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The annual ASPIRE dinner and research symposium will be held on Thursday, June 6th.

Dr. Scott Ketcheson, Canada Research Chair in Hydrological Sustainability, will be visiting us to discuss some of his fascinating work in the field of reclamation hydrology. A public lecture will take place in the afternoon, followed by the annual ASPIRE dinner and research symposium. Students will prepare and present posters of their thesis work, and industrial partners will be invited to this great networking opportunity. Dinner will be provided and there will be a cash bar. More details to come.

Approximate itinerary:

  • 9am – 12pm, Romero Classroom, Emera IDEA building
    Summer Seminar
    Dr. Ketcheson will offer a half-day workshop on reclamation hydrology to ASPIRE students.

  • 4pm – 5pm, location TBD
    Public lecture

  • 6pm – 10pm, Dalhousie University Club Great Hall
    ASPIRE Gala and poster fair
    The ASPIRE community, including professors, students, and industrial partners, will come together to share a meal and network

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11:30 AM11:30

Winter seminar: Goal setting and planning

In this interactive workshop, ASPIRE students will plan for the remainder of their degrees: what they will accomplish, how they will contribute to the body of knowledge in their fields, and how they will develop the professional attributes they will need to succeed. This seminar will take place in the Romero Classroom (first floor of the Emera IDEA building) from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

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7:00 PM19:00

Alternatives to Academia: a panel discussion

The theme of this event is “Alternatives to Academia: career paths for those with high level degrees”. Our speakers are Léa Braschi (CBCL Ltd.), Elizabeth Kennedy (Nova Scotia Environment), and Terra Jamieson (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada). Please read their bios (attached) and respond with any questions you would like us to ask them during the event.

The event will take place at The Nook at 2118 Gottingen St. Doors will open at 7pm and snacks will be provided. The bar will be open but you are responsible for paying for your own drinks. Below is a schedule for the event:

7-7:30 – time for mingling and eating, order a drink at the bar (if desired)
7:30-9 – panel discussion with Elizabeth, Léa, and Terra
9 – 10 – time for more chatting and nibbling after the discussion

The event will run from 7-9, but we have booked the space until 10 so there will be lots of time for casual chatting and networking after the panel discussion.

Please RSVP to mletman@dal.ca if you will be attending this event. We would like to open up attendance to students interested in this topic who are not in the ASPIRE program - PIs, if you have other students who may be interested, please encourage them to email me. Space is limited, so additional guests will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. As always, this Women in STEM event is open to all genders.

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11:30 AM11:30

Women in STEM event - Entrepreneurship

The ASPIRE Women in STEM event this semester will focus on entrepreneurship. Our hosts from plusArctic Consulting will discuss their experience in starting their own business while we enjoy a hike and dinner at Sugar Moon Farms. All costs other than drinks will be covered by ASPIRE. The itinerary for the day will be as follows:

11:30am – Meet at Emera IDEA building doors
11:40am – Depart campus at front of IDEA building doors
1:15pm – Arrive at Sugar Moon
1:30pm – 3:30pm Hike
3:30pm – 3:45pm Shop/bathroom
3:45 – 4:00pm  – Place drink orders with bartender (drinks not covered by ASPIRE)
4:00 – 5:00pm – Informal group discussion on entrepreneurship with plusArctic representative Justine Lywood
5:00 – 5:30pm – Group tour of the Sugar Shack with Quita
5:30 pm – 6:00pm – Break/seated at tables again once set and settle drink orders
6 – 9 pm – Chef’s Night dinner (drinks not covered by ASPIRE)
9pm – Depart for Sexton campus
10:30pm – Arrive back at Sexton campus


Please note that the storm date for this event will be Saturday, December 8th. If there are issues with weather or trail conditions, the itinerary may be adjusted to exclude the hike. We will communicate changes as soon as possible.

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11:30 AM11:30

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The first ASPIRE seminar will take place on December 4th from 11:30am to 2pm. Lunch and coffee will be provided.

You will all be participating in an industrial internship during the ASPIRE program, so the theme of this seminar is Internship Preparation. We have asked representatives from Nova Scotia Power, one of our industry partners, to deliver the fall seminar. Mary Jenkins and Stephanie Coady are human resources professionals who will discuss interview skills and maximizing your impact in your first thirty days on the job.

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