Student Opportunities

MA and MSc Opportunities in Geography
Wilfrid Laurier University

Professors Robert McLeman and Colin Robertson of Laurier have secured funding to conduct a large scale, multi-year study of environmental drivers of human population change on the North American Great Plains. Currently, we are seeking qualified applicants for 1 MSc Geography and 1 MA Geography position to work closely with us on this project beginning September 2017. The MSc position requires a student with strong skills in GIS and interest in quantitative methods (e.g. data processing, statistical modelling, exploratory data analysis, etc). Familiarity using R and working with census data would be assets, but not essential. The MA position requires a student with the ability to carry out interviews and lead focus groups discussions, necessitating strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), and the ability to transcribe and code qualitative data. Experience with qualitative data-coding software would be an asset, but not essential. For both positions, past experience living/working/studying or travelling on the Canadian Prairies would be advantageous. Given the technical and demanding nature of work on this project, prospective applicants should have a 4-year undergraduate GPA equivalent to 80% or better.

Anyone potentially interested in these positions should contact Dr. McLeman directly at before applying formally for graduate admission to Laurier. Students accepted to work on this project can expect a funding package consisting of teaching assistantships, internal scholarships, and faculty-funded research assistantships worth approximately $17,000 annually, plus research-related travel expenses. Successful applicants will be required to submit a formal application for graduate studies at Laurier and meet all institutional and departmental requirements for admission (click on the following links for more graduate program details):