Looking for People Interested in Joining Our 2016/2017 Executive



Hey everyone! We are looking for people interested in helping out with the AGS next year. It’s a great way to meet new people, build your resume, gain leadership skills, have your voice as graduate student heard, and get involved with Acadia University. There are various positions (listed below) to act as, or you can just jump in and help with specific events we host (such as the student research  conference, welcome week, etc). Want to attend our next meeting and see what we’re all about? Get in touch with our current AGS President, Amanda Loder, for questions and to sit in on a meeting with us.

Available positions include:

AGS president:

-represent and advocate for graduate students in the Acadia University Senate and ASU’s Students’ Representative Council

-act as the AGS representative and liaison to the Department of Research and Graduate Studies

-coordinate the AGS executive

-plan and run Graduate Student Orientation Week events with assistance from the outgoing AGS President and other AGS executives

Note: AGS president is considered for an honourarium at the end of each semester 

Finance Officer:

-oversee the administration of the AGS budget

-keep records of all AGS property

Events Officer:

-Coordinate AGS events for graduate students with assistance from other AGS executives

-Coordinate the Acadia Research Conference with assistance from other AGS executives 

Communications Officer:

-publicize AGS events using social media, email, blogs, and posters

-record meeting minutes

Faculty Representatives (1 each from Arts, Science, Professional Studies and Theology):

-act as the AGS liaisons to their respective departments

-sit on the senate graduate studies committee

-advertise AGS events and engage graduate students in their respective faculties

-assist in organizing and running AGS events

Outgoing president and executive will provide ample training for incoming executive. If you have any interest, or would like more information, please email amandaloder@acadiau.ca. If you have any feedback or comments on this year’s research conference, we’d love to hear it!

Want to learn more about mental health from a scientific perspective?

Science Daily provides great summaries of Mind and Brain news related to symptoms and disorders with links to the articles behind the research! One in 5 Canadians will endure a mental disorder at some point in their lives – it’s good to be informed!

For more information on mental health visit the Canadian Mental Health Association website. If you want to speak to someone regarding mental health there are resources here on campus! Visit the Student Resource Centre page at Acadiau.ca for contact information, information on mental health screening, information on peer support groups and much more!



Hey! It’s chill week :)

Acadia Mental Health is hosting Chill Week again and there are a ton of events going on. From nature hikes, to improv, to a screening of Wall-E. For full details click on the Facebook link below.

Don’t forget to pause and take care of yourselves!


Register for FREE Mitacs Workshops Today!

“Mitacs Step offers professional development workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, giving you the workplace-ready skills required by today’s employers. Each year, thousands participate in Step workshops to augment their university learning” Mitacs Step Homepage

Two workshops are open now and are FREE for Graduate Students, they include:

For more information click here.
Speaking from experience these workshops are fantastic opportunities to learn skills that can make a real difference in your current degree, future degree or career!


Writing a Thesis? Want to Boost Productivity?

The AGS is hosting drop in writing group sessions in the KCIC seminar room (next to the cafe) every Monday from 9-11am with a dedicated quiet, no cell phone, no email, no social media period from 9:30 to 10:30. Our first session went well and we’re hoping you will join us for future sessions! Come out and say hi to fellow graduate students working on their thesis for a bit and then get some work done with us. Anyone is welcome to come – thesis writing or not. Do you have a presentation you’re working on, some literature searching to do, reading, statistical analysis? All are welcome.

See you Monday!


Missed the Conference?

Here’s an article to get you up to speed on our 3rd Annual Student Research conference, which was held here at Acadia this past weekend, hosted by your AGS executive.

We’re already thinking ahead to next year! Feel free to forward us feedback on the conference @ acadiagraduatestudent@gmail.com