Welcome to Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section

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

  • Chair: Amy Dietrich, Department of Geography and Environmental Management - Collaborative Water Program (CWP). Faculty of Environment
  • Vice Chair Social: Erin Mills, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability – CWP. Faculty of Environment
  • Vice‐Chair Operations: Frederick Cheng, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – CWP. Faculty of Engineering
  • Vice‐Chair Academic: Wynona Klemt, Department of Biology – CWP. Faculty of Science
  • Vice‐Chair Outreach: Amy Yang, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – CWP. Faculty of Engineering
  • Vice‐Chair Conference: Stephanie Slowinski, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences - CWP. Faculty of Science

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.

A huge thanks to the outgoing 2016-2017 SWIGS Executive for doing such a great job!

  1. Sep. 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. 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?

  2. 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 :) .

  3. July 17, 2016Research in the Real North

    Have you ever thought of visiting the North? Let’s go on a field trip together. First we get on a plane, or two or three; destination: Yellowknife. We’re headed to the true North. It’s spring when we leave Waterloo: no snow on the ground, grass is turning green, and things are starting to come up in the gardens.

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Meet our people

Erin Mills

Erin Mills

Vice Chair Social

Faculty of Environment
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability