Student Life

Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health Student Society (EBOSS)

Mission Statement and Objectives

The Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health Student Society (EBOSS) is your student organization. Every epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational health student is automatically a voting member of EBOSS.

The mission of EBOSS is to represent the interests of the EBOH students, the Post-Graduate Students Society and the McGill Community.

Throughout the year, EBOSS organizes or co-organizes several departmental social and academic-related events to enrich the graduate student experience. These activities include:

  • Orientation
  • A holiday party
  • Research Day
  • A student-sponsored speaker
  • A spring banquet

EBOSS Representation

EBOSS council conducts elections every Fall for council positions. EBOSS is lead by a council of 16 student representatives. All representatives are elected. Some members represent student issues on department and university committees, while others work to plan and organize events to enrich the academic experience of students in the department. EBOSS council meetings are held once a month.

Elections take place in September of each year. The 16 student representatives are:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Vice-President Finance
  • Academic Representative
  • External Representative
  • Biostatistics Representative
  • Occupational Health Representative
  • Curriculum Committee Representative
  • Communications Representative
  • Secretary
  • Ph.D. Committee Representative
  • M.Sc. Committee Representative
  • Post Graduate Students Society (PGSS) Councillors (2)
  • Epidemiology Comprehensive Exam Representative
  • Biostatistics Comprehensive Exam Representative
  • Council Members at large

A detailed description of the responsibilities of each position can be found on the EBOSS website.

In addition, EBOSS is always looking for students to help with events.

For more information about EBOSS, its membership or its activities, please do not hesitate to contact the president at ebss.president [at] mail.mcgill.ca.

Research Day

Research Day, which falls in the winter semester, is an opportunity for Master's and Ph.D. students to present their research at a peer-reviewed conference in a non-threatening environment. It is also a day for the department to showcase the great work done by its students. All students in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health are invited to submit an abstract. Faculty members review abstracts, and selected abstracts are presented at Research Day.

Research submitted to Research Day can be thesis-related or otherwise and may be completed or in progress. Research Day is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and obtain feedback. Prizes are awarded. 

Students wishing additional information regarding Research Day should email ebss.president [at] mail.mcgill.ca.

Spring Banquet

Each year, EBOSS organizes the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health’s Spring Banquet. The event, traditionally held during the first two weeks of June, is an opportunity for all members of the department (faculty, staff, and students), as well as their friends and family members, to get together in a more informal setting. During the evening the departmental awards, including the teaching awards, are presented to recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to the department. The banquet provides an important opportunity for members of the department to get to know each other and to highlight some of the achievements of the past year.

Students wishing additional information regarding the Spring Banquet should email ebss.president [at] mail.mcgill.ca.

Post-Graduate Student’s Society (PGSS) and Thomson House

3650 McTavish 

PGSS is run by graduate students for graduate students. It advocates for graduate student interests at all levels of university government and runs many programs to improve graduate student life at McGill.  PGSS organizes parties, activities, and fun courses so graduate students can meet each other and build friendships. It offers a health plan, has scholarship information, and creates a handbook/agenda every year. PGSS sends out a weekly listserv with news, deadline reminders and information on activities. Sign up by emailing services.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca.

PGSS is run by a council made up of graduate student representatives from each department (we have three representatives). There are five elected executives (President, VP Finance, VP Internal, VP External, VP Academic) who are responsible for different portfolios. Executive members put forth proposals at the monthly council meetings, where councillors have the opportunity to modify, approve or reject those proposals.  

PGSS has lots of opportunities to get involved and gain new skills. PGSS needs graduate student representatives on many different committees, covering many different interests within PGSS and within the university community. Committees range from the Equity Committee, the Health Sciences Library, the environment, to Special Projects. Get involved! Committees are usually assigned during the council meetings in September. It’s a great way to build your CV and make a difference in our community!

Thomson House is graduate student central.  It has a bar, a great restaurant, a snooker table, free internet access, cable TV, and games and magazines you can borrow.  The PGSS offices are housed in Thomson House, and all classes, activities and parties are held there.

Look for these upcoming events on the PGSS website

• Welcome Week (usually the second week in September)
• Pub Nights every Friday night (they serve great pizzas on Fridays)
• Halloween Costume Party
• Softball League (May - August)