Welcome to a new academic year! This post is to remind everyone of the seminar requirements for MCG programs (Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing)– in particular for our new graduate students. Please read this post carefully.
EVERYONE is welcome to ALL the seminars. You do not have to be registered in the seminar course to attend a seminar.
The following applies to MCG students only. It does NOT apply to BMG students – you have your own seminar series and requirements.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MCG STUDENTS:
- MASc students: attend 10 seminars. Present one seminar ~ 20 minutes.
- MEng students: attend 10 seminars. You do NOT need to present a seminar.
- PhD students: attend 15 seminars. Present one seminar ~ 20 minutes.
MASc/PhD students: you MUST present your seminar prior to submitting your thesis.
I send out the seminar announcements via email when there is a seminar. No email announcement = no seminar. There is a google calendar for our MCG seminars that I keep up to date http://bit.ly/2cRV8vY.
SEMINARS AT CARLETON
Attendance at Carleton MCG seminars also counts towards your seminar requirements. Make sure to complete the attendance sheet at Carleton and write ‘uOttawa’. Info at http://carleton.ca/mae/mae-seminars/
To get the course credit, you need to register in MCG5900 (MASc), MCG5947 (MEng), MCG9900 (PhD). Once you register for the course you need to stay registered until you complete the seminar requirement (ie more than one semester). For many of you, it will make most sense to register in the course in the semester you intend to complete the seminar requirement.
It will typically take 2-3 semesters to complete the seminar requirement. We do not have seminars every week.
If you were in your program prior to Fall 2016, you do not need to register for the course but still need to fulfill the seminar requirement (older regulations did not have the seminar course code).
Attendance is taken via attendance sheets that are handed out at the seminar. These sheets are also returned to the presenter (with names removed) so that they can get some feedback on their presentation.
TO SCHEDULE A SEMINAR
Send me an email several weeks ahead of time and be prepared to send me your seminar abstract (as a word/PDF attachment) a week prior to your seminar.
If you arrive late to the seminar, you will not receive an attendance sheet and therefore your attendance will not count towards your seminar attendance requirement. Being late is unprofessional – hence the penalty.
The goal of the seminar series is to learn what other students are up to, learn how to give a seminar and learn how to be a respectful audience at a scientific presentation. For example, everybody is expected to show up on time, ask relevant questions and generally be polite members of an audience. Arriving late, bringing a laptop or playing with your phone is considered rude and unprofessional behaviour.
More details on logistics, calendar, tips, and some photos from previous seminars can be found at https://mcgseminars.wordpress.com
Hopefully that covers the major points. If you have any questions, try to ask me in person at a seminar as it is quite likely that others have the same question.