Fall 2022 Intramurals!

It’s that time of year again! Fall Intramurals are starting soon. This year we’re offering 2 fall sports: volleyball and soccer!

Volleyball will be an all-HGEN team, with registration due by Friday, September 24th. There will be a $5-10 fee depending on logistics.

Our 7v7 Soccer team will be in cooperation with other graduate societies! Register by Friday, September 16th. There is no registration fee!

Register here, and find more details on each team. All experience levels are welcome! The goal is simply to stay active and have fun together. Spots may be limited, so please sign up as soon as you can. Hope to see you all there!


Our very own Larisa Soto is head of the Student Society of the MiCM, who in turn are organising data science workshops for the student community of McGill led by graduate students from different departments!

Next week, they will have an Intro to GitHub workshop! See the attached poster for details!

They will also be offering multiple workshops throughout the summer.


We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Anatomy and Cell Biology to bring you a Spring Fling at Thomson House (3650 McTavish St.), on Friday, May 27th, 2022 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm! Tickets for HGSS students are $15, and include 2 drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. Additional guests are welcome.

Register/tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anatomy-and-cell-biology-x-human-genetics-spring-fling-tickets-325963203717?fbclid=IwAR1jbLGnkXxFqwbsJlPyUGIsJMSCk6-Cnq_4PXRyJfNqtu32vn-R2sR_J-w

This is a great opportunity to meet with students in your own and different programs! We hope to see you there!


We are kicking off Summer 2022 with 3 new Health & Wellness (H&W) initiatives!

1.            Biweekly Health and Wellness Announcements

2.            Anonymous suggestion/feedback box

3.            Monthly Mont Royal Hikes – first one is May 12th at 5:30 PM

Biweekly Health and Wellness Announcements

One of our chief goals with the Health and Wellness component of HGSS is to foster a healthier grad school experience for HGSS students. We will be sharing resources/educative material through our bi-weekly H&W announcements. We will also create low stakes and easy-going activities that will allow students to connect with each other and take a break from their academic life.

We want to be able to quickly plan these activities and carry them out when inspiration strikes! So, starting the month of May, we will be sending out biweekly health and wellness emails to announce upcoming activities and initiatives. Hopefully, this will offer us a way to engage you, while also being flexible to any new ideas!


Anonymous suggestion/feedback box (link in email)

Secondly, as a part of our Health and Wellness initiative, we promised to set up an anonymous suggestion/feedback box.  We recognize that some people will feel more comfortable expressing their concerns, suggestions, or constructive criticisms in a low-pressure environment. We encourage to share your thoughts with us about what we can do better, areas we are not providing enough attention to, and more. We will try our very best to read every single submission and give it the appropriate consideration it deserves. 

Monthly Mont Royal Hikes (registration link in email)

Starting May, we will be organizing a hike/walk up Mont Royal together. This activity is simply designed to allow us to spend more time together while pursuing exercise in an easy-going setting.  We aim to host this event on the first Thursday of every month. However, we will adjust if the weather is bad or there are major conflicting events.

First HGSS Mont-Royal Hike: Thursday May 12th at 5:30 PM.


We are excited to finally bring you the follow-up workshop for Dr. Sirui Zhou’s talk in March!

This workshop will be led by Noah Reinhardt, and will be held Monday, May 16th, at 4PM.

novor.cloud: A Web Platform for Protein Identification and de novo Sequencing
The discipline of molecular biology has become indispensable for discovering solutions in life sciences. While DNA sequencing has become integral to this effort, protein sequencing enables further characterization of genetic products, including alternate forms and post-translational identifications. Building on decades of proteomics research, Rapid Novor has developed world-leading algorithms in protein identification through database search and de novo sequencing. In this workshop, we will explore novor.cloud, a free web platform that enables researchers to identify proteins from mass spectrometry data.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JiZA9kkYRI8tk0g6qLPI35TtcuYS2UblqfydBYetaro/viewform?edit_requested=true

Zoom link here: https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/81536844504


Many of you have indicated your desire to participate in a Summer/Spring volleyball intramural. We have heard you, and we will be starting off with May Volleyball intramurals! Like previously, we will be joining the open league, which is play-for-fun, great for beginners. There will be a cost to participate, and this will depend on how many of us register. We are estimating that it will be around 12-20 dollars per person.

The game times are yet to be determined by IMleagues, but they are aiming to host these games 6PM- 9 PM throughout the month of May. Please find the sign-up sheet link below, and fill it out as soon as possible.


LUNCH AND LEARN: Sustaining Supervision: Managing your supervisor-supervisee relationship

You are invited to attend the next Lunch & Learn event - Lunch & Learn: Sustaining Supervision: Managing your supervisor-supervisee relationship. This is an interactive webinar on supervision practices, procedures and resources. 

Topic:  Sustaining Supervision: Managing your supervisor-supervisee relationship 

Time & Place: March 31, 12pm, online


·       Chantelle Thauvette PhD- Academic Projects Officer – Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 

·       Lorraine Chalifour PhD – Associate Dean – Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 

Please take a minute to register so that we can make arrangements for refreshments.   


The organisers are planning to provide refreshments to registrants in accordance with public health guidelines at the main graduate and postdoc locations across McGill and Research Institute locations. Precise refreshment locations and the zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the event.  


Background: The faculty Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs and two student-led groups, the Graduate Health and Wellness Working Group (GHWWG) and Students Advocating for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (SAFE) are hosting a monthly Lunch and Learn series for graduate students and postdocs in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Lunch and Learn events are held on the last Thursday of every month and rotate between 3 topics: academic development, health and wellness, and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Upcoming topics include:  Cognitive Diversity, Universal Design, Negotiating Power Dynamics, Understanding Disabilities and Assistive Technology.