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Be a part of Dawson’s 5th annual ScienceFest on April 3-13, 2019!

Conference schedule at a glance here.

What is ScienceFest?

ScienceFest is an annual conference celebrating the knowledge, creativity and passion for learning science of Dawson College students. The conference showcases work, projects, and activities from across the Science, Medical Studies and Engineering (SMSE) programs and in collaboration with other Dawson College initiatives such as S.P.A.C.E. It is a lively festival of science featuring sessions of talks, poster presentations, science-fair-style installations, live demonstrations and activities.

Again this year: Dawson Hackathon (April 12-13)

A collaborative, interdisciplinary event where students work in teams to find creative solutions to a themed challenge. Although no experience will be necessary opportunities for mentorship, training and preparation for the technical aspects of the hackathon will be provided for students before the event.

The themed challenge will be Arduino-based. Student teams (minimum 2, maximum 4) will be provided with a kit of components and instructions. At the Friday kickoff, teams learn about the precise details of the challenge, organize their projects, socialize with peers and see presentations. Saturday April 13th is challenge day. Teams present their projects at the end of the day to judges and mentors with prizes going to winners in multiple categories.

More information about the hackathon, including how to register a team, and resources for preparation, can be found here. Late registration of teams until Thursday April 11th at 18:00.

*A hackathon is generally described as a competitive event in which people work in groups on software or hardware projects, with the goal of solving a problem to a themed challenge  and/or creating a functional product over a short period of time. 

How do I get involved?

We encourage all students in any of the SMSE programs to get involved. Have you or are you about to complete an Independent Study Comprehensive Examination or some other independent project? Would you like to give a talk, present a poster or demonstrate a project from this academic year? Maybe you want to get involved in some other capacity? We are presently looking for presenters and student volunteers to help make this year’s ScienceFest a grand success.


For the student presenters, there will be prizes awarded in a variety of categories including:

  • Poster presentation (Biology NYA category)
  • Poster presentation (Independent CE category)
  • Project presentation/demonstration
  • Oral presentation

Register here.
ScienceFest 2017 Conference Booklet Check out the student talks, posters and demo presentations from last year.

If you are a faculty member who has been involved with program activities or as a supervisor/mentor to student projects, we encourage you to inform your students of the opportunity to share their work.


Volunteers are always needed to turn the ScienceFest event into the great success it deserves to be. Your participation could be formally credited for volunteering hours (Recognition of Student Involvement), and it looks good on your CV!

Looking for more information about how to get involved? Contact us.


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Last Modified: April 6, 2019