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Come and join us at the resilience workshop next week

TIME: March 18th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the Rounds.

Walk up Mont Royal – Sunday September 13, 2015

Please find our social rep Marika’s message below. Do join in the meet and greet walk!

Hi everyone,

With the start of the new school year, what is better than a new social activity! This year, GRSS is organizing a walk on the Mount Royal, a fun and great way to do physical activity in a social context!!! Everyone is welcome to join. Do not hesitate to bring your family.

When: Sunday September 13th at 1:30pm (weather permitting)

Meeting point: Jeanne Mance Park, in front of Georges-Étienne-Cartier Statue (located on Park Av.)

Please let me know by email (marika.demers@mail.mcgill.ca) if you will join us, as we want to make sure that everybody has arrived before we leave! The weather forecast for Sunday is great, but in case it changes, we will let you know 24h in advance if the activity is cancelled! For those who do not know me, I will put a GRSS sign on my black stroller!

We hope to see you there!

Marika and GRSS council



Orientation 2015

Hello new grad students,

We are back for another academic year that will be filled with a lot of work, learning and tons of activities. The GRSS takes pride in organising academic and social activities to enrich graduate school life. To get oriented to academic life as well as the other important things needed to survive grad school, please make sure you attend the orientation session organised by the school.

When: September 8, 2015

Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Where: School of Physical and Occupational Therapy


GRSS council


Pictures from the fun-filled Sugar Shack event-2015!



Sugar Shack 2015!!

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.

Dear students, 
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
Sucrerie Mont-Bleu, 7792 de la Fresnière, Mirabel (Qc), J7N 2R9 
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 (
marika.demers@mail.mcgill.ca), 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! 

Holiday party 2014

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.


Comprehensive exams workshop-held on November 27, 2014

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.


Holiday Party!! December 12, 2014 (5pm)

Please read Marika’s message below! Hope to see a lot of you there!!

Holiday party 2014 – Save-the-date!!
We will host our annual Holiday party on December 12th from 5pm at Thompson House.Please save the date! We will send you all the details closer to the event! We hope to see you all to celebrate the end of term!!!
Thank you
Marika Demers (Social representative, GRSS)

Noesis discussion group Nov 26, 2014

Please see the message below from Hiba Zafran.

Noesis Discussion Group: Save the Date
Nov 26, 2014, 12-1, Rabinovitch House
Bring your own lunch
Noesis is a discussion group where graduate students and faculty can come to share and reflect on tensions, questions, and problems that they are experiencing in their qualitative or mixed research projects.
Discussion theme offered by: Dr. Keiko-Shikako Thomas
Topic: How to maintain epistemological rigour when mixing methods
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Melissa Park & Dr. Matthew Hunt
If you would like to propose a discussion topic, please email hiba.zafran@mcgill.ca
No homework or readings required! Just a 10-15 min chat where you present what you are struggling with, and the group engages in dialogue around this theme.
Hiba Zafran

Protocol presentation Winter 2014

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.

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