Welcome to Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section (SWIGS)

SWIGS is the graduate student group of the Water Institute dedicated to fostering the community of water researchers at the University of Waterloo. Any student who is, or has an interest, in graduate water research is welcome to our events!

Our key goals are to:

  • Provide venues of collaboration between graduate researchers  in all departments and faculties
  • Host events to promote interaction between students
  • Foster networks between students, faculty, industry/professionals
  • Provide a series of speakers, workshops, etc. that enriches the student experience
  1. Aug. 16, 2017Blog is starting up again in the fall term!

    SWIGS is excited to announce that our blog is starting up again in the fall term. We hope to talk about some fun topics but we're always looking for ideas or new topics! Currently in the works:

  2. May 1, 2017New SWIGS Exec

    Thanks for everyone who voted for the 2017-2018 Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section (SWIGS) Executive members! The new SWIGS Exec are:

  3. Nov. 1, 2016SWIGS Execs Meet with Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

    Two of our executives, Allison and Logan, met with the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation today! We are pleased to let you know about some the events and efforts being undertaken by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in the next month and beyond.

    Earthstock, Saturday November 5th (2pm to 6pm)

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  1. Sep. 26, 2017SWIGS Welcome BBQbonfire

     Barbecue, s'mores, food, games, prizes and more! Come meet the new students and current SWIGS members! What more can you ask for?

    Dress warmly and come by the Laurel Creek fire pit across of Environment 2 (EV2).

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  1. July 29, 2017A week in Bordeaux, France - A short course on "weak signals"central fountain in Bordeaux

    At the start of the month, I had the opportunity to travel to Bordeaux to participate in the weeklong short course hosted by LabEx COTE. LabEx COTE is a major research consortium that studies Continental To coastal Ecosystems: evolution, adaptability and governance and is a partnership between many French research universities and research centres. Extremely multidisciplinary in nature, we had about 30 PhD students from about 18 different countries at the summer school coming to learn about “Weak signals and emerging issues in ecological transition”.

  2. Sep. 20, 2016Water in the News Analytics by Igor Markelov

    Ever wondered how water makes its way into the news and social media? Well Igor Markelov was interested, and so he decided to perform some analysis of Twitter data to see how water was tweeted about. This was done for the 'Water in the News' portion of the WATER 601 and 602 courses, where students are asked to read a news article related to water and bring it to class to discuss. Why read one article when you can summarize thousands, right?

  3. Aug. 22, 2016AskProfs Number One - Modelling in Water

    This blog post is article number one in the new AskProfs series being launched by the Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section (SWIGS), where we choose a theme, put together some questions, and see what University of Waterloo (UW) professors, researchers, and postdocs think. For the first one we have chosen modelling in water and posed eight questions to UW faculty. The topic was unilaterally selected by me, but that is the benefit of starting the series off. I promise that future topics will not just be about modelling :) .

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