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UOIT School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


Grad Student and Postdoc Update: January 2018

Monthly newsletter from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) with information especially for UOIT graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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Grad Student Engagement

  • Graduate Professional Skills workshops are held throughout the semester. Register on the SGPS website. (Space in each workshop is limited, register to reserve your spot!) Upcoming sessions include:
    • Respecting Individuals and Supporting Equity (RISE) - Wednesday, January 24 from noon to 1 p.m.
    • Public Speaking 101 - Thursday, February 1 from noon to 1 p.m.
    • Developing your Intercultural Self-Awareness - Friday, February 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • No Mind Left Behind: Collaborative Leadership - Friday, February 9 from noon to 1 p.m.
    • CVs, Academic Job Search and LinkedIn - Monday, February 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Online Graduate Professional Skills workshops are available anytime, anywhere through MyGradSkills.ca. Topics include academic and professional communication, mental health, research planning and teaching skills. Learn more on the SGPS website.
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Present your research

  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) registration is open! Sharpen your presentation skills, show how your research is making a difference, and compete for cash prizes of up to $1,000 and the opportunity to represent UOIT at the provincial finals. Learn more and register on our 3MT® competition page. All students who register for 3MT® on or before January 31 will be entered in a draw for a $100 gift card.
  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched its sixth-annual Storytellers contest. Show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is improving their lives, world and future. You could be one of 25 finalists who receive a $3,000 cash prize and compete to present at the prestigious 2018 SSHRC Impact Awards ceremony. Deadline is January 31. Learn more on the SGPS website.
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Faculty highlights

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Thesis reminders

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Student Life

  • Ready to to make significant progress on thesis and project writing? Stop talking about writing. Stop reading about writing. Stop thinking about writing. The Student Learning Centre's Shut Up and Write! workshop provides a supportive environment where everyone has the same goal. Thursday, February 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register on the Student Life website.
  • Conversation Café provides multilingual students with an opportunity to practice English-speaking and listening skills. Speakers of English as a first language have a chance to meet international students and learn about other cultures. Coffee, tea and cookies are provided. No advanced registration is necessary, just drop by anytime.
  • The Career Centre is hosting a Career Carnival event, to help prepare students for the upcoming job fair. You will receive feedback and critique on your resumé, CV and cover letter, learn to answer tough interview questions, and build a professional LinkedIn profile. Food and prizes available.
  • You are invited to the UOIT-DC Job Fair, the largest career event on campus. More than 70 employers will be participating and recruiting for full-time, contract, summer, part-time and internship positions. Wednesday, February 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre.
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Money matters

  • Tip: Always apply for OSAP, even if you don’t believe you will be approved for funding. Many different variables come into play when assessing your OSAP and your eligibility to receive funding could change from year to year.
  • Make sure your winter semester course load matches what's on your OSAP application—if not, this will delay the release of your second semester funding. Make any necessary updates with the Student Awards and Financial Aid office.

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