Current Undergraduate Students

(the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Society of Undergraduates at McGill (AOSSUM) council)

We have a small close-knit undergraduate student population. Currently we have 26 undergraduate students across all years (majors and minors included). Below we introduce some of our undergraduates.

If you are an undergraduate student studying an ATOC major or minor, or a diploma student and would like us to include your name in the list below, please email the coord.aos [at] (subject: Current%20McGill%20AOS%20UG%20student%20bio) (AOS Administrative Coordinator).

Maria Gheta

I am in my first year (U1) at McGill in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. After completing my DEC (dimplome d’etudes collegiales) in Pure and Applied Science at Vanier College, in Montreal, I enrolled for the Atmospheric Science Major. My expected graduation date is 2021.

Jamie Hart

I am a U3 Honours student, currently researching Arctic sea ice loss under the supervision of Professors Tremblay and Dufour. For the 2018-2019 year, I went on exchange at UC Berkeley, funded by a Killam Fellowship from Fulbright Canada. I have also been awarded two Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in 2017 and 2018, and the Weather Network/MétéoMédia Undergraduate Scholarship from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) in 2018. After starting McGill in 2014 in engineering, I switched to Physics and finally to Atmospheric Science. Outside of class, I enjoy being VP on the AOS undergraduate student society and cross-country skiing with McGill Nordic.

Miranda Hunter

I am an undergraduate student in the McGill School of Environment. My major is in water environments and ecosystem, and my minor is in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. I am in U3, with an expected graduation data of April, 2019. This year, I am completing my undergraduate honours thesis with Professor Nigel Roulet in the department of Geography. My research interests center around the study of carbon fluxes in and out of wetland ecosystems. I am the recipient of Judith Mappin Scholarship in Environment for the 2018-2019 academic year and NSERC USRA  for the Summer 2018-2019.

Jianlin Liu

I am Jialin Liu from Guangzhou, a city located in south China. I joined McGill the fall of 2017, and is currently doing my Atmospheric Science Major (second year in McGill) in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department. Personally, I am looking forward to gain knowledge about the climate system from both aspects of the atmosphere and the ocean, and to graduate in 2022 as well.

Yeechian Low

I am a U3 student from Pennsylvania enrolled in the Honours Atmospheric Science program. I came to McGill in the fall of 2016. I am passionate about synoptic, mesoscale, dynamic, and radar meteorology and how they apply to weather forecasting. I expect to graduate in the spring of 2019.


Major Renewable Entrance Scholarship at McGill (2016, 2017 and 2018)
Bubar Family Scholarship in Earth Sciences at McGill (2018)
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Undergraduate Scholarship (2018)  
The WxChallenge (overall winner) (2017-18)

Kathleen Maynard- Leclerc

Prior to pursuing a major in atmospheric and oceanic sciences at Mcgill, I studied pure and applied sciences at St-Laurent Cegep in Montreal, a 2-year pre-university program. I am currently a U3 student and I expect to graduate in 2019. I am also a member of the department's undergrad student council, AOSSUM.

Katie Simzer

I started my undergraduate degree at McGill in the fall of 2016 after graduating from high school. Currently, I am a U2 student with a joint major in Atmospheric Science and Physics and a minor in Computer Science. I expect to graduate in 2021.


Undergraduate Student Research Award at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) (2018)

Community Engagement:

AOSSUM VP Internal (2018-present)
CUPC 2019 Organizing Committee Accommodation Coordinator (2018-present)
AOSSUM First Year Representative (2017-2018)
McConnell Hall Food Representative (2016-2017)


Lutong Sun

I am Lutong Sun, a U1 student majoring atmospheric science at the Atmospheric and Oceanic department. After graduated from Tsinghua University affiliated High School in 2017, I entered McGill University as a nutrition majored student. During my freshman year in Macdonald Campus, I noticed how passionate I am with climate related problems and therefore decided to change my major.

Gerardo Velonza 

Before joining the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences department in September 2018,I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Physics with a Minor degree in Environment at McGillUniversity. I am currently doing a Diploma in Meteorology and I expect to complete it by Spring 2019.

Community engagement:

VP Finance of the Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences Society of Undergraduates at McGill (AOSSUM) 2018-2019