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The Keynote: January 2020

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 January and February Graduate Professional Skills workshops is open!
    • Writing a Literature Review - Tuesday, January 21 at 2:10 p.m.
    • Starting Off Strong: Library Resources 101 - Thursday, January 23 at 1:10 p.m.
    • Online Learning Tools: Intro to Adobe Connect (online workshop) - Tuesday, January 28 at 5 p.m.
    • C/C++ with the Academic Skills Club - Tuesday, January 28 at 5 p.m.
    • Making Time for Time Management - Thursday, January 30 at 1:10 p.m.
    • Navigating Difficult Conversations: Conflict Management - Tuesday, February 4 at 2:10 p.m.
    • Inkscape with the Academic Skills Club - Tuesday, February 4 at 5 p.m.
    • Organizing Your Literature Search with a Citation Manager - Wednesday, February 5 at 2:10 p.m.
    • In Your Own Words: Paraphrasing and Summarizing - Tuesday, February 11 at 2:10 p.m.
    • Diving into Diversity: Intercultural Communication - Thursday, February 13 at 1:10 p.m.
    • Python with the Academic Skills Club - Tuesday, February 18 at 5 p.m.
    • Exploring Alternative Career Opportunities: Non-Academic Job Search - Tuesday, February 25 at 2:10 p.m.
    • Accessible Instructional Material - Thursday, February 27 at 1:10 p.m.

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SGPS updates

  • Finishing your program at the end of the Winter term (end of April 2020)? The online application to graduate  will be available through MyCampus beginning Friday, January 24, 2020.
  • Student research progress must be evaluated at the end of each semester for students engaged in research. The Research Progress Report form should be completed by each student and their supervisor(s). If you have not yet submitted your progress report for the Fall 2019 term, please consult your supervisor(s).
  • Are you planning to defend your thesis in 2020? There are deadlines to guide students for completing program requirements by the end of an academic term. Guidelines (Master’s/PhD), timelines/deadlines (Master’s/PhD) and other resources (e.g. deadline calculator) can be found on the SGPS website or in the Graduate Academic Calendar.
  • Each grad student in a thesis-based program requires the Establishment of a Supervisory Committee form. This form should be submitted to SGPS no later than the end of the second semester. If this form has not been submitted, please consult your supervisor(s) or your Graduate Program Staff for assistance.
  • Each student in a doctoral program is required to prepare a written research proposal and pass a candidacy exam. Full-time students are normally expected to do this within 18 months of their initial registration. If you have exceeded this timeline and have not completed your candidacy exam, please consult your supervisor(s) or Graduate Program Staff.
  • Attend upcoming doctoral defences! SGPS posts information on doctoral oral defences to Ontario Tech's event calendar. Doctoral defences are open to the public (unless otherwise indicated).

Student Life

  • The Career Centre is hosting upcoming opportunities for you to gain industry insight, gain hands-on skills and experience, and network with employers - Tech Connect, Career Bus MPAC, Career Bus SOTI, and our annual Job Fair. Registration is required for some events. Spots are limited; register today!
  • Let's Talk Equity Winter 2020:
    • RISE Workshops: Training and education on bystander intervention skills in order to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment. Available at both campus locations. Learn more and register.
    • Weekly Pride Space Discussion Group: A group that provides queer students the opportunity to discuss issues impacting their identities based on their lived experiences. A drop-in group every Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in ERC 1056. No prior registration required. Learn more.

Ontario Tech Student Union (OTSU)

  • The OTSU is proud to present Bill Nye: On Campus! An exclusive speaking event on January 20 where Bill Nye will discuss the current state of science across the world, and answer questions from the audience! Tickets are on sale now, get them before they're gone!

Campus announcements and events

  • Join us for a free screening of the award-winning film Angry Inuk, from director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. Refreshments and popcorn will be served. Tuesday, January 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fireside Reading Room, North Oshawa Campus Library. (Note: This film contains content that some viewers may find disturbing.)
  • Women leaders encounter unique challenges and opportunities in the workplace, that are different than those experienced by men. This three-hour workshop focuses on women leaders from diverse sectors who will share their stories of leadership, development, growth and advancement. Register for the Women Courageous Workshop happening on Thursday, February 6. Student pricing is $25.

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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