Reporting Live from the Mentorship Panel

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  1. Photo Contest
  2. Prof of the Year
  3. Summer Geography Field Courses
  4. Mentorship Panel
  5. Field Notes Wine and Cheese
  6. Summer Job Available!
  7. Undecided about going abroad? Join us to discover Africa or Panama!
  8. Advanced Learning Techniques
  9. Call for Award Nominations
  10. Beatty Memorial Lectures
  11. Redpath Museum Lecture
  12. Documentaries at Redpath Museum
  13. Freaky Friday at Redpath Museum
  14. Institute for Health and Social Policy Internship and Research Fellowship Available

 Hey Geographers! I am reporting live from the Mentorship Panel right now and boy is it a blast! We have some cool things coming up so stay tuned!

Photo Contest

It's not too late to submit your photo to the Geography photo contest! The theme is wanderlust. Submit your photo to by the deadline March 25th, that's next Tuesday!!

Prof of the Year

We all love our profs! If you think there is a prof that deserves some recognition this year, send their name to Submission deadline March 25th, that's next Tuesday!!

Summer Geography Field Courses

Please see the attached documents for info about Geography summer courses in May and August! Prof. Pollard is holding an information meeting on Wednesday, March 26th at 4:00 p.m. in Burnside 426.

Mentorship Panel

The Finding Your Coordinates mentorship panel is TONIGHT!!! Come to Burnside 426 at 4pm to hear people who graduated with geography undergraduate degrees and how they made it in the world, and then enjoy lots of gourmet food after. If you don't really know what careers you can get with a geography undergrad, this panel will be your saviour.

Field Notes Wine and Cheese

The geography undergraduate journal will be released TOMORROW. Come to a fabulous launch party complete with wine and cheese and professors to mingle with on Thursday, March 20th from 4-6pm in Burnside, room 426.

Summer Job Available!

Job Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time International Program Intern for Summer 2014 (June 1st-August 31st).  

Responsibilities include assisting staff with research on upcoming papers and opinion pieces; organizing events with Latin American delegations, CEPR staff, and visiting academics; assisting in tracking and logging press mentions; as well as working on outreach to press, advocacy organizations, and Congress.

The responsibilities vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will be able to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.

Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with a general understanding of economics, international relations, and democracy issues, and an interest in economic justice. Previous research, data and/or outreach experience is extremely helpful; interns with strong economics or foreign policy experience (including Master’s degrees) will have the opportunity to engage in serious research, and those with strong organizing or outreach experience will have event management opportunities. The intern will need to be fluent in Spanish, including the ability to perform accurate written translations; able to work in a fast-paced environment with limited management; and be a self-starter and independent learner. Should have excellent writing and communications skills. 

Stipend: $1,588.41 per month, plus up to $250 for health insurance reimbursement per month.

Closing Date of Position: April 4, 2014. 
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and a brief (2 page) answer to the question “How can the US improve its foreign policy toward Latin America?” via email to internationalintern[at] No calls or faxes please.

Undecided about going abroad? Join us to discover Africa or Panama!

It is your last chance to hear all about the Canadian Field Studies in Africa or the Panama Field Study Semester. Come to the information sessions:

Panama Field Study Semester Downtown Campus Burnside Hall Room 426 Monday March 24th 5:30pm

Canadian Field Study in Africa Downtown Campus Burnside Hall Room 426 Tuesday March 25th 5:30pm

Mobility funds are available to selected candidates.

Advanced Learning Techniques


Do you wish you knew how to use your study time more efficiently? 
Are you finding that the way you studied before isn’t enough now that you’re in university?


Then have we got the workshop for you!


Come to T-PULSE’s “Advanced Learning Techniques” workshop.  At the workshop you’ll learn some cool facts about the science of how we learn.  You will learn how to combine these facts with some thinking about your own thinking in order to come up with concrete ways to study more effectively and learn for the long term.


Advanced Learning Techniques is a workshop dedicated to showing Science undergraduate students techniques and tips to make their studying more efficient and their learning happen at a deeper level. Studying longer is often good but studying smarter is better!

 Thursday March 20th, 5:00-7:00pm
 Redpath Museum , room 106B

Call for Award Nominations

The Institute for the Study of International Development is proud to announce the second call for nominations for our annual award, the Albert O. Hirschman Prize for the best research paper written by an undergraduate in a course recognized as part of the International Development Studies Program. Named after the distinguished development economist, submissions for the prize must be essays of significant length and can include term papers written for seminars, internship papers, and honors theses. Submissions are by nomination from a professor. Professors may nominate only one paper each year. A committee made up of ISID faculty members will adjudicate and award the prize at the end of the academic year. The prize will appear on student transcripts and will come with a $500.00 award. The recipient's name will also be inscribed on a plaque in Peterson Hall.

Submission Deadline: May 1.  Electronic copies should be sent to by the professor making the nomination, along with a brief recommendation statement. The latter does not have to be long, but it is important given that  papers will reflect from a wide range of topics and academic approaches.

Beatty Memorial Lectures

Please join us for a special lecture co-sponsored by the Dept. of Geography, the McGill School of Environment, the Faculty of Science, and made possible by a grant from the Beatty Memorial Lectures Committee:



Dr. Eric Higgs

Professor of Restoration Ecology

University of Victoria


Changing Nature: Human ambition, rapid change and the search for appropriate intervention


Monday, March 31st

5:30 pm

Redpath Museum Auditorium

reception with light refreshments to follow



Abstract: The reality on which our views of nature are built is dissolving in the face of rapid climate change, globalization of species, and shifting cultural views in an advanced technological society. We have entered a new era, the Anthropocene, which requires transformative approaches to understanding the social, cultural, economic and intellectual dimensions of rapidly changing ecosystems. New or novel ecosystems are emerging that have no historical precedent. The pace of socio-ecological change is threatening long-held and ingrained connections that people have with places. In this lecture I focus  on strategies for responsible intervention in novel ecosystems, and especially on retrieving a critical role for historical knowledge and finding appropriate ways of valuing changing natures.


Biographical sketch: Eric Higgs focuses his scholarship, teaching and service work on ecological restoration, historical ecology and novel ecosystems. His work spans conceptual issues in restoration and conservation (e.g., recent co-edited book, Novel Ecosystems), field studies  (e.g., the Mountain Legacy Project), and environmental policy. From 2001 to 2003 he served as chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration International. Amongst the first to receive an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Waterloo (1988), he has held regular and visiting academic appointments at Waterloo, Oberlin, Alberta, MIT, and British Columbia. At UVic since 2002, and Director of the School of Environmental Studies (2002-2010), he is also a Professor-at-Large in the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia.


Redpath Museum,  859, rue Sherbrooke St. ouest/West,  Metro: McGill    Bus: 24

Join the student members of both the McGill Astronomy Club and the Redpath Museum Club for an evening of geology and star gazing. Event starts in the Redpath Museum Auditorium with an introduction to the fascinating science of the earth and the heavens. Followed by a walk up Mount Royal for star gazing (weather permitting). Visit at the Belvedere of Mount Royal includes hot chocolate. Please respect the earth, bring your own cups.

Duration: 7 - 7:25 PM at Museum, 8:30 - 9:30 PM at summit Mount Royal

Meet: 7 PM, Musée Redpath  Museum, Université McGill, 859 rue Sherbrooke ouest  Metro: McGill Bus: Contribution at the door :    $4 regular adult OR $2 student/child/senior, maximum for family = $10 (includes hot chocolate at the summit, please bring your own cups)

Documentaries at Redpath Museum

Come to Redpath Museum this Sunday, March 23rd at 3pm to watch the documentary Grizzly Man, A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. Not suitable for young children.

Freaky Friday at Redpath Museum

The Night of the comet – How Meteors can Kill you. By Robert Rutledge (Physics, McGill)

Maybe the next big meteor is on its way to planet earth. . . or not. McGill University Physics Professor Robert Rutledge gives us the full impact of what could happen if a meteor hits. This presentation will be followed by the film Deep Impact (1998). Listen to the CBC radio preview with Robert Rutledge here.

Free, everyone welcome. No reservation necessary. In English.

Institute for Health and Social Policy Internship and Research Fellowship Available

The Institute for Health and Social Policy is currently recruiting for the Fall 2014 cohort, and is looking for both graduate and undergraduate students for the Internship Program, and graduate students for the Research Fellowship Program.  Both programs focus on translating research into practice, and the internship program in particular offers training to students who want to bridge the gap between academia and policy. Applications are due in early April, and the award amounts are $2000 and $5000 respectively. Detailed information is available on the IHSP website (

Cool Thing of the Week

Here is a picture of firewood stacked to look like a tree

Here's an interview on the construction of the high line park in NYC. It's one of the coolest parks I have been to and I loved learning more about it!


Dept. of Geography
McGill University
Burnside Hall, Rm 305
805 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC

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