Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Professional Development

site header

Academic Integrity


As a graduate student there are many ways you can get involved and create new experiences for yourself. From graduate specific events like coordinating a conference, to giving a paper or registering for a competition, this is just a few ways to put your skills to the test.

At Queen's and within the Kingston community, there are also groups looking for help whether that be a paid position or voluntary. This is your chance to not only get some work experience and networking opportunities but also support Queen's and the Kingston community.



Homecoming - Help Welcome Alumni Home

Alumni Relations is always looking for graduate students to help welcome alumni to campus on Homecoming weekend. 

Volunteering at Homecoming is an incredible opportunity to grow your Queen’s network, and get involved with the Queen’s community outside the classroom.

From volunteering at the SGS Career Week Networking Reception, to connecting with alumni at class reunion events, or assisting with the Football game half-time parade, there are roles available for everyone.

All graduate students to volunteer will gain an Expanding Horizons Workshop Series credit. Once again this year, reference letters are also available upon request.

Help make Homecoming a fun, safe, and successful event. To learn more or contact the Volunteer Coordinator with questions.


Volunteering at CFRC Radio Station

The CFRC are always looking for students to be a part of their programming.  Why not give them a call and give them some ideas of topics based on your research you would be willing to talk about on the radio.

Contact them at programming@cfrc.ca for more details.

Let's Talk Science

Let’s Talk Science (LTS) is an award-winning, national, charitable organization. LTS volunteers deliver science learning programs and services that turn children and youth on to science, keep them engaged in learning and develop their potential to become 21st century innovators and stewards.
For more information, visit the Let's Talk Science website
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Marc Li by email

Let's Talk Science volunteers and students

Activities Available:

  1. Teacher Candidate Alternative Practicum:
     Over the span of three weeks, Let’s Talk Science volunteers will be paired up with teacher candidates from the Faculty of Education to develop classroom demonstration lessons. These lessons span the grades and the strands of the Ontario Science curriculum from the study of electricity and living organisms to the local ecosystems and fruit forensics. Be a part of the program by volunteering your time putting demonstration kits together and visiting classrooms over the three-week period.
    For more information, visit the Queen's Education website.
  2. Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Science Fair (FLASF):
    For the very first time, Let’s Talk Science will be a part of the FLA Science Fair. We will have a timeslot from 10am – 12pm on Friday April 4th on Queen’s Campus where we will be doing science demonstrations for the participants of the Science Fair. Help us develop a fun activity that everyone will enjoy being a part of!
    For more information, visit the FLASF website
  3. Science Rendezvous Kingston:
    Science Rendezvous is a national celebration of science, where local institutions can showcase their excellency in research and technological advancements. Come volunteer at our booth this year for some fun activities, and spread the word of science!
    For more information, visit the Science Rendezvous website.
  4. Let’s Talk Science Challenge: Our very own annual challenge takes place on Queen’s University campus where grade 6-8 students compete in a morning quiz show (similar to Jeopardy) followed by a design challenge in the afternoon. This is one of the biggest events for each LTS site and we always look forward to it! Come judge the quiz show, act as a mentor for the design portion or help with lunchtime demonstrations! With an expected 100 participants this year, the more the volunteers the better! For more information, visit the Let's Talk Science Challenge website.
  5. Stem Cell Talks Queen’s University:
    For the very first time, Stem Cell Talks is opening a new site at Queen’s University. Stem Cell Talks is a full day geared towards grade 11 and 12 students to discuss stem cell advancements and the ethics behind them. The day consists of a speaker series followed by round table discussions and debates. Graduate students involved in scientific research are strongly encouraged to participate in this event.
    For more information, visit the Let's Talk Science - stemcell talks webpage.
Outreach Programs

Many graduate programs actually coordinate community outreach programs. This is a chance to put your research and professional skills to work, so why not find out if you have any existing programs and if not why not consider setting up some outreach programs. Here is a sample of some programs today.

Neuroscience Outreach Program

Mission - To develop long term consistent community projects focused on issues of mental health, aging, and physical rehabilitation. As the CNS is an interdisciplinary program, graduate students (as well as undergraduate students) which are spread out over campus, took it upon themselves to create an outlet through which to interact with each other, the department and the Kingston community in a social and purposeful manner.

Kinesiology & Health Studies clinic

As within many programs, research projects are combined with helping the Kingston community.

  • CORE - Centre for Obesity Research & Education)
    Founded in 2005, CORE was established in response to the need to address obesity and related co-morbid conditions as a major threat to public health.
  • Revved Up
    Revved Up is a twice-weekly assisted exercise program for adults with a mobility impairment.
    For more information visit the Revved Up website.

Faculty of Education

  • Science Rendezvous
    Science Rendezvous (SR) started in 2008 at the University of Toronto, and in 2011 became a national event, with over 25 universities taking part across the country. SR has become a part of the community outreach centre at the Faculty of Education, (whose mandate is to do outreach in science and math).SR- a science festival for children and families which takes place on-campus in May. If you are interested in helping out contact Dr Lynda Colgan in the Faculty of Education, and find out more at the Science Rendezvous website.
  • Science Discovery Day
    Hosted by Queen’s Faculty of Education is an opportunity for young people to explore a variety of science and technology topics in a hands-on way. Topics are selected according to Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines, and include everything from plants and habitats to matter and energy. The day is also a learning experience for Queen’s teacher candidates, who get to organize material appropriate for young children (grades K to 6) and see for themselves how children best learn science. Science Discovery Day is usually held in February. Volunteers are always needed to help ahead of time (advertising, posters, stuffing envelopes to go out to schools; helping TCs with science questions in planning time during the week prior to the event) as well as on the day.
Queen's Enrichment Studies Unit

Visit the Queen's Enrichment Studies Unit website.

The Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) at Queen's University, an initiative of the Faculty of Arts and Science, offering enrichment courses during Reading Week and in the months of May and June for elementary, intermediate and secondary school students. These programs give gifted and highly motivated young people the opportunity to study a subject at an advanced level for up to one week on Queen's campus, and get a glimpse into the life of a post-secondary student.

Each year, the Enrichment Studies Unit hires around 40-50 instructors to prepare and teach our courses, usually through a Call for Proposals process which starts in October. We are particularly interested in graduate and professional students with teaching experience who can develop and lead a high quality program that would appeal to gifted and bright students in grades 6 to 12.

Summer Opportunities

As summer arrives, many departments on campus run various programs for the community. Stay tuned and as we learn what is available, we will post details.