The Golden Horseshoe Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) is mainly a student oriented branch based on the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and run through the Nuclear Engineering section of the Department of Engineering Physics.
Although there is off-campus membership the majority of the GHS Branch members are McMaster students and alumni. As a result the scheduled branch eventsmore often than nought revolve around the student timetable.
Nov. 2016 – The Canadian Nuclear Society’s Golden Horseshoe Branch has started a student led initiative which invites employees of the nuclear industry to talk to students about their work, research, education, experiences, and career paths. The idea is to show students the diversity of the nuclear industry in terms of both jobs and educational background so they are aware of possible career options, and to promote the importance of nuclear power and research in Canada and around the world.
The first of these lectures took place on Nov. 29th with a seminar given by Chris Heysel (Director of Nuclear Operations and Facilities at McMaster) and Dr. Raphael Galea (NRC – Director of the Ionizing Radiation Standards Group’s Radionuclide Metrology Program). ~45 students, faculty and GHS members attended the seminar.
Sept. 2016 – Three new branch positions were created to increase student involvement with the CNS and to raise the CNS’s profile. The three positions include: (1) Events Officer, responsible for organizing branch events such as seminars, tours, guest speakers, etc.; (2) Communications Officer, responsible for creating promotional material and outreach, including getting more people in the golden horseshoe area more involved with CNS activities; and (3) Student Liaison Officer, responsible for specifically getting more students involved with the CNS and the GHS branch. In addition, this officer will collaborate with other student societies in efforts to raise CNS’s profile.
June 2016 – Congratulations to Mario Ponce Tovar and Erik Reimers from McMaster University for winning the 2016 CNS Undergraduate Student Research Scholarship at the CNS annual conference in June in Toronto!