McMaster University’s School of Geography and Earth Sciences is delighted to announce the launch of a new student-led initiative: CompassCompass is an undergraduate journal of geography published by students in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences. Compass is an interdisciplinary journal showcasing the research and writing achievements of students working across human geography, earth science, environmental science, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Compass is a peer-reviewed journal published by a team of volunteers that includes undergraduate student reviewers, graduate student reviewers, and faculty advisors. Compass will be published every April to coincide with the School of Geography and Earth Sciences’ annual Research Day. Look out for our first publication in April 2017!

(now accepting submissions for the April 2017 publication--our first!)

Are you especially proud of an essay or a project you completed for a course? Why not submit it to Compass for the opportunity to share your ideas with the wider academic community and receive recognition for your hard work?

Compass is welcoming submissions from undergraduate students currently enrolled in a minor or major in any discipline within the SGES. The submission deadline has been extended to March 17, 2017 at 4pm. For article guidelines and submission instructions, visit the Submissions page (go to About > Submissions > Online Submissions). 

2016-17 Undergraduate Editors


Successful submissions are read, chosen, and edited by the editorial board in collaboration with student authors. The editorial board includes eight undergraduate student reviewers, four graduate student reviewers, and four faculty adivsors, each representing one of the four disciplines (earth science, environmental science, GIS, and human geography). 

2016-17 Editorial Board

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Emily Power

Undergraduate Student Reviewers
Chimira Andres and Samantha Karvanis (Earth Science)
Caroline Hill-Smith and Nicole Melzer (Environmental Science) 
Matthew Brown and Emily Webb (GIS)
Roheen Bhatti and Dylan Ward (Human Geography)

Graduate Student Reviewers
Samantha Feist (Earth Science)
Rodrigo Narro (Environmental Science)
Rebecca Lee (GIS)
Stine Hansen (Human Geography) 

Faculty Advisors
Dr. John Maclachlan (Earth Science)
Dr. James Michael Waddington (Environmental Science)
Dr. Darren Scott (GIS) 
Dr. Richard Harris (Human Geography) 

(now accepting applications for the 2017-18 editorial board)

Undergraduate students completing a minor or a major in any discipline within the School of Geography and Earth Sciences are invited to apply to join the Compass editorial board. As a student reviewer, you will work with the graduate student reviewers and faculty advisors to anonymously read, choose, and edit article submissions. You will also help with advertising the call for submissions, designing the layout of the final publication, and promoting the journal at Research Day in the spring. You will be expected to volunteer approximately 30 hours to these tasks from September 2017-April 2018.

As a Compass reviewer, you will learn how the academic publication process works and strengthen your editing skills in the process. You will contribute to the SGES community by supporting and promoting the work of your peers. You will gain leadership experience and collaborate in a truly collegial way with graduate students and faculty members interested in the same field as you. Not to mention, you will add a very impressive line to your CV!

Interested students are asked to submit an application to by 4pm on March 31, 2017. In the body of the email, please list your name, program, program level, and indicate which stream you would like to focus on as an editor (earth science, environmental science, GIS, or human geography). Please send your CV and a writing sample (a course assignment would be fine) as attachments in the same email. Students in first, second, third, or fourth year are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be notified by email in early April 2017.