MGAPS Executives and Officers

Executives

Ben Dringoli

MGAPS President

The president is the spokesperson and main organizer of MGAPS. They facilitate contact with other groups both within and outside McGill and delegate responsibility to the various other executive board members. The president is one of the most visible members of the physics community, and has the opportunity to interact with most facets of the department. If you ever have an idea of how MGAPS or the department in general can better serve you or the graduate community as a whole, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I hope to see you at future events and meetings!

email: benjamin.dringoli@mail.mcgill.ca


Zoé McIntyre

VP Academic

As VP Academic, I do my best to contribute to a positive academic experience for MGAPS members. You can come to me with any sort of academic (i.e. supervisory or course-related) problem, and I’ll help out by either acting as a liaison or directing you to the appropriate resources. I’m also responsible for the MGAPS colloquia (one per semester), the coffee & cookies gatherings with colloquium speakers (every Friday at 3PM), and the Undergrad Mentorship Program, which I run in collaboration with the MSPS VP Academic in order to foster interaction between undergrads and grad students/postdocs. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions concerning academic matters in the department.

email: zoe.mcintyre@mail.mcgill.ca


Hannah Wakeling

VP Communications

The VP communications is in charge of the MGAPS website, advertising MGAPS events, organising social media, creating informative posters and communicating with you all in general. Follow MGAPS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! They also take on secretarial duties such as taking minutes and attendance at the GAs.

email: hannah.wakeling@mail.mcgill.ca


Christina Nelson

VP Finance

“I hold the purse strings and I hold them tightly.”

email: christina.nelson@mail.mcgill.ca


Melissa Medina Peregrina

VP Professional Development

A large part of physics students leaves academia after graduation, but starts their job search too late and uses poor strategies relying solely on their personal network. My job is to coordinate action in providing awareness of earlier career planning and professional development while still in grad school.

  • fostering network of McGill Physics Alumni
  • facilitating contacts with professional clubs and associations
  • inviting experts to learn about jobs that require skills physicists develop pursuing our degrees

email: melissa.medinaperegrina@mail.mcgill.ca


Matthew Frick

VP Social

Why social events are important: When pursuing an advanced degree occasions to meet people from other fields are scarce, but it is valuable to make connections between fields and between theory and experiment. It’s also important to have fun!

Duties/Activities: You decide! Past activities have included a Hockey Night In Physics (organize a gathering in a bar after physics league Hockey games), the annual Cocktail party (biggest event, usually organized at Thompson house), the Winter retreat (spend a weekend at the McGill outdoor club house), among others. My job is also to help motivate people organizing activities within the department by providing them with a financial support and guidance, don’t be afraid to suggest an activity you think would be successful!

email: matthew.frick@mail.mcgill.ca


Officers

Lena Engström

AGSEM Representative

The job of a AGSEM representative is to attend AGSEM meetings and in turn keep MGAPS members informed of the current issues and initiatives.

email: lena.engstrom@mail.mcgill.ca


Tommy Clark

AGSEM Representative


Francois Bourassa

AGSEM Representative

I am one of your three delegates in McGill’s TA union, the Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill (AGSEM). My role is to inform and inspect: inform you about your rights as a teaching assistant, and monitor the observance of the TA collective convention in the physics department. I also represent you at monthly delegates’ councils and I attend quarterly general assemblies. If you have any question or complaint related to your working conditions as a TA, do not hesitate to contact me. francois.bourassa4@mail.mcgill.ca

email: francois.bourassa4@mail.mcgill.ca


Adrian Solyom

Chief Returning Officer


Talia Martz-Oberlander

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer

As Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Officer I work to make McGill Physics’ grad experience more open for those who are traditionally excluded from physics. I run workshops to educate folks on issues of equity and inclusion, and promote diversity by offering more accessible amentities in the department like bathrooms, workspaces, and advise on social programming that doesn’t just cater to the mainstream or privileged groups.

email: talia.martz-oberlander@mail.mcgill.ca


Melissa Mendes

Mental Health Officer

I am responsible for advocating for the wellbeing of our students, by promoting discussion spaces and supporting the creation of a more friendly and welcoming work environment. It is also my job to connect students with health resources inside and outside McGill. Apart from that, I can organize events, trainings, workshops or anything else you’re interested in! I am also available for a talk over tea/coffee, active listening guaranteed :)

email: melissa.mendessilva@mail.mcgill.ca


John McGowan

PGSS Representative

The job of a PGSS representative is to attend and vote on behalf of physics grads at PGSS council (which is accompanied by free food) and in turn keep MGAPS informed of the current issues and initiatives.

email: john.mcgowan@mail.mcgill.ca


Tommy Clark

PGSS Representative

The job of a PGSS representative is to attend and vote on behalf of physics grads at PGSS council (which is accompanied by free food) and in turn keep MGAPS informed of the current issues and initiatives.

email: tommy.clark@mail.mcgill.ca


Jan Pohls

Postdoctoral Officer

The Postdoctoral Officer serves as a liaison between postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the department. It is the officer’s job to keep postdocs informed of MGAPS initiatives and encourage their involvement in MGAPS affairs.

email: jan.pohls@mcgill.ca


Thomas Rademaker

RTech and Computing Officer

I run interactive events to improve grads’ computer-related skills. In the Fall semester, these will be Codetober, a workshop series on introductory programming topics every Tuesday of October, and the 4th edition of the Physics Hackathon Nov. 2-3. Check out https://www.facebook.com/RTechMcGill and www.physics.mcgill.ca/hackathon. I hope to see you there!

email: thomas.rademaker@mail.mcgill.ca


Daniel Abarbanel

Sports Officer

It is the job of the sports officer to encourage and facilitate the organization of graduate physics intramural teams. Additionally it is their job to help organize social events surrounding some of these teams, such as the hockey night in physics.

email: daniel.abarbanel@mail.mcgill.ca


Lena Engström

TA Officer

As the TA officer I organize the TA team as well as hold events to help physics graduate students to develop as teacher assistant. Among these is the TA day, the training day for new TAs in the beginning of each year. My job is to ppromote existing resources for TAs, offer a platform to build a community among TAs, and to communicate the needs of TAs to the department.

Contact me if you want to join the TA team or if you have questions/ideas about what we can do to improve teaching at the physics department!

email: lena.engstrom@mail.mcgill.ca


Talia Martz-Oberlander

Workspace Officer