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Winter Welcome Week 2016

      Check out the Grad Winter Welcome Week Events (WWW16)

Tuesday January 12th

10 am  GSA Free coffee & cookies

Where: The Phoenix

12.30 pm UHIP and GSA Insurance: What are they and when do you use them?

Where: MUSC 220

Come out to find out about your grad health insurance. We will answer any questions you have about enrollment, fees, coverage, exemptions and claims, etc. Register here 

5.30 pm Eng Phys Lecture Series: “Biosensor Development beyond the handheld glucose monitor”, Dr. Leyla Soleymani

Where: BSB 119

Dr. Leyla Soleymani is first up in this semester’s lecture series. Join us every Tuesday this term for a new eng phys related discussion. As always, our lectures are open to anyone and everyone who is interested, no registration required. Hope to see you there!

8:45 pm GSA Free Learn to Curl Event

Where: Dundas Granite Curling Club

If you’ve never curled before and want to try it come out to this event. If you like it you can sign up to be part of the GSA Winter Curling League. Register for free here

Wednesday January 13th

12 pm GSA student fees Info Session

Where: University Hall

This is an information on the proposal to increase the grad ancillary fees. Ancillary fees cover items such as health & wellness, career services and athletics & recreation services on campus. There will be a vote on this proposal on Jan 28th. Come out and ask  your questions before this vote. Full information can be found on the GSA website.

6.30 pm Linked-In Seminar

Where: JHE Lounge

Thursday January 14th

4.30 pm – 6 pm SGS International Resource Fair

Where: CIBC Hall

This event is recommended for all new international graduate students. Information tables will be set up on common things like banks, ESL issues etc. In addition you get to meet lots of new international students in different Faculties. The EGS will have a table there so you can come and talk to us, find out what we do, how you can get involved and we’ll answer any of your questions. 

Friday January 15th

12 pm 3MT information session

Where: Council Chambers (Gilmour Hall Room 111)

Have you heard of the three minute thesis competition? It’s a great way to talk about your research to a general audience, even if you’re a new student you can do it! Come out to this information session to find out more about it, how you will benefit from taking part, the process and how much time you need to commit. Hear from past finalists/participants and event organizers while enjoying pizza at a 3MT Information Session! Register online »

2.30 pm Challenging Islamophobia on Campus

Where: MUSC 203

The Office of Human Rights & Equity Services (HRES) is launching its ‘Challenging Islamophobia on Campus’ initiative. Drop-in sessions are available to students, staff, and faculty who want to talk about, or have experienced, Islamophobia or anti-Muslim sentiment.  Drop by and speak with staff members Khadijeh Rakie and Raihanna Hirji-Khalfan.  Date: Fri, Jan 15 Time: 2:30 – 4:30 pm  Location: MUSC 203  For more info, email or call 905.525.9140 ext 27581.

8 pm  McMaster SOTA Friday Evening Concert Series: True North Brass Ensemble

Where: University Hall (UH 213)

Admission: $5 with student ID. Payments can be made in cash or by cheque, debit, and credit over the phone, in person at TSH 414, or at the doors. More Info:

Sunday January 17th

10 am Nature at McMaster Sunday Morning Hike Series: Mac Forest Hike

Where: Meet at MUSC by the parking lot

For the full list of hikes check this link. Follow Nature at McMaster for more information

Monday January 18th

5.30 pm Newton Company Information Session

Where: McMaster University Club

Registration on Oscarplus is required. Dress Code: Business Casual

8pm EGS Trivia Night

Where: The Phoenix

We hope you will join us for our free trivia night event. To ensure you get a seat, reserve in advance with the Phoenix either through their website or by calling them at Extension 24405. The winning team will get a large plate of nachos, and priceless bragging rights. All grad students, staff, faculty and friends (19+) are very welcome to attend!

Events can be found on our calendar all year round.

The EGS aspire to be a point of communication for the Engineering graduate student population. One way of doing this is to consolidate all of the events, meetings, workshops etc. that are relevant to graduate students on a single calendar where you can go to see what’s going on. Check it out here.


Feel free to add this to your own personal calendar too! If it’s too much information, you can use the drop down menu to hide certain types of events.

Get off to a good start!

  • Read our welcome booklet to get the full details on getting started here at Mac.
  • Make sure you enroll for the full year and register for SGS 700 if you do not have courses in a certain term e.g. in summer. Detailed enrollment instructions
  • You must complete SGS 101, SGS 201, a mandatory career planning sessions & the career planning template in the first term that you are here. Additionally you need to complete health and safety training.
  • Choose your courses with your supervisor’s help. Course requirements differ per department.
  • Figure out your pay distribution for the year so that you can budget accordingly. If you are having trouble with this, contact and we can arrange a consultation for you.
  • Find your EGS rep and contact them if you have questions
  • Make sure that you track the hours that you are TAing so that you can inform the prof if you are going overtime. Multiple free apps can help you with this E.g. hourstracker or other apps

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