Newsletter Issue #2 Oct. 2018
Welcome to STEM Fellowship’s Monthly Newsletter!

This October issue will include:
→ Featured Opportunity – The Rabbit Hole of Knowledge
→ Update from the Managing Director, Mohammad Asadi Lari

→ Announcements from National Outreach, Data Science, STEM Fellowship Journal
→ Digital Science Blog Series

Featured Opportunity! The Rabbit Hole of Knowledge
SF’s Executive Director and SF Journal Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch developed a new personalized learning and science communication tool, along with his former students called the Rabbit Hole of Knowledge.

This tool helps establish preliminary understanding of scientific findings or research topics and motivates further learning. It complements traditional course-based education and provides a much sought-after, inquiry-based learning environment where teaching is delivered to answer questions and fill gaps in knowledge that students seek. It is also a way to revitalize the academic library experience and to cultivate reader interest in specific scholarly publications.

Check it out here!
Managing Director Updates from Mohammad Asadi Lari
STEM Fellowship submitted applications to major grants for Big Data and SciComm to NSERC’s PromoScience program this last week!

Mohammad spoke at TEDxYouth@WestVancouver on September 22, on the topic of inspiring local youths by sharing their philanthropic, innovative, and entrepreneurial ventures, and their impact on the world.

If you would like to read more about the TEDxYouth Talks and learn more about our Managing Director and other inspirational youth in our community, check it out in the link below.

TEDxYouth@WestVancouver Series Talk
Announcements from Directors

National Outreach Team

Currently, the Outreach team is focusing on identifying strategic partners within the community, such as Google and Hack the North! They hope to funnel sponsors and participants from these initiatives into our programs – particularly the Big Data Challenge.

Ambassadors are also an integral part of the Outreach team. They set provincial tasks and goals, planning events such as workshops and promotional materials.

The ambassador application is always open to students in BC, Alberta, and Ontario!

Apply here!
Big Data Challenge

This year’s theme, “Big Data de Terre,” focuses on the exploratory analysis of open data from NASA, the CSA and EDA, inviting you to produce descriptive and graphical summaries of data with the goal of revealing the impact of environmental condition on human health and well-being.

Dive further into predictive analytics of optimal environmental characteristics for long-term, long-distance space travel.

Check out our website for more info!
Register for the Toronto/ Online Orientation Session here:

Register for the Calgary Orientation Session here:

Register for the Big Data Challenge here:

If you have any questions, email us at:
Registration ends October 20th, 2018!

Data Science

As STEM Fellowship’s 2019 High School BDC is approaching, take a look at what makes this event different from other opportunities!

  1. Students have the opportunity to have their work published in the STEM Fellowship Journal (SFJ)! Finalists have their full manuscripts published in the SFJ while participants have their abstracts published.
  2. Students have the chance to engage in self-directed learning through trial-and-error.
  3. The competition is remote, meaning that students anywhere can participate in the Challenge as long as they have Internet access.
  4. Unlike with most Hackathons, we offer the chance for finalists to utilize their communication skills through a presentation component delivered to a panel of judges.
  5. The high school Big Data Challenge is scaled at either the national or international level, allowing students the chance to interact with mentors and students from different parts of the world, allowing for the intake of academic knowledge which may currently be restricted to certain cultures.

We are always looking for help with our workshops. You’re encouraged to contact if you are well-versed in R, Python, or SAS!

STEM Fellowship Journal

We are now looking for a Type-Setter for our student-run, Canadian Science Publishing backed journal.

As a Type-Setter, you would be responsible for ensuring the manuscript meets the structure and layout of the journal. While there are no skills or credentials required for this position, it is ideal if you have experience using Adobe Indesign and have access to it on your personal computer or through a university.

Interested applicants should contact Jayneel Limbachia, the Director of the STEM Fellowship Journal at

Science Communications

The Science Communications team works to inform the public, as well as members of STEM Fellowship about the initiatives and events this organization works on, thus encouraging transparency and sharing our accomplishments amongst everyone involved in the STEM community! Aside from working to create the SF Journal, Scholarly Writing Challenge, and Scholarly Writing Workshops, they often collaborate with the Partnerships team.

Additional Opportunities!

Digital Science Founders Blog

Digital Science kickstarted a new recurring blog series called #FoundersFridays. Here, several founders of scholarly communication businesses and ventures are interviewed where they share their insight into their background, their advice and tips for others, and what the industry looks like as a while.

Have an interest in knowing more about scholarly communication?

Check out the blogs here!
Closing Note

The STEM Fellowship newsletter is produced by the Newsletter Team under the Marketing and Memberships Committees.

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