July 13: Action - Share your perspectives on graduate student programming for a chance to win a $50 gift card

To: Graduate students

Cc: Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs staff

From: Liza Boyar, Graduate Student Programming Strategist, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Subject: Action –Share your perspectives on graduate student programming for a chance to win a $50 gift card

Note: This email is for information and action


My name is Liza. I am a PhD student in the School of Public Health Sciences and am also the Graduate Student Programming Strategist in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA).

I am currently working on an assessment of GSPA delivered programming with the support of the Graduate Student Association-University of Waterloo (GSA-UW). As part of this assessment, I am conducting a survey to understand programming needs of graduate students at the University of Waterloo. I am interested in learning more about whether different groups of students have different needs, what the barriers to program participation are, and generally what GSPA can do to help support graduate student programming.

As a fellow graduate student at the University of Waterloo, I would like to extend an invitation to you to participate in the survey and share your perspectives on graduate student programming as well as potential areas of support. The results of the survey will help GSPA review currently offered programming and make decisions about future programming. Your feedback is a very valuable piece of the programming puzzle for us.

Click here to take the Graduate Student Programming Survey now.

If you are unable to access the survey by clicking on the link provided, please copy and paste the URL into any browser: https://uwaterloo.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3rviPvfEGOjPc4C

This survey should take about 15-20 minutes and will be available for you to complete until August 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The survey must be completed in one sitting as you cannot close the session and return to finish completing it at another time.

As a sign of our appreciation, all survey respondents will have the opportunity to be entered for a chance to win one (1) of six (6) $50 gift cards to a retailer of your choosing from a list predetermined by GSPA.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact me at liza.boyar@uwaterloo.ca.  For more information about the survey, full privacy and contest rules, please visit the survey information page

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Liza Boyar MHSc, BASc

Graduate Student Programming Strategist | PhD Student

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs in partnership with Graduate Student Association

University of Waterloo

Key ethical and legal considerations:

Participation in this survey is confidential and voluntary. You may decline to answer any question by leaving it blank. Your responses will not be shared publicly and public reports of this survey will include only summarized results, ensuring that no individual student can be identified. You have the right to stop the survey at any time and withdraw your participation. You do not have to answer any questions you do not feel comfortable with answering. Any answers saved when you click “next” cannot be deleted.

Your odds of winning are based on the number of individuals who participate in the survey. You may decline to respond to any question by leaving it blank with no loss of your chance to win the gift card. Any contact information collected for the draw will remain confidential. Your name and email will be stored separately from your responses and deleted once the draw is complete (after the survey concludes on August 12). Potential winners must accurately answer an arithmetic skill-testing question to be declared the winner of the prize.

Please note that when information is transmitted over the internet privacy cannot be guaranteed. There is always a risk your responses may be intercepted by a third party (e.g., government agencies, hackers). We will not collect or use internet protocol (IP) addresses or other information which could link your participation to your computer or electronic device without first informing you.

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