Graduate Student Experience Week

​​​March 4-9, 2019

Presented by Gradlife and the School of Graduate Studies

Join us for a fun week of special programming for all grad students. Highlights include an evening panel and daily coffee events in the SGS grad student lounge. Build your community and learn about strategies & resources to help you define your own path to success as a graduate student and beyond!


Register early - space limited! #UofTGradWeek

Participate in our @uoftgradlife twitter contest: share your grad research in a tweet!


WHAT'S ON

Monday, March 4​

Daily Coffee Talk: "Staying Well: Resources for Grad Students" with Lorie Atkinson, SGS Wellness Counsellor

When: 9:30-11 am
Where: SGS Graduate Student Lounge, 63 St. George Street

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Come to the SGS Graduate Student Lounge for free refreshments and an informal talk about wellness resources and services at U of T. Talk starts at 10 am.


Facebook Live Chat with G2G Peer Advisor, Grad Conflict Resolution Centre

When: 2-3 pm
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Hear about hidden gems on the St George campus, just for graduate students.


Tuesday, March 5

Daily Coffee Talk: "Finances & Funding" with Alice Brummell, Coordinator, Student Support & Financial Aid, SGS

When: 9:30-11 am
Where: SGS Graduate Student Lounge, 63 St. George Street

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Come to the SGS Graduate Student Lounge for free refreshments and an informal talk about financial aid and awards opportunities for grad students. Talk starts at 10 am.


SGS presents: 3MT workshop with previous UofT winner, Cristina D'Amico

When: 1-2:30 pm
Where: Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street

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Are you preparing to complete in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition?  Would you like to get some pointers from a previous winner? Join Cristina D'Amico for a workshop on "How to Present Your Research in Three Minutes."



Wednesday, March 6

Daily Coffee Talk: How Can SGS Academic Services Help You? Victoria Hurlihey, Manager, Front-line Student Academic Services, SGS

When: 9:30-11 am
Where: SGS Graduate Student Lounge, 63 St. George Street

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Come to the SGS Graduate Student Lounge for free refreshments and an informal talk about academic services offered to graduate students from registration to graduation. Talk starts at 10 am.


Thursday, March 7

Daily Coffee Talk: Services & Supports for International Grad Students, Yaseen Ali, Transition Advisor, CIE

When: 9:30-11 am
Where: SGS Graduate Student Lounge, 63 St. George Street

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Come to the SGS Graduate Student Lounge for free refreshments and an informal talk about services and supports that can help you transition, connect, and succeed as an international graduate student. Talk starts at 10 am.


Panel Evening: Graduate Student Conversations & Connections

Strategies for Graduate Success and Beyond

When: 6-8:30 pm
Where: Hart House Music Room

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Learn tips on how to make the most of your time as a grad student and beyond.  Hear about the importance of career planning early led by a career expert followed by a graduate student panel. Panelists will share strategies about how they have navigated graduate school challenges including imposter syndrome and being on the verge of quitting, to managing conflict, accessing resources and getting involved. Connect with your graduate peers and enjoy some refreshments. Space limited.

Schedule:
6:15-6:40 pm: The importance of career planning early (Jonathan Turner, Career Education and Exploration)

The best time to start planning your career is when you are prepared to make the move from intention to action. The earlier in your grad studies you begin this process, the more time you will have to explore possibilities and reflect on your career interests. Jonathan will address steps you can take in career planning depending on the stage you are at, focusing particularly on resources available to you through the Career Exploration & Education office.

6:45-8:00 pm Concurrent research- and professional-stream panels

Research Stream (Music Room)

Facilitator: Annalissa Cristostomo, M.A. candidate, OISE      
Yusuf Bulbulia, M.A. candidate, Political Science
Leonardo José Uribe Castaño, Ph.D. candidate, Physics
Manu F, Ph.D. candidate, Social Work
Franco Saccucci, M.A. candidate, OISE
Paula Karger, Ph.D. candidate, Comparative Literature
Janessa Griffith, Ph.D. Candidate, Medical Science​

Professional Stream (South Dining Room)

Facilitator: Tony Luong, Masters of Public Health candidate
Samara Moore, MSW, candidate, Social Work
Humbert Sin, M.Eng. candidate, Civil Engineering
Ashley Mah, Masters of Public Health candidate
Sarah Badun, MBA candidate, Rotman School of Management
Lily Zhang, M.Ed. candidate, OISE​


8:00-8:30 pm: Reflection/Social/Dessert


Friday, March 8

Daily Coffee Talk: Learning the Art of Academic Communication Rachael Cayley, Acting Director, GCAC

When: 9:30-11 am
Where: SGS Graduate Student Lounge, 63 St. George Street

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Come to the SGS Graduate Student Lounge for free refreshments and an informal talk about resources to help you hone your academic communication skills. Talk starts at 10 am.


Grad Connections: Maintaining a Healthy Well-Being

When: 2-3:30 pm
Where: SGS Graduate Student Lounge, 63 St. George Street

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Take a break and connect with other grad students at our new bi-weekly chat forum. Share your experiences in an informal setting, talk about your challenges and life as a graduate student. An expert staff facilitator will be available to answer questions related to each week's theme. This is a free event! Space is limited to 25.
Tea and Cookies will be available.


Grad Escape: Improv at Second City

When: 6-8 pm
Where: Second City, 99 Blue Jays Way

Tickets: $15;
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Join other graduate students and learn how to think on your feet at this introductory improv class!


Saturday, March 9

Leadership for Grads: Identifying your Transferable skills and Self-worth in Grad School

When: 10 am-3 pm
Where: 21 Sussex Ave, room 321

Join us to be a part of the conversation about Grad Life at U of T and connect with other members of the Grad community to share your experiences and hear about others'. We will be discussing how to articulate skill-building outside of the classroom and exploring what you've gained as a Grad student.

Free lunch and coffee will be provided to full-day participants!

Facilitated by Peer Leadership Facilitators, Leadership for Grads team

9:45-10:30 Registration & Breakfast

10:30-10:45 Welcome & Introductions

10:45-12​:15 Transformative Learning in Grad School & Utilizing 16 Personalities

12:15-1:00 Lunch (Provided to full day participants)

1:15-2:15 Imposterism in Grad School: Articulating your worth

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:00 Reflection