Mentorship Families Program


The MSSS Mentorship Program is getting an upgrade! This year, we’d like to introduce Mentorship Families. If you have academic questions but you aren’t sure who ask, consider joining a Mentorship Family.
If you are entering your first year this September, and you find yourself asking questions, or a little unsure about programs, courses, exams, workloads, standardized tests, or university life, WE FINALLY HAVE YOUR ANSWERS!

By joining a Social Sciences Mentorship Family, you’ll be matched by program with first, second, third, and fourth year students. Mentorship families should primarily be used as academic support systems, however, first years are encouraged to seek out social and extra-curricular support from their mentors. Each ‘Family’ will consist of approximately two 1st year, two 2nd year, two 3rd year, and two 4th year students.

Applications for this term have closed. Check back near the end of the term for our Term 2 mentorship families application.

For any questions, inquiries, or difficulties, email vpacademic@themsss.com


MSSS Awards

MSSS Leadership Award

The McMaster Social Sciences Society strives to improve the experience of undergraduate Social Sciences students at McMaster University. This objective has been accomplished throughout the years by different means, ranging from social and academic events to recreational and cultural activities. In support of this goal, the MSSS created the McMaster Social Sciences Society Student Leadership Award, first implemented in the 2012-2013 academic year.

Any full-time Social Sciences student is eligible to apply for this award, and should furthermore be a well-rounded social science student. As a student government body, we wish to support student involvement and success in all aspects of the university experience. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated strong leadership in athletics, extra-curricular groups within McMaster, volunteer work within the community, paid work experiences, and academics while in University. The recipient will receive a $1000 cheque and two (2) tickets to the McMaster Social Sciences Formal.

The application is available below:

The application is DUE ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016. Please email the application to vpfinance@themsss.com

MSSS Student Leadership Award Application

MSSS Graduate Award for Academic Achievement

The McMaster Social Sciences Society strives to enhance the experience of undergraduate Social Sciences students at McMaster University. This objective has been accomplished throughout the years by different means, ranging from social and academic events to recreational and cultural activities. In support of this goal, the MSSS has created the McMaster Social Sciences Society Graduate Award for Academic Achievement.

All full-time Social Sciences students are eligible to apply for this award, and will be awarded to a well-rounded Social Sciences student who will be graduating and attending graduate school. As a student government body, we wish to support student involvement and academic success in all aspects of the university experience. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated strong leadership in extra-curricular groups within McMaster, volunteer work within the community, paid work experiences, and academics success while in University. The recipient will receive a $1000 cheque and two (2) tickets to the McMaster Social Sciences Formal.

The application can be found below:

The application is DUE ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015. Please email the application to vpfinance@themsss.com

MSSS Academic Award Application

Scout at McMaster

(@scoutatmac) is a loveable border collie who works in the Faculty of Social Sciences to help students improve their mental health and academic achievement. Through this initiative, Social Sciences at McMaster is at the forefront of using canine assisted interventions with students, faculty and staff. Studies show that therapy dogs can assist students cope with the stresses of campus life and, as a result, do better in their academic pursuits. Building on this work, institutions like Yale University and the University of San Francisco Law School have recently introduced their own therapy dog to assist students. Social Sciences at McMaster is the first university Faculty in Canada to have its own dog! Scout works tirelessly with students, faculty and staff in diverse ways:

In his first year at Mac, Scout is enrolled in therapy dog school. He tells students about his training journey through his own social media campaign and relates his experiences to their challenges of being in university. Through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Scout gives students important information about campus life, hints for academic achievement, and things that will help them with their studies. Students share with Scout stories and pictures of the animals in their lives.

On a bi-weekly basis Scott invites three or four pet therapy canine friends from the SPCA to hang out with students, faculty and staff. The regular pet therapy sessions have become familiar and popular events on campus. By the end of our first year of the program, more than 800 students will have participated in the sessions. Additional sessions are added during the exam periods to help students, with assistance from student groups and the libraries.

Scout visits students on campus and attends key events. During Welcome Week he helped to introduce first year students to the campus. He attends recruitment events like May@MAC that encourage prospective students to come to McMaster and he participates in student awards ceremonies celebrating their accomplishments. Scout also will visit with students during stressful events like program entrance exams. Being the first dog in his pack to attend university, Scout is interested in assisting first generation McMaster students.

Do you want to get involved in this project?

Scout is always looking for students, faculty and staff who have a certified therapy dog – or wish to have their dog certified as a therapy dog – to help him with his important work on campus. If you are interested please contact James Gillett (gillett@mcmaster.ca) ext. 22741. We are also fund raising to help out the Scout Project. Funds raised through this Initiative will make it possible for Scout and his friends to continue to do the work they are doing at the University:

•Social media campaigns to raise awareness and inform students.
•Organize and deliver dog therapy sessions for students, staff and faculty on campus and at university events.
•Support research into best practices for using canine assisted interventions with university students and youth at risk.
•Create an active community of practice across faculty, staff, students, and alumni dedicated to improving the mental health and academic achievement of students at McMaster through canine assisted interventions.
•Create strategies to support students dealing with the challenges of university life (for example, the creation of student bursaries and awards for students). We encourage people to donate on behalf of their own dog, cat or companion animal and become part of Scout’s Pack at MAC.

If you are interested please go to the McMaster Ifund site: Click Here!

To learn more about the Scout Project in the Faculty of Social Sciences, please contact James Gillett (gillett@mcmaster.ca) or Lori Campbell (adeansoc@mcmaster.ca).


Experiential Education

Experience makes a difference

“In its simplest form, experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing. Experiential education first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking.” – Lewis and Williams (1994)

Social Sciences Experiential Education office offers a unique combination of education, career planning and practical experience.ee-logo

Contact the Experiential Education office as early as your first year to find out how, over the course of your academic career, we can help you combine your education with hands-on experience, linked to careers and the community, to ensure you get the most out of your university learning experience.

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    Internships

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    Career Placements

    Explore potential careers through job shadowing ( click here )

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    Academic Placements

    Enrich classroom learning through community engagement ( click here )

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    Grants & Awards

    Apply for funding ( click here )