News

UTGSU and SGS Launch New Fund

  • October 11, 2017

The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created by the University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union (UTGSU) in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience.

Applications are now being accepted. To learn about eligibility and how to apply, visit the UTGSU website.

Application deadline: 11:59 pm on October 31, 2017

U of T's Boyang Zhang wins Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Award (Engineering/Medical Science/Natural Science)

  • September 22, 2017

The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies has named Dr. Zhang as the recipient of Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in the category of Engineering/Medical Science/Natural Science. He is the first in the world to create functional heart and liver tissues with built-in, 3-D blood vessel networks that can be surgically connected to the patient’s own system

As a result of Zhang's research, tissue replacements can now be generated completely from stem cells and synthetic material, to be used as potential replacements for regeneration or models in drug screening applications. It's part of an emerging area of interdisciplinary research referred to as "organ-in-a-dish engineering." Read more.​

 


U of T remains top Canadian university, 22nd worldwide

  • September 6, 2017

In the 2018 THE ranking released Tuesday, the University of Toronto maintained its 22nd position, tied this time with the National University of Singapore. U of T also remained the top Canadian university for the eighth year in a row and in the top 10 of publicly funded universities worldwide.

"We're proud the University of Toronto has once again been named one of the top global universities, which demonstrates the tremendous impact of our research and our world-class performance in teaching," said Vivek Goel, U of T's vice-president of research and innovation. Read more.

The School of Graduate Studies Welcomes New Dean

  • August 30, 2017

​The School of Graduate Studies warmly welcomes Professor Joshua Barker to the role of Dean, Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education.

Professor Barker comes to SGS with extensive knowledge of the specific needs of graduate students and current issues in graduate education. With this five-year appointment, he transitions from the position of Vice-Dean, Graduate Education in the Faculty of Arts & Science (FAS).

Among his many contributions to graduate education at U of T, Professor Barker was instrumental in the development of the FAS Milestones and Pathways Program, which supports student-led as well as program and faculty-level initiatives designed to improve time to completion and create opportunities for graduate professional development.

Read the U of T News Story.

Just released: Supervision Guidelines for Faculty

  • August 25, 2017

As a companion piece to our Graduate Supervision Guidelines-Student edition, SGS has published an updated online version of supervision guidelines for U of T faculty.

Originally published in 2012, these guidelines have been updated in consultation with representatives from across the University, including the University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union, the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre, Accessibility Services, First Nations House, and students and faculty from various disciplines.

Highlights of the 2017 Graduate Supervision Guidelines - Faculty edition include recommendations for creating equality and equity when working with students, and a discussion of how supervisory styles differ across grad units and disciplines. Hyperlinks provide immediate access to the University's many services and resources, and helpful appendices with additional resources and checklists offer additional direction and assistance.

Visit the Guidelines.
PLUS: Arts & Science News asks, “What makes a super doctoral supervisor?” Find out more here.

SGS and UTGSU partner to promote grad student wellness

  • August 9, 2017

​The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports.

If you're a grad student, please fill out the following form to indicate your interests. The Intramural Coordinator will then tailor the Intramural session for the Fall Semester.

Once you’ve filled out the form, stay tuned for an email in mid-September for a confirmed list of sports, teams and divisions for the Fall semester.

Check out these FAQs for details. If you have additional questions or have accessibility requests, please email Peter Nash, Intramural Coordinator at sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.​

U of T in Top 25: World Reputation Rankings 2017

  • July 10, 2017

​The 2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings have been announced, and U of T is once again the top Canadian university, placing 24th globally. University of British Columbia and McGill University were 40th and 42nd respectively. Harvard was first overall.

Of the top global institutions, U of T ranked even higher among publicly funded universities, placing 13th in the world – and fourth among North American public universities. Read more

The School of Graduate Studies welcomes Joshua Barker

  • July 4, 2017

Associate Professor Joshua Barker has been appointed Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and Vice-Provost of Graduate Research and Education.

Read the U of T News story here.

Discover a Writing Commmunity

  • June 28, 2017

Struggling with writing in #gradschool? Check out the latest Gradlife blog post on @ASCUofT's Graduate Writing Groups, and learn about other writing supports available on campus! #acwri http://uoft.me/3hE 

Just Announced: SGS Parental Grants

  • June 16, 2017

The SGS Parental Grant program will offer financial support to research-stream doctoral students in the funded cohort by helping offset the interruption of funding as a result of taking an approved parental leave of absence. Learn more about the grants on our SGS Grants, Bursaries & Emergency Funding webpage.

Read the U of T News story.

The results of the National 3MT Finals are in!

  • June 7, 2017

Shanthanu Krishna Kumar, a plant agriculture Master’s student from the University of Guelph, and U of T's own Richard Kil, PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry, earned the top prizes at Canada’s 3Minute Thesis competition​.

Read the CAGS announcement.

Read an interview with Richard Kil.

Looking for non-academic career options?

  • June 5, 2017

​A graduate student-led professional society, the Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA) creates resources and hosts events here at U of T and across Canada.

Learn how the intellectural toolkit of graduate students is uniquely suited to a career in consulting management. Details.



ELWS Instructors Honoured

  • April 24, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Jane Freeman and Dr. Daniel Newman of the Office English Language and Writing Support (ELWS). Both have been recognized by the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) for their exceptional contributions to graduate education at the University of Toronto.

ELWS Director Jane Freeman received the 2017 Institute of Medical Science (IMS) Course Lecturer Award for her lecture Writing Strategies​ Across the Stages of the Writing Process (part of the MSC1010Y-1011Y Seminar Series). The award is presented to a lecturer with a sustained contribution of more than three years.

Daniel Newman, an ELWS instructor, won the 2017 Institute of Medical Science (IMS) Module Director Award for teaching ELWS's modular course "Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work" in sections specifically for IMS Students. Like the Course Lecturer Award, this award is presented to a teacher with a sustained contribution of more than three years.

In our April 2017 edition of gradschool e-news, we profiled Dr. Jane Freeman and ELWS. Read more.

A Thank You and A Celebration

  • April 21, 2017

Have you visited the Macdonald Room in 63 St. George Street? Learn the story behind its renovation and its new name.

U of T Grad Student Richard Kil wins 3MT Ontario!

  • April 12, 2017

The results are in for the Provincial Finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, and we're excited to announce that U of T grad student Richard Kil has won the title with his presentation on Blood Testing with Baker's Yeast in Developing Regions.

In addition to winning the overall 3MT finals, Richard won the Provincial Competitor's Choice.

Richard’s first place win at the Provincial competition earns him a spot in the National 3MT competition. From May 12 to 26, video recordings of winning regional presentations will be profiled on the CAGS website. Be sure to vote!

Learn more about the 3MT.

Registration Open: 2017 Geneva Challenge for Master's Students

  • April 10, 2017

Access to employment is regarded as a tool to improve living standards and eradicate poverty, and today the challenges have become a critical concern for both developing and developed countries. The Geneva Challenge invites master's students from all academic programs to provide helpful strategic recommendations.

Teams of 3-5 master's students must submit an 8,000 word proposal on "The Challenges of Employment." This proposal should: 

  •  identify a challenge stemming from employment;
  • construct an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context; 
  • propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.

Registration closes May 25, and submissions are due July 31. Learn more.

"Dean's Breakfasts" Profiled in U of T News

  • April 10, 2017

For over a year, Locke Rowe, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost of Graduate Research and Education, has been holding breakfasts with graduate students from all divisions. 

What has he learned? Read the U of T News profile here.


International Transition Advising at 63 St. George

  • March 24, 2017

International Transition Advisor Yaseen Ali is available to grad students on Tuesdays 1-2:30 pm & Thursdays 9:30-11 am at 63 St. George. Drop by during these office hours or book an appointment with him via email or the Career Learning Network (CLN).

Read Yaseen's profile.


Now online: New JEP Resources

  • March 17, 2017

We've just launched enhanced online resources about the Joint Educational Placement (JEP) Program

Learn more about this opportunity for doctoral students to pursue their degree under the joint supervision of faculty from U of T and a collaborating Canadian or international university!

Report on Graduate Professional Development Available Online

  • March 7, 2017

In 2015, the Dean at the School of Graduate Studies commissioned a report from Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier, Special Advisor for Graduate Professional Development. Read Dr. Reithmeier's report and the SGS Response to its recommendations here.


Notice to New Applicants

  • February 14, 2017

Are you a new applicant from one of the seven countries directly affected by the recent US travel restrictions (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen)? If so, read on.

Before you apply, please contact the graduate administrator of your program of interest. If space currently exists in that program, graduate administrators can work with you to waive your admission fee and, where appropriate, waive the requirement for recent evidence of English language proficiency and use alternative ways to assess your English language skills.

Please be advised that admission decisions at the University of Toronto are made on a competitive basis, and students who meet, and even exceed, our minimum requirements are not guaranteed to receive an admission offer.

Update for Grad Admins

  • February 2, 2017

The School of Graduate Studies will support graduate units in any or all of the following initiatives:

  • Waiving an application fee for new students applying from the seven countries most directly affected by the travel restrictions (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), as program space may allow;
  • Extending your unit's International admission deadlines; and
  • Extending academic deadlines for current students impacted by such restrictions.

The SGS Admissions and International Student Advisor (sgs.international@utoronto.ca) and SGS Student Services will work closely with you and your unit to accommodate your requests.

As previously communicated, we also encourage graduate administrators with students whose Final Oral Examinations may be impacted by students or examiners unable or unwilling to travel to contact the School of Graduate Studies Doctoral Exams Office (sgs.doctoral@utoronto.ca) so that alternative arrangements can be made.

U of T Responds to US Travel Restrictions

  • February 1, 2017

Read the initial responses of U of T, Universities Canada, and the Association of American Universities to new restrictions on travel to the United States. International students on all three U of T campuses who have concerns or questions should use the following contacts:

Stay updated on the latest travel advisories by checking the Alerts, Warnings & Special Statements web page maintained by the Centre for International Experience (CIE).

Students currently abroad can contact U of T Safety Abroad at 416.946.3929 with any concerns; in the case of a safety abroad emergency, reach us at the 24-hour collect emergency line via Campus Police at 416.978.2222.


Call for Proposals: Milestones and Pathways Programs

  • December 6, 2016

The Faculty of Arts & Sciences welcomes faculty, departmental staff and graduate students to apply for funding through two new programs supported by the SGS Innovation Fund: Milestones and Pathways. Milestones supports activities to help students reach key milestones in their graduate training. Pathways provides students with knowledge and skills needed to succeed in both academic and non-academic career pathways. 

Funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 and must be used within the year it is allocated. 

Re-opening of 63 St. George Street

  • November 11, 2016

From state-of-the-art oral exam rooms to a comfortable lounge exclusively for graduate students, 63 St. George offers a range of services and spaces for the graduate community. Learn more.

Just released: New TTC Resources for Students and Grad Units

  • November 3, 2016

In consultation with the UTGSU and graduate units across the University of Toronto, SGS has developed two new resources for graduate units and students in research-stream programs.

Find tips to improve program completion time here.

Looking for Graduate Supervision Guidelines?

  • November 3, 2016

SGS is excited to announce the release of new Graduate Supervision Guidelines, developed in consultation with representatives from the School of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Students' Union, and the Conflict Resolution Centre, as well as faculty members and students from various Divisions. Explore them online.

U of T Ranked 4th in the World

  • October 13, 2016

The 2016 National Taiwan University Ranking (NTU) names the University of Toronto fourth in the world, behind Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins universities. Oxford University follows U of T in fifth place. Learn more.

10, 000 PhDs ... and counting

  • September 23, 2016

​A mighty team of undergraduate and graduate students has been hard at work in Grad Room. They're collecting publicly available information about 10,000 PhD students who graduated from U of T between 2000 and 2015. Their purpose? To determine the employment status of recent doctoral students, and to track any differences among disciplines. Once collected and analyzed, this information will be widely shared with the University.​

U of T Grad Students Named 2016 Trudeau Scholars

  • June 24, 2016

​Three U of T graduate students are among 15 recipients of the 2016 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship: Christopher Campbell-Duruflé (International Law), Ido Katri (Law), and Cynthia Morinville (Department of Geography). This unique doctoral scholarship supports research-focused travel and networking opportunities, and connects students with new research initiatives. Learn more.

Free Faculty Club Membership for U of T Grad Students

  • June 24, 2016

​The Faculty Club has announced a new complimentary membership for all U of T graduate students! This one-year trial membership includes access to the pub and patio after 3 pm. For details, contact Leanne Pepper at 416.978.6399.

SGS Instructor Ivan Semeniuk Honoured

  • June 24, 2016

​Congratulations to Ivan Semeniuk for being named this year’s recipient of the Fleming Medal and Citation by the Royal Canadian Institute for Science! In addition to designing and teaching the popular course “Introduction to Science Journalism” at the Office of English Language and Writing Support (ELWS), Ivan is a science writer at The Globe and Mail, Nature, and New Scientist, and contributor to The Discovery Channel. Read more.

Life After Grad School

  • April 12, 2016

​As more PhD graduates seek work outside of academia, U of T is creating opportunities for these highly knowledgeable students to develop professional skills.​ Read the full article in U of T Magazine.

Three Minute Thesis Competition

  • April 1, 2016

Congratulations to Cristina D'Amico, PhD candidate in the Department of English. Read more about the 3MT®.

Graduate Counselling Services

  • January 5, 2016

​Graduate students have a dedicated space to access counselling services at the School of Graduate Studies (65 St. George Street). Schedule a wellness counselling appointment by calling 416-978-8030. ​More details.​

Student Services Temporarily Relocated

  • December 14, 2015

​We are renovating to serve you better. SGS Student Services has temporarily moved to 702 and 704 Spadina Avenue​ (south of Bloor Street West), where you can access the usual staff and support you have come to expect. 

The building at 63 St. George Street is closed for renovation.

Kick-Off Event for Graduate Professional Develpment (GPD)

  • October 13, 2015

​On June 26, 2015, SGS hosted the Conference Board of Canada at the first Graduate Professional Development event, Leaders in Graduate Education, at Massey College. This event connected U of T graduate students, senior faculty, and graduate administrators from all three campuses (St. George, UTM, UTSC) with the Conference Board. 

Read more about Leaders in Graduate Education.

GPS for Grad School and Beyond

  • September 1, 2015

​MyGradSkills.ca​ is a free set of online training modules developed for Ontario graduate students and postdoctoral fellows by the Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Skills. 

Topics include resumé writing, job searching, entrepreneurship, teaching and learning, community engagement, and academic and professional communications—helpful tools if you’re seeking a career in academia, business, government, the non-profit world, and more. Read more.

Science Without Borders

  • January 1, 2015

The Canada-Brazil Ciência sem Fronteiras (Science without Borders) Scholarship Program (CsF) seeks to strengthen and expand the initiatives of science, technology, innovation, and competitiveness through international academic mobility in the STEM disciplines. It is jointly funded by the Government of Brazil and the Brazilian private sector. 

The University of Toronto is committed to internationalization and welcomes this opportunity to work with the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) and the Government of Brazil to provide exceptional opportunities to top Brazilian doctoral students.