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FIGS 196: Freshman interest groups

Prof. Chris Barrett (Chemistry) and past Science Undergraduate Society president Marta Filipski (in pink) with other FIG participants. - Owen Egan 2006

What are FIGs?

  • A FIG comprises approximately 15 newly admitted B.Sc. and B.A. & Sc. students.
  • Only newly admitted freshman (U0) students can register for a FIG on Minerva. Newly admitted U1 students from outside Quebec who would like to attend a FIG can contact us fig [dot] science [at] mcgill [dot] ca (via email) to have their names put on a waiting list. They will be allowed to register as space becomes available.
  • FIGs are led by a professor in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Medicine and an upper-year student.
  • The FIGs meets for one hour, normally once every two weeks, during the fall semester only.
  • FIGS 196 is a non-credit activity, does not cost anything, and does not appear on your McGill transcript.

What are the advantages of attending a FIG?

  • Interact in an informal setting with professors, guest speakers and other students.
  • Talk to experts from many science disciplines.
  • Visit research labs and learn about research being done by professors, graduate students and undergraduate students.
  • Exlore topics not normally discussed in the regular classroom setting, ranging from careers in science to the structure of universities.
  • Introduce discussion topics of special interest to you.
  • Be better informed regarding programs and research opportunities.

What topics might be discussed in a FIG?

  • Choosing Academic Programs: myths and facts
  • Exchanges and Travel Opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • How to study more effectively and time management
  • Professional schools
  • Science in the News
  • Careers in Science (and related fields)
  • Part Time Jobs/Volunteer Work
  • Internships and field studies
  • Extracurricular activities on campus
  • Places to go in Montreal (Theatres, Museums, Biodome, Events, Old Montreal, Parc Jean Drapeau, Restaurants, Markets, etc.)
  • Visits to research labs
  • McGill campus - off the beaten track

How to register for a FIG:

Register for one of the sections of FIGS 196 on Minerva according to the following schedule:

  • TBA - newly-admitted undergraduate students from high school.

More information

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