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Applications for the Student Opportunity Grant will close on March 16th, 2020. 

The MSS recognizes that some of the most valuable experiences occur outside the classroom. However, often these have associated costs. In response, the MSS is excited to contribute to making your opportunities into a reality. In recognition of this, the MSS introduced the Student Opportunity Grant (SOG). Each year, a sum is set aside to support student participation in events that include conferences, workshops, and/or professional development. Any questions can be directed to the Grants & Funds Directors at


To apply, fill out the provided application and submit the completed form to Grants & Funds Directors at

SIF Office Hours:

Every Friday from 1:30 - 2:30

Email to schedule an appointment outside of office hours

Term I Important Dates:

Applications are considered until December 20th, 2021 @ 11:59 PM


Celeste Bouchard

“It was really exciting to be allowed the opportunity to present research at a national conference in Ottawa as undergraduate students. As exciting as the idea sounded, there were a lot of expensive logistics to worry about. Luckily, the Student Opportunity Grant from the McMaster Science Society relieved us of the financial stress so that we could just enjoy the experience and share our hard work with other academics!”

Jared Valdron

“The Student Opportunity Grant has helped me have a once in a life-time experience: conducting scientific research in Japan. With psychology as my field, simply being in this rich and distinct culture for an extended period of time is of monumental value to my research moving forward. Even beyond academic levels, however, visiting Japan has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I have not been disappointed by any means. The student opportunity grant contributed towards an expensive flight ticket that was a significant barrier to my pursuing this experience, and for that I am very grateful.”

A message from the Grants & Funds Directors:


Dear MacSci,


This year we, the Grants and Funds Directors (previously SIF Directors) have seen a role change where we have taken on all three of the grants and funds offered by the MSS: the SIF, the SEG, and the SOG. We look forward to continuing the work that began with the VP Finance in 2021 to be able to offer this grant to you.


We are always working to improve the user experience and accessibility of the MSS grants and funds. This year, we have the following objectives: 1) improving our social media presence and student outreach, 2) making our application process and website more accessible and user-friendly, and 3) collaborating with and expanding our wonderful board of directors. 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 the SEG.


Christian Jacobsen-Perez, Keshikaa Suthaaharan & Other

Grants & Funds Directors

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