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we've got loads to share. 
  1. Cookies & Tea 
  2. MUGS Presents: A Romantic Skating Experience
  3. Field Notes Submissions 
  4. Python Tutor Wanted
  6. ESRI Scholarship 
  7. CCARG Scholarship 
  8. Sustainability Research Symposium
  9. Undergrad Global Health Award
  10. Green Corps Training Program
  11. Farmer's Market Baskets
  12. Cool Thing of the Week 

1. Cookies & Tea 

Another cookies and tea tomorrow, January 26th and every Tuesday from 11:30 - 12:30 in the MUGS Lounge! 

2. MUGS Presents: A Romantic Skating Experience 

Tired of raging face? Wanting to capitalize on the pockets of MTL's winter-wonderland-ness? We've got you covered. MUGS presents our cutest event of the year: A Romantic Skating Experience in Parc Lafontaine. The event begins Thursday, February 11th at 8 p.m. at the park's rink and is free and open to all! Skates are available at the rink, and there will be treats/surprises/magic in the air. Please RSVP on our Facebook event – we hope to see many of your smiling faces and rosy cheeks out there! 

3. Field Notes Submissions 

Field Notes 2015-2016 is open for submissions, which are due February 15th! 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. We are also accepting photo submissions for the cover, so send over your geo-pics!

4. Python Tutor Wanted 

We're looking for people with an advanced understanding and practice with Python and JavaScript, preferably with a basic understanding of geographic concepts to best aid those with questions combing the two fields. The yob pays 15$ an hour and requires consistent weekly availability of at least an hour in length. To apply, please send us a blurb ASAP! 


MUGS and GGS would like to invite all geographers and associated wannabes to join us at this year's GEOSPIEL. This curling event is taking place Saturday, February 13th from 1-6pm at the Baie d'Urfe Curling Club, accessible on the 211 bus from Lionel Groulx. 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.
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.
To sign up, email the lovely Robyn and get her your $10 by January 29th, 2016

6. ESRI Scholarship 

What is the shortest path to some financial assistance 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:
  •  Resume. Include all course work and research conducted using ESRI technology.
  • Academic 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. CCARG Summer Internships

The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group (@ccadapt) of McGill is offering paid summer internships. The group is working at the forefront of research that seeks to understand the risks posed by climate change, identify opportunities for adaptation, and track adaptation progress at regional to global scales. Internships are available in the following areas:
  • Evaluating current policies and programs in northern Canada (or Uganda or Peru) from the perspective of reducing vulnerability to the health effects of climate change
  • Examining how health adaptation is being addressed in global climate policy
  • Examining specific UN-funded adaptation projects
  • Tracking adaptation in the private sector
  • Conducting content analysis of the presentation of indigenous issues in the media
  • Examining adaptation projects that target Indigenous communities.
What a smorgasbord of opportunities! Two interns will join the cutting-edge team from mid-April until the end of August and be compensated $6,000. Successful candidates will be highly motivated, have strong writing skills, have proven academic excellence, and be dedicated to furthering understanding of the human dimensions of climate change. Interns will be expected to complete a publishable quality report on their project.
To apply, please send Michelle Maillet: your CV, a copy of your transcripts, and a cover letter outlining which of the internship topics appeals to you and why you are qualified to address it – ASAP. 

8. Sustainability Research Symposium

The 6th annual Sustainability Research Symposium will be held on March 9th, 2016. This year's theme is "Technology for Sustainability" and will feature several guest speakers, a poster session, talks showcasing student research, and a networking session. They are inviting abstract submissions from graduate and undergraduate students across all faculties that are carrying out research related to sustainability. To register to attend, to submit an abstract, or for more info, check out their site

9. Undergraduate Global Health Award

McGill is launching the Undergraduate Global Health Award: A Summer Mentored Research Opportunity in Global Health. The award – given by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendations of the Director of Global Health Programs - will be given to three to five undergrads to undertake a mentored research project with an international component.  Applicants can choose from a range of projects including researching HIV diagnostic tools in India, air pollution in China, and malaria control in South Africa, for which they will receive travel costs and a stipend for the 4-6 weeks of the project. For details on the award, programs, and application process, check out their website

10. Green Corps Training Program 

Green Corps is a Field School for Environmental Organizing, and is now accepting applications for their 2016-2017 program. They run a full-year paid training program (with a salary of $25,500) for university grads that combines intensive classroom training with leaders in the environmental movement and a field placement working on urgent environmental issues – climate change, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming, etc - with organizations like the Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. Upon graduation, they'll help you find a career with one of the nation's leading environmental and social change groups. Applications are due January 31st, 2016. For more info, visit their website or email Amanda Becker, GreenCorp's Recruitment Director. 

11. Farmer's Market Baskets

Want to know who produces your food? McGill's Community Supported Agriculture provides advance capital in exchange for weekly baskets of fresh, local of vegetables during the harvest season available for pickup on the downtown campus. Register now to support farmers during their growing season and ensure a spot and a basket come harvest! 

10. Cool Thing of the Week

For all you geoguessr enthusiasts out there, did you know you can choose from tailored maps? Play in Argentina or Taiwan, San Fran or 'Straya. Think you know our home and native land? You can play Canada-only maps! I'm recently into playing Famous Places because I have a way higher accuracy rate 'n I feel smart! 

That's all, folks. 

As a reminder, if you want to get anything on the MUGS listserv, email us and we'll put in a word! 

Katie Keyes 
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

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