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The Keynote: November 2018

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

Did you know that University Affairs publishes regular articles about graduate school and starting our in your career? Find entries about transferable skills, how to ask for academic reference letters, scholarship tips, networking and finding community. There's some great advice to be found!

Your turn: What's some of the best advice you've received about graduate school and starting out in your career? Tell us for a chance to win this month's $25 gift card!

Enter this month's contest

Congratulations to Dara Cowper for winning the $25 gift card draw last month! Thanks to all of you who filled out the online workshops survey!


Graduate Professional Skills

  • Upcoming on-campus workshops include:
    • Conflict Management: Tuesday, November 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.
    • MATLAB (with the Academic Skills Club): Tuesday, November 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    • Entrepreneurship workshop: Wednesday, November 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    • Non-Academic Job Search: Tuesday, December 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Register for Grad Pro Skills

Grad meet-up

  • Join fellow grad students and postdocs on Wednesday, November 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. for discussion, learning and refreshments! Dr. Kimberley Clow from the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities will be facilitating a talk titled Combatting Gender Myths with Research and Data. This will be followed by a brief presentation by Akeisha Lari, Equity and Inclusivity Advisor, who will discuss the university's sexual violence policy as it relates to grad students. Organized in part by Forensic Psychology PhD student Isabelle Simard, we hope to debunk gender myths and highlight on-campus resources in a supportive environment.

Register for Grad Meet-up

Student Life

  • November is Academic Writing Month, also known as AcWriMo. For the whole month, we will be recording the number of pages written by all students who join the challenge. You're writing anyway, so why not set completion goals and help us increase our tally? Sign up for the AcWriMo challenge.
  • Conversation CafĂ© is open to all university students, both graduate and undergraduate. Drop in and meet together in an informal setting at the north Oshawa location. Coffee, tea and cookies are provided. No advanced registration is necessary, just drop by! Learn more on the Student Life website.

Excellence in Graduate Supervision Award Ceremony

  •  Join SGPS in recognizing our nominees and celebrating our first Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision recipient. Tuesday, December 4 at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. Please register for this event.

IT Services

  •  Graduate students are now able to receive software from the university's Software Portal. Log in and download software anywhere, anytime! Learn more.

Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA)


External awards and deadlines

Visit our website for external award and donor award competitions.

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