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The Keynote: January 2019

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

Bell Let's Talk Day is Wednesday, January 30. At the university, we keep the conversation about mental health going through social media, Student Mental Health initiatives, a variety of activities and programming, and Grad Pro Skills workshops (there's one you can register for below!).

Mental health involves finding a balance in all aspects of life, including physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. For this month's Keynote contest, tell us: How do you find balance in your busy life as a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow? We'll share your thoughts on the SGPS social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) on January 30. 

Enter this month's contest

Because we want to hear from lots of you on this topic, we'll be doing a draw for three gift card winners this month!


Congratulations to Jacqueline Brown, who won a $50 gift card for filling out last month's Grad Pro Skills survey!

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

  • Put your research in the spotlight! 3MT® registration is open! Heats will take place on Tuesday, March 19 followed by the finals on Wednesday, March 20. 

  • Learn how to concisely explain the significance of your research, sharpen your public speaking skills, receive coaching, compete to represent the university at the provincial competition and win cash prizes of up to $1,000.

  • Early bird registration deadline is Friday, January 25. A $100 gift card will be given away to a participant who registers on or before that date!

Register for 3MT

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Graduate Professional Skills

  • Build your skills and competencies this year with Graduate Professional Skills workshops! Upcoming sessions include:

    • Making an Impact: Your Research Identity - Wednesday, January 16 at 2 p.m.

    • Perfecting Literature Reviews (Downtown Oshawa campus location) - Tuesday, January 22 at 2 p.m.

    • Scientific Presentations Using LaTeX (with the Academic Skills Club) - Tuesday, January 22 at 5 p.m.

    • Public Speaking - Wednesday, January 30 at 2 p.m.

    • Thesis Writing Using LaTeX (with the Academic Skills Club) - Thursday, January 31 at 5 p.m.

    • Mental Health - Tuesday, February 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Register for Grad Pro Skills

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Thesis reminders

  • Each graduate student in a thesis program has a supervisory committee. The supervisory committee form (Form 1) is normally to be completed no later than the end of the student’s second semester. For more information about the establishment of your supervisory committee, please consult the Graduate Academic Calendar.

  • Graduate students are expected to complete all program requirements within a certain time limit. Students who are near exceeding the normal allotted time for their program can formally request an extension through SGPS. Review the Time Limits section of the Graduate Academic Calendar for more information.

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Student Life

  • Student Engagement and Equity invites you to join us for our Winter 2019 Equity and Inclusivity programming. Learn about our RISE Workshops and Bi-Weekly Discussion Groups.

  • We encourage you to join the biggest conversation about mental health. Be involved with #BellLetsTalk on January 30 to raise the conversation to new levels. Join us in the Science Building (UA) Atrium and 61 Charles, first floor, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • The Student Learning Centre and Indigenous Education and Cultural Services have partnered to read One Native Life by Richard Wagamese in Winter 2019. Read, meet, chat and join the university’s journey towards reconciliation.

Career Centre updates

  • The Career Carnival is being held January 28 to 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Business and Information Technology Building (UB) Atrium and at 61 Charles Street, first floor. Drop by for interactive, fun, professional assistance to help prepare you for employment. Join us for food, fun, games and prizes!

  • The Job Fair will take place on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre gymnasium. More than 70 employers will be participating and recruiting for full-time, contract, summer, part-time and co-op/internship positions.

  • Registration for the Data VizArt Student Challenge is open! If you are interested in storytelling with data, consider this competition! Entering the challenge is free and the top prize is $3,000.

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UOIT Student Union and Graduate Student Council

  • On Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from noon to 2 p.m., the UOIT Student Union will be hosting a lunchtime event for graduate students at Simcoe House Ales and Grill. Stop by for networking opportunities and free appetizers!
  • On Thursday, January 17, the UOIT Student Union and Graduate Student Council will be hosting the Graduate Winter Gala. Join us for a night of dancing, music and a three-course meal. Purchase your ticket!

  • The UOIT Student Union will be hosting their annual elections beginning January 21, 2019. To enhance our student experience, we are looking for the next student representatives to be elected by their peers. Positions include President, VP Student Affairs, VP Student Services, VP Downtown, Director of Graduate Studies and more!

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Celebrate Teaching! Awards

  • Nominations for the Celebrate Teaching! Awards are now open. These awards recognize the commitment and excellence of all types of teachers on our campus. Please visit the Teaching and Learning Centre website for more information and to nominate an outstanding teacher today!
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Money matters

  • Need help with your research proposal for scholarship applications? Some of our graduate students who have won external awards have provided copies of their research proposals for your reference. SGPS thanks them for providing these samples of winning proposals for other students to learn from.

  • Tips 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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