Student Clubs and Committees

Graduate Student Executive of Population Medicine (GSEPM)

The Graduate Student Executive of Population Medicine (GSEPM) is the student council that represents the academic, social, and professional needs of all graduate students in the Department of Population Medicine. The GSEPM includes the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and representatives from other student clubs and groups. The GSEPM meets biweekly for approximately one hour to discuss ongoing activities in the department, and plan for new activities. We welcome all students’ input, and hope to see you at one of our meetings or events!

President: Alexandra Swirski

Vice President: Stephanie Croyle

Secretary: Kenlyn Ramsey

Treasurer: Melissa MacKinnon

1st year MPH Representative: Required

2nd year MPH Representative: Alessia Borgo

PhD Representative: Required

MSc Representative: Required


Social Committee

The Population Medicine Social Committee is responsible for making your time in the PopMed department as fun and social as possible. We plan social events throughout the school year, such as lunchtime socials, trivia nights, and our largest event, the holiday party in December.  We also organize one bake sale per semester to raise money for social events and the Children of Bukati Charity.

The Committee meets once per month and new members are always welcome - it is a lot of fun! Watch the PopMed Facebook group and posters around the department for upcoming events. We hope to see you at our next event!

President: Alexandra Swirski


EcoHealth Community of Interest

The EcoHealth Community of Interest at the University of Guelph is a group of graduate students from across campus with an interest in EcoHealth and OneHealth research, principles, applications, and dialogue. This group meets semi-regularly to work on event planning like documentary screenings with popcorn, and often collaborate to produce academic works like posters, presentations, and conference citations. To get on our listserv for meetings and events, please email us.

President: Kate Bishop-Williams


Canadian Veterinary Epidemiology Club (CVEC)

This student-driven initiative with strong faculty support aims to provide students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members with the opportunity to gain awareness and appreciation for the epidemiological research currently being conducted in the different veterinary institutions in Canada. This club is a great platform to introduce students from different schools and share research interests/ideas and problems in an effort to network and potentially problem solve. You do not need to be a veterinarian or epidemiologist to join, just an interest in discussions about animal/public health and a desire to meet other people interested in the same. The CVEC meetings are typically monthly, with each vet school hosting at least one meeting via Skype. The format of these meetings are variable and include journal discussions or research/topic presentations. 

Department representatives: Melissa MacKinnon and Danielle Julien-Wright 


Journal Clubs

Epidemiology Journal Club

The Epidemiology Journal Club welcomes graduate students to join us as we review key epidemiological concepts and critically examine peer-reviewed scientific literature. This Club is also of great help in preparing for Qualifying Examinations and Defenses. We meet weekly during the winter/ fall semesters and every two weeks during the summer semester. New students are always welcome to join. Just watch for the e-mails with the scientific articles, work through the critical appraisal form, and join us for discussion!

Organizer: Kaitlin Patterson 

Fall semester meeting times: Wednesdays from 12:30 -1:30 pm 


Dairy Journal Club 

The Dairy Journal Club welcomes students to join us as we discuss scientific papers specifically related to dairy cattle. This club meets bi-weekly throughout the year, and new students are always welcome to join.

Organizer: Stephanie Croyle

Fall semester meeting times: every other week after Thursday's seminar session 


Qualitative Journal Club

Doing qualitative research or just interested in learning more about it? Join the weekly Qualitative Journal Club. Learn how to critically appraise qualitative research and keep up to date with current literature. 

Organizer: Alisha Matte 

Fall semester meeting times: Tuesdays from 12-1 pm 



Disease Modeling Club

The Disease Modeling Club is an interdisciplinary group that have an interest in modeling communicable diseases with both human and veterinary applications. We meet biweekly to learn essential concepts of mathematical modeling, explained at a beginner's level. We also discuss peer-reviewed literature, current research, and host mini workshops on model building. All students and faculty are welcome, with no prior experience required (beginners are encouraged to join us!). For more information please contact our organizers. 

Organizers: Kelsey Spence and Rachael Milwid 


Let's Talk Science at the University of Guelph

LTS at the University of Guelph is part of a national charitable science outreach organization which promotes literacy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). LTS provides lots of great opportunities for students to actively develop their communication and teaching skills in a fun and hands-on way. 

Coordinator: Alexandra Swirski