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The Keynote: December 2019

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

From all of us in SGPS, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and happy new year!


Grad and postdoc engagement


SGPS updates


Thesis and projects/papers

  • Graduate students are responsible for completing a research progress report in conjunction with their supervisor(s) for each term once their research has begun. It is recommended that each student complete the first part of the form and arrange to discuss with their supervisor. This should be done near the end the end of each term in order to allow for adequate time for feedback from your supervisor and supervisory committee (if applicable). Review the Research Progress Report section of the Graduate Academic Calendar for more information.
  • Reminder: The deadline to submit Thesis Packages and Certificates of Approval (COA) to SGPS is December 16, 2019. Thesis packages/COAs received after this deadline will result in fees for Winter 2020. For thesis packages/COAs received early in the Winter 2020 term, a tuition refund may apply.
  • Have you recently completed your thesis, project or major paper and would like to proudly showcase it? You can arrange to have your work bound by a publishing company for a small fee. The next pick-up date from SGPS is December 18. Visit the library web page to learn more.

Student Life

  • Tech Connect will be held on Wednesday, January 15. This is an event for students from three faculties to make connections with employers who are looking for students with tech-related skills. Bring a portable portfolio (if applicable) and come prepared to ask questions, discuss the work that you're doing and what interests you in the tech industry. Learn more.

Ontario Tech Student Union (OTSU)

  • SCIENCE RULES! The OTSU is proud to announce that we are bringing Bill Nye the Science Guy to campus for an exclusive speaking event on Monday, January 20. Bill Nye will be speaking on the current state of scientific literacy and answering students' questions! Tickets are available for grad students and alumni.
  • Show off your talents in a cultural showcase of food, music and most importantly, student performances! Every March, the OTSU hosts Pangaea, a multi-cultural festival that highlights what connect us all! We want to see what you've got, be part of the show and submit your audition to

Campus announcements and events

  • Our new library system will be implemented on December 12! All Ontario Tech students, staff and faculty will now access ‘My Library Card' using their network password. Loan periods for many books have been extended, and text reminders are temporarily unavailable. Learn more.
  • You are invited to participate in the international conference IEEE SMC 2020, which will take place October 11 to 14, 2020 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Visit the conference website for more information.

Money matters

  • Always apply for OSAP. Many variables when assessing your OSAP and eligibility to receive funding could change from year to year. Also, make sure your winter semester course load matches what's on OSAP—if not, this will delay release of second semester funding. Make updates with Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA).

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