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The Keynote: April 2018

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

Congratulations to Anne Sleeman for suggesting the new name for the newsletter!


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the 2018 3MT® competition! This year's finalists were:

  • Eryn Frawley (first place), Master of Science (Modelling and Computational Science) candidate: Safety in Numbers: Animal Aggregation
  • Elysabeth Reavell-Roy (second place), PhD (Applied Bioscience) candidate: Applying genetic analysis of plant cell walls to sustainable biofuel production
  • Tara Hattangadi (People's Choice winner), Master of Health Sciences (Community, Public and Population Health) candidate: Everybody I know is always hungry, but nobody really asks why: Exploring food insecurity and psychological distress in university students
  • Taylor Egan, Master of Applied Science (Electrical and Computer Engineering) candidate: Powering resilient, interconnected transportation infrastructure
  • Heather McCracken, Master of Health Sciences (Kinesiology) candidate: Multisensory integration in adult ADHD
  • Harmeet Nanner, Master of Health Sciences (Community, Public and Population Health) candidate: Informing the medical assistance in dying debate with objective data

Eryn Frawley will represent the university at the provincial 3MT® competition on Thursday, April 19. Cheer Eryn on and watch the livestream, beginning Thursday at 10 a.m.


Graduate Student Research Conference

  • Registration for the 9th-Annual Graduate Student Research Conference is now open! The full day conference will take place on Thursday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year's theme is Bridging the Gap. The day will include two keynote speakers, data-blitz, symposia, workshop and short lectures from professors. Lunch is included. Register now!

Faculty highlight

  • Margarita Tzivaki, a PhD candidate in Nuclear Engineering (Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science), presented at the International Youth Nuclear Congress/WiN Global Annual Conference (IYNCWIN18) in Bariloche, Argentina. Her work was selected among the best contributions of the congress, giving her an opportunity to publish in the Journal of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science. Congratulations Margarita!

Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision

  • The UOIT Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision recognizes faculty members who have displayed excellence in the mentorship and supervision of graduate students. The application for this year's award is now available, with a deadline of May 31, 2018. We encourage faculty, staff and students to submit nominations. Learn more about the award and the application process on the SGPS website.

Student Life

  • Nominations for the annual Student Life Awards of Recognition are now open! The awards are an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to nominate students they feel have made an exceptional contribution to the campus community and have inspired others to do the same.

Thesis deadlines

  • Winter 2018 academic term is coming to an end! If your thesis package submission is late, fees for Spring/Summer term may apply. Please check our website for more information.


  • Coming to Campus Corners? Remember that the parking lot is for customers or people with Campus Corners parking passes. Don't park your car and walk across the street to campus–your car may be ticketed or towed.

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