Welcome to Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section

Your 2016-2017 Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section (SWIGS) Executive members:

  • Chair: Allison Turner, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability - Collaborative Water Program (CWP). Faculty of Environment
  • Vice Chair Social: Jess Kidd, Department of Biology – CWP. Faculty of Science
  • Vice‐Chair Operations: Robert Chlumsky, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – CWP. Faculty of Engineering
  • Vice‐Chair Academic: Sabrina Bedjera, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – CWP. Faculty of Engineering
  • Vice‐Chair External Outreach: Logan Koeth, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – CWP. Faculty of Engineering
  • Vice‐Chair Internal Outreach: Irene Brueckner-Irwin, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability - CWP. Faculty of Environment
  • Vice‐Chair Conference: Nicole Stamnes, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability - CWP. Faculty of Environment

If you are interested in one of these positions, or to be on one of the above committees as a volunteer, please contact uw.swigs@gmail.com

Note that we will have a change of executives in April 2017! We are looking for new members to take up the executive mantle next term, and would be delighted if you were interested! Please drop us a line if you want to chat about what it is like to be an executive in SWIGS. If you wish to nominate yourself, please send us an email with:

  • your name and home department at the University of Waterloo,
  • which position(s) (above) you wish to nominate yourself for,
  • a short blurb on why you want to be an executive in SWIGS
  1. Sept. 19, 2016Blue Drinks moved to Mondays

    In order to better fit our event into the schedule of the Graduate House, we will be moving our monthly Blue Drinks events to Mondays, starting this month (September 26th @ 5pm). We will keep them on the last Monday of each month for the foreseeable future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our loyal Blue Drinkers who have already pencilled in Tuesdays for the next six months.

  2. 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)

  3. Oct. 27, 2016Python Workshop Cancelled - Want to lead a workshop?

    We have some bad news! Our planned workshop for November on Python is cancelled/postponed due to our facilitator being unable to lead the workshop. However there is potential for an R or GIS workshop, or other topic if someone jumped in last minute to run one. Know something about programming or GIS? Have that lab mate who you always go to for computer questions? Link them to us and we may yet be able to run a workshop in November! 

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  1. Jan. 30, 2017Blue Drinks

    Come out to our monthly event, Blue Drinks at the Grad House! We will provide some free food and perhaps a prize raffle and an interesting speaker. What a great chance to chat with your fellow water students!

  2. Feb. 27, 2017Blue Drinks

    Come out to our monthly event, Blue Drinks at the Grad House! We will provide some free food and perhaps a prize raffle and an interesting speaker. What a great chance to chat with your fellow water students!

  3. Mar. 27, 2017Blue Drinks

    Come out to our monthly event, Blue Drinks at the Grad House! We will provide some free food and perhaps a prize raffle and an interesting speaker. What a great chance to chat with your fellow water students!

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  1. 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 :) .

  2. Sept. 27, 2016AskProfs Series - Interdisciplinarity in SERS

    As promised, we’ve branched out from the topic of modelling as we continue with our AskProfs series.  This edition focuses on interdisciplinarity and its associated nuances within the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS). The School hosts diverse researchers working on a broad array of topics – a perfect opportunity for us at Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section (SWIGS) to seek some light hearted insight into what interdisciplinarity is like in practice.

  3. Sept. 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?

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Meet our people

Nicole Stamnes
Vice Chair Conference

Faculty of Environment
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
Collaborative Water Program