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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 (new for Fall 2020)

  • Tools, Tricks and Templates - Thursday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.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.  Each session will include a short lesson, some discussion among peers and then dedicated time to write together as a group.

    *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!

  • How to talk to your Supervisor: Conversation Starters - Thursday, October 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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.  Each session will include a short lesson, some discussion among peers and then dedicated time to write together as a group.

    *This session does not count towards any workshop requirements. 

    Session Topic

    The relationship between you and your research supervisor is most important to your successful completion of a graduate degree. Our conversation starter document is designed to complement the Graduate Academic Calendar’s section on roles and responsibilities of supervisors and students. The conversation starters are suggested to help align expectations of supervisors and graduate students (adapted from the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies).

  • Thesis Submission Process - Thursday, October 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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.  Each session will include a short lesson, some discussion among peers and then dedicated time to write together as a group.

    *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!

  • Pomodoro Time Management - Thursday, October 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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.  Each session will include a short lesson, some discussion among peers and then dedicated time to write together as a group.

    *This session does not count towards any workshop requirements. 

    Session Topic

    Ontario Tech’s Academic Skills Coordinator, Lindsay Smith, will walk you through the simple yet effective time management tool the Pomodoro Method.  The method of dedicated work with scheduled breaks helps to maximize your efficiency.

  • Defence Prep - Thursday, November 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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.  Each session will include a short lesson, some discussion among peers and then dedicated time to write together as a group.

    *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 and Professor will be here to discuss briefly defence day! This is a session that should complement speaking to your supervisor.

  • General Discussion: Fall Semester Finishing Strong - Thursday, November 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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.  Each session will include a short lesson, some discussion among peers and then dedicated time to write together as a group.

    *This session does not count towards any workshop requirements. 

    Session Topic

    What did you accomplish this semester? Was there anything you struggled with? Share your experiences with fellow graduate students and discuss ideas and best practices for the thesis writing process.

  • General Discussion: Setting Goals for Winter Semester - Thursday, November 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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.  Each session will include a short lesson, some discussion among peers and then dedicated time to write together as a group.

    *This session does not count towards any workshop requirements. 

    Session Topic

    Don’t let the winter semester pass you by! Planning your goals now will help you succeed come January. Discuss with fellow graduate students how you plan to meet your goals and share any tips you may have for successful writing. Have areas that need improvement? Hear how other students may have dealt with similar roadblocks that you are facing!


September (online)

  • Tips and Tricks for Scholarships and Grants - Wednesday, September 16 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    Ewa Stewart, Grants Office - Office of Research Services
    Online via Google Meet 
    meet.google.com/utw-rfwr-aqt

    Join us to hear tips and tricks to help with your scholarship and grant writing from one of Ontario Tech’s own Grants Officers.
  • Define Your Ambitions: Self-Assessment for Career Planning - Tuesday, September 22 from 5 to 6 p.m.

    Stephanie Karam - Career Counsellor, Career Centre
    Online via Google Meet 
    meet.google.com/ypf-cmhi-evq

    Do you want to learn more about yourself in order to inform your decisions related to your career goals? Do you feel it would be helpful to connect your interests, values, and skills to what you envision for your future? This workshop is designed to help you self-reflect and better understand yourself in order to make career choices that are suitable for you. Learn how to connect what you know about yourself to your career goals and how to best achieve them.

    Learning Outcomes:
    • Engage in self-reflection activities to learn about your interests, strengths, and values
    • Learn how you can connect yourself to your career, rather than only connecting your degree to your career
    • Develop an understanding of the importance of knowing about yourself and how this knowledge can benefit you in the workplace
    • Be able to identify strengths and weaknesses and how each can be improved in the workplace
  • Starting Off Strong: Digital Library Resources 101 - Thursday, September 24 from 12 to 1 p.m.

    Kaelan Caspary - Librarian, Campus Libraries
    Online via Google Meet 
    meet.google.com/sxq-zhnj-nsa

    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
  • Mental Resilience in an Online Environment: Balance and Burnout - Tuesday, September 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Jeremy Greenberg, Mental Health Counsellor, Student Mental Health Services
    Online via Google Meet 
    meet.google.com/igj-mbxx-nyz

    We all get stressed and distracted sometimes, especially in an online environment.  Students often find themselves in difficult situations.  Grounding/relaxation and de-escalation techniques can help you avoid burnout and strive for balance. 

    Learning outcomes:
    • Identify situations that would benefit from de-escalation, grounding and relaxation.
    • Practice grounding techniques and de-escalation that can be helpful for yourself and others.

October (online)