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GCS election

GCS is having our election from October 4th to the 6th, watch your Queen’s email for the voting link!

Check out the candidate bios below

Amin Fakhereldine

Amin Fakhereldine, a third year PhD student in the school of computing. I am a member of the Queen’s Reliable Software Technology (QRST) Group led by Dr. Mohammad Zulkernine. I have served as the GCS PhD graduate committee officer during the last academic year (2021-2023) which helped me gain the experience needed for this role and for being part of the GCS team. This year, I am applying to the same role again to use my previous experience and continue what we have started. In the past year, I initiated with the MSc committee officer a series of informal meetings with computing students. Our aim was to hear about students’ problems and concerns to take them to the school meetings. In addition, we wanted to help in improving the students’ experience in the school and resolving any hidden problems they would experience. However, due to Covid restrictions, we were holding the meetings virtually, which did not help in getting a lot of students into the meetings. This year, my aim is to hold meetings in person which can help students to know each other more and talk about their common problems in a friendly environment. Consequently, we can decide together how to take action and transfer the concerns to motions in the school meetings with the graduate committee.

Ahmad Nagib

I am a Ph.D. student at Queen’s Telecommunications Research Lab (TRL). I’ve been committed to helping graduate students since I joined the School of Computing (SoC). I volunteered for two years as a grad mentor in the GCS mentorship program to help incoming grad students get familiar with Queen’s and Kingston. I also volunteered to co-organize a weekly in-person coffee break for grad students and profs for several semesters. Moreover, I was invited to represent the international grad students in a previous virtual orientation.

As a Ph.D. Graduate Committee Officer, I will regularly communicate with my fellow Ph.D. students. This will allow me to voice their concerns and suggestions to the GCS board and the Graduate Committee. I will also update them on any relevant activities occurring at the board and the committee. As the founder and current president of an AMS-ratified club (ESAQ), I will offer my assistance to the GCS board. I will be mainly suggesting potential collaborations with other Queen’s entities such as QUIC. This will give GCS more options for space booking and activities that are not easily supported (e.g., short trips). I will also work with my GCS board colleagues to bring back in-person activities that connect SoC grad students and profs such as the recurring coffee breaks. Finally, I will propose ideas to the board to make the grad students’ lives easier such as reviving the GCS mentorship program. Feel free to contact me via ahmad.nagib@queensu.ca if you have any questions.

Board Game Night

Join us for board game night on May 3rd from 5 to 8 PM. We'll be renting out Wonderland's board game cafe where they have over 600 board games!

We're limited to 36 people, so register soon!

Registration form: https://forms.office.com/r/PE2PSg3HsR

Location: Improbable Escapes: Wonderland & Board Game Cafe
500 Gardiners Rd Unit 12A, Kingston

Kingston Frontenacs vs Barrie Colts Hockey Game

We're going to a hockey game and we want you and your friends there!​ Get your tickets soon to get our group discount!

We have group pricing of $17.50 per ticket (or 1/10th the cost of a ticket to a Leafs game). Want to bring your partner/friend/classmate? They can get the same price! Just make sure they fill out the waiver. Discount ends April 6 at 8PM.

Who: Kingston Frontenacs vs Barrie Colts
Where: Leon's Centre, Kingston
When: April 8 @ 7PM

Waiver: https://forms.office.com/r/qZVhpmB1R5
Tickets: https://frontenacs.isportstix.com/order/group/QueensGCS/

ML in Medicine – Vector Institute Workshop

Interested in AI and healthcare?
Come to our workshop on April 7th, in collaboration with the Vector Institute!

Vinyas Harish, a Vector postgraduate affiliate, will be talking about "The Role of Machine Learning in Clinical Medicine and Public Health". Vinyas is a 5th-year MD/PhD candidate at U of T and a Queen's alum (BMCO ’17), and he's familiar with both clinical practice and machine learning research. This is a great chance to learn how AI and medicine can work together from someone in both fields!

Time: Thursday, April 7 at 7PM
Zoom Link: https://queensu.zoom.us/j/93011639958?pwd=cWFIZmZnd0tKV2x1dXk5cHJlVE0vdz09

Calgary Hacks 2022

CalgaryHacks 2022: $30,000 Prize Pool Hackathon

CalgaryHacks 2022 will take place Feb 19-20 (weekend before reading week). This will be the largest CalgaryHacks to date with over $30,000 in cash prizes with 18 ways to win. The Tier 1 prize pool is $15,000 with first place earning $5,000.

We also have a $3,750 prize pool for first years and highschool students! Our hackathon is a great learning opportunity and as such we invite students of all skill levels to hack and have fun.

Register: https://calgary-hacks-2022.devpost.com/

Website: https://calgaryhacks.ca/