1. Department of Biology
More information can be found at the departmental website for Biology at McGill. There, you can find information such as requirements and forms, excellent seminars from students as well as visiting scientists, departmental staff that you can contact if you have specific questions.
Drop by the BGSA room (N2/5) if it’s free for some quiet work or book it in advance.
2. General Info
- Samosa Search! A McGill tradition to tide you over when you need it most
- Official Handbook provided by your student union (PGSS).
- Guide to McGill (unofficial) – great for new students of all ages
- Are you an international student? Email our international representatives, else check out the International Student Services
- Mental health information from the PGSS that has excellent resources
- Health and Dental – get appointments, what is your plan all about
- Blog about science and communication by Aerin Jacob, a former BGSA-er
- Finding housing – it can be tricky but there’s a facebook group, kiji, craigslist, and here is some information on your rights and protecting yourself from McGill’s housing
- TA and invigilator Union
- The Redpath Museum is currently wheelchair-inaccessible, but there are plans to change this:
Office for students with disabilities (OSD) website: https://www.mcgill.ca/osd/
McGill’s adapted transport website: https://www.mcgill.ca/transport/adapted
- The Stewart North Wing is wheelchair-accessible from William Osler street (the extension of Drummond Street; see map). From the current parking spot reserved for wheelchair users in front of the South Block, travel along Dr. Penfield toward William Osler, turn right on Osler and right again at the West Block. It is, unfortunately, a bit narrow due to the ongoing renovations at the West Block. Then, enter the automated North Wing main entrance doors.
4. Stay social!
- BGSA Events to meet you fellow biology grads (Seminars, coffee hour, etc!)
- Check out the PGSS clubhouse: Thompson house and don’t forget about Tuesday night trivia!
- Subscribe to the BGSA listserv if you are not already signed up to receive weekly updates in your McGill inbox by emailing the Listserv admin.
- Orientation Fall 2016 slides: bgsa_orientation_fall201
5. Career Planning
- The book Post-PhD career trajectories: intentions, decision-making and life aspirations by Lynn McAlpine and Cheryl Admundsen recommends that students beginning career planning from the first days of their Ph.D. It tells stories about individuals’ career choices and research surrounding career choice.
Book recommended by the Biology department’s course administrator and pedagogical developer, Torsten Bernhardt.
Available at McGill’s libraries: https://mcgill.worldcat.org/title/post-phd-career-trajectories-intentions-decision-making-and-life-aspirations/oclc/956317252&referer=brief_results
6. Sports and Activites
- The BGSA listserv (mailing list) is used to advertise opportunities to participate in intramurals.
- See the McGill Athletics website for more info about intramurals: http://athletics.mcgill.ca/campusrec_intramural_home.ch2.
- Look out for sportive activities organized by the PGSS such as yoga and the summer volleyball league: https://pgss.mcgill.ca/en/controllers/events.
- Consider adding yourself to the McGill Outdoor’s Club mailing list for a constant stream of invitations to do outdoor activities: https://www.mcgilloutdoorsclub.ca/listserv/.
- Intramural teams which have a majority of students in the BGSA can apply for up to 150$ (total budget) to offset the cost of intramural fees (Contact Intramurals Rep).