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Graduate Student Life

The Dalhousie Graduate Geology Society (DGGS) is the elected body that represents the needs and interests of grad students with the Earth Sciences department. DGGS also serves as an intermediary between grad students and faculty.  In addition to this, DGGS coordinates a number of social events for grad students throughout the year including barbeques, curling and a wine and cheese party with the faculty. The graduate “coffee garden” is a good place to meet your fellow grad students for a quick caffeine boost and socialization. One of the regular activities that is run by DGGS is Geobeer. DGGS, as well as the undergraduate society, the Dawson Club, work with the faculty to bring in interesting speakers on Friday afternoons for D.I.R.T. (Dalhousie Informal Rock Talks). These talks are run in conjunction with Geobeer so that students and Faculty can relax with a cold brew while listening to the speaker. During most years, many grad students also get together in order to plan a graduate field trip to a geologically interesting area for a few weeks during the summer. Past trip have visited Newfoundland, Iceland and Utah to name just a few locales.

Outside of the department, Halifax has a very lively nightlife that is geared in large part towards students. Along with a multitude of pubs and restaurants downtown, there are many activities such as trivia, karaoke and beer tastings, among other things, that occur on a weekly basis at places such as the Tea Room, the engineering bar on Sexton Campus. In and around Halifax there are also opportunities for scuba diving and fishing in the summer, as well as skating and cross country skiing in the winter.