Term II Important Dates:

Deadline to submit applications for feedback: March 4th, 2020


Deadline for SIF applications: March 18th, 2020

SIF Office Hours:

Every Friday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Email to schedule an appointment outside of office hour

SIF Application Workshop:

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

5:30 to 7:30 PM
BSB B140

For more information, please contact our SIF Directors

A message from the SIF Directors:


Dear MacSci,


The Science Initiative Fund (SIF), previously known as the Academic Science Fund, was established in 2011 with the goal of supporting student life and academic projects within the Faculty of Science. Projects funded by SIF include the Ontario Science Games, an annual weekend long competition between science students, and newer projects such as Sciential, one of McMaster’s Undergraduate Science Journal, with the goal to publish and share a variety of research pieces written by students and faculty members at McMaster. 

Since its name change in 2016 from the Academic Science Fund to the Science Initiative Fund, this MSS service has continued to empower students and faculty who have had innovative ways of bettering the McMaster community. The previous SIF directors have established a strong foundation to the SIF program by updating the SIF database, rehauling the rubric for application assessment, and collaborating with a dedicated group of individuals for the Board of Directors. We hope to build upon these pillars of support as well as add initiatives of our own to further strengthen the SIF program.

The previous SIF Co-Directors had the goal of increasing accessibility and promotion of SIF applications through workshops. As the incoming SIF Co-Directors, we want to build upon the previous goal and add three more objectives: encourage more SIF applications from individuals and clubs and connecting those with similar ideas, improve the SIF website page and database to increase transparency behind the SIF budget and allocations, and add detailed guidelines and levels to the rubric. The Science Initiative Fund has the potential to aid the feasibility of many meaningful projects within the Faculty of Science and McMaster as a whole, and we would like to encourage more individuals and groups to take advantage of this resource.  

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have, we look forward to talking to you about SIF.


Devanjith Ganepola and Ishita Paliwal

Science Initiative Fund Co-Directors 


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