Our upcoming meeting is on Wednesday, September 27th at 11.30.

If you are leading, or a member of, one of the committee’s, this is your opportunity to check-in about what has been happening and upcoming events. If you are not on a committee, but would like to be, then we encourage you to attend. For a list of opportunities to get involved, browse the links on this website or contact Kate ( or Merlin ( We still need a number of people on committees and there are plenty of different opportunities that range in time commitment required.

This invitation is for all graduate students in Geography. Food is provided.

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Invitation to all graduate students

Join a committee (or more) in our GeoGrads society!

It’s an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow graduate students in the department and to polish leadership and organizational skills to benefit our own community. The position you hold will look great in your CV, too.

The committees are:

  • Graduate Affairs (GAC)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA)
  • International Students
  • Research Committee
  • Social Committee
  • Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)
  • Speaker Series
  • Wellness and Sustainability Committee

GeoGrads will provide information regarding the role of each committee during orientation time in the beginning of the Fall Term 2017. You may find the committees’ current news and updates under the menu Committee Updates.

There is a lot of spots available for everyone to get involved with. Please contact the GeoGrads Co-Presidents Kate ( or Merlin ( to sign up or to get more information.

Everyone is invited!

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Congratulations to 2016 / 2017 Student Scholarships & Awards Recipients!

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Recipients (Masters)

Erika Freeman                             Rainer Hilland


Ontario Graduate Scholarship Recipients (PhD)

Rebecca Ellis                              Heather Peacock


NSERC – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Scholarship (Masters)

Rebecca Doyle


SSHRC – Canadian Graduate Scholarship (Masters)

Rosalind Ragetlie


CGS-D – Canadian Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)

Siera Vercillo (SSHRC)


ESRI Canada GIS Scholarship

Jenny Tjhin


2015 / 2016 CAG Winners

Lydia Osei                                     Katherine Schieman


E.G. Pleva Teaching Assistantship in Geography Award

Michael Allen                                Julia Howett


The Edward G. Pleva Fellowship Award

Rainer Hilland                                Stuart McHenry


The Brian Luckman Award

Timothy Wiechers


The Allen K. Philbrick Scholarship in Cultural Geography

Kayla Baumgartner


The Michael J. Troughton Graduate Student Award

Kilian Atuoye


Canadian Association of Geographers, Ontario Division (CAGONT)

Evan Cleave, Treasurer, 2016-2018


2016 / 2017 Speaker Series Appreciation

Thank you to our Speaker Series Team for another successful year! 

Carol Hunsberger                         Danielle Barr

Rebecca Doyle                               Catherine DuBreck

Martin Lefebvre                            Jenny Tjhin

Siera Vercillo                                 Hongyu Zhang

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Meeting and Committee nominations

Hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather!
It’s time for our meeting again.
Call for committee nominations!
If you would like to be a part of our GeoGrads society, or know of someone who would be a good fit for one of the committees, please feel free to nominate for:
Social Committee
International Committee
Research Committee
Speaker Series
Wellness and Sustainability Committee
Graduate Teaching Assistants
Graduate Affairs
Nominations can be made at:

Hope to see you there!

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Congrats, Merlin!


Let’s give it up to Merlin Chatwin, our new GeoGrads Co-President!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the election process.

Our committees will be needing new members, check this website for an exclusive list of those. We will be organizing a second set of elections coming up for those positions.

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Co-President Nominees are out. Time to vote!

Based on the last poll, we’ve got the names out. Vote for the one you see fit for a GeoGrads Co-President position!
The voting will remain open till Friday, May 5 at 11:59AM and Kate will announce the new Co-President by 4:00PM of that day.
Happy voting!
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It’s election time again!


Know someone in Geograds who could be a great candidate for our Co-President to work with Kate this year? It’s anonymous, so nominate him or her…. even if that may be yourself!

Click here! (deadline: Apr 18th 4pm)

After we have our Co-President nominees, polls are open for voting until Thursday 20th.
Next, nominations for committee members. Check this website again for updates.
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AAG Annual Meeting is coming up soon

logo_aagThe American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2017 Annual Meeting is just around the corner. Have you started booking your accommodation and travel plans yet?

Polish your presentation slides and posters, and connect with fellow geographers!

Venue: The Hynes Convention Center, Marriott Copley Place and the Sheraton Boston

Date: April 5-9th, 2017

More information can be found on their website here.

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Election Season is Back!

setting sun

All good things must end…Danny is poised to join the ranks of honored past presidents such as Sarah Mason, Chad Walker, Sarah Pierce and the great Steve Fitzpatrick.

However, now a new GeoGrad has the opportunity to join such impressive ranks.

Is there a GeoGrad you feel would make a good co-president?

Any GeoGrad can nominate any other GeoGrad

All nominations must be accepted by the individuals.



New Co-President will be announced at the December 1st GeoGrad General Meeting.

The new Co-President will serve from January 2016 to December 2016.

Please email Danny ( and Meghan ( with your nominations by the November 17th deadline.

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Research Committee Workshop – Comps & Proposal Milestone

A few take aways from the Research Committee Workshop about Comps and Proposal Milestones held on Friday October 30 at 3pm:

We also wanted to let everyone know that what is most important for comps is to put yourself in the answers. Often students focus too much on summarizing and not enough on the critical appraisal or positioning yourself in the literature.
Also, pay attention to the word count for each question and answer.

Timeline discussion notes from workshop

Timeline discussion notes from workshop

Timeline discussion notes from workshop

Timeline discussion notes from workshop

A few other resources for you:

Sample Human Geography Questions

Sample Physical Geography Questions

What you need to know about the Comprehensive Exam Process and Expectations

What you need to know about the Proposal

Thanks to everyone who could make it, which was almost all of the first and second year PhDers!
Special thanks to Sarah, Danny, Wes and Lori for your invaluable contributions. Please email  us for resources, coffee conversations or requests for another workshop!

If you have any questions about workshops, please contact – Siera Vercillo

Next workshop: Publishing on November 27

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