The GRSS council is back and so are the happy days (with the arrival of Spring)! We are opening the 2015 calender with one of our favorite social events – Cabane a Sucre!!
Please read the message below from our social rep – Marika Demers. Make sure you RSVP her with the details asked, to ensure that the organising for the event goes smoothly. Hope to see you all there.
This year again, GRSS is organizing a trip to the Sugar Shack! You are all invited to join us for this sweet treat!
Date: March 27th 2015, at 6:30pm
Location: Sucrerie Mont-Bleu, 7792 de la Fresnière, Mirabel (Qc), J7N 2R9
Menu: Traditional or Vegetarian
We are planning on leaving Montreal around 5:30 and we will organize carpool. If you are interested to attend, please let me know by email (email@example.com), before March 20th. Please also indicate 1) your preference for the menu (traditional vs. vegetarian), 2) if you have a car or need a ride, 3) from where do you plan to leave. These information will help me to organize the event! For all GRSS members, the cost of the meal is subsidize by GRSS. You can invite your family members (25$ per person), but you need to inform us in advance.
Hope to see you all for this spring tradition!
We had our annual holiday party on the 12th of December 2014 at Thompson House at 5 pm. Unfortunately, this year the turn out was much less than expected. Nonetheless, for those who did manage to make it, the party turned out to be fun.
Instead of a potluck dinner, we decided to convert it to a happy hour. Along with a few pitchers of beer, we played boardgames and talked. It was great fun!
We hope next year we have a bigger group, so we all can celebrate the end of the year together.
The GRSS council wishes everyone a very Happy Holidays and a Happy and prosperous New Year 2015.
See you all next year! Looking forward to another year of enriching experiences.
The comprehensive exam workshop entitled- “strategies to successfully sail through the comps” was organised by the GRSS council to help students, in the PhD program, who are planning to take the exams in the near future. The workshop was held in room 614 of the Education Building on McTavish.
The seminar lasted for about 2 hours, with Dr. Isabelle Gelinas being present to help us know the administrative as well as faculty perspective on the exams. She ensured the information that was being given out by the panellists was consistent and true to the nature of the exam as well as to the evaluation of the students papers.
We had four panellists- Tatiana Ogourtsova, Riany Sena, Sabrina Figueiredo and Kedar Mate. All four members have recently completed their comprehensive exams. They graciously shared their experiences and gave students tips and useful advice on how to tackle the comps. The panellists also provided the students with resources such as approaching the librarian and the writing centre, to help improve their answers. Gayatri Aravind acted as a moderator for the session and Gianluca Sorrento also shared information and strategies from his own experience as well as based on the discussions from previous years comps workshops.
The students who attended the workshop found it useful and assuring. The overall take home message was- do not think the comps to be this excessively scary experience, but rather an extremely enriching and enjoyable 3 months that is only laying the foundation to what is likely to be the stepping stone to a career in research.
The comps workshop was a success and the feedback received from the attendees was positive. The pizza lunch topped off with coffee and timbits were an added bonus to this workshop. No one can say no to pizza and timbits, can they?
The GRSS council wishes all the students who are to take their exams soon, the very best!! We hope that the workshop helped ease your worries and anxiety about the comps.
For those of you who hadn’t had the chance to listen to the speakers, we will attach a recording of the entire session here, shortly. We thank Dr. Gelinas, the panellists, Gayatri and Gianluca for their valuable inputs.
Please read Marika’s message below! Hope to see a lot of you there!!
Please see the message below from Hiba Zafran.
The next protocol presentation day for Masters and PhD students is 11th Decemeber, Thursday.
Students who are presenting good luck!!
Attendance for other students is mandatory. For those who have not yet presented their proposal, it is a great opportunity to understand the process of the presentation. The exposure to the process will help you do well in your own!
So please be there to support the students who are presenting as well as learn from the various sessions and expert faculty members.
Please note that the application for TA positions for Winter 2015 is now open. Last date for submission of applications is Nov 15th, 2014.
Please check out the CAPS website to apply.
There is another exciting workshop on systematic review this year that is spread out over two semesters. Please try to attend these workshops as they are great stepping stones to understanding how to build a search strategy and write a high quality systematic review. It also helps you find more literature in your own area of interest that will later help in your writing.
Please make sure you submit your names to Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dont miss the opportunity!
Please keep up to date with your emails and refer to Dr. Anita Menon’s message with regards to the requirements of the Knowledge Translation grant.
For any details please contact the concerned people at email@example.com