EGS Update: August 2016

Here is a peek at what’s been going on this month! August is a busy time. Best of luck to all of our students who have committee meetings and who are prepping for defenses this month!

New EGS Executive Committee

We have a new executive committee after our internal elections on July 14th. After this meeting we had a training day where outgoing exec members were showing incoming exec members the ropes. Many of the outgoing exec members will be staying on as volunteers, at least until September. We want to thank all of our 2015/2016 exec members for what a successful year 2015 has been and we wish the new exec the best of luck with 2016/2017!

What does EGS do?

  • Representation: The EGS is composed of 2 reps from each department which sit on a number of committees in the university to represent engineering; Graduate Student Association, Graduate Council, Graduate Curriculum & Policy Committee, Faculty of Engineering Meetings etc. Prior to 2014, these students had no formal means of communicating and sharing ideas. Now we discuss issues at EGS council meetings and represent engineering graduate students with a cohesive & loud voice.
  • Advice: We strive to improve the communication between engineering graduate students and the university. You will find us at welcome week events with our Grad Resource Booklet engaging with new students, we make regular blog posts, posts on social media and send emails about important information that needs to be relayed to students. You can contact your department reps for advice & guidance on any issue.
  • Events: We organize lots of social events and professional development events to try to build a better community within Engineering Grad Studies. We have an events calendar that filters events from all over campus for Engineering Graduate Students and we work with the GSA, SGS and the Faculty to develop events that will benefit Engineering Graduate Students.

If you’d like to be part of the EGS Council, come to a few meetings, volunteer to help out & nominate yourself to be a rep next year!


This is the last week to get your tickets to our conference, METRIC. All attendees must have a ticket. Tickets are $20, thanks to the generous financial support of the Faculty & departments. This includes your food for the day. You can either pay yourself or have your supervisor pay via account number. Register now

We have updated the conference page with the latest schedule that includes the student speakers. The booklet of abstracts is also available now. Check out all of the details

REMINDER: to international students who plan to go on the CanmetMATERIALS tour. You MUST submit a scan of the photo page of your passport to by the end of this week.

Research Minutes Video Contest

Well done to everybody who submitted a video to the Research Minutes Video Contest. There are 5 excellent entries from Engineering. We have made a playlist on our YouTube Channel for you to check them out. The winners will be announced next week.
If anybody is interested in making videos about their research here are some useful resources

  • The Lyons New Media Centre, 4th floor of Mills Library. Free resources and consultants. You can schedule time with Chris McAllister, the media consultant, for free to plan your video and to get help with the process.
  • The Quick Guide to videomaking »


On time registration is happening right now until the 29th of August. You must register for all three terms and add the placeholder course, SGS 700, in any term where you are not taking courses. Read our full blog post on enrollment here

There are also some IMPORTANT changes coming to grad pay & tuition payments this year. Again we have made a full blog post on this. Read it here

Please check your account balance soon and register. If you have any problems or questions please contact us or your department rep for help.

Other Events

Coming up this month

  • Lots of Deadlines this week: Deadline to register for METRIC, Deadline to apply to sit on the student fees committee and deadline to volunteer at welcome week.
  • Next Week: MITACS online workshop: communicating your research
  • GSA Softball Phoenix cup: 17th – 21st August
  • Dundas Cactus Festival: 19th – 21st August
  • Nature@McMaster’s Sunday Morning Hike series.

Keep up to date with all of the events by checking out the EGS Calendar

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