Graduate student workshop

The Canadian Astronomical Society’s (CASCA) Graduate Student Committee (GSC) is hosting a Graduate Student Workshop at the CASCA Annual General Meeting on June 12, 2023. While aimed at graduate students, this is open to undergraduate students as well. We will make the sessions remotely accessible (Zoom link below), so hope to see you there!

The Workshop is planned as follows (all times in PDT):

09:15 Arrival and coffee

09:45 Welcome and introductions

10:00 Workshop 1: A search for the extraordinary: Leading a scavenger hunt in Stellarium

Do you want to add some flare to teaching about space in your classroom? How about finding interesting astronomical events observed in the past, present, and future? Join us in this workshop to learn how to use a free open-source astronomy computer software called Stellarium to observe eclipses, zoom in on planets, find locations of past historical astronomical events, and more! We’ll provide basic download, installation, and orientation instructions ahead of the workshop itself. During the workshop, we’ll run through a demonstration of the software and then encourage participants to work in pairs or trios on an astronomy scavenger hunt.

11:00 Coffee break

11:15 GSC business meeting
Nominations for 2023-2024 GSC executive

12:00 Lunch

13:30 Workshop 2: Speed networking I

Get to know your fellow graduate students!

14:30 Coffee break

14:45 Workshop 2: Speed networking II

Get to know your fellow graduate students!

15:30 Elections and closing remarks

18:00 Join the AGM opening reception

At the business meeting, there will be an election for the new GSC executive: Chair, Vice-Chair, Education and Public Outreach representative, Equity and Inclusivity representative, and Sustainability representative. The terms of reference for these positions are on the CASCA GSC webpage and we will share more information about these positions leading up to and at the Workshop. Please consider getting involved!

Zoom information:
Meeting ID: 920 7507 8238
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