Meaningful Science Series

Science attracts many great minds who want to bring about positive, relevant change while also achieving a successful career. For scientists, finding meaning in their work can improve their overall wellness, enhance leadership, strengthen connections to society, and promote the value of science in modern times.

Meaningful Science is a 10-week series in a guided conversation format led by graduate students for graduate students in STEM-fields. Our aim is to initiate personal reflections on meaningful work, responsible group leadership, and societal impact within scientific research.

As a group of graduate students, we will help each other develop our identities as scientists, challenge and articulate our worldviews, and engage in discussions to become responsible and impactful scientists.

Fall 2017 semester 

Winter 2018 semester, the series will be held at the Macdonald Campus.

Participants are asked to confirm their availability to attend all 10 sessions before registration.

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 Upcoming Events



Values and World Views

1: Meaning

Participants reflect on the concept of meaning, and examine how they and others continually develop a sense of meaning in life and work. 

Sep 20
5:30-7:00 PM

Ecole, Living Room 1

2: Personal, Beliefs, Values, and Goals

Participants probe universal, societal, and individual values. They learn how to determine self-values and how to recognize the values of others.

Sep 27
5:30-7:00 PM

Ecole, Living Room 1

3: World Perspectives and Narratives

Participants survey the worldviews that encompass concepts of identity, work, human nature, responsibility, and justice. They also examine how these worldviews inform scientific practice.

Oct 4
5:30-7:00 PM

Ecole, Living Room 1

Society and Community

4: Societal Challenges

Participants reflect on community and the concept of responsible citizenship. In discussing current societal challenges, participants examine different approaches to problem solving and the integration of humanities within science.

Oct 11
5:30-7:00 PM

Ecole, Living Room 1


5: Responsible Research I

Participants discuss the concept of responsible research through real-world examples and are provided with tools to facilitate research responsibility.

Oct 18
5:30-7:00 PM

Ecole, Living Room 1

6: Responsible Research II

Participants examine the difficulties and trade-offs involved in responsible research. They prepare for authentically responsible research by evaluating personal, academic, and societal expectations and paradigms. 

Oct 25
5:30-7:00 PM

Ecole, Living Room 1

Social Impact

7: Science Outreach

Participants confront the limits of science for supporting societal change and learn to embrace the importance of effective communication in the context of diverse perspectives, values, and worldviews. 

Nov 1
5:30-7:00 PM

Ecole, Living Room 1

8: Science Advocacy I

Participants explore situations in which scientists must go beyond conventional communication in order to make a positive impact as a science advocate.

Nov 8
5:30-7:00 PM

Ecole, Living Room 1

9: Science Advocacy II

Participants put experiences into action and role-play a scenario where different types of scientists and multiple stakeholders from business, industry, law, and greater the community are tasked to solve an issue.

Nov 15
5:30-7:00 PM

Ecole, Living Room 1


10: Reflection

Participants reflect upon key insights from the previous workshops, share impacts on their current and future research, and develop goals and actions for their science careers. 

Nov 22
5:30-7:00 PM

Ecole, Living Room 1

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