Project Locker booking is available to all students within the McMaster Faculty of Engineering. The lockers must be used for class projects, no personal projects will be allowed to store in these lockers. The MES will provide a lock when the locker is assigned, for a refundable deposit of $10.
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AVP, Academic Resources
Hello everyone my name is Bryson Carey and I am currently in my first year of engineering here at McMaster. To start off with a little about me I’m from the Niagara Region from a small town called Grimsby, and I decided to pursue engineering at McMaster because of the great community feeling that McMaster Engineering has. Over the past year I have been an advocate for the first year class as one of the First Year Representatives. In this role I have voiced my opinion on many matters for the past year such as red suits, and have hosted events such as first year resource night. This year I am running for AVP Academic Resources. What I bring to this role is a mindset geared to ensure that all programs that I will run in this role are inclusive, equitable, and accessible to all students. I have also been a part of two conferences this year: FYIC and CALE. At these conferences I have been able to learn about different academic resource programming that schools have established. Therefore, I’m ready to implement and work with the VP Academic to provide a diverse pool of resources.
Over the next year in this role I do want to see concrete change and advancements to allow more academic resources here at McMaster. As we have had our first year out of COVID behind us we have been left with the understanding of the importance for online academic resources. Unfortunately when an engineering student goes to the website the academic supports are not what they really could be. We do have a notes bank and a test bank that are currently being underused. Moving forward my first goal as AVP Academic Resources is to grow those two pools of information for McMaster Engineering Students. I think that this program is something to put more time and effort into as it shows how information can get passed on from year to year to build that sense of community in an academic light. In addition, I would like to put a focus on second year courses for this resource as in my experience I found that there are a lot of resources geared to first years and then the resources can quickly dwindle.
Next is study sessions that are run by the MES and coordinated by the AVP Academic Resources. These nights are very hit and miss and that is why I want to address them. I have experience with these events as in the first semester I assisted the current AVP Academic Resources for creating a review session for the Material Science Exam for first years in 1P13. The attendance was great as roughly 200 students joined the online session. I believe that what is working well is the incentives for going to the sessions and the ability to host them both online and in-person. I believe however where they could be improved is through the utilization of structure within a session. My proposal is to focus on examples related to the test in question that we create beforehand that students can try alongside the individual leading the session. Then the later half is open to questions. The structure can be further refined via surveys, but this idea would streamline these sessions, which act as a key piece for first year students. Another thing for these sessions is to host more of them in general, especially for large courses in upper years, because working alongside many of your peers can be a very stimulating environment to work through difficult concepts.
Finally, I believe that AVP Academic Resources can also make an impact not directly with course work, but also directing students to other academic supports on campus. Therefore, I want to make a FAQs page on the MES website geared to answering common academic questions streamlining academic communication within the faculty.
I would like to thank you for reading my platform. I hope you can see that I will bring advocacy, transparency, and a strong work ethic in the role. Please let me know if you have any questions about my platform and I would be happy to answer.
AVP, Academic Resources