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The Keynote: September 2019

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


Grad and postdoc engagement

  • Registration for October Grad Pro Skills workshops is now open! Sign up today!
  • Upcoming sessions:
    • Statistics, Part 2 (Academic Skills Club): Tuesday, September 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    • Making an Impact - Research Identity: Wednesday, September 25 from 2:10 to 3:40 p.m.
    • Statement Writing: Wednesday, October 2 from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Introduction to Git and GitHub (Academic Skills Club): Tuesday, October 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    • Perfecting Literature Reviews: Wednesday, October 9 from 2:10 to 4 p.m.
    • Academic Twitter (Academic Skills Club): Tuesday, October 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    • Open Access: Wednesday, October 23 from 2:10 to 4 p.m.
    • The Shifting Role of Teaching in the Digital Age (online workshop): Wednesday, October 30 at 5 p.m.
    • Presentation Skills: Thursday, October 31 from 1:10 to 2:10 p.m.
  • Want to share your skills and facilitate a workshop? Send a message through the Academic Skills Club Facebook page or email

SGPS updates


Student Life

  • The Engineering society with the Career Centre, FEAS and FESNS will be holding the Engineering Reverse Career Fair on Thursday, October 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for students to showcase skills and meet with employers looking to hire new grads.
  • Student Accessibility Services is seeking an Employment Peer Coach to work for the Career Readiness Program, funded by CIBC. The program equips students with disabilities with employment-readiness skills. The Employment Peer Coach will create and deliver workshops while mentoring students as they progress through the program. Learn more.
  • Conversation Café provides multilingual students with an opportunity to practice English speaking and listening skills. Speakers of English as a first language have a chance to meet international students and learn about other cultures. Coffee, tea and cookies are provided and no advanced registration is necessary.
  • Mood Walks are a free and fun opportunity to promote physical and mental health through a walking break. Every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at both campus locations. Visit the Student Life website for pick-up locations and times.

Celebrating accomplishments

  • Congratulations to PhD in Applied Bioscience student Erica Gavel! In August, Erica competed in the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. She and her wheelchair basketball teammates won the gold medal with a 67-64 win over the American team. Congratulations! Read the Global News coverage.

Graduate Student Council and Ontario Tech Student Union


Campus announcements and events

  • Find out what’s happening on campus with our new mobile app! Download Ontario Tech Mobile to access your course information, weekly schedules, grades, holds, records, Blackboard, student email and more. Never miss a beat with opt-in notifications and personalized event calendars. 
  • Celebrate Science Literacy Week with the Campus Library! A film screening, research discussion, and blood typing clinics will run on campus this week. For dates, times and to register, visit the Library website.
  • Alumni, students in their final year of study, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the best of our alumni community at Alumni Day on Saturday, October 5! Join President Steven Murphy and the Alumni Association Council for a networking reception, lunch, awards ceremony and more! Learn more and register.
  • Improved Mobility in Ontario: Moving Together! Please join us on Wednesday, October 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Business and IT Building (UB), Room 2080 where local government, industry representatives and university researchers will discuss transportation issues pertaining to active mobility, healthy and inclusive cities, the role of ride-sharing, electrification, grid capacity, and much more! Register.
  • Don't miss Inuk throat singer and bestselling author of the novel Split Tooth Tanya Tagaq at this year's FSSH Dean's Lecture on Wednesday, October 30. Register for free tickets!
  • Brilliant Edge is a program open to students of any faculty/year of study. You will work to create the beginnings of a start-up venture utilizing technology developed by Ontario Tech faculty. This three-day event will also give participants the chance to win a $1,500 cash prize. Learn more.

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