All first-year Science courses will be delivered virtually for Winter 2021. Due to the COVID-19 provincial lock-down, all students who were expecting in-person labs, should check their McMaster e-mail for important winter announcements..

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students Masking Up

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Faculty of Science-branded face masks were mailed to faculty and staff just before the winter break. If you haven't received your mask, please send an email to Heidi O'Brien at with your name and mailing address. If you would like your masked selfie added to the Faculty of Science's Twitter and Instagram accounts, please email your photo to Jay Robb at wearing mask

McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Research Showcase Webinar Jan. 21

Register here for Appetizers for the MindFour scientists from the Faculty of Science's McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching and Learning Program will share their passion for research in a series of 10-minute talks Jan. 21 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The live webinar will feature Cayleih Robertson, Rodrigo Narro Perez, James McKendry and Leanne Grieves. Cayleih, James and Leanne were recently published in The Conversation Canada. Following the talks and a brief Q&A, a trivia game based on the talks will give attendees the chance to win gift cards from SkipTheDishes. Register here for Appetizers for the Mind presented in partnership with the McMaster Alumni Association.

Wage Subsidy Still Available To Hire Co-op Students

75 offThere is still time to hire a Faculty of Science co-op student and secure a wage subsidy of 75 percent of the student's wages.

Science Career & Cooperative Education (SCCE) has partnered with the Information Communications Technology Council (ICTC) to secure wage subsidies for 70 Faculty of Science students through the WIL Digital Program. The subsidy will cover 75 percent of a student's wages up to a maximum of $7,500. WIL Digital is an innovative work-integrated learning program funded by the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students.

To access the 75 percent subsidy:
Contact with your interest in hiring a winter co-op student with the 75 percent wage subsidy.
The SCCE team will walk you through the process and apply for funding on your behalf.
Please don’t delay; we currently have nine students available. The Federal Government has committed to allowing post-secondary employers to avail of this funding until the end of April, 2021.
Find out more about ICTC and the WIL Digital program here.

Welcoming New Executive Assistant to the Dean and Acting HR Strategic Partner

Susanne JanischSusanne Janisch joins the Faculty of Science as the new Executive Assistant to the Dean beginning Jan. 18 and can be reached at

Susanne is currently the Executive Assistant and Office Manager for Institutional Research and Analysis. Prior to joining McMaster University in January 2018, Susanne was the Executive Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies at Brock University and served for 12 years with Deloitte as an Operations / Finance Manager, Supervisor of Administrative Assistants and Executive Assistant for the Director of Operations for Audit & Assurance.

Susanne earned her degree in business management/administration from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.

Susanne is taking over for Jacob Brodka who became the Administrator in the School of Interdisciplinary Science last November. Susanne will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Dean’s Office, providing administrative and analytical support, coordinating activities on the Dean's behalf, acting as a liaison to senior management across campus and providing lead hand supervision to administrative staff within the Dean’s Office.


Natasa JavniNatasa Javni is serving as Acting HR Strategic Partner for the Faculty of Science on a secondment to the end of May and can be reached at

Reporting to Kathleen Blackwood, Director of Finance & Administration and Franca Berti-Bogojevic, Director of HR Strategic Partnershps & Initiatives, Natasa is supporting the Faculty's leadership team in assessing and ensuring the delivery of HR operational activities and developing new strategies to advance equity, diversity and inclusion along with talent planning initiatives. 

Natasa joined McMaster in 2013 and most recently served as Senior HR Advisor in McMaster's HR Service Centre where she led the implementation of the new HR Service Desk.  Natasa has experience with HR operations, strategic planning, analytics, client service, payroll, benefit and pension administration. Before joining McMaster, Natasa worked for 10 years as an administrator with Alternative Processing Systems in Toronto. 

Natasa has a Human Resources Management Diploma from McMaster CCE, a Financial Services Management Diploma from George Brown College and recently received her certification as a Strategic HR Business Partner from the Human Capital Institute. 


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