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 25 newly admitted B.Sc. and B.A. & Sc. students.
  • Only newly admitted freshman (U0) students can register for a FIG on Minerva.
  • FIGs are led by a member of the SOUSA office 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 advisers, guest speakers and other students.
  • Explore 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
  • Careers in Science (and related fields)
  • Part time jobs/volunteer work
  • Internships and field studies
  • Extracurricular activities on campus

How to register for a FIG:

Register for one of the sections of FIGS 196 on Minerva.

More information

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