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The Keynote: August 2021

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 our September Grad Pro Skills workshops is now open! Check out the September workshops below or visit our upcoming workshops page for the full Fall schedule.

September workshops:

Starting Off Strong: Digital Library Resources 101 – Thursday, September 16 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

In this workshop you will learn all about accessing academic journal articles and books online with ease, the benefits of an online research consultation with your subject librarian, and how to access specialized digital resources like datasets, cases, patents, and standards. We will also discuss how the Library can help with other areas of research such as citation management and research data management.  

Writing a Review of Literature – Tuesday, September 21 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

A literature review is a summary and evaluation of significant documents and developments on a topic. Completing a literature review will ensure a good understanding of a topic. In this workshop you will learn how to properly construct a literature review and how to organize your research.

Anxiety and Stress Management – Thursday, September 23 from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Kick your stress to the curb with this workshop. Learn about the nature of stress, how it can be managed and introduce some stress management techniques to help you cope. Topics covered will include identifying the symptoms and sources of stress, taking steps to stop sources of stress, venting/communicating with others, being resilient and self-monitoring. 

Resume and Cover Letter Writing – Tuesday, September 28 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of a resume. Increase your understanding of how a resume and cover letter are used in the job search process and learn how to target them towards your career goals. Discover how to compose a resume that focuses on your strengths, experience and skills that relate to the position. Finally, you will gain further awareness of the formatting and structure of a resume and cover letter. 

Register for Grad Pro Skills


SGPS updates

  • Are you defending your thesis in Summer 2021? Once you have successfully defended your thesis, you must formally submit a thesis package to SGPS. Check out the FAQs and thesis submission requirements on the SGPS website or email if you have any questions.

  • 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 Research Progress Report form to begin documenting your progress.


Postdoc news

The Tri-Council (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) offers agency-specific postdoctoral fellowship opportunities. As no internal competition is being held, applicants interested in applying for one of these fellowships should submit directly to the specific agency:

  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships - Deadline: September 15, 2021. SSHRC fellowships support the most promising new Canadian scholars in the social sciences and humanities.
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships - Deadline: October 17, 2021. The NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program provides support to a core of the most promising researchers with leading-edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government and academic institutions. 
  • CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships - Deadline: October 6, 2021. CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for highly qualified applicants in all areas of health research at the post-PhD degree or post-health professional degree stages. 

Student Life

  • Better Together Series presents Anxiety and Returning to Campus on Wednesday, August 25 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are feeling a little (or a lot!) anxious about returning to campus this Fall then this session is for you! Register on eventbrite.

  • As part of the Better Together Series, Playfair Online is a high-spirited high-energy event to help you connect with other Durham College and Ontario Tech University students. The event is happening on Wednesday, September 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register using your student email address.

  • Writing Workout is an online weekly writing group exclusively for graduate students. It will begin on September 9, no meeting on September 16 or 30, and run through December 17, 2021. Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to noon. Focus on your writing, revising, and reading. Come for part or all the time. Consultations are offered at other times. Pre-registration not required. Contact for any questions.


Campus announcements and events

  • Aligned with the university's commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, the Teaching and Learning Centre is organizing a community of practice (CoP) on the topic of Indigenization and decolonization. If you are interested in joining, or learning more, please complete our survey.

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