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The Keynote: April 2020

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


Grad and postdoc engagement

Our Spring/Summer Grad Pro Skills have transitioned to an online format! Our workshops will now be offered through Google Meet or Adobe Connect. Check out some of our upcoming workshops!


  • Managing Your Time in an Online Environment – Wednesday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Stress Management – Wednesday, May 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.


  • Perfecting Literature Reviews – Wednesday, June 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Interview Skills (Academic and Non-Academic) – Thursday, June 25 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.


  • Making an Impact– Sharing and Protecting your Research Identity – Thursday, July 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

SGPS has also created a list of LinkedIn Learning and Mitacs online workshops for graduate students to complete on their own time, focusing on different areas of academic and personal development.

Registration for our May workshops opens Monday, April 20!


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) 2020

  • This year’s 3MT® was one for the books with a record number of 31 graduate students participating and, for the first time in Ontario Tech 3MT®  history, every faculty was represented!
  • Congratulations to all finalists!
    • First place: Samantha Stahlke, Master of Science (Computer Science) candidate: Synthesizing Play: Exploring the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate game user experience.
    • Second place: Christine Flaherty, Master of Science (Applied Bioscience) candidate: Harmful Algae Blooms: Monsters of the Great Lakes.
    • People's Choice winner: Beheshta Momand, Master of Health Science (Community, Public and Population Health) candidate: How have the outcomes of medication management changed over time in seniors registered in Family Health Teams in Ontario?
  • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Provincials (originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 15) have been postponed until further notice. 

Learn more about 3MT


SGPS updates

  • In light of the COVID-19 situation, SGPS continues to support all graduate students to ensure academic progress and make adjustments to the changing circumstances. As such, a collection of COVID-19 FAQs have been created that summarize the adapted operations and supports available to graduate students in the Spring/Summer 2020 term. View the FAQs.
  • On Wednesday, April 1, Criminology Grad student Kaitlin Fredericks successfully defended her PhD thesis, "Finding Success in Life: The Voices of At-Risk Youth", which she completed under the supervision of Dr. Carla Cesaroni. This is the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities' first PhD defence in Criminology.
  • Are you defending your thesis in Winter 2020? Once you have successfully defended your thesis, you must formally submit a thesis package to SGPS. Existing post-defence thesis submission deadlines still apply unless you receive an official notification from SGPS announcing any changes. Please contact if you have any questions pertaining to your thesis submission.
  • Students and supervisors are recommended to submit research progress reports as per normal. Research Progress Reports are a useful tool to connect with your student, if possible. We hope you view this as an opportunity to discuss and to document the past terms goals.
  • 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 student at the university can nominate an individual for the award!! This year’s nomination window is open from May 1 to June 30, 2020.


Student Life

  • The edition of Shut Up and Write! that took place on March 5th was very successful, with 17 students participating. The group wrote 98.5 pages, edited 85 pages, and read 95 articles. Many other accomplishments were noticed as students established academic, professional, and personal connections with each other.
  • Do you have a passion for mental health? Enjoy organizing or supporting mental health initiatives? We would love to have your join the Student Mental Health Services "Student Advisory Committee!" We are currently recruiting members for the 2020/2021 academic year. Apply today.
  • Are you passionate about raising awareness on global issues?Are you interested in making an impact on campus around refugee resettlement or forced migration? Join the World University Service of Canada Executive Committee! We are a student group dedicated to providing education, & empowerment opportunities. Education can change the world!
  • Nominate a fellow student for a Student Leadership Award (four different awards available) or a President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership (two different awards available). The nomination deadline is Friday, May 8. Learn more about the awards or nominate a candidate.
  • The Student Learning Centre is launching the Power Academic Writing program –a series of practical workshops in which students will learn content, apply it in writing their own papers, and receive feedback from the instructor, fully online. For more information, visit the Events and Workshops calendar at ca/slportal.
  • Register for Virtual iLaunch being held May 4 through May 8. Attend workshops that will help launch your career after graduation, help you navigate your career search during these unique times and meet employers and alumni to discuss career options and job search strategies. For details, visit ca/ilaunch.


Ontario Tech Student Union (OTSU)

  • The Ontario Tech Student Union is still offering many virtual services that our Graduate Students can take advantage of. For information on those services such as our Health Plan, Grade Appeals, or ways to Get Involved email us at!

Campus announcements and events

  • The Brilliant Summer Incubator is going virtual this year! If you have a business idea and want to turn it into reality, the Brilliant Incubator is for you! Applications are due midnight on April 24. More info and apply. Learn more and apply.
  • Your Subject Librarian can help you access online resources and find online alternatives to print resources. We’re available for research consultations through email, phone, and video (Google Meet, Zoom), or try our virtual chat. We can help you with citation management tools, access data sets, research data management, and more.

Money matters

  • 2019-20 OSAP Extension Form is available! If you are an OSAP student taking a minimum of three classes in the Spring/Summer, complete an Extension Form once you are registered for classes. It is available under the Student Awards and Financial Aid section of the OT Documents tab in MyCampus.

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