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The Keynote: March 2022

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


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

  • The Three Minute Thesis Virtual Finals is happening on Thursday, March 24! Tune in to see our grad students explain their research and its impact in three minutes or less. Register to watch the virtual finals.

Learn more about 3MT


SGPS updates

  • Are you defending your thesis in the Winter 2022 term? Or are you planning on defending in the Summer 2022 term?

    Once a student has successfully defended their thesis, they must formally submit a thesis package to SGPS before they are considered complete.  Submission procedures, deadlines and conditions can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar or on the Graduate Studies Website.  If you have any questions, email

  • Do you want to learn more about the scholarships and fellowships available to you as a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher? Join SSHRC staff for a live Talent Program presentation on May 16, 2022. They will provide an overview of the funding opportunities offered at the master's, doctoral and postdoctoral levels, followed by a question and answer period. This event is part of Congress's popular Career Corner programming.

  • The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is recruiting over 150 short-term contract workers to support the delivery of the virtual 2022 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Applications are open until March 18, 2022.

Student Life

  • The Employment Readiness Program is a series of five workshops designed to teach students practical job readiness skills and skills for navigating the workplace with success. Students who attend the workshop series will be able to practice learned skills in a practical environment and have access to additional peer support with an Employment Peer Coach who can help address career-related concerns. All students are invited to register and attend. Workshops begin on every Tuesday, from March 8 and will run until April 5. 

  • 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 March; including the Career and Networking Café and a Q&A with a Canadian Immigration Lawyer!
  • The Better Together Series has a variety of events taking place in March including: Wellness and Influential Books and Addressing the need for Trans inclusive mental health care in a postsecondary world. View the full list of events and register on our Mental Health events webpage.

  • Procrastination Awareness Week is March 7 to 11. Participate daily from 1 to 5 p.m. in live and pre-recorded workshops from academic institutions across Canada. In addition you can access a virtual study hall and resource library. Events will take place on both Zoom and ConnexME. Register for workshops today!

  • Save the date for the bi-annual Long Day Against Procrastination event on March 23 from noon to 6 p.m.! Students can register for in-person or online appointments to learn new study skills, and writing and researching strategies! In-person appointments and take-away refreshments will be available on the second floor of Shawenjigewining Hall.

  • The Summer Job Fair is happening in-person on the first floor of Shawenjigewining Hall on Tuesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! For more information contact the Career Centre.

  • How do you approach challenges and adversities in your life, academic courses and future career path? Join us on Tuesday, March 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a workshop as we discuss how you can adapt perseverance, persistence and learning from failure into your life.

  • Feeling stressed? Attend one of four Dear Stress: Let’s Break Up workshops being hosted in March. Registration is not required; learn more and access the event link on the Student Life Portal

  • Equity Awareness Week is March 14 to 18. In-person booths will be located in Shawenjigewining Hall from March 15 to 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Follow along and participate with @otstudentlife as we spread awareness about equity-related topics such as 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion, Anti-Ableism, Anti-Islamophobia, Anti-Racism, Classism, Health Equity, Feminism and First Generation Student Supports.

  • The Eating Healthy on a Budget seminar—facilitated by Holistic Nutritionist Sylvia Emmorey—is open to all students. The seminar will take place on Friday, March 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Google Meets. You can pre-register for the seminar through Eventbrite or drop-in on the day of.

  • The Flex is partnering with Holistic Nutrition Consultant Sylvia Emmorey to provide 30 minute virtual nutrition consultations to Ontario Tech students, staff and faculty. Nutrition Consulting fees are $25 for one session and can be purchased online.
  • The Flex is offering two free group fitness classes weekly until Thursday, April 14. A variety of modalities and instructors will lead the class (of maximum15 participants) through various workouts. 

  • Join the new STRIDE workshop Healthy Study Strategies: Taking Care of Body and Mind While Studying on March 29 at 1:10 p.m., to learn how to prioritize your wellness while you study for your exams. Register for the workshop on the Student Life Portal.

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