Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GSLI newsletter - September 18 to September 29, 2017

The new issue of the GSLI newsletter is now available. Go to bit.ly/2hsyqwm to download a copy of the newsletter.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

GSLI Newsletter - August 28 to September 30

The new issue of the GSLI newsletter is now available. Go to bit.ly/2hsyqwm to download a copy of the newsletter.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

GSLI newsletter - August 8 to September 30

The new issue of the GSLI newsletter is now available. Go to bit.ly/2hsyqwm to download a copy of the newsletter.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New Grad Student Orientations - September 5 and September 12.

The General Orientation session for all new graduate students is Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 8.30 to 12.30 in ROZH 101. The program can be obtained by clicking here. and includes a link to the registration survey.

The Orientation session for new international students is Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 2.00 to 4.30, room TBA. The program can be obtained by clicking here. This program also contains a link to the registration survey.

Friday, July 14, 2017

GSLI newsletter - July 17 to September 15

The new issue of the GSLI newsletter is now available. Go to bit.ly/2hsyqwm to download a copy of the newsletter.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

GSLI newsletter - June 9 to July 28, 2017

The new issue of the GSLI newsletter is now available. Go to bit.ly/2hsyqwm to download a copy of the newsletter.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Summer workshops for grad students at the library

Writing and Learning Services in the UoG Library offer workshops and consultations throughout the summer.

The writing workshops offered this summer are:

Brainfood (June 5&6) offers fundamental sessions on research, writing, and learning, as well as advanced sessions, to accommodate graduate student needs at the various stages. Attend one session or attend them all.

Dissertation Boot Camp (application deadline May 10) targets the needs of all ABD PhD candidates, as well as MA thesis-track students, who have started the writing stage.

EAL (English as Additional Language) Writing Camp (June 26-29) is designed to help EAL graduate students develop their critical reading, writing and grammatical skills in order to help them edit their own work faster and more effectively.

Writing Tune-Up (July 19&20 or August 22&23) provides grammar, style, and paraphrasing instruction for all writers.


The learning workshops offered this summer are:

Presentation Boot Camp (June 2) is an intensive workshop where you will learn to improve your presentation skills.

Graduate on Time (June 21) provides strategies for time management, procrastination, and prioritization.


Individual writing consultations include:

50-minute writing appointments with professional staff consultants are effective for helping graduate students clarify their ideas and structure their documents before sending drafts to their professors and supervisors.

English Language appointments with professional staff consultants are effective for helping EAL graduate students clarify their ideas and structure their documents before sending drafts to their professors and supervisors.

You can find out more by:

going to Get Assistance - Writing on the Library website
going to Get Assistance - Studying on the library website
emailing writing@uoguelph.ca
following the twitter account: @ugwriting

GSLI newsletter - May 8 to May 30

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

GSLI newsletter - March 8 to March 31

The new issue of the GSLI newsletter is now available. Go to bit.ly/2hsyqwm to download a copy of the newsletter.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

College 3MT competitions this month

Come out and support your colleagues who are competing.
Dates and times for the competitions in each college are as follows:
COA Fri, March 3 - 11:30 - MCKN 132
CBS Tues, March 7 - 13:30 - SSC 1511
CBE Fri, March 3 - 10:00 to 12:30 - MAC 218
CPES Wed, March 1 - 12:00 - SSC 1511
CSAHS Mon, March 6 - 1:30p - 4:30p - MINS 129
OAC Tues, March 7 - TBA - JH Boardroom
OVC Thurs, March 2 - 9:00 to 10:30 - LLC 1713

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP for Grad Students - application deadline is March 15

Dissertation Boot Camp is a one-week intensive program (Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28, 2017 from 8:45am - 4pm) designed to help graduate students accomplish their writing goals and accelerate their time to completion. The Council of Graduate Schools recommends dissertation boot camps because these programs have proven to help reduce attrition rates and assist in shortening time-to-degree.

==> Have you finished your coursework and had your project proposal accepted? YES!
==> Do you need time and space for writing your MA Thesis or PhD Dissertation? YES!
==> Do you wish you had extra writing support from experts? YES!

DEADLINE TO APPLY is Monday, March 15th, 2017. CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE

Participants are expected to attend everyday. This program will provide participants with:
* focused and supported individual time to write
* access to one-on-one support with writing experts
* morning mini-lessons on writing strategies and issues

Participants will practice productive writing habits and establish realistic writing goals in order to maintain timelines and build the necessary skills for the successful and timely completion of their academic studies.

Click here for more information:

Monday, February 27, 2017

3MT competitions coming to a College near you starting March 1

3MT® is a university wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide.

College competitions start on March 1 with CPES. Check out the full College schedule here.

The top two competitors from each College will advance to the U of Guelph 3MT® Final Competition which will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 1:00 p.m in UC442.

The winner of the UoG competition will advance to the Ontario Regional championship to be held at the University of Waterloo on April 12.

Full details are available on the Office of Grad&Postdoc Studies website.

Nominations open for the SSHRC Talent Award

The Office of Grad and Postdoc Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 SSHRC Impact Awards competition. The annual SSHRC Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements in social sciences and humanities research, knowledge mobilization and scholarship supported by SSHRC.

The OGPS will now be accepting nominations for the Talent Award ($50,000), which recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, on April 30, 2017, holds a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship (including, but not limited to, a Canada Graduate Scholarship, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship or Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship).

Talent Award Nominations are due to OGPS March 1, 2017. If you would like to nominate an individual for the Talent Award, please email the Graduate Awards Officers for details grschol@uoguelph.ca.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Writing an Effective Abstract: An Audience-Based Approach


In an article in Inside Higher Ed, Faye Halpern and James Phelan explain why it is important to write abstracts for your intended readers, but also for the reviewers of your paper.

Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies photo shoot

The OGPS is hosting a photo shoot to capture images representing graduate students at the University of Guelph. The images will be used for promotion and marketing of graduate studies for Fall 2017-2018 (i.e. viewbook, website, one pagers, etc.).

Graduate student volunteers are required at both the Master’s and Doctoral level to provide profiles and images. Interested grad students are asked to complete the Photo shoot participant webform, which requests students’ name, email address, program, preferred time slot, and 5 to 7 questions to create their profile. Specific information and location details will be provided to those who register. Students are asked to be available for the entire time slot.
The photo shoot will be held on March 16 at locations around campus.

Shoot 1: 09:00 to 10:15
Shoot 2: 10:30 to 11:45
Shoot 3: 12:00 to 13:30

Questions can be directed to Alex Boughen at aboughen@uoguelph.ca

GSLI newsletter - Feb. 27 to March 31

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Monday, February 13, 2017

MITACS online workshops this semester

Mitacs offers several online workshops each semester.
There are 4 starting this semester. They take from 1 to 6 hours to complete (depending on the topic) and are available from 4 to 8 weeks after they open.

The workshops are free for graduate students and postdoctoral associates.

The online workshops available in Winter 2017 are:

Writing Effective Emails
Start Date: February 22
End Date: March 07
Length: Approximately 2 to 3 hours
Access: Multi-day: the workshop can be accessed at any time but must be completed within the access period.
Click here to register

Managing Project Timelines
Date and Time: starts March 01
End Date: March 15
Length: Approximately 1 to 1.5 hours
Access: Multi-day: Can be accessed at any time during the workshop’s start and end date but must be completed within the access period.
Click here to register

Writing Strategic Business Reports
Date and Time: starts March 02
End Date: March 16
Length: Approximately 1 to 1.5 hours
Access: Multi-day: Can be accessed at any time during the workshop’s start and end date but must be completed within the access period.
Click here to register

Time Management
Date and Time: starts March 02
End Date: March 30
Length: Approximately 5 to 6 hours
Access: Multi-day: Can be accessed at any time during the workshop’s start and end date but must be completed within the access period.
Click here to register

MITACS STEP workshops on campus this semester

Mitacs will be hosting 3 of its STEP workshops on campus this semester. The first is next week on Feb. 23 and 24. More details on these workshops and links to register are provided below. Note that these workshops are free to graduate students and postdoctoral associates.

Foundations of Project Management I
When: Thursday, February 23 & Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm (Registration starts at 8:15am)
Where: University of Guelph, UC 442
Password: MitacsACCF2302
Click here to register:


Networking Skills
When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 8:30am –4:30pm (Registration starts at 8:15 am)
Where: University of Guelph, UC 442
Password: MitacsACCF0703
Click here to register:

Skills of Communication
When: Friday, March 21, 2017
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: University of Guelph, UC 442
Click here to register


UofG scholarships with March 1 deadlines


Class of OAC '60 Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant
Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members are encouraged to make nominations at any time, accompanied by appropriate documentation (as detailed in nomination form).
* Nomination Forms should be submitted by March 1 to Office of Graduate Studies.
* Full-time graduate students may be nominated by undergraduate, graduate and faculty members for teaching duties completed in the previous calendar year (i.e. January to December).

Click here to download the nomination form.


Arthur D. Latornell Graduate Travel Grants
* Value: up to 40 awards varying amounts up to a total of $27,000 annually
* Established to honour Arthur D. Latornell, OAC '50, who had a life-long special interest in resource management and conservation and in helping young people. One of the ten awards is available to a student whose research interest relates to resource remediation/reclamation.
* Apply to department/school by March 1 for the winter competition using the Latornell Graduate Travel Grant Program Nomination form.

Click here for further details, including eligibility information and a link to the application form.


ICI Scholarship in Biotechnology
* An annual scholarship of $2,500, tenable with other Senate awards, may be awarded to an MSc or PhD student registered in a department or school at the University of Guelph who is doing research in biotechnology.
* The student must have a first-class ('A') average in the two years of university work (courses and/or research) completed prior to March 1 each application year: all previous university transcripts will be reviewed, as will an application reference letter from the previous/current advisor.
* Apply to the Office of Graduate Studies by March 1. The selection committee is the Office of Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

Click here to access the webform application.


Cecil H. Franklin Graduate Scholarship in Soil and Water Conservation
* Full-time MSc or PhD students whose research is related to soil and/or water conservation.
* Apply to the Office of Graduate Studies by March 1 with the Cecil H. Franklin Graduate Scholarship in Soil and Water Conservation application.

Click here to access the webform application.


Fred Thompson Scholarship
* Established in memory of David Frederick (Fred) Thompson, 1920-2005, who for 40 years was the Secretary of the Canadian Dairy and Food Industry Supply Association. Selection will be based on a combination of academic achievement and relevance of proposed research and its application in industry or the community.
* Canadian citizens or permanent residents entering or transferring to their first Masters program in May, September or January following the deadline date, and pursuing studies in a post farm gate related subject (any topic related to the food continuum, post farm gate; chemistry, microbiology, processing, engineering, functionality, nutrition, food safety and marketing).
* Apply to the Office of Graduate Studies Awards by March 1 with a description of no more than two pages of proposed research and its application in industry or the community and two academic references.


Stanley Saunders Scholarship for Music
* Matched by the University Graduate Scholarship Matching Program, a generous bequest from Dr. Richard Carlton, faculty member in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology from 1972 to December, 1990, provides a $6,000 scholarship for thesis graduate students whose research focus is furthering the fundamental understanding of the nature and function of music in human society.
* Selection is based on the quality of the proposal, the research findings of which are expected to be publishable in recognized humanities and/or social science journals. Preference will be given to research relating to the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods of music up to 1900.
* Apply to the Office of Graduate Studies by March 1 with an outline of the intended research, a curriculum vitae, and a detailed budget for the entire research project. Travel costs for a research project are an acceptable budget item.

If you have any questions about these scholarships, please contact the Graduate Awards Officers at grschol@uoguelph.ca.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

GSLI newsletter - Feb. 13 to March 17

The new issue of the GSLI newsletter is now available. Go to bit.ly/2hsyqwm to download a copy of the newsletter.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Illustrating Career Readiness Competencies: Part II

Joseph Barber gives advice in Inside Higher Ed about how to demonstrate to employers specific job competencies: teamwork and collaboration, leadership and project management, professionalism and work ethic, and career management.
Click here to read this story.

NACE defines career readiness and competencies.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines career readiness and competencies for today's university graduates. Click here to learn more at their website.

Defending the humanities

Robert Fulford explains why studying philosophy in a world where welders earn more still makes sense. Click here to read his story in the National Post.

Ontario universities pressed to show value and demand for graduate degrees

Ontario universities are now being pressed by the provinical government to show the value and demand for graduate degrees. Click here to read the story in the Globe and Mail.

Employers’ perceptions hamper job prospects for PhD grads

In University Affairs, Becky Rynor discusses a report from the Conference Board describing where PhD grads obtain employment after completing their degree. Click here to read her article.

Top 4 Reasons Professionals Help Students and Postdocs


Thomas Magaldi discusses why professionals are happy to help students and postdocs in Inside Higher Ed. Click here to read the story.

GSLI newsletter for January 27 to February 28, 2017 is now available.

The new issue of the GSLI newsletter is now available. Go to bit.ly/2hsyqwm to download a copy of the newsletter.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

GSLI newsletter - January 15 to February 28, 2017

The new issue of the GSLI newsletter is now available. Go to bit.ly/2hsyqwm to download a copy of the newsletter. This is the first newsletter in 2017. We hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday break. Best wishes for success in 2017.