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The Keynote: January 2021

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


Grad and postdoc engagement

Get your semester off to a great start with Grad Pro Skills! January also kicks off our Thesis Thursday sessions - learn more and register today!

January 2021 workshops:

Leading-Edge Computing Resources to Advance Your Graduate Research Work – Monday, January 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Learn how SOSCIP and Mitacs can advance your research and skills, through collaboration with industry, by providing advanced computing resources and funding.

Adapt and Overcome: Anxiety and Stress Management – Tuesday, January 26 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Kick your stress to the curb with this workshop – learn about the nature of stress and how to apply stress management techniques to help quell it. 

Writing Effective Research Proposals (for Social Science, Health Science and Education) – Thursday, January 28 from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. 

In this workshop, you will learn what makes a great presentation and what you can work on to develop your skills.

February 2021 workshops:

Navigating Difficult Conversations: Conflict Management - Tuesday, February 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This workshop encourages critical thinking, provides problem-solving strategies and teaches conflict management skills.

Organizing your Literature Search with Citation Manager - Thursday, February 4 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Learn how to use a citation manager to save references and create accurate in-text references and bibliographies.

Diving into Diversity: Intercultural Communication - Thursday, February 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Evoking global thinking and empathy in your communication style will make you a better team member, communicator, collaborator and global citizen.

Register for Grad Pro Skills


Three Minute Thesis

  • Registration for the 2021 virtual Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®) is now open! Register by Friday, February 5, 2021.

  • Competing in this year’s 3MT® competition? Be sure to register for coaching sessions!

    Learn more about 3MT

SGPS updates

  • Be sure to include your student number on all correspondence to SGPS so we can assist you as quickly as possible.
  • The Lab2Market (L2M) Program is Canada’s first national-level research commercialization program delivered by Ryerson University, Dalhousie University, and Memorial University. Applications for the L2M Toronto summer 2021 cohort are now open and will tentatively close on January 31, 2021. Learn more and apply to the L2M Program.

  • 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 2020 term, please consult your supervisor(s).

  • 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.

  • Are you planning to defend your thesis in 2021? 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.

Student Life

  • Conversation Cafe returns on Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. This program provides multilingual students with an opportunity to practice English speaking and listening skills and is open to all students. Learn more and get the link to the event on the Conversation Cafe website.

  • Career Chats in January will feature two exciting employers, Calian and General Motors! You will have the chance to speak one-on-one with HR professionals who can answer your career questions. Join us on January 26 and 28 by registering on the Career Chats website.

  • Join RBC Olympian and Professional Athlete, Sam Effah, and RBC’s Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Mary DePaoli for a webinar on Thursday, January 21 at 3 p.m. discussing job searching and how to stand out. Learn more and register on Ten Thousand Coffees.

  • RISE Workshops are available on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Learn what you can do to be part of a safer and more inclusive campus community with this suite of equity related workshops. Attend one or many! Learn more about RISE on the Equity groups and workshops page.

  • Community Nights return, starting with Virtual Games Nights on January 19 and 21. Each month will have a unique theme. Be part of the community by joining in these events! Find the full schedule and register on the Community events and initiatives page.

  • Maurice Switzer, a member of the Ontario Human Rights Commissions, will be delivering two Keynote events as part of the Visiting Elder program. Join us for "We are all Treaty People" on February 2 or 4 by registering on the Indigenous Education Events and Workshops website.

  • Be part of the campus conversation with the Digital Community! This month's featured article is "How to stick to your goals and New Year's resolutions for 2021". All posts are written by fellow Ridgebacks in this student-led online community. Check it out on the Digital Community!

  • Student Mental Health Services are here to support you with groups that help you learn strategies to cope, make connections, and support wellness. All groups begin in January and include Depression support group, Mindfulness and self-compassion group and Recovery College, a partnership with Ontario Shores. Register on the Support Groups page.

  • Equity Discussion Groups: We are committed to having open conversations focused on equity and inclusion, and invite you to join us at our discussion groups. These are safe spaces to learn and connect. Find your group on our Equity groups and workshops page.

  • Student equity training is available! Attend workshops including the popular RISE program, SHARE Webinars on consent and combatting sexual harassment, and Disclosure training. Learn more about the workshops and how you can attend on the Events and education page.

  • Stop talking about writing. Stop reading about writing. Stop thinking about writing. Let's write! It doesn't matter if you are working on a thesis chapter, literature review, conference paper or proposal—the Student Learning Centre's Shut Up and Write! Event on Thursday, February 18 from noon to 2:30 p.m. provides a supportive environment where everyone has the same goal. Writing Specialists will help guide you along as you make progress on your graduate writing goals. Learn more and register through the Student Life portal.


Campus Announcements and Events

  • Book an online appointment with your Subject Librarian to get help with accessing the resources you need, literature searching, citation management, and more.


Ontario Tech Student Union (OTSU)

  • The OTSU General Elections are underway, and there is still time to run! This week is the last week to get your Nominations in for OTSU General Election Positions. Join our team in one of our paid Executive Positions, or volunteer Board of Directors roles. Good luck Ridgebacks!


Money matters

  • Always apply for OSAP - Many variables when assessing your OSAP and eligibility to receive funding could change every 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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