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The Keynote: January 2022

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


Grad and Postdoc Engagement

  • SGPS wishes to welcome back our graduate and postdoc community. Watch our Greetings from SGPS video to hear about ways to stay connected and engaged! 
  • Are you feeling overwhelmed? Don’t struggle alone! SGPS Community Connections is hosting a virtual ‘oldies but goodies’ hangout on Gather Town. Join us Monday, January 31, 2022 from noon to 1 p.m. This is a casual event to unwind and relax. You bring a friend, we’ll bring the fun!

Registration for our February Grad Pro Skill workshops in now open! Check out some of our February offerings below or visit the upcoming workshops page to see the full Winter 2022 schedule and workshop descriptions.

January workshops:

Writing a Review of Literature – Thursday, January 20 from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Grant Writing: How to Write a Winning Grant Application – Tuesday, January 25 from 4 to 5:15 p.m.

Introduction to Research Data Management – Thursday, January 27 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

February workshops:

Paraphrasing and Summarizing - Tuesday, February 1 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Writing Your Research into a Thesis - Thursday, February 3 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Mental Resiliency in an Online Environment: Balance and Burnout - Tuesday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Social Media for Pros - Wednesday, February 9 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. *This workshop is a requirement of the Professional Communication Certificate.

LinkedIn like a Pro - Tuesday, February 15 from 4 to 5:15 p.m.

Register for Grad Pro Skills


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

  • Registration to participate in the 2022 Virtual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is now open! Deadline to register is Friday, February 4. 

Learn more about 3MT


SGPS updates

  • The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies general inquiries office (SIRC 1121) remains closed for in-person visits until at least January 31, 2022. Office hours have resumed remotely and virtual and phone appointments will be available at this time in place of walk-in appointments. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information.

  • SGPS congratulates Dr. Langis Roy on his appointment as the university’s Deputy Provost. Dr. Roy has served two consecutive five-year terms as Dean of SGPS with his second term overlapping with his Interim Deputy Provost role. Dr. Roy’s passion for academic excellence and his dedication to students is held in high regard by the university community and we wish him continued success in his new role.

  • SGPS welcomes Dr. Bernadette Murphy as Acting Dean of SGPS, effective January 1, 2022. Dr. Murphy is the Director of the university’s Human Neurophysiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory and has previously served as Associate Dean for SGPS.

  • The Nomination Period for the 2022-23 cycle of the Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence is now open! This is a merit-based entrance awards program that recognizes exceptional candidates pursuing a master’s degree or who are following an individualized study path that is AI-focused.

  • A reminder that the deadline to apply to the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada Grants for Women is January 31, 2022. The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada annually offers several $8,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with studies that will improve the quality of women’s lives.

  • Are you planning to defend your thesis in 2022? 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 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 2021 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.

  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) ninth annual Storytellers Challenge is accepting submissions. The Storytellers Challenge asks postsecondary students to show Canadians, in up to three minutes or 300 words, how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future for the better. The deadline to submit your story is January 24, 2022. Visit the SSHRC Storytellers page to learn more.

  • In honour of Black excellence and artistry among Canadian graduate students, CAGS is helping to organize a live interactive webinar to provide a platform for Black students to demonstrate and share their artistic talents. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Karine Coen-Sanchez at before January 29, 2022.


Postdoc news

  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is the leading mental health research facility in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. Each year CAMH provides opportunities to the next generation of scientists. To learn more about the 2022 Talent Development Competition, visit the CAMH Research Students & Fellows web page.

Student Life

  • Career Centre virtual drop-in sessions happen on Wednesday’s from 1 to 3 p.m. and are organized for International Students to support their career development and employment journey. No appointment is needed. For more info and the meeting link visit the Student Life Portal.

  • Student Mental Health Services continues to offer a range of groups, workshops and events to support your mental health. If you would like to participate in one or more groups you can register now. 

  • Recovery College is a collaboration between Ontario Tech University and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Three courses will be held over the winter semester and will provide education about mental health and wellness. To view the course descriptions and register, visit the mental health groups web page.

  • Student Life has invited the AIDS Committee of Durham Region to deliver the #Let's Talk Sex Workshop Series to provide education and destigmatize topics of sex and sexuality. Part of building a culture of consent and respect on campus is providing space for conversations like these. 

  • The Better Together Series in collaboration with Durham College has a variety of events taking place throughout the year that are aimed at helping students make connections. View the full list of events and register on our Mental Health events webpage.

  • The Virtual Career Carnival will be held Wednesday January 26 and Thursday January 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers interactive professional assistance to help prepare you for graduate employment, part-time jobs and upcoming co-op/internship opportunities. Drop-in throughout the day and get something different every time!

  • The Virtual Job Fair is happening on Thursday, February 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. In the days leading up to the job fair, the Career Centre is offering drop-in hours to get your resumé and cover letters reviewed. Find drop-in times on the Student Life Portal

  • The Career Centre is hosting various workshops throughout the winter semester. To view and register for the workshops visit the Student Life Portal.

  • RISE (Respecting Individuals, Supporting Equity) sessions are scheduled throughout the winter 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.

  • Equity Discussion Groups and Student Centred Spaces are running throughout the winter semester. Learn about equity topics in open discussion groups or discuss your experiences with those who may share them in a closed Student Centred Space. View the available groups and register for sessions. 

  • If you have completed the requirements for Ontario Tech's RISE Certificate, email with your full name, university email and sessions attended to be sent the reflection questions to complete your requirements! Everyone who completes their requirements by January 31 will be entered to win 1 of 3 prize packs!

  • Join the Career Centre for our Job Preparation: Tips & Tricks on How to Land a Job virtual event where you will have the opportunity to connect and learn from an Ontario Tech alumni and current international students with Canadian work experience and more! 

  • Conversation Cafe runs on Thursday's from 3 to 4 p.m.. This is an opportunity to meet international students and learn about other cultures as well as a chance to practice English speaking and listening skills. Visit the Student Life Portal to view the schedule and register.


Campus announcements and events

  • The Celebrate Teaching! Awards program, hosted by the Teaching and Learning Centre, highlights excellence in teaching, teaching innovation, and educational leadership at the university. Nominations will open January 14, 2022 and close February 25, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. There are seven (7) awards, including the Award for Excellence in Teaching, where a top nominee is selected for consideration from each Faculty.

  • Want to earn $500 and learn a new skill? Brilliant Catalyst has just the thing for you! Join us for a three-day workshop series led by experienced entrepreneurs and learn how to identify and solve a real-world problem right here in our community! Every student will be paid $500 for participating!

  • Curbside pickup is now available at both Library locations from Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Request your books through Omni, wait for the confirmation email, then come pick it up. Or choose to have it mailed to you!

  • If you only need a few pages, one chapter, or single articles from print books and journals, you can make a request for digitization. Click on the Digitization button in Omni, and fill out the form. Requests are subject to limitations of the Copyright Act and Fair Dealing.

  • Learn how to search using Omni, and the many library resources and services available to you! Join our Library 101 workshop for International Students on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 11 a.m. to noon.


Money matters

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