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Free Stuff from the GSA

The Physics and Astronomy Department ran its annual graduate student orientation and BBQ. It was a great bunch of fun, and thanks to all for coming out. For those that didn’t make it to the presentation portion at 11am, you missed out on some free stuff. The Graduate Student Association always donates tote bags and day planners to each grad department. If you didn’t get one and would like one, please send Jesse or George an email (see Exec page), or drop by our office PSE 328 (though we’re not always here).

The free stuff donated by the York University Graduate Student Association.
The free stuff donated by the York University Graduate Student Association.



Graduate Student Orientation, 2013

Each year PAGE and the department of Physics and Astronomy jointly host and coordinate the ‘Graduate Student Orientation.’ The orientation is away for new and old students alike to:
1. Meet other grad students in our department (including the brand new executive)
2. Provide a forum for the (old/new) grad students and faculty to meet, and get to know
3. Learn some important information moving into the new semester
This year’s graduate orientation is occurring on Wednesday, 4 September 2013, beginning at 11am in PSE 317. The agenda is below:

11:00am – Intro to Physics and Astronomy Graduate Executive (PAGE)
11:15am – Dr. Wendy Taylor – Graduate Program Director
11:30am – Ms. Marlene Caplan – Graduate Program Administrative Assistant
11:45am – Graduate Student Assosciation (GSA) update and questions
12:00pm – John Dupuis, Science Librarian at Steacie
12:15pm – CUPE Rep
12:30pm – BBQ!!!

After all the talking is done, all graduate students, faculty, and staff of the Physics and Astronomy Department are invited to a department BBQ! The BBQ will take place at the Orange Snail pub and grill located underneath Stong College. There will be FREE food at the BBQ!

If you have any questions, please send a member of PAGE an email.

Welcome to the new Executive!

We would like to welcome our new executive members! Feel free to contact them if you have any inquiry.

Jesse Rogerson     x77762      (President, VP Finance, Councillor)

George Conidis       x77762      (VP Social, PAD Rep)

Naif Al-Salem          x33707       (VP Internal, Councillor)

Gabriel Palacino     x77748       (Website Coordinator)


Call for Abstracts: PAGE Graduate Conference 2013

The annual Physics and Astronomy Graduate Conference is coming up!
Date: Friday, October 25, 2013
Time: 10am-5pm
Room: Chemistry 121

Each year, the Executive organize this conference for many purposes. There will also be talks from invited speakers. More information on the PAGE conference can be found here.

Call For Talk Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for those interested in presenting at the PAGE conference. You would be required to generate a 12-15 minute long original presentation, and then participate in a few minutes of questions immediately following your talk. All presenters will be eligible for the Ralph Nicholls Graduate Award in Science Communication (so long as they meet the requirements of the award). Please submit your abstract to with the subject PAGE abstract.

A mini poster session will be held during lunch break. Please, feel free to bring the poster that you prepared for your summer conference.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, October 4, 2013 (no extensions will be granted).

The PAGE conference promotes the work that we are doing, providing a chance to see what kind of research happens at York. Also, this is a great opportunity to practice you presentation skills in preparation for future conferences, your defence or research evaluation.

Participating in the PAGE conference creates social and professional connections amongst graduate students in our department that may not have been there before.

If you are not convinced of participating in the PAGE conference yet, remember that you can include it in your CV, and the best of all…there will be free food!

Call for PAGE Executive Members

The Physics and Astronomy Graduate Executive (PAGE) is looking for individuals to join the executive council. PAGE is a great opportunity for graduate students in the Physics and Astronomy (P&A) department to participate in the community. Through funding provided by the Graduate Student Association (GSA), PAGE not only plans/executes events for the P&A department (socials & the annual PAGE conference), but represents the P&A grads at both the departmental level (by attending departmental faculty meetings) and the university level (by attending the GSA council and Senate). In being a member of PAGE, you hone skills that will be required in your future career, and also add very important experience to your curriculum vitate. It is my hope to have a representative from varying sections of the Physics & Astronomy Department: Astrophysics, High Energy Physics, AMO, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Planetary Physics.

One year of commitment is expected for those that would like to join PAGE. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to page[at]yorku[dot]ca before the 15th of June 2013.

Please see the ‘Executive‘ link to see the different duties of the PAGE exec. Note that duties are typically shared amongst the group.