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Hello Geographers!

Hope you have all had an amazing last week, and have some rad geog courses before Add-drop (Today folks)! Here's what's gong on this week: 

 

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  1. MUGS Clothing Orders!!!!
  2. GIC Python Tutorials
  3. New 1 credit URBP (542) class
  4. Drive Safe
  5. Quebec Studies Summer Courses
  6. Dobson Cup
  7. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  8. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. MUGS Clothing Orders


Purposefully calm, composed, and simple message to not add to the
HYPE!!!!!!!!! that surrounds our MUGS paraphernalia that leave all the other departments wishing they had our fashion sense (yes, especially management. who needs suits when you have a crew of matching fuzzy geog toques).

Clothing orders will be soon, we'll send you a sign up form soon as they're ready, which will display the new MUGS clothes that're sure to shock the fashion world. Stay tuned!

 

 

2. Python Tutorials

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c1711d5c3a8fc69343847d69b/images/9f3b1cbd-04ed-478a-b013-d60e734ba687.jpgWant to gain an edge in the GIS game and just be thwarting away those job applications (*disclaimer* slight exaggeration may be in use). Then check out the GIC's very own Introduction to Python workshop! 

Learn a couple basics with some of our very own python geniuses (as in humans who teach python... not lecturing pythons). Snake jokes aside, sign up here and check out the poster below!
 

 

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3. New 1-Credit URBP Course

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Personally have a huge list of fun 1-credit courses i'd love to take, (290 is still #1 <3) and now there's a new Geog related one!

Behold, URBP 542: Capturing the Narratives and Stories of Innovation. If you're interested about this course, check out the syllabus here, and click the poster for a bigger version!

 

 

4. Drive Safe

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SSMU DriveSafe is a service run by the Student Society of McGill University. Our patrols drive students home safely anywhere on the Island of Montreal for free!
Our aim is to make sure McGill students are well looked after.
Call us at 514-398-8040

 

 

5. Quebec Studies Summer Courses!

No summer plans? Possibly need electives to graduate? Excellent, McGill's Quebec Studies program has got you covered. 

Featuring a 6-credit course in only 3 weeks(!?) to help you improve on your french language skills and discover Quebec's rich history in Montreal's best and often skipped season.

Registration is now open and the course code is QCST 336! Read all about it here. C'est bien cool ça eh?

 

 

6. McGill Dobson Cup


McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is the hub for entrepreneurship on campus. We provide mentoring resources, programs and events to young entrepreneurs. We also have a startup competition, McGill Dobson Cup where we distribute over 100,000$ in cash prizes. If you have an idea you should apply, all you need is put together a 5-page business plan and submit if before 11:59pm on Jan 18th. If you need more information, please visit mcgill.ca/dobson where you can find all the guidelines as well as the link to submit your business plan!
 

 

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7. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

Now this really isn't gonna look pretty here (and there's still a very cool thing of the week, just keep scrolling). 

Though for you hydrologists out there, check out this nifty way of displaying California's major freshwater bodies, with cool visualizations to compare them! 

 

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8. Cool Thing of the Week


Urban Systems kids, take a breather before looking at this one. This really cool online site compares any two U.S. cities (unfortunately only U.S. :'( ) though to details I've never seen before on a free site. This seems like the true fruition of big-data and GIS/urban planning together. So enjoy some procrastination on the site here! (or click the image)

 

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And there you have it, 


Enjoy the week, and thought i'd just share an odd bit of Geography wisdom that blows my mind:

"Ireland and Iceland are just one sea/c apart"
Geographically, and in spelling terms.... I swear i'm fun at parties.

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 





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Welcome back Geographers!

Happy new year and welcome back folks! Hope you're adjusting well to your migration back to Burnside and the winter that comes with it. Here's what's going on this week! 

 

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  1. Honours!
  2. Geography Field Notes Needed
  3. Ocean Paths Fellowship
  4. Guatemala Field Course (AGRI 325)
  5. Panama Summer Internship Opportunity 
  6. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  7. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. Honours!

U2 students -- Do you have a CGPA of 3.0 and a program GPA of 3.3?
If so, check out the Geography Honours Program!
•  Want to undertake an independent research project with a prof as a supervisor to guide you?
•  Want to learn skills in research design, data collection, fieldwork, analysis, write up?
•  Want a great way to prove to future employees you can work independently?
•  Want some great training for graduate school?

How do I learn more?
Talk with the Geography Advisor Michelle Maillet or email Profs Oswin or Turner (they are the Honours co-ordinators)

Some background info:
•  You usually apply in fall/winter of U2 (like you can apply now!)
•  This winter you take Geog 381 Geographic Thought and Practice (small, seminar format) - this year Profs Sarah Turner and Natalie Oswin are back teaching this. We focus on research design, ethics, methods, and geographical theoretical and conceptual approaches in lively discussions and debates.
•  Then next summer (before your final year), you complete data collection/fieldwork
•  In your final year- you do data analysis and write up your Honours thesis.
 
All the time, you get to work with an Honours thesis supervisor/prof & reader/prof.
[photos is of the poster session you get to be part of, at the end of the journey…]

More info here!
 

 

 

2. Field Notes Needed

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c1711d5c3a8fc69343847d69b/images/e8d7e3e1-8c62-44da-81f7-54edd8576df9.jpgField Notes, The McGill Undergraduate Journal of Geography is currently accepting submissions for publication in 2017. Field Notes is a student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal based at McGill University's Department of Geography. As an interdisciplinary publication, we encourage submissions from artists, researchers, academics, practitioners and students in a range of fields. We aim to provide a forum for critical analysis of the economic, societal, and environmental issues surrounding geography. Please submit work to journal.fieldnotes@gmail.com by February 17th.

 

 

3. Ocean Paths Fellowship

Did you know the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) Ambassador Fund provides funding for students hosting or attending conferences or competitions of an academic nature? Well now you do. If there's a science conference/competition you would love to attend though is too far away, or costs too much to go to, apply for funding from SUS and you could be sponsored to go!
visit http://sus.mcgill.ca/resources/funding/ for more information. The next deadline is January 21st, 2017!

 

 

4. Guatemala Field Course!

AGRI 325 (3cr) was offered in Cuba every summer from 2012 to 2016 – in 2017 we are excited to offer it in Guatemala!
 
Application deadline is January 15, 2017. See application details on the course's website.
 
This is a 2-week intensive field course that will give you an overview of tropical cropping systems, their sustainability, and how they impact food security. We will visit banana, coffee, tea and cardamom plantations, traditional Mayan and non-indigenous farms, among other activities. Discover the diversity of Guatemala's climate, geography and cultures, and how they influence agricultural activities!
 
Dates: April 30th to May 12th 2017, with due dates for course work in June
Location: Guatemala City, Zacapa region, Izabal and Alta Verapaz provinces
Cost: 1,742.37$, including meals, accommodation and domestic travel. Excluded from the cost are tuition, flight, travel health insurance, immunizations and personal expenses.
 
This course is an approved substitution for the IDS program and can only be counted (due to subject matter and relevance) as a Complimentary Stream course for students pursuing Stream I – Economic Development & Living Standards as well as Stream IV – Environment & Agricultural Resources ONLY. Students can also consider taking this as an elective if selected.
As Arts students, if you are considering taking this course, you should note that this course is considered outside Arts and of Science. There is a Faculty of Arts restriction on how many courses you are allowed to take outside of Arts and Science.  
 
If you would like to explore opportunities for staying in Guatemala after the course to take a credited internship, we will provide help with finding hosts.  

 

 

5. Panama Summer Internship Opportunity

Do you want to gain work experience with the United Nations? Are you passionate about topics of safety and security in Latin America? Do you enjoy extensive research and analytical writing?

The United Nations Office of Safety and Security is seeking an intern for summer 2017 to work in its office located in Panama City. Applications must be returning to McGill in fall 2017, and possess intermediate to advanced language proficiency in Spanish.

For more information, please see the internship posting or visit our website:  https://www.mcgill.ca/internships/current-ion-internship-opportunities/undss-panama

P.S. Panama is warmer than Montreal.

 

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5. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

Although it surrounds us all in our everyday lives (apart from certain days it seems in the beloved cement tower many of us call home) the internet was really quite tangible in '73! And since we're geographers, here's a map showing it in its early glory :)

 

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6. Cool Thing of the Week

If you've taken 308, you hate sun-glint as much as I do (rather D.I.I than go through that lab again, amirite?). Though here's an awesome use of it to reveal surreal wave patterns created in the Lembeh Strait between Bali and Lombok captured by good ol' MODIS. 
Read more about it here as well as other cool NASA remote sensing finds!

 

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And there you have it, 


Lots of "New year new me" material right there with honours and cool summer opportunities, so don't miss out!

Hope you're all stoked for an exciting winter term ahead of us, and attend some of the rad events we'll be holding for you all in the (probably) near future! Also a large welcome back to new MUGS members Dorothy (your new Sustainability Officer) and Brian (your new VP AUS External)!
Have a grand start to the week folks,

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 





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MUGS's Final "Fall" Listserv

 

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Hello, Geographers!

So it may not look it with all the snow outside, though this listserv marks the end of fall (- your finals, you're not off the hook yet)! There's a lot of things to think about as the semester comes to an end, so here's a hefty listserv to inform you of some of them!

 

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  1. New Guatemala Field Course!!
  2. Course Evaluations (Do them)
  3. SUS Awards & Funding Opportunity   
  4. U.S. GIS/RS Summer Job Opportunity
  5. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  6. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. Guatemala Field Study Course


If you're a geography major (or just like to travel and get credit for it) We have a new field course Next Semester!! Here's a blurb highlighting all the fun you'll be having should you sign up :)

"This is a 2-week intensive field course that will give you an overview of tropical cropping systems, their sustainability, and how they impact food security. We will visit banana, coffee, tea and cardamom plantations, traditional Mayan and non-indigenous farms, among other activities. Discover the diversity of Guatemala's climate, geography and cultures, and how they influence agricultural activities!"
 
Dates: April 30th to May 12th 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed by Dec. 31st), with due dates for course work in June
Location: Guatemala City, Zacapa region, Izabal and Alta Verapaz provinces
Cost: approx. 1,750$ (exact cost to be confirmed by Dec. 31st), including meals, accommodation and domestic travel. Excluded from the cost are tuition, flight, travel health insurance, immunizations and personal expenses.
 

 

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2. Course Evaluations

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Do them! It means a lot to the profs and TA's involved in teaching your courses as to better themselves and take your (hopefully) constructive feedback. If you find yourself pressed for time, take my non-biased advice and just do your GEOG course evaluations. This makes for a great way to procrastinate and feel productive at the same time, as well as better the course you're reviewing for future students taking it.

Access the evaluations here, and don't forget to fill them out before Dec. 22nd!

 

 

3. SUS Awards and Funding

Did you know the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) Ambassador Fund provides funding for students hosting or attending conferences or competitions of an academic nature? Well now you do. If there's a science conference/competition you would love to attend though is too far away, or costs too much to go to, apply for funding from SUS and you could be sponsored to go!
visit http://sus.mcgill.ca/resources/funding/ for more information. The next deadline is January 21st, 2017!

 

 

4. U.S GIS/Remote Sensing Summer Job Opportunity

So I was very conflicted posting this, as i'm definitely applying, though thought the American Geog community deserved to know (sorry hosers).
NEON (based in Boulder Colorado) is accepting university students with GIS and ENVI experience for a paid summer job, which you can read up more on at this link! Applications are due Feb. 10th so keep that in mind if you're planning on applying!

 

 

5. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

In the U.S after the election geographers have been coming out of the woodworks to remap the U.S. based on different attributes of the states. Here's a pretty funky one done by the New York Times splitting the U.S. into 7 "mega regions". click it to read more about it!

 

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6. Cool Thing of the Week

Despite not finding a really cool thing of the week, the coolest thing of all (asides the weather) is that we're nearing the end of the semester! Don't forget to destress a little before finals, and remember YOU CAN DO IT! if I'm not convincing you, let these Motivational Sharks remind you about how fin-tastic you are :)

 

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And there you have it, 


We just wanted to say how great it was to have you all attend our events, whether it be on a journey through Canada, or painting along with Bob Ross. We love to see you guys engaged with the department, and hope to host many more events for you all next semester! 

Signing off for the semsester, 
Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 





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