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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.

Launch of the SPACE: Arts and Sciences Certificate

August 18th, 2021

SPACE is excited to announce the launch of the new SPACE: Arts and Sciences Certificate. The certificate will guide students in making connections between the arts and sciences, including the social sciences, through coursework as well as activities and projects that bridge the classroom and co-curricular activities. Students will explore topics across the arts and sciences and be offered the opportunity both to broaden their education beyond their chosen program and to deepen their knowledge and skills within their field of study.

Students will be able to complete the certificate through individualized pathways and be part of a dynamic learning community with the support of peer and faculty mentorship.

Faculty who are interested in cross-listing one or more of their courses with the SPACE certificate may do so by contacting Ursula Sommerer at

Image: detail of 2021/22 intersections theme poster design by Illustration student Evy Voyatzis.

TransLuminal Project: Call for Submissions due May 25

May 18th, 2021

What does it mean to go beyond the speed of light?

TransLuminal, a multilayered, illuminated 10’ x 5’ mural that explores the delineation of boundaries and the movement beyond them, was created in the spring of 2015 as a College-wide community project. It is displayed in the 4 A/B corridor at Dawson College

In March 2020, just prior to the pandemic shutdown, the lightbox was dismounted and subsequently, the electronics powering it were replaced and upgraded.

As part of the TransLuminal project relaunch, we are inviting the greater Dawson Community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others—to take part and to interpret through creative imagery and short reflections what it means to go beyond the speed of light. Curated images submitted by participants will be uploaded to the lightbox, adding a new layer of expression to this exploration of the intersections of the arts and sciences which is a hallmark of the SPACE initiative.

Click Read More for details and the form to submit. Deadline is May 25 and there will be prizes!

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SPACE updates

April 20th, 2021

Third Annual SPACE Writing Competition Students from all disciplines across Dawson College were invited to submit writing to the 2020/21 SPACE Writing Competition. Just under 50 pieces, each offering a personal interpretation of this year’s theme, space s, were submitted. The pieces were judged by a jury of current and retired faculty—Amanda Cockburn (Faculty, English),…

Photography Contest! Science Meets Art

March 23rd, 2021

Please promote photo contest to your students!

ScienceFest and SPACE present their third annual photography contest! Take a photo that relates to science and to this year's theme "SPACE S", submit it online, and earn a place in a virtual photography exhibit. You may even win a prize!


  • Artistic value of the photograph
  • Scientific value of the photograph
  • Relevance to the theme
  • Caption writing

The contest is open to ALL Dawson students. Deadline to submit: March 30 at 5 p.m.

Read more about: This year’s theme for SPACE

This year’s theme for SPACE

September 22nd, 2020

Every year SPACE (Sciences Participating with Arts and Culture in Education) conceives a theme to stimulate thought, discussion, exploration, and collaboration, both within and beyond the classroom, and across the disciplines. This year’s theme is space s.  In 2020/21, SPACE invites Dawson students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the broader community to explore our…

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SPACE update

June 16th, 2020

As we come to the end of this challenging semester, SPACE (Sciences Participating with Arts and Culture in Education) is preparing for an online Fall semester in which we will continue to host and build on our usual venues and activities––website, web magazine, contests, talks, conferences, exhibitions, etc.––while adapting to this new reality of online…

ScienceFest Conference a Virtual Experience for students in 2020

May 19th, 2020

ScienceFest is an annual conference celebrating the knowledge, creativity and passion for learning science of Dawson College students. The 6th annual edition took place on Zoom this year.

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Read more about: SPACE presents Dr. Sabrina Leslie at ScienceFest 2020

SPACE presents Dr. Sabrina Leslie at ScienceFest 2020

May 5th, 2020

SPACE (Sciences Participating with Arts and Culture in Education) is pleased to present Dr. Sabrina Leslie for ScienceFest on Friday, May 8 at 1 p.m. Dr. Leslie is an Associate Professor of Physics and Quantitative Life Sciences at McGill University and the principle investigator at the McGill University Leslie Lab where her research focusses on…

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S.P.A.C.E. writing competition winners

January 28th, 2020

In 2019-2020, S.P.A.C.E (Sciences Participating with Arts and Culture in Education) held its second 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: TECHNIQUE. The submissions were judged by an interdisciplinary jury: Liam Lachance (Faculty, English), Gesche Peters (Faculty, History),…

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