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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Upcoming internal workshops

Upcoming workshops

SGPS values your safety and health. Effective Tuesday, March 17, the SGPS office will be closed. SGPS personnel will be available remotely to provide support and assist you. Please contact gradstudies@ontariotechu.ca with general concerns, or visit the SGPS website for contact information and FAQs.

The workshops below are offered by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and are available to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. We offer both in-class and online workshops in collaboration with our university partners and the Academic Skills Club, however all wokshops are currently only offered online.

External workshops are also made available to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through EDGE (Education, Development, Growth and Engagement) by Mitacs Training.

Complete on Your Own Time Online Workshops

  • External Workshops

    SGPS has also created a list of free Mitacs online workshops for graduate students to complete on their own time, focusing on different areas of academic and personal development.

    Register for online external workshops here!

  • Mindsight: Awareness of Mental Health Issues

    Available anytime
    Grad Pro Skills area: Other

    About

    This online workshop will address issues of stigma, facts about common mental illnesses (depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and substance use disorders) and myths about mental illness will be addressed. Risk factors, warning signs, how to respond and help strategies for self-harming behaviour, suicidal behaviour or trauma in self or others will be introduced. Available resources (treatment and support, educational) will be outlined.

    Learning outcomes

    • Discuss the potential consequences of stigma.
    • Distinguish between the facts and myths associated with mental illness.
    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses.
    • Name strategies for supporting individuals experiencing a mental health challenge.
    • Identify self-help strategies.
    • Identify available treatment options and mental health resources for individuals experiencing a mental health challenge.

    Register for Mindsight


Thesis Thursday (online) - Registration now open!

  • Tools, Tricks and Templates - Thursday, January 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    The thesis writing process can often be isolating and it can be difficult to be accountable to yourself. Thesis Thursday is a new initiative to create a student support and accountability group for those in the thesis writing process.  

    *This session does not count towards any workshop requirements. 

    Session Topic

    Learn tips and tricks from the SGPS Thesis Coordinator, Kristin Dobranowski on formatting, resources, timelines and more!

  • Thesis Submission Process - Thursday, January 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    The thesis writing process can often be isolating and it can be difficult to be accountable to yourself. Thesis Thursday is a new initiative to create a student support and accountability group for those in the thesis writing process.

    *This session does not count towards any workshop requirements. 

    Session Topic

    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!

    Register

  • Defence Prep - Thursday, February 4 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    The thesis writing process can often be isolating and it can be difficult to be accountable to yourself. Thesis Thursday is a new initiative to create a student support and accountability group for those in the thesis writing process.  

    *This session does not count towards any workshop requirements. 

    Session Topic

    Thesis defence can often seem daunting and many students are unsure what to expect. Our Thesis Coordinator will be here to discuss briefly defence day! This is a session that should complement speaking to your supervisor.

    Register


January (online) - Registration now open!

  • Starting Off Strong: Library Resources 101 - Tuesday, January 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

    Kaelan Caspary - Librarian, Campus Libraries
    Online via Google Meet 
    meet.google.com/yin-vsgt-bop

    Do you think the Library is just about print books and study carrels? Think again! The Library offers robust online and digital services that can help you succeed in your graduate studies. In this workshop you will learn all about accessing academic journal articles and books online with ease, the benefits of an online research consultation with your subject librarian, and how to access specialized digital resources like datasets, cases, patents, and standards. We will also discuss how the Library can help with other areas of research such as citation management and research data management.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Gain an applied understanding of the Library's digital collections including accessing eBooks, electronic journal articles, and specialized collections such as data, standards, and cases.
    • Identify library services, including the subject librarian, related to your study
    • Adopt online library resources as key component to research strategy
  • Making Time for Time Management - Thursday, January 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

    Lindsay Smith, Academic Skills Coordinator, Student Learning Centre
    Online via Google Meet 
    meet.google.com/aft-hhip-vvr

    Discover concepts and strategies for time management. Learn about short and long-term planning, how to break down larger tasks into small, measureable goals. focusing, tracking your progress and self-monitoring. This workshop will help to control stress levels and promote productivity by establishing best practices for managing your time.

    Learning Outcomes:
    • Understand the importance of time management in achieving academic success
    • Identify at least three strategies that you can implement to enhance your current time management and use in a major paper assignment
  • Leading-Edge Computing Resources to Advance Your Graduate Research Work - Monday, January 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

    Various facilitators - Mitacs and SOSCIP
    Online via Microsoft Teams meeting 
    Click to join the meeting

    In this workshop, you will learn how SOSCIP and Mitacs can advance your research and skills, through collaboration with industry, by providing advanced computing resources and funding.

    SOSCIP will introduce three advanced computing platforms that are available to power your graduate research in any discipline that involves data science/analytics, simulation (molecular modeling, energy, climate), finite element analysis, AI/ML modeling, cybersecurity and others. We will provide information about our Cloud Analytics, Accelerated GPU, and Parallel CPU platforms, and walk through example case studies how these platforms have been used by researchers and their industry collaborators to advance innovation and technology development.

    SOSCIP is offering all interested graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to sign up and try out SOSCIP’s Cloud Analytics and Accelerated GPU for a free 1-month trial period, on a first-come-first-serve basis, for research purposes. SOSCIP will provide technical support to help you gain access to these platforms.

    Mitacs will provide an overview of its funding programs to support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, in collaboration with their supervisors and industry partners, as well as a funding opportunity to support commercialization of your research through the creation of a startup. This is an opportunity to expand your skills and apply your expertise in a real world problem.

    Learning Outcomes:
    • Develop new skills in developing codes, algorithms using SOSCIP's advanced computing research tools
    • Discover funding opportunities for collaboration with industry to expand your skills and expertise on a real world project using the SOSCIP tools
    • Learn how to effectively transition to industry from academia

    *This session does not count towards any workshop requirements. 

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

    Jeremy Greenberg - Mental Health Counsellor, Student Mental Health Services
    Online via Google Meet 
    meet.google.com/xap-ajkt-akp

    This workshop will provide an overview of the nature of stress, how it can be managed and introduce stress management techniques. Identify the symptoms and sources of stress, taking steps to stop sources of stress, venting/communicating to others, being resilient and self-monitoring.

    Learning Outcomes:
    • Understand the importance of stress management in achieving academic success and overall wellness
    • Identify at least three symptoms of stress
    • Identify your major stressors
    • Identify at least three strategies that you can implement to reduce and manage your stress

    Register

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

    Tessa Troughton - Writing, ESL and Study Skills Specialist, Student Learning Centre
    Online via Google Meet meet.google.com/okv-jjoq-mcy

    A clear and concise presenter, a visual presentation and engaging content are some of the keys to keeping your audience’s attention in a presentation. In this workshop, you will learn what makes a great presentation and what you can work on to develop your skills.

    *Note: This workshop is tailored for graduate students in Social Science, Health Science and Education.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Develop an authentic presentation style
      • Understand your strengths and weaknesses as a presenter
    • Describe your research to a layperson audience
      • Learn how to develop a ‘scaffolded learning’ approach to delivering complex information
    • Learn techniques to engage audiences
    • Develop active listening skills
    • Use visual aids for stronger impact

    Register


February (online) - Registration now open!