Our Local Chapters Project is featured in the September/October issue of Faith Today, Canada’s Christian Magazine (page 11). Read the online article at this link.
As it turns out, our Project is actually on-track to start eight additional chapters (two more than the article mentions). We at CSCA are very excited about such a great start. Stay tuned for more updates, as we will soon release more details, including the personal reflections of our 2016 scholarship winners.
In the early months of this year, our Local Chapters Project Team (your Executive Council) hit the ground running on a number of different fronts. Find out more in our June 2016 Newsletter:
CSCA members will recall our earlier announcement of our Local Chapters Project, funded by a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.
By now many of you have heard about our new Local Chapters Project, funded by a grant from Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. With this funding, we are able to start at least six additional chapters in locations across Canada!
This will help you to fund local events and join the conversation that is taking place in existing active local chapters like Hamilton and Vancouver.Local chapters will allow the CSCA to develop strong and colourful local identities that have an impact in their own communities.
What do I need to start a local chapter?
- Three members of the CSCA. (One of the three can be a student member.)
- One member to be the contact person (see expectations here along with the resources CSCA will provide)
- Follow this step-by-step guide!
As a part of our Local Chapters Project, the CSCA is delighted to offer fifteen student scholarships over three years (five per year) in order to help encourage the next generation of thinkers in science and religion!
Science and Religion Conference Scholarships
We are offering (at least) five scholarships each year from 2016 to 2018 of up to $1600 each to help Canadian students attend conferences dealing with science and religion. The money for each scholarship will go toward paying the flights, conference fees, and lodging for a major science-and-religion event of the student’s choosing (not limited to conferences in Canada). Prospective winners might choose conferences with ASA, CSCA, CiS, Faraday Institute, Ian Ramsey Centre, ESSSAT, or the Science and Religion Forum (or any other conference dealing with science and religion). We see these scholarships as an investment in the future of science and religion in Canada.
Application is open to any Canadian post-secondary student who is a member of the CSCA (basic student membership is free). Applicants will submit a proposal to be evaluated by the CSCA Executive Council.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 31, 2017
(For conferences taking place in 2017)
Criteria will include:
- the suitability of the proposed conference
- the preparedness of the student for attending the conference
- whether the student will be speaking at the conference (not required, but helps)
- the reasons the student gives for their desire to attend the conference
Students with winning entries, once selected, will
- register for and attend the conference,
- write and submit a short piece reflecting on the conference, or perhaps a specific part of it, emphasizing how they personally benefited in terms of their understanding of science-faith compatibility (500 – 1000 words, to potentially appear in our newsletter, etc.),
- submit one one or more photos documenting their attendance at the conference (e.g. at the front entrance, with a major speaker, etc.–this photo should be suitable for publication in our newsletter and/or website), and
- submit receipts for all expenses, which will be reimbursed with the scholarship funds after the report and photos are received (students must pay for everything in advance).
- All expense receipts, reports, photos will be due two weeks after the conference ends.
Exceptional pieces may be selected to appear in the CSCA newsletter and/or on our website! (The student’s last name can be removed upon request, but we will publicize winner’s names and schools.)
Help us get the word out by printing and sharing our poster:
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can non-Canadians apply?
- Can non-science students apply?
- Do we have to pay for the conference and everything up-front?
- What are some conferences I could use this scholarship for?
- What if I am accepted for a scholarship but then cannot attend the conference? (e.g. missed flight)
- I would like to apply to attend a conference taking place shortly after I technically finish my program as a student. Can I still apply?
- What if the conference I want to apply for is taking place before May 31?