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Hellooo geographers!

Getting panicked about less warm, sun-filled hours? Imminent snow storms? Have no fear- this addition of the listserv should pick you up- study abroad, get out in the field!
Don't let your work get you down! Look ahead toward exciting things, read on..

i) FSWEP: Thinking about next summer already?? The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) campaign runs from October 19, 2011 to October 2012. FSWEP provides full-time returning students valuable, hands-on work experience related to their field of study and allows for a wealth of learning opportunities. These opportunities encompass a wide range of duties and responsibilities as they relate directly and indirectly to providing service to all Canadians. This full spectrum includes office and clerical work, field and lab work, information technology work and working outdoors. Full information and application details at: http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/fswep-pfete/index-eng.htm/

ii) PANAMA: Interested in the Panama Field Study Semester? The information session is on NOVEMBER 15, 2011 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Burnside Hall, Room 426. Come find out about the program, courses, internships, travel information, application requirements, and talk with students from last year and discover what the program is all about...

iii) FIELD SCHOOL: Interested in travelling abroad and getting credits at the same time? Check out the attachments above about the University of Calgary's Geography Overseas Field School! a) "Globalization and Sustainability in East Asia" July 4 - August 8, 2012; and b) "Sustainability & the City, Learning from Europe" June 2012. Check out these great opportunities to broaden your horizons!

iv) SCIENCE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: Check out McGill field study semesters with the "Science Internship Program", jointly presented by SUS and the Internships and Field Studies Office. The info session for this cool program will be Nov. 14, 2011 - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in McConnell Engineering Building, Room 304. Check it out!

v) SURAs: Due to the generous support of Wendy Dobson and Wendy Hayes, the Faculty of Science is able to offer up to two SURAs (Science Undergraduate Research Awards) in the Winter 2012 academic term. Based on the donors' terms, these particular SURAs are for FEMALE students. This opportunity may be of special interest to (female) students who will have just completed their coursework, but who have not yet started graduate school or employment (etc.) in the winter term. SURAs are for both Canadian and international McGill students registered in a science undergraduate program. SURA recipients will engage in 16 weeks of full-time research and development activity under the supervision of a McGill Science professor, in the Winter 2012 academic term. These SURAs will be valued at $5600 minimum (source: Faculty of Science/donors, $2800; supervisor, minimum $2800). Please see further details at http://www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/sura/. Please note that the deadline to apply is Wednesday, NOVEMBER 16, 2011, 5:00pm. For any questions about student or supervisor eligibility, please contact victor.chisholm@mcgill.ca

vi) GIS DAY: Don't forget- GIS day is WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16th from 2:30pm - 5:30pm! MUGS will be hosting some GIS experts to give presentations about how they use GIS for their studies. This is a great way to see how YOU could become involved with GIS work, how you can incorporate it into your studies or job, or just for you to socialize with geographers and learn something new! Highlighted presenters:

Sherry Olson, "Hitching GIS to History: Montreal in 1912".Sherry Olson, Professor of Geography at McGill, and co-author of a new book called "Peopling the North American City, Montreal 1840-1900". Her project is part of "MAP, Montréal, l'avenir du passé", shared by people with a historical interest but from various backgrounds – architecture, geography, anthropology, epidemiology.
Pablo Arroyo, "A Forestry GIS for improving conservation strategies in Costa Rica."
I will present a long term project aiming to build a large GIS database using selective logging information in Costa Rica. Selective logging's main objective is to sustainably manage timber, however its sustainability hasn't yet been fully tested. For the last 7 years, in an effort involving students and researchers, I have been collecting, organizing and analyzing historical selective logging information at the conservation area level in Costa Rica. My work shows the potential use of this database in timber species distribution mapping, tree diversity assessment and carbon measurements, important for conservation initiatives such a the UN-REDD program.

And finally,

vii) MAP OF THE WEEK: World shipping routes:


That's it for now, have a great weekend!




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