2024 Graduate Student Workshop

The Canadian Astronomical Society’s (CASCA) Graduate Student Committee (GSC) is hosting the Graduate Student Workshop during the CASCA Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 3, 2024, at York University’s Vari Hall, Lecture room A. Although the workshop is tailored for graduate students, undergraduate students are welcome to attend. We will also make the sessions accessible remotely via Zoom (details below). We look forward to seeing many of you!

Please see this document for information on finding Vari Hall on the York campus, wifi, etc.

Block Schedule

Time (EDT) Session Description
9:00-9:30am Arrival, registration, and coffee
9:30-10:00am Welcome and introductions Welcome to the Grad Student Workshop from the GSC exec team!
10:00-11:00am How to CASCATO + Peer Networking In this session, we’ll have the opportunity to set the stage for the CASCATO AGM we want to have. Through interactive discussions and open sharing, we’ll forge connections and foster a sense of community as today’s cohort of astronomy graduate students in Canada. The goal is to ensure everyone feels connected, and to share ways to not only navigate but also create a conference environment together in which everyone can thrive, ahead of a packed three days of conference activities.
11:00-11:15am Break!
11:15am-12:15pm Insights Beyond Academia Join us to hear from invited speakers from career paths outside of academia on what doors astronomy degrees can open. We will hear from perspectives from industry (Mubdi Rahman) and outreach (Ilana MacDonald) on what skills are best to hone for success both within and outside academia.
12:15-12:45pm Preventing Burnout and Time Management as Graduate Students
12:45-2:00pm Lunch Please note that lunch will not be provided. However, there are many affordable dining options available on the York University campus (please check out https://www.yorku.ca/foodservices/dining-directory/).
2:00-2:45pm CASCA Board and GSC Panel Discussion The CASCA Board members will be joining us for a panel discussion of “ask us anything”. During this session, the board members will be available to answer any questions that graduate students may have about anything related to CASCA. Please fill out this anonymous form if you have any questions you’d like to submit beforehand.
2:45-3:00pm Break!
3:00-4:30pm GSC Business Meeting & Elections See description below.

GSC Executive Elections

During the GSC Business Meeting, there will be an election for the new GSC executives: 

  1. Chair
  2. Vice Chair
  3. Representative of the Equity & Inclusivity Committee
  4. Representative of the Education & Public Outreach Committee
  5. Representative of the Sustainability Committee
  6. Social Media Coordinator
  7. French Translator

If you are interested in a position, send an email of your intentions to cascagsc@gmail.com. Each candidate will have 1 minute to introduce themselves prior to the voting. Queries about the responsibilities of each role can be sent to the current Chair, Janette Suherli (suherlij@myumanitoba.ca). Information can also be found in the GSC Terms of Reference

Remote Attendance

Here are the Zoom details that will be used throughout the meeting:
Meeting ID: 699 2687 0193
Passcode: 352872

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