The calm before the storm. We are ramping up to have a number of awesome events over the month of September. Please join us in welcoming new graduate students and congratulating returning students at Welcome Month 2020. Please see our website calendar for more details. 

Professional Development Opportunities & Beyond​

Harnessing Potential: Professional Development Opportunities & Beyond​

In partner with Monica’s weekly Thriving Thursdays GradLife sessions at Western University, she will be using her regularly scheduled session time to discuss professional development opportunities with graduate students as it relates to the student-supervisor context including: how to manage expectations, take on professional development opportunities outside of the student-supervisor context, and thrive as a graduate student.

Moderator: Charlotte Nau

Facilitator: Monica Munaretto

Monica Munaretto is the Manager of Graduate Student Life with Western Student Experience. Throughout her career she has held various positions in student services with graduate and undergraduate students, and through her PhD research she has developed a deep interest in graduate student success. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, she has also completed two Masters degrees – M.A. (UBC) and M.Ed (OISE/Toronto). She is exploring how doctoral students develop their career plans and the impact of the experience on their academic progress.

Challenging the Status Quo: Navigating Racial and Cultural Considerations

Challenging the Status Quo: Navigating Racial and Cultural Considerations

This workshop will focus on the various aspects of navigating supervisor/supervisee and departmental relationships. The core themes of discussion will include self-advocacy, discrimination, and community building both within and outside of home departments. We will discuss the nuances of each theme while also providing tips and resources for attendees to take away!

We invite you to ask questions and engage in this free flowing dialogue!

Moderator: Sonia Varma

Facilitator: Ladan Mowlid

Ladan Mowlid is a Student Affairs professional who is currently the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Education Coordinator with Western University’s Student Experience Team. Ladan holds a Master of Education in Higher Educational Leadership from Mercer University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Higher Education at the University of Toronto. She was the first Canadian Alumna of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship program and has presented at conferences including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Somali Studies in Canada Colloquium.

Ladan is also a co-founder of Somali Scholars which is a non-profit organization that supports first generation Somali-Canadian youth with achieving student success through mentorship and programming. She is deeply passionate about using education to empower historically marginalized students while simultaneously supporting them with navigating the institutional barriers of higher education.

She is excited to be a part of this workshop and looks forward to the fruitful discussions to come! 



Join us for a seminar on the specific issues we face in grad school, and ways to handle them. Sign up here for this session on TODAY at 3-4pm!

In collaboration with Waterloo and Western University, we are hosting a Student Supervisor Relationships! In this workshop, Dr. Natalia Lapshina will cover the research findings from her doctoral student-supervisor study, discuss some real examples of student-supervisor relationships, as well as strategies for improving these relationships, and finish with a Q&A section for all attendees!

Facilitator Information: Dr. Natalia Lapshina completed her doctoral program in Psychology at Western in 2015. Her research interests cover several areas including: experiences of trauma, abuse and discrimination at work; mental health and resilience; supervisory relationships. Throughout her employment at Western, she has mentored and supervised a number of graduate students. Their stories motivated a research project on doctoral student-supervisor relationships that was conducted at Western in collaboration with SOGS.



Submit your photos to our two categories for a chance to win gift card prizes this summer, and be highlighted on SciGSA newsletters and social media! Our categories are: “What’s your Sci?”, including any research, analysis, or fieldwork; and “Summer Livin'” with any home activities (ex. baking/cooking, gardening, summer adventures…etc.). 
Deadline: Monday, July 13th at 5pm to scigsa@mcmaster.ca 



Questions on current issues and challenges facing International Students during COVID-19? Join the discussion to get real-time answers from our panel of experts. 

Register now for FREE to attend the expert panel (June 23 at 6-7:30pm). Make sure you secure your spots at our Expert Panel on the labour market, career development and immigration issues in the technology industry.

Attend to win a “virtual door prize” for a FREE 1-hour consult valued at $59. A career counsellor will help the winner assess their career readiness and provide some insight on next steps.

The GSA McMaster Club, SEPTA, strives to build supportive communities to share knowledge. Here’s a great opportunity to meet industry professionals and peers to discuss the current labour market and your career development. You can follow SEPTA on LinkedIn for events, updates, and news!



Graduate School is tough at the best of times, and COVID-19 is not making things any easier. Join us for a seminar on the specific issues we face in grad school, and ways to handle them. Sign up here for this session on June 29th 4:30-6:30 pm!

The facilitator of the session is Ita Tobis, a clinical social worker (MSW, RSW) that has many years of experience working with children, adults, couples and families to implement healthy, healing changes in their lives. In her role as the Campus Director at JACS running the Courage2Change University Outreach Program, she creates customized student workshops and professional development sessions for various universities across Ontario on topics related to wellness, addictions and mental health.

Introduction to LaTeX

Introduction to LaTeX: June 18 @ 2:00- 4:00PM EST

Workshop Materials

It is recommended that participants install MikTeX in advance (https://miktex.org/), or some other tool to compile the LaTeX source code, and potentially Ipe (http://ipe.otfried.org/)  should participants be interested in a drawing editor for figures.

Facilitator: Gerhard Trippen

Gerhard Trippen is an Associate Professor, Teaching in Stream in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), with a cross-appointment to the Operations Management and Statistics area at the Rotman School of Management.

Gerhard teaches mostly quantitative courses, such as Operations Management, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, and Statistics for a variety of different programs such as the Master of Management and Professional Accounting program (MMPA) at UTM, the Management Undergraduate program at UTM, the Rotman Commerce program, the MBA program at Rotman and the Master of Management Analytics program (MMA) at Rotman.

Gerhard had used LaTeX to write his Master’s and his PhD thesis as well as to design slides for some of his computer science courses that he has taught about seven years ago at UTM.



The first Monday of each month at 5pm we have our online Taps and Tales event, starting Monday, June 1st!

Join us on our first virtual interdisciplinary research night to listen in other McMaster graduate research – ALL faculties in one room! 

Want to present at a future event? Email Sydney – GSA VP ExternalYou can practice your knowledge communication with an awesome community of listeners, your fellow McMaster students! Presenters receive a small honorarium as a thank you.

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.