Workshops

This year, CUPC will be offering many workshops that will provide with skills that can be used throughout, as well as beyond, your academic career. Read about our scheduled workshops below, and meet the hosts by clicking the links provided after the event descriptions!

Land Acknowledgements: Fostering Ethical Relationships with the Indigenous Peoples and Lands

Hosts: Dr. Deborah McGregor | Emma Nelson

The Copernican revolution revealed the ways cultural norms influenced study of the cosmos. Einstein’s theories necessitate an observer to provide a reference point from which information can flow. The double slit experiment shows the influential nature of observation in particle physics. If there is a single line running through these moments in the history of physics, it is that the perspective of the observer plays an important role in knowledge production. How then can the information in land acknowledgments assist physicists of the 21st century in their work, theorization, and lives?

In this interactive workshop, Dr. Deb McGregor and Emma Nelson will discuss perspectives on the history and meaning behind land acknowledgments. Hailing from Ontario and Nova Scotia respectively, the presenters will encourage a deeply reflective approach to land acknowledgments and will engage the audience in meaningful practices for internalizing the message of “traditional territories.” Concepts like decolonization, “Land Back,” and treaties will be discussed. Both presenters view land acknowledgments as statements of action and practice. This workshop will explore ways that land acknowledgments can become pathways into understanding Canada’s history and ongoing presence as a colonial state.

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Leveraging Scientific Communication as a Tool for Career Development

Host: Ana Sofía Barrows

This session will provide attendees (physicists, scientists, and future scientists across Canada) with an understanding of different ways they can leverage SciComm as part of their professional development. They will get tools to develop knowledge translation and mobilization strategies and connect them to their career trajectories.

Additionally, attendees will gain in-depth training and skills needed to embed accessible and inclusive practices when creating and sharing scientific content.

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Scholarships and Awards

Host: Dr. Ben Newling

This workshop will explore the sometimes-baffling science of scholarship and awards applications. Dr. Ben Newling discuss what makes a good application, where you might find scholarships and awards to apply for and, in the end, why it is worth investing your time in applications, even if you don’t end up winning them all.

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How to Apply to Grad School

Host: Dr. Luigi Gallo

Applying for graduate studies can be a daunting endeavour.  Deciding on what schools, programs, and supervisors to apply to, and even deciding if grad school is right for you in the first place can all be overwhelming. Dr. Gallo will draw from his experiences as a Graduate Program Coordinator, a Research Advisor, and a former graduate student to shed light on the process and help you make the most informed decisions. He will discuss a few of the important general issues students might encounter when applying to grad school.

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