Miriam Bart

Miriam Bart

Research Area: 
Intergovernmental Governance

Being a graduate student at the University of Guelph is great. There are so many opportunities to get involved, meet new people, and engage in intellectual discussions



Rural Planning and Development, MSc (Planning)

Why I Chose Guelph… 

I chose the University of Guelph because of the campus culture and my program. I visited the school prior to selecting it for graduate studies and was welcomed into the community by professors and students. I selected my program because the unique rural focus offered an approach to planning that I was not yet familiar with, but one that I understood to be critical due to increasing urban sprawl that is affecting rural areas and identities. 

About My Advisor… 

My research will not begin until next year. So far, my advisor has demonstrated an immense amount of support and has complete confidence in me. It is very encouraging. 

About the City of Guelph… 

It is so walkable! I love walking around the downtown, popping in and out of bakeries and discovering new stores. 

Being a Graduate Student at Guelph… 

Being a graduate student at Guelph is great. There are so many opportunities to get involved, meet new people, and engage in intellectual discussions. My favourite part is being a student in one of the four programs in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD). That provides students with a unique opportunity to meet others in related fields and discover common areas of interests. 

My Future Plans… 

After graduation, I plan to begin the journey of becoming a Registered Professional Planner. Guelph has helped me reach that goal because the faculty have arranged several interactions with professionals in the field. Additionally, I was elected as the first-year representative to the Student Liaison Committee with the Ontario Professional Planning Institute, which helped me gain insight into the broader planning community, including the five other planning schools in Ontario. 

Other Thoughts… 

The most rewarding component of this journey has been discovering the ways in which I can make a difference in the community. You can join a club, volunteer, be a teaching assistant, attend conferences, complete a work-study program, and apply yourself in new and exciting ways. The opportunities are endless and highly accessible! Being a graduate student in such a supportive, intellectual and practical program has pushed me to realize that the sky is the limit! 

About Campus… 

Guelph Campus is buzzing with creativity. There is a diverse range of style among students who seem to wear their passions on their sleeves. For instance, you never know what the Cannon will look like or what group will be advertising an upcoming event. It is so exciting to learn about all the topics that students care about while walking around campus. I think studying in this environment fosters a sense of creativity that has a positive influence on our research interests, extra-curricular activities and social circles. 

Every day, someone will smile at you. This is something that is so special to have.