GSA E-News - February 2017

February E-News

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GSA News

Grad Life: Vital Signs Survey

Graduate House Events

3-Minute Thesis Competition

International Spouses

Grad Writing Cafe

Athletics & Recreation

EQUALS Conference

GSEF Project Funding

Valentine's Day Treat-a-Grams

Grand River Transit Update

GSA News

Green Office Program
The GSA office is joining other UW departments and participating in the Green Office program through the Sustainability Office. The goal is to achieve Green Office certification (Bronze, Silver, or Gold) by making sustainable changes to our office space and making environmentally-conscious decisions about our purchases and events. We'll be tracking points earned on a scorecard which we'll post and update regularly on our site!
Bring us your e-waste!
E-waste can now be dropped off at the GSA Office, located in COM 130.
  • batteries
  • writing utensils
  • ink and toner cartridges
  • cell phones
  • mice and keyboards
  • cables
  • most electronic items
Graduate Student Initiatives 
Apply for funding from the GSA for social and academic events. The current call for proposals will close on Wednesday, February 15 at noon.
Committee Vacancies

Graduate students are needed to serve on various University-wide committees. If you are interested in filling a vacancy, please contact the GSA Vice-President.

Grad Life: Vital Signs Survey

The comprehensive Grad Life Strategic Plan survey closes this Friday, February 3rd. Your participation and input in this survey is highly valued - thank you to everyone who has completed the survey so far. If you haven't had a chance to fill it out, please do so before Friday!

Don't forget - you'll be entered in our draw to win 1 of 3 $100 gift cards in your faculty!

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>>Complete the survey

Graduate House Events

Exterior view of the Graduate House, a restored farmhouse on campus, in winter.

Python Project Hours - Mondays from 4PM - 6PM

Are YOU working with Python Programming language or interested in learning? Do YOU need help/feedback with Python programming projects? Drop in and visit the Python programmers groups…various skill levels are welcome. Enjoy camaraderie, mentorship, and exchange of ideas in a supportive environment.

Babble Cafe - Every other Tuesday (except Feb 21)

Meet and mingle with exciting people from all around the world! The International Canadian Student Network runs the Babble Cafe every other Tuesday evening at 6:30pm upstairs at the Grad House. This is a perfect opportunity to meet other students and practice your English conversation skills. Join the ICSN facebook group or like their Facebook page at

Dates: February 7th, March 7th & 21st

A Taste of Oasis - Every other Tuesday at 5:30pm

Oasis is a network of Communities of Compassion and Reason for nonreligious people. A Taste of Oasis meets every other Tuesday in Grad House (5:30 - 7 pm, starting September 27) for live music, refreshments, an inspiring TED-like talk (by a faculty member, staff, grad student or community member), and friendship. For upcoming speakers and musicians visit

Dates: February 14th & 28th, March 14th

Community Soup Night - Every Wednesday at 6:30PM

Enjoy a nice, hot bowl of delicious and healthy soup, every Wednesday at 6:30PM. Stay for either Trivia Night or Jam Night (alternating every-other Wednesday).

Trivia - Every other Wednesday at 7PM

Bring your friends and your wit for a fun night of challenging puzzles and awesome prizes! Get here early! Space is limited! Trivia will commence after Community Soup Night, which starts at 6:30PM.

Dates: February 8th & 22nd, March 8th & 22nd

Jam Night - Every other Wednesday at 7PM following Community Soup Night. Come and jam with new and old friends at the Grad House. Please bring your own instrument if you have one. This is casual opportunity to explore your musical talents in an open and inclusive setting. All skill levels welcomed! This will be different than Open Mic - less 'performance' oriented, with a casual feel.

Dates: February 1st & 15th, March 1st, 15th, & 29th

Free Food Thursday - Every Thursday at 7PM

Come join your fellow grad students for a delicious community meal. Be sure to bring your grad student ID and get here early as quantities are limited!

Open Mic Night - Every other Thursday at 7:30PM. Do you play an instrument or sing? Come to the Graduate House for OPEN MIC NIGHT.  It’s easy! Just sign up and play a couple of tunes! Visit Graduate House events page or follow UW Grad House Open Mic  to stay updated.

Dates: February 9th & 23rd, March 9th & 23rd

Volunteer Opportunities

Grad House Free Food Events The Grad House is looking for volunteers for Wednesday night Community Soup Night and Thursday Free Food night. There are perks: meeting grad students, networking and an honorarium from the Grad House. Please email for more information!

Got a sweet idea?

We’d love to hear from you! Reach out to Allison, our Events Coordinator with your ideas for events & activities at

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3-Minute Thesis Competition

3MT season is upon us! Come cheer on your friends in this awesome event where competitors have 3 minutes and 1 static slide to present their thesis. Learn more about the 3-Minute Thesis competition.

Faculty-based heats will take place from February 8 to March 3, 2017. All are welcome to attend!

The final competition will take place on March 23rd, 2017 at 3:00pm in the Theatre of the Arts in the Modern Languages building (ML). The winner will be moving on to the provincial competition! UWaterloo will be hosting the Ontario Provincial 3MT competition on April 12, 2017.

Faculty-based heat schedule:


Date Time Location
Applied Health Sciences Monday, February 13, 2017 3:00 pm LHS 1621
Arts February 8 & 9, 2017 12:00 pm PAS 2083
Environment Monday, February 13, 2017 10:00 am EV3 3412
Engineering - Architecture Friday, March 3, 2017 1:30 pm ARC 1001
Engineering - Chemical Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:00 am E6 2024
Engineering - Civil & Environmental Friday, February 17, 2017 1:30 pm EV2 2002
Engineering - Electrical & Computer Wednesday, March 1, 2017 10:00 am EIT 3142
Engineering - Management Sciences Thursday, February 9, 2017 2:00 pm CPH 4333
Engineering - Mechanical & Mechatronics Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:00 pm CPH 3679
Engineering - Systems Design Friday, February 10, 2017 1:30 pm E5 6004
Mathematics Tuesday, February 14, 2017 2:30 pm DC 1302


Wednesday, February 15, 2017 2:00 pm B1 271

International Spouses

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INT'L SPOUSES -- Tea & English (Valentine's activity) & the Knitting Group

Spouses and partners of int'l students, post-docs, and visiting scholars are invited to attend Int'l Spouses' activities.  These include: 

Tea & English with Nancy (on most Thursday mornings; children welcome)

Knitting Group (which meets on some Monday evenings in a Waterloo

Check our website for full details (, including special events, like sharing wedding photos and stories at Tea & English around Valentine's Day. Sign up to receive Int'l Spouses' email updates and become a friend on Facebook (University of Waterloo International Spouses). We look forward to meeting you!  :)

Grad Writing Cafe

Fridays, 9-11am in SCH 228F

Writing regularly helps with productivity and motivation. The Writing Centre is offering weekly group writing sessions for grad students. These loosely-structured events are designed to help grad students connect to a larger writing community, to stay focused, and to keep making writing progress.

We break these two hours into 25-minute writing sessions divided by 5-minute breaks, following the pomodoro_technique (PDF). This technique has lots of benefits. Check it out!

We’ll provide free coffee, tea, and snacks. Just come and write!

Don't forget to bring your own mug!

Athletics & Recreation

Aquatics and First Aid Courses (ongoing)Waterloo Warriors logo

Warrior Volleyball vs Windsor (February 10)

Warrior Basketball vs. Windsor (February 11)

Warrior (M) Hockey vs. Toronto (February 11)

Warrior Volleyball vs. McMaster (February 17)

Warrior (W) Hockey vs. Ryerson (February 18)

Warrior Rec March Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament (March 3/4)

Warrior Playoffs starting mid-February…. Stay tuned for more information

 Don’t forget Warriors, students receive free admission with their WatCards to all regular season home games.

Excellence and Quality of Academic Life in STEM (EQUALS) Conference

The University of Waterloo is hosting the Excellence and Quality of Academic Life in STEM (EQUALS) conference this May 11-12, 2017 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

EQUALS is a venue for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and young scholars considering an academic career in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field.  The purpose of this conference is to explore the spectrum of pathways of academic success in STEM with an explicit focus on gender equity and its intersections with other identity markers.

Participation is open to all genders and non-binary individuals, however, sessions will primarily focus on issues related to the under-representation of women-identifying aspiring scholars in the STEM fields, the associated challenges in academia, and identification of potential practical solutions and career advice for women. Everyone interested in these issues is welcome to attend. This will be a safe space for open discussion of identity-based challenges faced by those interested pursuing a career in academia in STEM fields.

Registration is now open! To register and for more information, please visit

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GSEF Project Funding

Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF) Accepting Project Applications for the Winter 2017 Term 

Apply for Project Funding 

The Winter 2017 term application deadline date is February 28th at noon.

GSEF’s mandate is to improve the experience of graduate students on campus, and to provide funding where possible to help aid in the production of a vibrant student experience.

The project budget for GSEF is $10,000 a term.  If the whole amount is not used up, the surplus can roll over to future terms so applications for large projects will not be refused outright.

As long as the project does not meet any of the non-allowable criteria, every project will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to utilize the Graduate House for events and catering, although no projects will be denied if they choose to not use the Graduate House. Repeat applications are allowed, but preference will be given to first time applicants or new projects. Projects that will only positively affect <10 graduate students are still encouraged, but the cost per student ratio will be considered, and projects that will have a larger impact on the graduate student body will be given preference.

Apply here

Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF) Positions Accepting Applications

Recruiting a new Math Board Member

GSEF is recruiting a committed MATH faculty graduate student to volunteer to join our board! If you are a graduate student from this faculty please send a resume/CV to We will be selecting a candidate on a rolling basis so apply soon! If you have any questions about your commitments please email

Recruiting a new Alumni Board Member

GSEF is recruiting an alumnus of a UW Graduate program to be join our board! If you are a recent graduate or will be graduating in the near future please send a resume/CV to We will be selecting a candidate on a rolling basis so apply soon! If you have any questions about your commitments please email

Recruiting Project Review Committee Members

GSEF is recruiting committed ARTS and AHS faculty students to join our Project Review Committee! If you are a graduate student from one of these faculties please send a resume/CV to We will be selecting candidates on a rolling basis so apply soon! If you have any questions about your commitments please email

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Valentine's Day Treat-a-Grams

Order your treat-a-grams online by February 7th!Image result for valentine's day

Send cake pops, postcards, and gluten-free treats to your friends and loved ones this Valentine's Day! All treat-a-grams will be delivered to UW offices on Tuesday, February 14th.

Proceeds will support Wellness at Waterloo. The treat-a-gram campaign is an initiative by the Office of Advancement. Share the love!

Grand River Transit Update

Region of Waterloo Grand River Transit

Starting September 4, 2017, the 201 Fischer-Hallman iXpress and 202 University iXpress will run every 10 minutes during peak periods, instead of every 15 minutes.

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