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The Keynote: April 2023

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


Grad and Postdoc Engagement


SGPS Updates

  • Are you defending your thesis in the Winter 2023 or in the Spring/Summer 2023 term? Once you have successfully defended your thesis, you must formally submit a thesis package to SGPS. Submission procedures, deadlines and conditions can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar or on the SGPS website.

  • Students and supervisors are required to submit research progress reports at the end of each academic term. Research Progress Reports are a useful tool to connect with your supervisor and to document your research success/struggles and future goals. Download the form to begin documenting your progress.


Postdoc News


Student Life

  • The library’s Seed Exchange opens Wednesday, March 15. Visit any of our campus libraries, choose up to five packets of seeds and plant, grow, enjoy, and share! Seed variety differs in each location and may change on availability. Donations are always welcome, however we do not accept corn, soy, canola, or rose seeds. Any controlled substances are unacceptable.
  • Have you heard of the Student Experience Record (SER)? SER is a comprehensive record of your involvement in co-curricular experiences throughout your Ridgeback journey. As you apply for jobs, future education or volunteer experiences, your SER will be a great tool to showcase soft skills that are important to employers in today's market! The deadline to add positions to your SER is Monday, May 1. Access your SER and learn more.

  • The free, online Including Disability Global Summit (IDGS) is taking place this year from April 25 to 27. The theme for the 2023 summit is HopePunk: preserving, building community and chasing hope—what can we do now so that the future is far better than the present for people with disabilities? Registration for the summit will be released soon; in the interim, join the IDGS listserv and receive pertinent updates. IDGS is also enlisting the help of summit volunteers.

  • The Career Centre has a variety of workshops that are designed to help students who are job searching, going to work for the first time, or entering a new workplace. Learn more and register for a workshop today!

  • The Career Centre and Devant have joined together to provide career supports for international students. Check out and register for all the great workshops that are happening in April!

  • Student Mental Health Services continues to offer a range of groups, workshops and events to support your mental health. If you would like to participate in one or more groups you can register now.

  • Class of 2023 graduates only: Please check your student ( email inbox for important, personalized updates regarding the June 7 to 9, 2023 Convocation ceremonies! Visit the Convocation website for information for graduates and guests, and FAQs.

  • The Teaching and Learning Centre is conducting a survey titled, Digital Competency vs. Digital Natives, to determine students’ level of comfort and competency with educational technology. The goal is to identify areas for improvement in integrating technology into learning experiences. No personal information will be collected or shared, and you’ll only need your student ( email address for login purposes. The survey closes on Sunday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m. Complete the survey!


Campus Announcements and Events


Money Matters

  • 2022-23 OSAP Extension Forms are available!
    If you are a full-time OSAP student returning, you will need to complete an OSAP Extension Form. Information is available on MyOntarioTech. Do not apply through the OSAP website. If you’re planning to study part time, apply via the OSAP website.

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