Who Are We?

The Engineering Graduate Society (EGS) at McMaster University was founded in 2014 to represent Engineering Graduate Students at McMaster University. McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering, Graduate Student Association (GSA), Science Graduate Association (SciGSA, formerly SAM), the undergraduate McMaster Engineering Society (MES), our Union (CUPE 3906), and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) to ensure that Engineering Graduate Students’ interests are heard.

The EGS Council is composed of 27 Council seats — 3 representatives from each Engineering Department —  of which there are 10 Executive positions. EGS Council members will also be elected to sit on a variety of Committees and Councils at the Faculty and University level; some of which are:

  1. Graduate Curriculum and Policy Committee (GCPC): A committee which votes on curriculum and policy changes for Graduate programs. The EGS representative voices the Engineering Faculty.
  2. Graduate Council — a subcommittee of the Senate which all policies related to Graduate Students are discussed.
  3. Faculty of Engineering Membership — a venue for Graduate Student leaders (EGS), Undergraduate Student leaders (MES), and the Faculty of Engineering to discuss pertinent topics of state, potential collaboration opportunities, and overall cohesiveness. This is led by the Dean of Engineering.
  4. GSA Council — dealing with all matters pertaining to graduate students, supplementary fees, social events, Alumni relations, etc…
  5. The Senate — responsible for determining academic policy and regulating the system of education, economics, staffing, etc… *a separately elected position* (i.e. you must run independently to achieve this position).

Additionally, the EGS is comprised of two sub-committees:

  1. The EGS Travel Awards Committee — responsible for allocating $25K/yr in travel scholarships to Engineering Graduate Students;
  2. The EGS METRIC Planning Committee — responsible for planning, organizing, and executing the annual McMaster Engineering Technology Research & Innovation Conference;
  3. The EGS Events Planning Committee — responsible for planning, organizing, and executing a variety of social, networking, and academic events targeting graduate students.
  4. The EGS Online Content Committee — responsible for ensuring the accurate information and timelines in responses/updates for all the EGS’s online content and social media.
  5. The EGS Bylaws Committee — responsible for ensuring the integrity of the EGS’s internal governance and the continual effectiveness of the EGS’s bylaws and constitution.
  6. The EGS Welcome Week Committee — responsible for planning, organizing, and executing a variety of social and networking events during the first few weeks of September each year.