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#PostDocAppreciationWeek Feature: Elodie Labit

This week is #PostDocAppreciationWeek. Meet Elodie Labit, a post doc in Jeff Biernaskie lab, and also the winner of the GSA Research Excellence Award in 2021. How long you have been a postdoc?  I started my post doc in March 2018, already! How long have you been in Calgary? I arrived in Calgary, 3 days before my starting date in …

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The Beauty of a Rainbow

By Conrad Mielczarek, a member of the GSA Gender and Sexuality Alliance Committee Disclaimer: A full discussion of these issues is not possible in a single, short essay. In this article, we provide an overview of some of the main ideas that can help you begin to have these types of conversations. We encourage you to keep researching and learning! The …

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Announcement from the Labour Relations Committee: GSA Partnership with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

Announcement from Keira Gunn, GSA Associate Vice President Labour, Chair of the GSA Labour Relations CommitteeFor Academically Employed Graduate Students (Graduate Assistants-Teaching, Graduate Assistants-Non-Teaching) Your Labour Relations Committee is excited to announce that the GSA is entering into a partnership with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) to better serve UCalgary Academically Employed Graduate Students at no extra cost. …

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Open Letter from the GSA Gender and Sexuality Alliance Subcommittee

The Gender and Sexuality Alliance of the Graduate Students’ Association would like to add our collective voice to the calls for accountability being made against Calgary Pride and Calgary Queer Arts Society. Earlier in November, Suitaakii — a local two-spirit, Blackfoot artist and former employee of Calgary Queer Arts Society (CQAS) — shared her experiences of racial violence at the …

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August 2020 Advocacy Updates

As your graduate student representatives, the GSA Board of Directors and the Research and Advocacy Analyst work on many advocacy priorities to the best interest of UCalgary graduate students. If you have any questions or concerns, please email askgsa@ucalgary.ca. September 8, 2020 The GSA’s August advocacy efforts were focused primarily on pushing on provincial and institutional (UCalgary) priorities. Provincially, through ab-GPAC, we secured one-on-one …

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Message from the President

UCalgary graduate students,  As many students will be participating in online learning for the Fall 2020 semester, the UPass program has been put on hold for this term. This decision has significantly impacted graduate students. The GSA recognizes the importance of students having affordable access to city transit this upcoming fall semester, especially as many of you will have an …

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2019-20 GSA Award Winners

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) had to cancel the annual Awards Gala event that was to be hosted in early April. However, the GSA would still like to celebrate the excellence of our volunteers, graduate students, research associates, support staff, and administrators over the internet this year as the health and safety of the …

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Provincial Budget 2020 Updates

The Alberta Government tabled its 2020-2021 budget on February 27. Here is a summary of the changes impacting the post-secondary sector. Budget 2019 had a strong impact on the post-secondary (PSE) sector. Budget 2020 reinforces those impacts. Item Change Comments University of Calgary Operating Grant – An additional 6.3% decrease in institutions’ operating expenses, on top of the 6.9% cut …