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Reading week, deadline for applicants and summer plans

Busy times on campus here, as students wind down mid-terms and prepare to leave (or hunker down with the books) for reading week.  An exciting time for university applicants as well, with deadlines on the Queen's PSE due by March 1st.  We hope to welcome many new Aboriginal students to Queen's to study engineering with the class of 2017. Current students are benefiting from the academic support provided, in addition to contact with industry in order to secure relevant summer employment. This past month, there were several exciting developments in the outreach area of Aboriginal Access to Engineering - read more below!  Please share this information with any contacts you may know who are interested in STEM education among Aboriginal youth and engineering as a future career choice.

STEM Outreach Programs

Aboriginal Access to Engineering has as part of its' mandate outreach in STEM - Science Technology Engineering and Math - with Aboriginal youth.  To advance this effort, several programs are planned for both on-campus and in-community delivery. Aboriginal students in grades 5-12 in the Kingston area will benefit from the mentoring partnership we have developed with Let's Talk Science; those in grades 7-12 are encouraged to come stay on campus and participate in either the Aboriginal University Experience (AUE) or the Enrichment Mini Courses (EMC) being delivered in conjunction with Queen's ESU; and finally, AAE will operate a stand-alone culturally-based science outreach program in summer 2013, bringing science learning into communities.

Find out more about AUE - ESU
EMC Aboriginal Engineering Bursary
Let's Talk Science information

On Campus Events

All events are free.  For more information contact
Vanessa McCourt 613-533-6823
Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Moccasin Vamp beading
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Women's Hand Drum Singing
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Three Sisters Feast Night
February 20th and March 6th
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Open to all
146 Barrie Street

Employment opportunity

Cultural Liaisons / Outreach Instructors

Are you passionate about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and working with youth? Do you like to travel and facilitate community and cultural engagement? Are you interested in combining these passions to provide meaningful experiences for Aboriginal youth this summer? If your answers are “yes,” then Actua’s Outreach Team might be for you!

Actua, Canada’s leading STEM youth outreach network, is looking for Cultural Liaisons to assist its Outreach Team for the summer of 2013. Cultural Liaisons are fully involved as instructors in the delivery of Actua's week-long STEM camps. They also share personal cultural knowledge with fellow instructors and help to engage local community members who contribute traditional knowledge and cultural components to the camp experience.  Please visit the Outreach Team’s recruitment website at to learn more about both the Cultural Liaison and Outreach Instructor positions and how to apply.

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, February 22, 2013.

Meet Siobhan

This month on, we introduce a new Aboriginal Engineering Role Model, Siobhan Dooley.  Siobhan is a recent Queen's graduate from the department of Chemical Engineering.  Her biography shares a bit about her journey through school and into engineering as a chosen profession.  Siobhan is currently employed by Hatch in Sudbury, and grew up in the Sioux Lookout area.  Read more about her here.

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Mining Matters Special Event for Educators
March 3, 2013
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

National Gathering of Indigenous Educators
March 16-17, 2013
Telus Convention Centre, Calgary AB

Soaring Career Conference for Indigenous Youth
May 8, 2013
Sudbury ON

Teachers' and Students' Section

Funding your post secondary education

Did you know there are a number of scholarships and awards for Aboriginal students studying engineering?  Queen's has several of it's own, but others are open to students from any university. While this list is not exhaustive, it certainly gives you idea of what is out there.  All deadlines are coming up, so if you are planning to apply, now is the time!
GE Scholar-Leaders Program
RBC Aboriginal Student Awards
Hydro One Diversity Award

What is Queen's EMC?
EMC stand for Enrichment Mini Course, and is a program for highly motivated high school students wanting a taste of what university coursework is all about.  Each year, Queen's hosts many high school students from all over the country for EMC.  Many of the courses are engineering-specific such as Biomedical Engineering or Engineering the Green Power of the Future.  Aboriginal students interested in attending EMC may receive a bursary to cover the entire cost of their experience, thanks to a generous donation from Barbara Monture-Malloch, in memory of her father Gilbert Monture, B.Sc '21.Find out more about EMC and the Aboriginal Engineering Bursary here.  Hope to see you on campus!

Aboriginal Virtual Science Fair

Do you enjoy science fairs?  Did you know you can enter one online, specific to Aboriginal students in grades 1-12?  The Aboriginal Virtual Science fair  encourages kids to enter both regular science projects and those that take on traditional knowledge.  For more information on this exciting new event, please visit their website.
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