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Join us for Dawson’s Certificate Day Nov. 8

October 25th, 2023

Certificates offer students from all programs the opportunity to interact in a learning community of fellow students and teachers who share a passion for thinking about and finding solutions for specific historical and contemporary issues. Students currently can take along with their DEC a certificate in Women’s/Gender Studies, Hellenic Studies, Peace Studies, Decolonization and Indigenization Studies, SPACE: Arts and Sciences, and Environment and Sustainability.

Interested in learning more about any of these certificates? Wondering about how to get more involved or the possibilities for co-teaching a certificate course with a colleague? If so, we invite you to drop by the Upper Atrium on Wednesday, November 8 between 10 AM and 3 PM

For more information, please contact Karina D’Ermo in the Office of Academic Development.

Photo: Peace Studies students celebrate with faculty at their certificate ceremony.

SPACEweek 2023 is on May 1-5

April 19th, 2023

The second annual SPACEweek will take place during the first week of May. The SPACEweek showcase in 3C.1 will feature work by students from across the arts and sciences who participated in SPACE in 2022-23. It will include displays, demonstrations, interactive activities, student talks and presentations, readings, and competitions. Robotics demonstrations and presentations will be held throughout the week.

Visitors can participate in the showcase by creating alternate versions of famous artworks by following a series of “What if” prompts; casting their vote for the people’s choice award for the ScienceFest 2023 photo contest; joining a series of walking tours around Dawson using the AR Cité app; and writing and answering questions in response to viewing artworks by students.

On Thursday, May 4 we invite all to a reading by the winners of the fifth annual SPACE writing contest, an interactive art activity, and live performances of songs created from the ChatGPT Song Writing Contest.

Highlights from Friday will include a session of virtual talks by renowned planetary scientists— A grand tour of the solar system: from Mercury and the Moon to the outer reaches!—followed by mobile robot navigation challenge races late afternoon.

The majority of the activities will take place in 3C.1. Stay tuned for the full schedule!

5th annual SPACE writing competition: winners and honourable mentions

March 22nd, 2023

In 2022-2023, SPACE held its fifth annual writing competition. Students from all disciplines across Dawson College were invited to submit writing that offered a personal interpretation of this year’s theme, What IfThe submissions were divided into three categories––prose (fiction and creative non-fiction), poetry and essay––and were judged in a blind fashion by Lois Valliant (retired Faculty, Fine Arts) and Hannah Rahimi (Faculty, English).

Entries were evaluated according to originality and depth of thought, style, arts-sciences connections and relation to the theme. The winners received gift certificates from Argo Bookstore, and the winners and honourable mentions have been published and highlighted in the SPACE web magazine.

Stay tuned as well for the announcement of a public reading by the winners and honourable mentions during the first week of May for SPACE Week.

You can read and comment on their thought-provoking work in the link below.

Four Dawson students presented abstract at Lunar and Planetary Science conference

March 22nd, 2023

When it was time to submit an abstract to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas, the Dawson student team was not sure which category described them best.

“I think we are the first CEGEP students to present research at the LPI! Undergraduate was the category closest to us,” said Darcy Loane-Billings (Pure & Applied Science), lead author of the abstract and second-year student at Dawson.

For the homepage news story, visit the link below.

SPACE students attend NASA workshop at Dawson

January 25th, 2023

The first workshop on Ices in the Solar System: A Volatile-Excursion from Mercury and the Moon to the Kuiper Belt and Beyond, took place at Dawson College from Jan. 9 to 11. The workshop, the only NASA sanctioned event held outside of the United States, was co-convened by Dawson’s Richard Soare (faculty, Geography) and Jim Garvin, formerly NASA’s Chief Mars Scientist and currently the Principal Investigator of the DAVINCI Mission to Venus.

Dawson SPACE students also got to participate!

Click Read More for the homepage news story by Ursula Sommerer

Read more about: SPACE News


November 16th, 2022

Arduino Workshops At the beginning of November, in a series of workshops led by SPACE coordinator Joel Trudeau, students were introduced to the basics of the Arduino platform for STEAM projects. The active learning activities took place over two consecutive Friday afternoons with close to 90 students in total participating. In the first workshop, Visual…

Dawson team wins Sportsmanship prize at Robotics competition

May 18th, 2022

The Dawson Robotics team brought home the Sportsmanship prize from the multidisciplinary CRC Robotics' Arcanum 2022 competition held from April 28 to 30 at the École Curé-Antoine-Labelle. The team also won first place in the video production category and second in the programming and kiosks competition.

Read all about how our students welcomed the competition's many challenges with open arms.

It’s the first-ever SPACE Week at Dawson

May 4th, 2022

It’s the first-ever SPACE (Sciences Participating with Arts and Culture in Education) Week at Dawson!

From robotics demos to a collective drawing activity, the entire Dawson community is invited to experience exhibitions, project displays, interactive activities and more presented by the student enrichment initiative SPACE, which promotes exploration, discussion, and collaboration beyond the classroom and across disciplines.

As part of this week, Dawson Science student Michael Bomba unveiled an electric guitar he built from scratch in tribute to the Fender Broadcaster, or "The Blackguard", which was the prototype for the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitars in the late '40s.

Pictured from left to right: SPACE Coordinator and Physics teacher Joel Trudeau, student Michael, IST team member and musician Kirk Fontaine and Academic Development officer and SPACE assistant Ursula Sommerer.

Discover more of what SPACE week has to offer on Dawson's Events Calendar at

All events take place in 3C.1 unless indicated otherwise.

Read more about: First ever SPACEweek coming up and more SPACE news

First ever SPACEweek coming up and more SPACE news

April 20th, 2022

Fourth Annual SPACE Writing Competition Students from all disciplines across the College submitted to the fourth annual SPACE Writing Competition, each offering their own personal interpretation of this year’s theme, Intersections. In total 50 pieces were judged by a jury of faculty—Amanda Beattie (Fine Arts), Nadim Boukhira (Physics) and Andrea Strudensky (English). Entries were evaluated…

SPACE students win the Astro Prize at the McGill Physics Hackathon

December 1st, 2021

Dawson students once again took part in the McGill Physics Hackathon which took place this year on November 6-7. The goal of the friendly computer programming competition was simple: to welcome everyone into the wonderful world of scientific computing!

Over a 24-hour period, participants had the opportunity to work on projects combining the physical sciences and computing, and to meet and learn from like-minded, curious, and passionate individuals as well as with experts from both academia and industry.

A team of mainly Dawson students—Shawn Maor, Syphax Ramdani, Joey Yu—won the Astrophysics prize for their project, Star Formation, and were awarded telescopes! A write-up of their experience can be found on the SPACE website:

The students also earned credits towards the new SPACE: Arts and Sciences Certificate by competing and creating a project for the hackathon.

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Last Modified: October 25, 2023


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