The Students’ Association of Sustainability, Science, and Society (SASSS, for short) is a student organization representing students of the Sustainability, Science, and Society (SSS) program at McGil. As the program is housed primarily in the Department of Geography, SASSS works closely with GEOG faculty and advisors to advocate for students’ best interests. SSS students also associated to the Bieler School of Environment by virtue of our focus on environmental sustainability. SASSS acts to represent SSS student interests on the Bachelor of Arts and Science Integrative Council (BASiC), and are looking to get official representation on McGill Undergraduate Geography Society (MUGS) and McGill Environment Students’ Society (MESS). As well as striving for the best academic outcome for SSS, SASSS also plays a role in bringing the McGill SSS community together socially! In the ten years since the start of the program, the community of students and alumni has grown, and is ever-growing. Now and especially as school transitions online, SASSS is ever-committed to further strengthening the bonds of the SSS community and bringing people together as we move towards a future of multidisciplinary sustainability in every way.
Keep up with all things SASSS-related with the SASSS Facebook page, SASSS Facebook Group, SASSS Instagram account, and SASSS website. You may also reach the executive team at internal.sasss [at] mcgillasus.com.
McGill project/research funding:
By no means is this list exhaustive of the places where you might be able to apply for funding to do and internship or research with a professor, but here are a few resources that may help get you started:
Science Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA): SURAs are for both Canadian and international McGill students registered in a science undergraduate program. SURA recipients will engage in 16 weeks of full-time research and development activity under the supervision of a McGill science professor holding grant funding, and will gain research experience in an exciting academic setting, while receiving financial support.
Arts Research Internship Award (ARIA):ARIA supports undergraduate students who undertake research during the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The Faculty of Arts will provide Undergraduate Research Internship Awards, each with a value $2000. These awards are matched by individual faculty members or their departments to provide a total award of $4000 to the student.
Faculty of Arts Internship Awards (Arts Internship):The Faculty of Arts Internship Program allows McGill University to offer the kind of global exposure that simply cannot be replicated in the classroom. McGill University is deeply committed to ensuring that our students are provided with every possible opportunity to make the most of their undergraduate years and to provide them with the necessary tools to be sought after by both the best graduate schools and employers. Internships are an ideal way for students to translate their classroom experience into real-world situations and gain valuable experience related to their field of study.
McGill International Experience Awards(MIEA): The MIEA were created thanks to the generosity of Joseph Schull (BA ‘82, MA ’85) and Anna Yang (BCL, LLB ’88) to help students gain firsthand international experiences related to their fields of study. Supporting a slate of activities across the University, MIEA provide partial funding to assist students with travel and other expenses related to their international activity. Awards range from $4,000 to $7,500.
Sustainability Project Fund (SPF): Any member of the McGill community can submit a project application, outlining the project idea through answering open questions and submitting a project plan, anytime throughout the year. Submitted applications are reviewed by the SPF Working Group, and selected applications receive funding for their projects, in addition to feedback and guidance from the Working Group and SPF Administrator.
Canada GIS Scholarship (ESRI Scholarship): Through our GIS Scholarships program, Esri Canada is proud to recognize Canadian post-secondary institutions that deliver strong, multidisciplinary GIS courses and programs. Students from more than 50 colleges and universities across the country are eligible for grants totalling over $2 million annually through this program. This scholarship provides recipients with great networking opportunities, funding and access to extensive GIS resources including Esri software, books and training to develop their GIS skills and knowledge
Additional information about funding opportunities can be found through the funding database McGill wesbite here. In addition, don't hesitate to contact your SOUSA advisor about other potential funding opportunities.