FUTURE GRADUATE STUDENTS Why pursue graduate studies? The McGill Community Ranked 32nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018) Montreal ranked 1st for best city in the world to be a student (The Guardian 2016) As a French-speaking city in a largely Englishspeaking nation that has experienced mass immigration from across the world, Montral is known for its multicultural makeup and inclusive
ethos. Its also renowned for its laidback yet lively lifestyle, attractive boulevards, thriving creative industries, caf culture, and eclectic range of arts venues, live performances and nightlife. The McGill Community Graduate students make up 23% of McGills students, the highest proportion among Canadas top ten research universities International students comprise 26% of McGills student body, making it the most diverse in Canada McGill Alumni live in 180 countries On average full-time McGill
professors publish more peerreviewed articles than colleagues at any other Canadian university The Faculty of Engineering Over 600 doctoral students and 500 Masters students enrolled Graduate: 30% female in Fall 2016 Approximately 3,200 Undergraduate students Undergraduate: 28% female in Fall 2016 (compared to 17% Canadian average) 30% of newly admitted students are female in Fall 2016 41% growth in the number of female students (compared to 7% growth in the number of male students), Female professors: 12% female professors in Fall 2016
(compared to 14% Canadian average in 2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgbxqCsJjpI Faculty Initiatives Academic Units Departments
Bioengineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Mechanical Engineering Mining & Materials Engineering (MME) Schools Architecture (Arch) Urban Planning (UP) Institutes, Centers & Networks Institutes McGill Institute for Advanced Materials (MIAM) McGill Institute for Aerospace Engineering (MIAE)
Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED) SYTACom labs Research Centers Center for Advanced Systems & Technologies in Communications (SYTACom) Center for Intelligent Machines (CIM) Brace Center for Water Resource Management Plasma Technology Research Center Center for Orebody Modeling and Strategic Mine Planning (COSMO) McGill Aerospace Materials & Alloys Development Center (MAMADC) Related Units outside the Faculty
Dept. of Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences) Dept. of Biomedical Engineering School of Computer Science (Science) (Medicine) Professors Academic Staff: 157 The Graduate Student Experience Interdisciplinary Research Research Funding Innovating Together
Fostering Entrepreneurship Graduate students perform Dust Combustion Experiments on board NASA KC-135 parabolic flight aircraft Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Areas Bioengineering Engineering and Design for Aerospace Engineering Broadband Communications
Advanced Materials and Research Funding Since 2003-2004 Total research funding has increased by 75% 45,000,000 40,000,000 35,000,000 30,000,000 25,000,000 Infrastructure Grants Research Contracts
Winner of the Inaugural LOral-Dobson Startup 2017 Award Winner is BG Technologies, a start-up launched by Faculty of Engineering Professor Showan Nazhat and graduate student William Lepry (PhD17). Their business plan will leverage their patented technology in sol-gel derived bioactive borate glass for use in toothpaste. The following reprint from the 2016 report Redefining the possible explains the science behind this amazing new technique. Innovating Together (2) To accomplish the goal of increased equity, the Faculty
launched the Engineering Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity Advancement (eIDEA) initiative in April of 2016. Headed by Associate Dean Fabrice Labeau, the group has spear-headed a number of actions, both at the student and staff level. Some examples are: Inclusion of implicit bias training as a prerequisite course for all engineering undergraduate students Increased hiring of female professors, who as of 2017 represent 30% of new hires The Equity Ambassadors Program, which has trained 10 staff members to act as listeners for students who encounter prejudicial barriers or discrimination NSERC PromoScience program, a federally-funded grant that will enable the Faculty of Engineering to develop course material to be rolled out in Montrealarea indigenous high-schools. The goal will be to encourage First Nations youth to consider STEM
education and careers as a viable future endeavor Fostering Entrepreneurship Rendering of the EngInE centre planned for construction in 2018 William & Rhea Seath Awards in Engineering Innovation Business plan competitions Translational research and proof-of-concept funding One-on-one advising on :
Commercial potential IP protection Business model creation Profiling potential technology receptors and end-users Entrepreneur speaker series Networking events Winners of the 2014 William & Rhea Seath Awards in Engineering Innovation: Prof. S. Nazhat (Assoc. Dean Research & Graduate Educ., Prof. Mark Trifiro, Prof. Andrew Kirk, and Dr. Philip Roche. Considering Graduate Studies (1) What is your motivation?
Be honest with yourself! $$$ A particular career path: e.g., research, academia Increasing your knowledge of a specific topic Desire to specialize your skills A common concern [the imposter syndrome] Im not smart enough to go to graduate school YES. YOU ARE. Considering Graduate Studies (2) What paths are available?
Masters degrees (~ 2 years): Project Option (like an extension of your undergrad) Lots of courses + a relatively short project Normally, no financial support available Specializations possible: e.g., Environmental Thesis Option (a research focused path) Few courses + more extensive research project Normally, full or partial financial support provided A more natural path to the Ph.D., but not necessary to go that far Direct Entry to Ph.D. (~4-5 years): Very common in top U.S. programs Less common in Canadian universities (now possible at McGill) Considering Graduate Studies (3)
What paths are available at McGill Engineering? Degree Programs Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Both Thesis and Non-Thesis Master of Science (M.Sc.) Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) Professional Programs Master of Aerospace Engineering (M.Eng.) Master of Architecture (M.Arch) Considering Graduate Studies (4) How to choose a grad school: The Research Supervisor The person is more important than the project itself
Make contact well in advance and meet the person (if possible) Meet his/her graduate students, ask questions What is his/her track record for graduating students on time? Are you interested in his/her research projects? Is he/she actively publishing research in respected journals? Does he/she support students to attend and present at conferences? Is the supervisor well funded? Is he/she regularly available? What is his/her management style? Considering Graduate Studies (5) How to choose a grad school: The School
A prestigious school can create many opportunities Do you like the location? Try to meet/chat with some other students Does it offer the program you want? In some institutions, you get accepted to the program and choose a supervisor after the first term. In other institutions, someone has to agree to supervise you before you are admitted. You may need to write specialized exams (e.g., GRE) Dont sell yourself short Aim high! but always have a backup plan. Preparing for Graduate Studies What else should you think about? Undergraduate Research Experience
Gives you a very good idea of what to expect in graduate school Allows you to test different research areas and laboratory environments The experience will give you an edge in your graduate school applications and will strengthen your CV Your supervisor may become a strong reference for your future job, scholarship or graduate school applications Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) Program where undergraduate students assist a professor with their research Give students exposure to the research career path Approximately 120 placements each summer (May-August) Open to non-McGill students Apply online in January www.mcgill.ca/engineering/sure Funding your graduate studies (1)
What is a stipend? As a Masters (Thesis Option) or PhD student, you may be offered a stipend (monetary support or funding) to help support your progress towards degree completion and your research work Faculty of Engineering distributed over $18 million dollars in funding to graduate students in 2015-16 (internal and external funding) The average support for full-time Masters (Thesis) students $17,500/year The average support for full-time Ph.D. students was $30,400/year Funding your graduate studies (2) Internal and external funding opportunities What if you are awarded an external scholarship? NSERC Masters: $17,500 for 1 year
NSERC Doctoral: $21,000/year or $35,000/year FQRNT Masters: $15,000/year for 2 years FQRNT Doctoral: $20,000/year for 3 years + you may be offered a generous top-up above this award ! External Scholarships to carry out research with industry: Find a supervisor who is interested in a research collaboration with a company MITACS Accelerate Program FQRNT: Industrial Innovation Scholarships $21,000 - $27,000/year Funding your graduate studies (3) Become familiar with the funding agencies and their scholarship application procedures http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/i ndex_eng.asp
Funding your graduate studies (4) McGill Engineering Doctoral Award (MEDA) - Domestic For new domestic doctoral students Valued at $24,000/year for 3 academic years Candidates are automatically considered during the PhD application process MEDA - International For new international doctoral students Valued at $32,000/year for 3 academic years Candidates are automatically considered during the PhD application process MEDA-Leveraged Guaranteed top-up awards to all successful National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) doctoral scholarship and FQRNT provincial scholarship recipients accepted to McGill Engineering MEDA International-Leveraged (MIL) Guaranteed top-up of $5,000 to International students who are recipients of a fellowship from their home government
Funding your graduate studies (5) Les Vadasz Doctoral Fellowships Architecture Cliford Pang Doctoral Fellowships Engineering Geoff Hyland Fellowships in Engineering John Adjeleian Graduate Fellowships Planning Heller Family Fellowships in Engineering in UP Benedek Graduate Fellowships in Engineering Engineering Joseph S. Stauffer Fellowship Lorne M. Trottier Doctoral Fellowships HydroQuebec Graduate Fellowships
Sheryl and David Kerr Graduate Fellowships Hatch Graduate Fellowships in Engineering Engineering Lars & Alberta Firing Graduate Fellowships Antje Graupe Foundation Fellowships Werner Graupe Graduate Fellowships Engineering Norbert Schoenauer Fellowships in J.M. Bishop Award for Environmental Brace Water Resource Fund Jeanne M. Wolfe Fellowship in Urban The Brenda & Samuel Gewurz Fellowships Dr. Y. Lin Alexander Fellowships in CAE Award in Engineering Excellence John Bonsall Porter Scholarship
Engineering Class of 1936 Award Robert G. H. Lee Fellowship Roger Boudreault Fellowships in Total ISEAD Fellowships Stotland Family ISEAD Fellowships Eric L. Alder Fellowships in Electrical Funding your graduate studies (6) MEDA International PhD1 International PhD applicants who are subject to the international PhD supplement fee and admitted to PhD1 awarded in the amount of $32,000 each year for three academic years, and in the amount of $27,000 for a fourth academic year, a total value of $123,000 McGill Engineering International Tuition Award (MEITA)
For new international doctoral students Valued at a minimum of $27,000/year for up to 3 years Candidates are automatically considered during the PhD application process Only available to students of Engineering Departments Masters to PhD Fast-Track For Masters students who plan to fast-track to a PhD program after 12 months in the Masters program Minimum of $15,000 for 12 months of Masters study and $24,000 (domestic) or $32,000 (international) each year over 3 academic years of PhD study Funding your graduate studies (7)
Masters Top-up Award Guaranteed top-up award of $5,000 to successful NSERC (PGSM, CGSM), CIHR, SSHRC, FQRNT, FRSQ, and FQRSC Masters scholarship recipients at McGill Engineering McGill Engineering Undergraduate Masters Student Award (MEUSMA) Funding available to McGill Engineering undergraduate students who wish to enter directly into a Research Masters program within the Faculty Must have graduated with a 3.5 CGPA or higher, and have participated in specified undergraduate research activities with a McGill Engineering professor. Funding your graduate studies (8) Top-up MITACs Globalink Graduate Scholarship Recipients The Faculty of Engineering covers the international tuition supplement for Masters recipients of the Mitacs Global link Scholarship, valued at $13,000
Graduate Excellence Fellowships (GEF) - Engineering Funding available to new and continuing Masters & PhD students, in support of their graduate studies Engineering Recruitment Travel Voucher Maximum of $1000 towards expenses (travel, lodging, and meals) associated with a recruitment visit with an prospective engineering supervisor/professor. During your Graduate Studies (1) Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award (GREAT Award) Funding in support of graduate student travel to conferences and research-enhancement activities Graduate Mobility Award (GMA) & Voucher Funding to encourage graduate students to study and conduct research abroad as part of their McGill degree program, including cost associate with visits to research stay at a lab abroad,
field work abroad or participation in a formal bilateral exchange/research partnership abroad Graduate Research Traineeship (GRT) Graduate students enrolled at another universities can attend McGill for up to 12 months to conduct research. Must be supported by a McGill professor and have approval of their home university. www.mcgill.ca/gps/students/graduate-research-trainee During your Graduate Studies (2) Each department/school has individual PhD program rules for:
Qualifying exams Thesis proposal exams Thesis defense Other requirements Your supervisor and department/school Graduate Program Director or Coordinator will be happy to explain/assist you Professor Tal Arbel: Image guided neurosurgery (Center for Intelligent Machines) Applying for Graduate Studies (1)
1. Identify a supervisor Search the McGill website for your research interest Contact prospective supervisors directly by email Ask for assistance from the graduate program coordinator 2. Review application requirements on Department/School website 3. Collect supporting documents Write tests which may be required (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS, GRE) Request transcripts from previous institutions Contact references for their approval and current contact details 4. Submit online application http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply 5. Submit supporting documents
Applying for Graduate Studies (2) Deadlines: Winter Semester (January) September 1st for International Students October 15th for Domestic Students Summer and Fall Semesters (May and September) January 15th for International Students January 15th for Domestic Students Accepting your Graduate Offer (1) Questions you should you ask yourself before accepting your offer for graduate studies! What is the reputation of the research program and/or research institution? Have I been offered a funding package? What makes up my funding package?
Is the funding package competitive when compared to the cost of living? Will I have a high quality of life/student life? What support is available for future employment after degree completion? Accepting your Graduate Offer (2) What is the reputation of the research program and/or research institution? On average full-time McGill professors publish more peerreviewed articles than colleagues at any other Canadian university. Ranked 32th overall in 2018 by the US News & World (QS World Universities) Report. No. 1 or no. 2 for Research University of the Year for the past 14 years amount Canadas top Research Universities (research infosource 2016) No 1 in % or a universitys budget spent on scholarships and bursaries, for the 7th year in a row. Macleans University ranking
2016. Accepting your Graduate Offer (3) Have I been offered a funding package? What makes up my funding package? McGill Engineering graduate funding packages can include: Internal fellowships (cash) External fellowship Top-ups (cash) Differential Fee Waivers Additional funding is available through Teaching Assistantships (TA), Grader-ships, invigilator positions, graduate research travel awards, conference travel awards, external fellowships, etc. Accepting your Graduate Offer (4) Is the funding package competitive when compared to the cost of living?
Accepting your Graduate Offer (5) Will I have a high quality of life/student life? McGill offers One of the most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in the world Post-Graduate Students Society (PGSS) Source of support throughout your academic graduate work Subsidized social activities and events Thompson House Department specific graduate student associations Accepting your Graduate Offer (6) What support is available for future employment after degree completion?
GPS doctoral internship program (post-dissertation) Internship of a period of 1 to 3 months. Doctoral Internship Program database provided. This Program aims to enrich doctoral education and not detract from it, so the internship should take place in the period between submitting their initial thesis, and defending it. PhD Innovation fellowship (will be published soon) Engineering Career Centre (ECC) & Career Planning Services (CAPs) Advising for graduate students Post Graduation Employment The Government of Canada offers a three-year post-graduation work permit for international student graduates of Canadian universities The 2016 Times Higher Education Global Employability Survey ranked McGill University 18 th in the world Contact Us Faculty of Engineering Research & Graduate Education
McGill University [email protected] http://www.mcgill.ca/engineering/future-students/ graduate-programs Resources Admissions, Official Documentation Contact your department through uApply https://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/contactus Enrolment Services https://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/ready/submit/send Immigration International Student Services https://www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/international-student-services Or relevant government agencies
MEDA Refer to your MEDA offer letter Questions: [email protected] Program, Registration Contact your departments graduate program coordinator
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