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The Keynote: April 2019

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


SGPS updates

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

Graduate Professional Skills

Thesis and Research

  • Are you defending your thesis in the Winter 2019 or Spring/Summer 2019 term? Once you have successfully defended your thesis, you must formally submit a thesis package to SGPS. Submission procedures, deadlines and conditions can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar or on the SGPS website.
  • Research progress reports: Student research progress must be evaluated at the end of each semester. (Note: The report has been updated. It must be completed by the student and the supervisor(s) and should be submitted to SGPS before the end of the following term's registration period.)

Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision

  • The Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision recognizes faculty members who have displayed excellence in the mentorship and supervision of graduate students at the university. Any faculty member or student at the university can nominate an individual for the award. This year’s nomination deadline is May 31, 2019.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network

  • Are you a current graduate student or postdoc engaged in graduate development at the university? The Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network (formally CCGSPDA) is seeking graduate students and postdocs interested in joining their listserv. Connect with the Membership Manager ( to express interest and to join.

Student Life

  • Are you passionate about raising awareness on global issues and international development? Are you interested in making an impact on campus about refugee re-settlement or forced migration? Join World University Service of Canada (WUSC)! WUSC is a non-profit organization that provides education, economic and empowerment opportunities for youth. Application deadline for graduate students is April 18.
  • The Career Centre is partnering with OCAD University to help students from both institutions develop synergies across academic disciplines to assist in research projects and entrepreneurship creation. In early May, we will be providing transportation to OCAD U’s GradEx event for you to meet with their students. Contact to learn more and register.

Graduate Student Research Conference

  • The Graduate Student Council is proud to present the 10th Anniversary of the Graduate Student Research Conference on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in the Science Building (UA). Register today!


We want your feedback!

  • Every three years, the university commits to taking part in the Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS). In order to improve graduate programs, we need to hear from as many grad students as possible. Your personalized survey link has been distributed to your UOITnet email. The deadline for completion is April 22. Those who complete the survey are eligible to win one of five $50 gift certificates.

Celebrating accomplishments

  • Kaitlin Fredericks (PhD student, Criminology and Social Justice) won a Student Award in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion from Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC). 
  • Kyle Mills (PhD student, Computer Science) and Martin Magill (PhD student, Modelling and Computational Science) were recently accepted into the 2019 Vector Institute Postgraduate Affiliate Program. This program promotes engagement and collaboration among researchers and the broader artificial intelligence community.
  • Mohamed Nasser (MASc student, Electrical and Computer Engineering) participated as a panelist in the plenary session of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools annual conference in Philadelphia. The session was entitled Mentoring Students: A Conversation with Students on Expectations and Experiences.


  • Microsoft is offering a free download of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows. Offer expires May 27, 2019. Learn more on the IT Services website.
  • The Learning Partnership (TLP) seeks graduate students to provide feedback on student-developed computer games. The games will be showcased May 7 and 8 in the Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (ERC) Atrium. As part of TLP's Coding Quest, our students develop games and an elevator pitch to "sell" the game at the program's culminating events.

Money matters

  • From Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA): The 2018-2019 OSAP Extension Form is available! If you are an OSAP student taking a minimum of three classes in the Spring/Summer term, complete an OSAP Extension Form once you are registered for your classes. This form is available under the Awards and Financial Aid tab in MyCampus.

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