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  1. Feb. 7, 20193MT faculty-based heats to begin in under three weeks!

    In less than three weeks, the University of Waterloo's 7th annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) season will commence with the first faculty-based heat, Electrical and Computer Engineering!

    Over 200 graduate students have registered for the 2019 3MT competition and are working to perfect their three-minute presentations and their one static slide. Over the years, our 3MT competitors have told us about many unique ways that they have prepared their presentations, including: 

  2. Feb. 5, 20192019 Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS) launches

    Graduate student survey launches

    Earlier this week, Waterloo graduate students received a personalized e-mail asking them to participate in the 2019 Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS), to share their thoughts about their university experience. The purpose of this national survey is to improve teaching, learning, graduate student services, programs, student support and overall campus life for current and future graduate students.

  3. Jan. 22, 2019A new look for Quest navigation

    During the February 2019 Reading Week, Quest will be updated to provide clients with a new navigation experience.

    The tile-based navigation structure (like the mobile view now) offers students, faculty, and staff a modernized, user-friendly experience. And while the initial style of the page and how you navigate the tiles will be different, the actual site content and how you use those pages will remain the same.

    These usability improvements are the result of a user engagement survey that was conducted in fall 2018 and offer clients:

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  1. Feb. 19 to 22, 2019Speak like a Scholar

    Learn to speak about your research with confidence!

    Whether you are giving a conference presentation, a job talk, or defending your dissertation, as a graduate student you need to be able to speak with authority and knowledge about your research area, respond to questions, and engage in scholarly debate.

    Speak like a Scholar is designed to help doctoral students develop their voices as independent scholars and give effective academic presentations with confidence.

  2. Feb. 21, 2019GRADnavigate: Navigating relationships

    Please note: The all-day GRADnavigate event scheduled to happen Thursday, February 21 has been cancelled.

    We would encourage all those interested in learning more about navigating relationships to explore the many GRADventure workshops available: https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies-postdoctoral-affairs/events

  3. Feb. 26, 2019Grad writing café (every Tuesday and Friday!)

    Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

    Tuesdays & Fridays  9 am –  12 pm, SCH 228F

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

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  1. Jan. 29, 2019Research dissemination as an academic ethos: Reflections from a PhD candidateJason Lajoie and Caitlin Scott at GRADtalks

    I have the unusual distinction of being the first person to be a finalist or selected speaker in all three major graduate research dissemination events at the University of Waterloo: Three Minute Thesis (3MT), GRADtalks, and, most recently, GRADflix. When I was told this, I joked that the University should come up with a name for this category, like the EGOT label used by the American entertainment industry for those who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.

  2. Oct. 31, 2018Cross-cultural leadership from Canada to France to China and back: My Mitacs journey as a global citizenJustine Salam with Globalink Research Interns in Niagara Falls

    This post originally appeared on the Mitacs blog.

    In Summer 2016, I took a three-month paid position as a mentor for Mitacs ... My mentor experience at Mitacs not only shaped me into a leader, emotional supporter, and global citizen, but it also transformed us as we moved from mentor-mentees into peers.

  3. Oct. 16, 2018Collective Competition: The Value of (totally platonic and in no way romantic) Academic Life Partners Paula, Devon, and Becky at congress 2018

    Upon my entry to the PhD program three years ago, graduate students were cautioned during orientation that grad school—well, academia in general—can be isolating and therefore a real challenge to one's mental health. [...] Little did I know when sitting through those early fire-and-brimstone orientation sessions, I was also sitting adjacent to someone that I would come to refer to adoringly as my "academic life partner".

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