Monthly Archives: February 2011

Let’s Talk Science

Let’s Talk Science is a charitable organization that promotes science literacy to young Canadians and has many local chapters at various Canadian colleges and universities. To find participating institutions please click here. Let’s Talk Science has a variety of volunteer positions available for interested graduate students. Examples of volunteer opportunities include writing science related articles for CurioCity (which is essentially an online interactive science magazine aimed at teens), recruiting and coordinating volunteers at your college or university chapter of Let’s Talk Science, participating with Let’s Talk Science Outreach by giving facility tours, presenting science demonstrations at local schools or assisting at science fairs.  For more volunteer opportunities and/or how to get involved, please click here.

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Mathcamp

Mathcamp is a five week program devoted to high school students who have interests and talents in mathematics.  Most students are from Canada and the US with about 10% from other parts of the world. This year the camp will be held from July 3 to August 7, 2011 at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.  Currently, mathcamp is looking to hire graduate students who are passionate about mentoring and teaching pure or applied mathematics topics (or other related fields such as computer science) to math-minded youth. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2011. For further details please click here and for more information on the application process and/or general inquires please contact Eric Wofsey at waffle@math.harvard.edu

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Loving to Learn

A few years ago the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo created “Loving to Learn” day.  In honour of the special day, a contest is being held for the best written or video submission on this year’s theme “what’s the best thing you learned in the last year?”  This contest is open to everyone living in any part of the world and submissions must be received by Tuesday, February 15, 2011.   For more contest details, please click here. Loving to Learn has spread to several other Canadian universities and colleges and has received more than a thousand contest submissions from around the globe.

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Job Shadowing

If you are in doubt about a particular career path, job shadowing is a chance to clear your uncertainties.  Job shadowing means spending one day or a few days with someone in his or her work environment whose career you might want to make your own. You would follow and observe this person as they navigate a regular day at work.  This provides first hand experience and insight into potential careers.  Also if you find yourself more and more enthusiastic as the day progresses, take this opportunity to make connections.  Sometimes the hardest part about job shadowing is finding someone to shadow.  If you know someone whose career interests you, even if you only know them as an acquaintance, just ask.  The worst he or she can say is no.  In most cases, the person would probably be flattered.  There are also programs available such as “Job Shadow Week” sponsored by the University of Alberta which can connect you to more unique and scarce careers.

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