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The Keynote: February 2019

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

Three Minute Thesis takes place next month but on Twitter, we're sharing a different challenge - #3emojithesis! Share yours and make sure to tag @uoitgradstudies so we can re-tweet! 


Graduate Professional Skills

Upcoming online workshop:

  • Introduction to Adobe Connect: Thursday, February 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with Allyson Eamer, PhD, Assistant Dean and Graduate Program Director, Faculty of Education 

Upcoming in-class workshops:

  • From Classroom to Career: Thursday, February 14 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
  • Social Media for Pros: Thursday, February 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Organizing Your Literature Search with a Citation Manager: Tuesday, February 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Python (with the Academic Skills Club): Thursday, February 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Mental Health - Campus Connected: Tuesday, March 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Upcoming Mitacs workshop:

We're adding new workshops regularly - make sure to watch the Grad Pro Skills web page for new additions!

Register for Grad Pro Skills


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

  • 3MT® takes place on Tuesday, March 19 (heats) and Wednesday, March 20 (finals).

  • Want to get involved? We are currently seeking volunteers to help during both heats and finals. For more information, email

Coaching sessions for 3MT® participants:

  • Selling Your Research: Tuesday, February 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Visual Components: Wednesday, February 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. (15-minute individual consultations)
  • Tame Your Inner Critic: Wednesday, February 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 9¾ Tips to Add Pizzazz to Your 3MT® Presentation: Wednesday, March 6 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
  • Coaching feedback: Tuesday, March 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. (15-minute individual consultations)

Register for 3MT coaching


Get some serious writing done!

  • Stop talking about writing. Stop reading about writing. Stop thinking about writing. Let's write! It doesn't matter if you are working on a thesis chapter, literature review, conference paper or proposal—the Student Learning Centre's Shut Up and Write! event provides a supportive environment where everyone has the same goal. Friday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spaces are limited, register now!

Brilliant Idea

  • This three-day intensive event provides students with the opportunity to develop business skills from ideation, through customer validation, to pitching. Student teams will work alongside experienced advisors to develop their business idea before pitching it to a panel of expert judges. You do not need an idea to participate in this opportunity. The top team will win a cash prize of $1,500 and the option to a fast-track entrance to the Brilliant Incubator. February 19 to 21. Learn more and register.

African Black Canadians and Indigenous Peoples' Relationships to this Land

  • The purpose of this discussion is to clarify what the basis of these relationships entail. Through this dialogue, we hope to create a space for open conversations around Equity, Diversity and InclusionPresented by the President's Equity Taskforce. Wednesday, February 27 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Register for this event.


Serving Access, Equity and Innovation through Open Educational Practices

  • Did you miss Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani's presentation at the Library or want to experience it again? The recorded session is now available. The presentation discussed how open access videos, textbooks, simulations and other media open the door for students to be empowered in their learning. Access the recorded session and slide deck.

Money matters

  • From Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA): Always apply for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Many variables when assessing your OSAP and eligibility to receive funding could change from year to year. Also, make sure your winter semester course load matches what's on OSAP—if not, this will delay release of second semester funding. Make updates with the SAFA office. Learn more on the SAFA website.

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