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Enriching activities

With student success at the heart of every endeavour at Marianopolis, the College proudly offers various enriching activities designed to affirm the College’s commitment to excellence, student success and personal development. Expert Marianopolis faculty oversee these official, College-sponsored activities as part of the Marianopolis Plan for Success 2015-2020, whose aim is to improve academic success, enhance students’ sense of engagement at the College and prepare students to make sound choices in their pursuit of university studies. Activities include:  

Arts Trip
Horizons imaginaires
Lab Project
Marianopolis Science Fair
Marianopolis Young Leaders Organization (MYLO)
Mathematics and Science competitions
Model UN
Reach for the Top
Recognition of Student Involvement (ROSI)
Science Fair
Tournoi jeunes démocrates


artsfestArtsFest is an annual spring celebration of the arts as well as a beloved Marianopolis tradition. This year, it takes place April 23 to May 3, 2019. A joint initiative of the Liberal and Creative Arts and English departments, ArtsFest is free and open to the public. Held throughout campus, ArtsFest gives students from every area of study a chance to showcase their literary and video works, musical talent and art of all kinds.

Host to everything from paintings to poems, ArtsFest features an arts café with performances by students and teachers alike, as well as theatre performances, the College’s literary journal and film screenings. A highlight is the ArtsFest concert, featuring students from the Marianopolis Music Program.

For more information, please contact Student Services Director Louise McLellan.

Arts Trip

Boston Arts TripMarianopolis students in all areas of study have the opportunity to go on the annual Arts Trip each fall, spending three exciting days at a nearby arts mecca. The trip complements the arts and humanities curriculum by giving students an opportunity to acquire knowledge through personal experience. Full funding is available for at least one student on financial aid.

About the Arts Trip Project

“…visiting a city through art is an amazing and unique experience.”*

The first Marianopolis Arts Trip in 2005 took 27 students to New York City to see The Gates, a massive installation in Central Park by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Since then, the trip has become an annual event. Itineraries are designed to introduce students to the exceptional cultural resources of nearby cities through museum visits, architectural tours and the opportunity to see plays and concerts. Participation is voluntary and open to Marianopolis students in all programs.

The main goal is to complement the arts and humanities curriculum at Marianopolis by giving students an opportunity to acquire knowledge through personal experience. The Marianopolis Plan for Success funds the educational component in recognition of the trip’s value as an enriching activity, thereby reducing the overall cost to participating students.

“I had an absolutely wonderful time. It was very informative, interesting, and we had plenty of free time. It was a great opportunity to meet new people.”*

Looking to make friends who share your love of art and travel? As participants have consistently said, the Arts Trip is a wonderful way to connect with people that you might not get to know otherwise because you aren’t in the same program. The trips also foster a sense of community between students and faculty members and between Marianopolis and other institutions.

Where do you want to go? Where are your favourite works of art? What do you love to study? Let us know. We also welcome questions, comments and expressions of interest in participating.

* quotes from student participants

For more information, please contact Professors Selena Liss and Megan Spriggs, Arts Trip coordinators.


A platform for the promotion of French-language speculative fiction (a broad genre which includes supernatural, Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror), Horizons imaginaires offers students the chance to participate on a literary jury and to create an online cultural magazine. The project provides an opportunity for students to actively participate in the social and cultural life of the science fiction and fantasy community of Quebec and of the rest of the Francophonie.

Lab Project

Marianopolis Science students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in research laboratories at local universities and research institutes. Students spend two days in these facilities applying the knowledge and laboratory techniques learned during their time at the College. Fourth-term Science students participate in The Lab Project to satisfy the Comprehensive Assessment (Épreuve Synthèse) requirement for graduation.

Students may apprentice with more than 50 research scientists at the following institutions:

  • Montreal General Hospital Research Institute
  • McGill University Health Centre
  • Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Concordia University
  • Concordia Physiotherapy
  • McGill University
  • Redpath Museum
  • Université de Montréal
  • École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Montreal Heart Institute
  • Montreal Children’s Hospital
  • Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital


Apply online. For more information, please contact Professors Andrew Lefcoe or Claudia D’Abramo.

Marianopolis Science Fair

Tscience fairhe Marianopolis Science Fair is a cross-curricular competition which allows students to share their passion for discovery with university professors and scientists. It is open to all students. Winners can go on to national and international competitions. The Science Fair is a great means for students to explore an area of interest and to present their findings in a public forum. Hence, participation sharpens both knowledge and self-confidence.

This project aims to awaken an interest in science among students in all departments of the College, to mentor students in their chosen area of interest, to prepare students for oral and visual presentations in the real world and to enhance the College’s profile in the local and international scientific community. Participation in the Marianopolis Science Fair also provides an excellent opportunity to obtain course credit through the Épreuve synthèse.

For more information, please contact Prof. Angela Keane.

Marianopolis Young Leaders Organization (MYLO)

our students Commerce MyloOne of almost 100 clubs at the College, the Marianopolis Young Leaders Organization (MYLO) is open to all students interested in entrepreneurship, marketing and leadership development. The club encourages motivated students from all programs to join.

For more information, please contact Prof. Peter Elenakis.


Mathematics and Science Competitions

Throughout the academic year, numerous competitions are held for students interested in pursuing their interests in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science. The competitions are at the provincial, national and international level, mostly during the winter semester.

Mathematics Competitions

Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge: Held in November, this is the only contest in the fall semester. It serves as a qualifier to many other competitions.

Concours de l’Association Mathématique du Québec: Held in February, this contest is specifically targeted to CEGEP students. Successful candidates are invited to a mathematics summer camp organized by a university.

American Mathematics Contest (AMC12): Held in February, this is the qualifying paper for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).

Euclid: Held in April by the University of Waterloo, this contest may lead to an entrance scholarship at that school.

Canadian Mathematics Olympiad: Held in March by invitation based on a student’s Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge result.

Asia Pacific Mathematics Olympiad: Held in March by invitation based on a student’s Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge result, this competition can lead to the USA Mathematics Olympiad and the International Mathematics Olympiad.

American Invitational Mathematics Examination: Held in March, by invitation based on a student’s American Mathematics Contest result,  this competition can lead to the USA Mathematics Olympiad.

USA Mathematics Olympiad: Held in April, this 9-hour contest (41/2 hours over two consecutive days) is by invitation based on a student’s results in other competitions. It can lead to the International Mathematics Olympiad.

International Mathematics Olympiad: Based on the results on national competitions, students are invited to form a Canadian team and then train for several weeks for this international competition.

For more information, please contact Prof. Louise Nobile.

Physics Competitions

Sir Isaac Newton Competition: Winners of this competition, usually held in May, are awarded an entrance scholarship to the University of Waterloo’s Physics program.

Canadian Association of Physicists Competition: Usually held in April, this competition may lead to an invitation to the International Physics Olympiad.

International Physics Olympiad:Based on their Canadian Association of Physicists Competition results, students are invited to the National Olympiad finals held in May, where they have lectures, exams and labs for a week. The best are selected to form the Canadian team that competes in the International Physics Olympiad against the top students from some 80 nations.

To learn more, please contact Prof. Baharak Fatholahzadeh.

Chemistry Competitions

Quebec Order of Chemists Competition: This competition is the qualifying paper for the IChO. It has two parts: a set of multiple choice questions on General Chemistry I and II (college level); and a set of development questions on various topics of General Chemistry I and II and Organic Chemistry (college level).

Chem 13: This competition is comprised of a set of multiple choice questions on various aspects of General Chemistry (below college level) and basic Organic Chemistry (for example, recognition of functional groups and simple reactions).

International Chemistry Olympiad: Based on students’ OCC results, a team is selected from the winners of the competition set by the Order of Chemists. This group will have challenging theoretical and experimental problems to solve.

To learn more, please contact Prof. Pascal Gallant.

Computer Science Competitions

Canadian Computing Competition: The first stage is a three-hour contest comprised of five questions at the junior or senior level. It is written at Marianopolis, usually at the end of February. The top 20 or so senior contestants are invited to the second stage, held at the University of Waterloo, in either April or May. This week-long event involves seminars, a contest divided into two three-hour components and other extracurricular activities. The results of the two stages are used to determine the Canadian team members who participate in the International Olympiad of Informatics, held in a different country every year.

To learn more, please contact Prof. Robert Vincent.

Model UN

model UNStudents who participate in a Model UN conference learn about the world’s most challenging problems and seek to find creative diplomatic solutions to them. Climate changes, lack of fresh water, the AIDS epidemic in Africa are but a few of the topics that the students have had to tackle. During a Model UN conference, every student plays the role of a delegate from a different country. Through their research, students learn to see issues through the foreign policy of another country. They must then represent this country in a realistic way which often means putting aside their own personal beliefs. Through their participation they gain an understanding of global issues, diplomacy, creating resolutions and generally improve their public speaking skills.

Open to students in all programs, the club raises money and trains for and publicizes and organizes events. Students participate in three conferences per year, two in Montreal and one in New York, Boston or Ottawa. Through a number of training sessions, students learn how to research the country they are representing, write position papers and are given tips on public speaking.

Historically, the Model UN Club attracts a large number of students, who compete against, and often best, top teams from the world’s most prestigious universities.

For more information, please contact Adam Reider.

Reach for the Top

Reach for the Top is a general knowledge quiz with sections on more specific topics such as science, math, literature, pop culture and Canadian and world history. The competition teaches quick thinking and rapid response because it involves pressing buzzers to be the first to answer. Reach for the Top also allows for team-building skills and hands-on experience in cooperative learning. Marianopolis students ofter succeed at the provincial level, leading them to the national championships.

To learn more, please contact Prof. Cory McKay.

Recognition of student involvement (ROSI)

We all know that education doesn’t only happen inside the classroom. Being involved in extracurricular activities is also a great way to develop skills, gain experience, and learn more about yourself. Moreover,  involvement in these activities can have a significant impact on others. Be it volunteering for a youth centre, representing one’s college on a sports team or organizing an art exhibit, students help to improve people’s lives and contribute to the vitality of their school and community. They also acquire important aptitudes such as leadership and organizational skills.

The Recognition of Student Involvement (ROSI) initiative is designed to recognize this involvement. By participating in ROSI, students can obtain official recognition of their contributions on their Student Transcript, in the Student Involvement section.


In order to qualify for ROSI in on- and off-campus activities, a student must:

  • Be a full-time student during each semester for which they are applying for ROSI;
  • Complete at least 30 hours of involvement within each field for which they are seeking recognition (see below) over a period lasting not more than four months, for a minimum of 10 hours per activity in each field;
  • Maintain good academic standing; and
  • Receive no financial remuneration or course credit for their participation.


Recognized Fields

The activity must fall into one or more of the fields listed below to be eligible. Countless of other activities also fall into each category.

  • Social and community: clean up a park; volunteer in a hospital; raise money to improve the Student Lounge
  • Environmental: implement green living or sustainability initiatives
  • Entrepreneurial: start business to benefit the College or community
  • Cultural and artistic: direct a play; organize a student art exhibit; write for the school newspaper
  • Scholastic: tutor high school students; organize a workshop on an academic subject; invite a prominent speaker to give a talk at the College
  • Athletic: play for a sports team; organize a sporting event; compete in an individual sport
  • Political: be an active member of Amnesty International; volunteer as a campaign manager
  • Scientific: start a science journal; participate in a math competition; organize a science fair.



Students must register before they begin an activity, by creating a ROSI account via the Registration & Objectives Form. They may do so at any time during the academic year, as long as it is before they start their activity. Once they are deemed eligible and have finished the activity, they must complete the Self-Evaluation Form, through your ROSI account. Then, their supervisor must complete the Supervisor Tracking Form. These two forms must be submitted within three months after the student finishes the activity.

More Information

Learn more via the Step-by-Step Guide for applying to ROSI and the FAQ. You may also contact Adam Reider, ROSI project coordinator, Room A-115 West, ext. 311.


Delwyn Yit and Sarah Morgan Jan 30 2014 Robotics by Kathryn Haralambous slideThe Marianopolis Robotics Team is a College tradition and a source of pride. The students’ enthusiasm for this project is overwhelming and the benefits to them are many. This project allows students to develop skills in science, mathematics, computer programming and design, basic machining and engineering outside of the traditional classroom setting. They also develop teamwork and leadership skills. In addition, their experience can be used for the Épreuve synthèse requirements in Science or Honours Science. This project has an intrinsic evaluation component, as the students are judged by professional educators, scientists and engineers in the competitions, and they receive a “grade” for their work. The report, the abstract and the documentation all form part of the overall evaluation.

The College’s Plan for Success and student Congress provide funding.

For more information, please contact Professors Hadi Bigdely and Baharak Fatholahzadeh.

Tournoi jeunes démocrates

The Tournoi jeunes démocrates allows students to test their knowledge of the evolution of democracy and to increase their understanding of parliament and Quebec history. The project emphasizes the importance of team work and cooperation. The students also acquire social and learning skills and most importantly interesting knowledge about the province and its history and contemporary issues. Le Tournoi is open to all students.

For more information, please contact Prof. Kareen Latour.