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The Keynote: October 2020

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


Grad and postdoc engagement

Fall is in full swing and so is our Grad Pro Skills programming! Learn to be an impactful presenter, make your business ideas come to life, and maintain strong progress on your thesis with this month’s offerings!


  • Writing Effective Research Proposals – Wednesday, October 21 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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

  • Thesis Thursday: Thesis Submission Process – Thursday, October 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Don’t get lost in the paperwork and procedure, our Thesis Coordinator will walk you through the steps and requirements of the thesis submission process!

  • Thesis Thursday: Pomodoro Time Management – Thursday, October 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Need to better manage your time and maximize productivity? Discover the simple yet effective time management tool called the Pomodoro Method.

  • From Lab to Venture: Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Lab – Thursday, October 29 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Join us for a discussion with a panel of entrepreneurs that have insight into the entrepreneurial world through the lens of a graduate student. Hear their entrepreneurial journey and have the opportunity to ask your own questions.


Here’s a glimpse of our upcoming November workshops. Registration opens on Friday, October 16!

  • Networking in the Digital World – Wednesday, November 4 from noon to 1 p.m.

Do you know what you'd say to a potential employer if you only had one minute to do a virtual pitch to them? Learn why networking is fundamental to your future career opportunities and professional relationships.

  • Writing a Literature Review – Tuesday, November 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

In this workshop you will learn how to properly construct a literature review and how to organize your research. Discover the importance of critical and selective reading, how to identify gaps and strengths in the research and integrate writing material into your literature review.

Register for Grad Pro Skills


SGPS updates


Campus announcements

  • October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Learn more about cyber security and enter a contest to win prizes!

  • You are invited to the Brilliant Catalyst Demo Showcase on Tuesday, October 20 at 1 p.m. See our students profile their exciting startups. Have an opportunity to ask them questions about their entrepreneurial journey. Vote for your favourite startup which will win $1,000. Register here to receive the Zoom link.


Student Life

  • The Student Learning Centre is offering a series of Writing for Research workshops to help graduate students improve their writing skills. The workshops will run every Wednesday from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. until Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Come prepared to talk about your writing and possibly share your writing. For questions or to learn more, contact

  • Conversation Café provides multilingual students with an opportunity to practice English speaking and listening skills. Speakers of English as a first language have a chance to meet international students and learn about other cultures. Conversation Café is open to all students, both graduate and undergraduate.

  • Join Coping with COVID, an interactive online workshop that discusses the new struggles that COVID has brought. With online classes, the university experience has changed a lot from previous semesters. Come learn about the tips and tricks on how to navigate while balancing healthy mental health habits.

  • Check out Road to Equity, the new student made podcast that explores equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Ontario Tech community. Check out the first episode on Anchor FM!

  • Equity discussion groups: A space for our students to have open conversations focused on equity, inclusion and community. On Tuesday, October 20, the Equity Talks discussion group will be exploring Anti-Racism. View the discussion groups and get involved on the Equity groups and workshops web page.

  • On Wednesday, November 4, join the Healthy Living on a Budget workshop to explore the basics of grocery shopping along with how to maintain a healthy diet as busy (and broke) students. This workshop is presented by the Equity Advocates!

  • Let's be flu smart this year! With flu season upon us, now is the time to make sure we are taking protective and preventative measures. Get your flu shot - protect yourself and others!

  • The Employment Readiness Program is a series of workshops designed to teach students practical job readiness skills and skills for navigating the workplace with success. Registration is required, the program runs from October 19 to November 23. Participants are eligible to win a $50 gift card.

  • Submit a photo of you showing your Ridgeback Pride for a chance to win one of three gift cards to the Ontario Tech Campus Bookstore. Post on Instagram and tag @otstudentlife or upload your photo to be entered. Learn more about upcoming events on the Community events and initiatives website.


Money matters

  • Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) is currently confirming enrolment for fall OSAP. Be sure your course load matches your application—if not, this delays the release of your funds. Make updates with SAFA at

    Visit the SAFA website for OSAP information, budgeting tips and financial literacy advice.

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