Welcome Back Geographers!

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  1. Welcome Back Gert's Night!
  3. Lockers
  4. Field Notes Call for Submissions
  5. Job Hunting Workshop for Careers in Sustainability Management
  6. Job Open for Research Associate in Road Ecology
  7. Funded Masters and PhD programs available
  8. Three Funded MA Student positions beginning Fall 2014!
  9. SUS 20th Anniversary Gala
  10. Library Tours

 Happy new year everyone! I must say, I am really looking forward to this upcoming year! Sherlock already started the year off with a bang (and if you don't watch Sherlock yet, then one of your friends will inevitably make you before 2014 is out); and the Olympics are just around the corner. Exciting stuff.

MUGS has its own exciting events for the upcoming year, including a welcome party at Gert's! 

Welcome Back Gert's Night!

MUGS wants to give everyone a warm welcome back to school! We will be having a fun get together at Gert's this week either on Wednesday of Thursday this week (22nd or 23rd). Stay tuned for more info!


MUGS is selling toques, hoodies, and tank tops! Prices TBA, but toques can be obtained at a reduced price if you buy a hoodie. What a package deal!!


A lot of you have been asking about lockers. If you still want one, they are free for geography students or $10 for non-geography students. Come to the lounge (Burnside 305) on Wednesday from 11:30-1 with your lock if you want a locker. Before you arrive, go to the basement and look for lockers that have a MUGS sign on them but have no lock on them, and we can register you with that locker number.

Field Notes Call for Submissions

Field Notes, McGill's undergraduate geography journal, is calling on all students to submit original research papers! Any research that has been done by any affiliated department is eligible to submit articles that have received a grade of A or A-. We want work from all aspects of geography – from physical geography to human geography to freestanding maps; we are accepting any research conducted that has a geographic dimension. Please email any submissions or questions to journal.fieldnotes@gmail.com. Deadline January 31st.

Job Hunting Workshop for Careers in Sustainability Management

The MUS Sustainability Network is organizing a Job-Hunting workshop for students who are interested in careers bringing together business and environmental sustainability. Whether you are interested in working for a small company or in the environmental department of a larger firm, this workshop will give you information on:

Types of jobs available in this field

Building your profile and revising your CV to become an ideal candidate

Where to look for jobs and internships in this sector

This workshop will be led by Stephanie Berger, Senior Manager in Corporate Responsibility and Environment at Bell.

The workshop will be held on Friday, January 24th, from 11 am – 12:30 pm in Bronfman Room 045. Registration can be found on myFuture. For more information, please feel free to e–mail us!

Job Open for Research Associate in Road Ecology

Project: Effects of roads and wildlife passages on medium-sized and small mammals

Start date: February, March, or Aril 2014 (depending on availability)

Location of work: Concordia University, Montreal, and fieldwork between Quebec City and Saguenay.

We are currently searching for a 2-year Research Associate to conduct research into the effectiveness of wildlife passages and fences along roads for American marten.

The work will combine fieldwork and work in the office. Fieldwork location is along highway 175 between Quebec City and Saguenay. Office location is Concordia University in downtown Montreal.

For more information, please consult the attached document!

Funded Masters and PhD programs available

The Foothills Facility for Remote Sensing and GIScience (www.ucalgary.ca/f3gisci), a research lab within the Department of Geography, University of Calgary, is seeking MSc and PhD candidates for several fully‐funded positions starting in the Fall of 2014. The ideal applicants would be independent, highly motivated students with background in remote sensing, GIS, and forest ecology. Research themes are diverse but revolve around monitoring resource development and its cumulative effects in the boreal forest of western and northern Canada, and may include field work in remote areas. For more information, please see the attached document!

Three Funded MA Student positions beginning Fall 2014!

three funded MA student positions (beginning Fall 2014) involving research on the following topics related to the social context of waste management:

1)Relationships between informal recycling and urban change/gentrification in Vancouver; 2)Connections between people's relationships with food and their food wasting behaviours in Southwestern Ontario; 3)Topics relating to food waste, urban poverty, and food security.

Please contact Dr. Kate Parizeau (kate.parizeau@uoguelph.ca) for further information about potential research projects, funding package details, or more information about the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph (see also www.uoguelph.ca/geography). The University of Guelph is consistently ranked as one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada by Maclean's magazine, and is also developing a reputation for community engaged scholarship.

SUS 20th Anniversary Gala

You are cordially invited!

We would be delighted to have you join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Science Undergraduate Society of McGill University. As the governing student body representing all students in the Faculty of Science, we want to commemorate the student support, faculty dedication, and SUS alumni that have made great strides in enriching the student experience at McGill! For 20 years, the Science Undergraduate Society has been committed to inspiring learning, leadership, and citizenship.

Please join us on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 from 6:00PM to 9:30PM at the Thompson House Ballroom. Tickets for Science and Arts&Science students are $5. Tickets for faculty, alumni, and students within other faculties are $10. Wine, cheese, and hors d'œuvres will be served. Please dress in semi-formal attire.

All proceeds will be going to Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the SUS Office, located at Burnside 1B21. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409213122652650/

Library Tours

Humanities and Social Sciences Library  and Schulich Library of Science and Engineering will be offering tours and workshops to help you get back into the swing of things.  All are welcome and no registration is required.  Just drop in!

Introduction to the Humanities and Social Sciences Library

30 minute tour of the library and a 30 minute presentation on important library resources and services

·         Thursday, January 9 from 12:30-1:30pm

Meet at the lobby of McLennan Library Building.


Library Essentials Workshop

Learn now, save time later.

·      Track down the books and journal articles you need

·      Find a wealth of relevant information on a research topic

·      Discover all the services that the library has to offer


There will be a draw at the end of each workshop for a USB bracelet.

Monday, January 13 from 11:30am-12:30pm

Tuesday, January 14 from 3:00-4:00pm

Tuesday, January 21 from 2:00-3:00pm

Friday, January 24 from 11:30am-12:30pm

Meet in Room 313 of the Schulich Library.


Schulich Library Welcome Tour

      Come and enjoy a free coffee, and discover your home away from home!

·      Find your secret study space

·      Scan, print, and copy

·      Check out a book


Wednesday, January 8 from 12:30-1:00pm

Tuesday, January 14 from 2:00-2:30pm

Thursday, January 16 from 2:45-3:15pm

Tuesday, January 21 from 1:00-1:30pm

Meet at the Schulich Library Services Desk.

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