CSGS Teaching Seminar on October 26th - Registration Required

We are pleased to invite you to the first Computer Science Graduate Society teaching seminar. The seminar will be delivered by the Teaching and Learning Centre and will introduce several teaching skills to better moderate your classrooms, as well as a brief introduction on dealing in multicultural classrooms.

When: Tuesday October 26th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: ICT 516

Speakers (from the Teaching & Learning Centre):

Rob Roughley, John Penton, and Rosalie Pedersen


  • 10:00 - 10:30: Planning and Delivering Effective Lectures: This 30 minute session introduces a model for planning and delivering presentations and includes strategies for breaking the ice and clarifying key ideas.
  • 10:30 - 11:00: Encouraging Participation: This 30 minute session will deal with student involvement and engagement and discuss questioning and feedback strategies.
  • 11:00 - 11:30: Creating Inclusiveness: This 30 minute session focuses on communication techniques that help create an inclusive environment for everyone, unleashing the potential of the multicultural classroom.
  • 11:30 - 12:00: Managing Grading Challenges: This 30 minute session focuses on grading strategies and how to deal with difficult situations that often arise from grading.

Please note that the Teaching & Learning Centre has great experience in delivering many teaching workshops/certificates. Kindly note that prior registration is required. To register, email csgs@cpsc.ucalgary.ca by October 21, 2010 at the latest.

Take a look at what CSGS is doing

If you're wondering what CSGS has been up to, photos from a couple of recent CSGS social events have now been posted to the website.

Photos from the 5th Annual CSGS Golf TournamentPhotos of the 5th Annual CSGS Golf Tournament
This year's tournament took place on August 3rd, 2010 and drew a slate of 20 players.
Welcome Back Party Photos of the Welcome Back Party
This party was held on September 22nd, 2010, and was well attended by new and old students as well as faculty and staff.

During this time the CSGS has also organized other events such as a New Student Orientation, a Graduate Funding Seminar, and the weekly Tuesday Teas. More photos of past CSGS events can be found in our photo gallery, and photos of this years' executives are also now online.

Welcome Back Party

The Computer Science Graduate Society will be holding a Welcome Back
party on Wednesday, September 22nd at 5pm in ICT 116. Free food and
drink will be supplied.

All CPSC graduate students, faculty and staff are invited.

This event provides an opportunity to meet and mingle with others in
the department whether you're new to the campus or your thoughts about
going "back to school" look more like this.

Please note the room number - ICT 116 - as previous parties have
typically used the 5th floor instead.

Hope to see you there!

CSGS Graduate Funding Seminar

We are glad to invite you to the third Computer Science Graduate Society
funding seminar. The seminar will provide information about many
scholarships that are available to computer science graduate students.
The deadline for those scholarships will be through out this Fall and
the coming Winter term.

When: Friday September 17th, 1:00 to 3:15 PM
Where: ICT 516
Speakers: Dr. Jörg Denzinger and Dr. Jeffrey Boyd

In this seminar, Dr. Denzinger and Dr. Boyd will be sharing their
experience in reviewing research proposals and funding applications in
general, in order to help you know: what the reviewers are looking for,
and what you can do to improve your application.

The first hour will discuss how to write a good research proposal or a
good funding application. After a 15 minutes break, the second hour will
give more specific information about major awards like Alberta Ingenuity
Fund, NSERC, and other means of funding like the Open Scholarships.

The seminar is intended for graduate students and undergraduate students
who aim to continue on to graduate studies.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

TAing this fall?

August has passed and the arrival of September means that classes will soon be back in session. For some, September 2010 may mark your first days at the University of Calgary campus whereas for others this time marks the transition from the quiet of summer to the bustle of fall.

Please make a note in your calendar of the start of semester TA organizational meeting on Friday September 10th at 3pm in ICT 114 as those acting as Teaching Assistants in the fall semester are required to attend. It's also an opportunity to meet those who'll be your fellow TAs this fall.

For those preparing to TA for the first time, some brief guidance will be given as the organizational meeting. Other advice on where to find assistance can be located on the web site's New to the department? page, including information about workshops being conducted by the University's Teaching and Learning Centre in September. (The CSGS is also organizing an orientation for new students).

Please also be aware of the TA contract with the university which outlines your role as a Teaching Assistant. This contract is to be renegotiated this year, so there may be an opportunity yet to be involved in the renegotiation process if you contact the GSA.

The CSGS exists for you, so if you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

Seeking your feedback on the Computer Science Graduate Program

Our department is looking for potential improvement opportunities to the current graduate program, and is seeking your input.

Please take a minute to complete the questions in this form by August 22nd. Your input is highly appreciated.

Register for the 5th Annual CSGS Golf Tournament - August 3rd, 2010

The 5th annual CSGS golf tournament is scheduled for August 3rd, 2010.

You may not have been happy about the effects of the recent round of golf-ball sized hail, but this round of golf-ball sized golf balls promises to be more pleasurable. The tournament is a chance to spend an afternoon getting to know others in the department by means of a game of golf.

Whether you've never golfed before or you spend many an hour nearby a putting green, you're welcome to participate and we to make sure that regardless of your skill level you'll still have an enjoyable time. As usual, we will play best shot, so that each group shares a single score and no one will get left behind.

The non-refundable tournament entry fee is $25, which covers the greens fee, lunch, balls and tees. If you need to rent golf clubs, they are available from the golf course for a fee of $5, but we would like to know in advance how many rentals (left or right handed) are needed for our group.

The tournament starts at 1pm, and we will organize car pools to help get everyone there.

There are only 20 spots available so please contact us as soon as possible to confirm your spot. The last day to sign up is July 27, 2010.

If you're interested, please email us (csgs@cpsc.ucalgary.ca) as soon as possible and include the following information:

(a) Rentals - If you don't have golf clubs, do let us know so we know how many sets we need to reserve in advance

(b) Your experience level:
1. First Time Out: If this will be your first golfing experience
2. Novice: if you golf occasionally.
3. Intermediate: if you golf more than a few times a year.
4. Advanced: if you golf regularly or have figured out how to work golf into your research.

(c) If you need a ride to the golf course or if you are willing to provide rides for others in need of one.


Computer Science Graduate Society Executive
University of Calgary

Seeking your feedback for Institutional Learning and Teaching Plan Task Force

What would pop up to your mind if your asked 

In your graduate preparation,  what is working well? What could be improved?

Provide people in the faculty of Education with your suggestions for improvement of the graduate student experience at
the University of Calgary. They are now preparing the Institutional Learning and Teaching Plan Task Force and we've got a say!

Take the opportunity to discuss your opinions directly to the Dean of Faculty of Education, Dr Dennis Sumara.

CSGS Executives for 2010/2011

It took a while but we now have a full slate of executives for the 2010/2011 academic year:

  • President - Dina Said
  • VP Academic - Soha Makady
  • VP Communications - David Aikema (Grid Research Centre)
  • VP External - Fatemeh Arbab (iCIS)
  • VP Finance - Shreya Rawal
  • VP Internal - Leanne Wu
  • VP Social - James King

At the June 11, 2010 CSGRC meeting, the positions of Chief Returning Officer (CRO) and Speaker of the CSGRC were also filled:

  • Maryam Elahi, Chief Returning Officer
  • Mohammad Jafari, CSGRC Speaker

We're looking for feedback from you on CSGS social events

A previous CSGS partyEach year the CSGS puts on a number of social events for graduate students in Computer Science at the U of C. These include weekly Tuesday teas, several parties throughout the course of the year, and annual golf and volleyball tournaments. We're looking for your feedback on these existing events as well as on a number of potential new events.

A questionaire was created requesting your feedback on CSGS social events. You can complete this survey online at Google or print out this PDF version and submit it to the mailbox of James King, this year's VP Social (in the graduate student mailroom).