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The Keynote: August 2023

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


Grad and Postdoc Engagement

  • Did you know that you can access Grad Pro Skills self-directed e-learning on CANVAS? Discover our catalogue of e-courses and e-modules, including a new e-course about Inclusive and Experiential Learning, and a new Tutorial Strategies e-modules series. With self-directed e-modules and e-courses, you can learn at your own pace, at any time, from any where. Register today!

  • New to Grad Pro Skills? Check out our video to learn more about what we offer!

Registration for September workshops now open:

Starting Off Strong: Library Resources 101 - Thursday, September 14 from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Library offers robust in-person and online services that can help you succeed in your graduate studies. In this workshop you will learn all about accessing academic journal articles and books with ease, the benefits of a research consultation with your subject librarian, and how to access specialized digital resources.

Writing a Review of Literature - Tuesday, September 19 from 1 to 2 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.

Presentation Skills - Thursday, September 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.

A clear and concise presenter, a visual presentation and engaging content are some of the keys to keeping your audience’s attention in a presentation. In this workshop, you will learn what makes a great presentation and what you can work on to develop your skills.

*This workshop is a requirement of the Professional Communication Certificate.

Register for Grad Pro Skills


SGPS Updates

  • Register for a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Listening Session with Ruth Nyaamine, Assistant Vice-President, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, running between September 11 and October 5. These listening sessions and feedback opportunities aim to create safe spaces for the university community to share and support the shaping of an inclusive culture.

  • In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, CAGS is offering another round of their Anti-Racism Response Training workshop to be held on Wednesday, September 27 from noon to 3 p.m. Learn more and register on their event page

  • Stay up to date on career opportunities and requests for proposals from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

Postdoc News


Student Life

  • Bannocks and Books is back! The September book club feature is Five Little Indians by Michelle Good. Join us in-person or virtually for the Sharing Circle on Thursday, September 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. We will be serving Bannock! Register to secure your spot.

  • Are you interested in meeting students from different cultures? Or looking to improve your English speaking and listening skills? You should attend Conversation Café! You can drop in on Thursdays, starting September 14, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Shawengijewining Hall, Room 223 for the opportunity to meet other students and learn about other cultures. Learn more on the Conversation Café web page.

  • 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 August!

  • If you're looking for locally grown produce this summer, Durham College is hosting a Farmers Market at South Village Courtyard on Tuesday's from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All students are welcome and encouraged to stop by!

  • The Part-Time Job Fair gives you an opportunity to meet organizations looking to recruit students for part-time employment. Stop by Shawenjigewining Hall Atrium on Thursday, September 7 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Bring your resumé and be prepared to network! For more information, contact

  • RISE (Respecting Individuals, Supporting Equity) sessions are back for the fall semester. The RISE Program is a suite of workshops that provide training and education on what participants can do on an individual level, to foster a safer and more inclusive community at Ontario Tech. Learn more and register on the RISE web page.

Campus Libraries

  • Upcoming Library Workshops: Mark your Calendars! 

RDM: What’s the Deal with Data Management? (also offered via Grad Pro Skills later in the semester) - September 13 from 12:10 to 1 p.m.

Data, We Love to See It: A Brief Introduction to Data Visualization - September 13 from 2:10 to 3 p.m.

3D Printing Drop-in Workshop - September 28 from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Don't forget that your Liaison Librarian offers research supports in an array of areas including identifying and searching our wealth of electronic resources, data management strategies and research metrics, to name a few. Graduate and postdoctoral students should book an appointment for assistance.

  • We offer support through the publishing cycle from beginning your research, to selecting journals for publication, to long-term preservation of your work. Learn how to deposit and access E-scholar, our institutional repository. Find out how we support open access publishing and article processing charges (APC) discount programs available. Interested in launching a journal? Our journal hosting program can help, and we’ll make sense of the complex predatory publishing landscape.

  • Looking for a data set? Not sure how to plan for managing your research data?  We can help! We offer a range of data support services from sourcing and citing data sets to managing, disseminating, and archiving research data. The Library’s Borealis subscription is one way to fulfill the Tri Agency RDM requirements. And we can assist with identifying additional relevant OA repositories for your research.


Money Matters

  • 2023/2024 Fall OSAP is now available! Apply now to OSAP for this upcoming fall and winter terms to avoid delays when classes start.

  • Remember to review your tuition balance on MyOntarioTech and tuition deadline dates on the SGPS website.

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