Space is limited to 20 participants: if you are interested in attending please contact Debbie in the Physics and Engineering Physics Office by January 30th to reserve your place.

October Astronomy Events

Make note of the excellent astronomy events that will be taking place this month. There is a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse, and an open house at the Sleaford Observatory. Also don’t forget that the Campus Observatory is open for public viewing every Saturday night.

1)      Total Lunar Eclipse – Early Morning of Wed. Oct. 8
Sleaford Observatory Open House – Sat. Oct. 18
Partial Solar Eclipse – Afternoon of Thu. Oct. 23

Stan Shadick has prepared some nice slides with all the details for each event: october_astronomy_events


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.