Montreal: Sub Zero but Never Sub Par

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Welcome back, geography. 

While you're getting back in the swing of school, slowly weaning yourself from binge TV and cookies, read up on the latest from your department. 

1. Clothing Pick Up

Clothing orders are in! If you didn't pick your hoodies up before break, send us an email and we'll sort up a pick-up time. Make sure to bring your $$$$ if you haven't already paid. 

2. Field Notes Submissions 

Field Notes 2015-2016 is now open for submissions! There are no official guidelines – all submissions of any length will be reviewed! Preferred topics of papers pertain to areas of critical geography such as feminist geography, subaltern geography, colonial geographies, and queer geographies. Nevertheless, feel free to submit papers on environment, health, GIS, urban, and human geography! 


MUGS and GGS would like to invite all geographers and associated wannabes to join us at this year's GEOSPIEL. You won't want to skip out, it's gonna rock!

What on this geoid-forsaken earth is a GEOSPIEL?
It's curling.

When in this constructed time continuum is GEOSPIEL occurring?
Saturday, February 13th, 2016, from 1-6 pm.

Where in this concrete jungle will GEOSPIEL happen?
Baie d'Urfe Curling Club, accessible (contentious) via transit on the 211 Bus from Lionel Groulx.

What do I have to lug there?
Everything – rocks, brooms, sliders – are provided. Wear warm, layered clothing so you can cool off when the brushing gets really intense. Also, it is imperative that you bring (not wear) clean grippy running shoes.

Can I pay in "gratitude and hugs?"
No you cheapskate! The afternoon costs $10 for ice and food. Also bring a few bucks if you want to reminisce over the hilarious times you just had over a post-ice drink. (yes I know curling doesn't happen on skates but it's ice-related ok).

How can I get in on this sweeping success?
Sign-up is on a first come, first-served basis. To sign up or with questions, email the GGS, MUGS, or faculty

4. Explore Nicaragua 

Mantis Environment invites university students to engage in sustainable development by looking at practical examples in Nicaragua, from February 26th to March 6th, 2016. Students visit a variety of development organizations to see how they plan, implement, and evaluate their work. The deadline to sign up is January 18th, 2016.
Join Mantis for an info session on Wednesday, January 13th at 8 p.m. in Thomson Hall. You can also visit their Facebook page, website, or email them for info. 

5. Africa Field Semester

The McGill Canadian Field Studies in Africa is up and running for Winter 2017! Details are upcoming on the CFSIA website – so watch this space for info and to apply. 

6. ESRI Scholarship

What is the shortest path to some cash for your research and a sick rep? ESRI Canada is offering a GIS Scholarship to undergraduate students. The winner is awarded $2000, a permanent ArcGIS license and several ESRI book materials. To apply for the award, you must submit the following by February 16th, 2016:
  • A resume. Include all course work and research conducted using ESRI technology.
  • A transcript with a minimum 3.3 CGPA.
  • A one-page proposal of how you will use ArcGIS for your research. Projects that have clear objectives and could be finished by May 15th, 2016 will be favoured. Once finished, you must submit a report poster to ESRI Canada.
  • A letter of support from a faculty advisor willing to supervise your project. 
To submit the application, send the above information as a single PDF – titled lastname_esriaward – to Pablo Arroyo with the subject "ESRI Award." The advisor can send their recommendation directly to Pablo. For questions, see the award website or email Pablo.

7. Weather and Climate Lecture Series

According to John Gyakum, Chair of McGill's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, "It's fair to say that we've been experiencing some rather wild swings and variability in temperature." On theme, Mini-Science is hosing a seven-week lecture series titled "Weather and Climate – Going to Extremes."

Lectures will be held Thursday evenings in the Bronfman building from February 25 to April 14, 2016, from 6:30-8 p.m. Fees are $68.98 for students. For speaker schedules and to register, hit up their website

8. MSURJ Submissions

The McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal is currently accepting submissions for publication in their annual spring volume! MSURJ is a fantastic way to communicate your exciting research through an incredible peer-reviewed journal. Deadline for submissions is January 17th, 2016

9. Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event

The 6th Annual Event features presentations and exhibits by students who were involved in independent or supervised research in the summer of 2015. The event will take place Tuesday, January 19, 2015 in Leacock 232. Student and Faculty presentations will begin at 4:30 followed by wine and cheese reception and poster show at 5:30. For more information, check out the website or Facebook event

10. Cool Thing of the Week 

I for one have spent the afternoon complaining about the new and biting cold that has graced our dear MTL. However, the coldest day ever recorded in Montreal was -37.8°C on January 15th, 1957, revoking my bitching rights. 

That's all, folks. 

Looking forward to another semester ala MUGS.

Katie Keyes
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

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