Due to COVID-19, Graduate Studies Seminar presentations are held remotely in Microsoft Teams. Seminars continue to take place synchronously, biweekly on Fridays from 11am - 12pm (local time) and are not recorded.  Meeting links are sent in advance via the Outlook/Teams invite, and are posted on the Pharmacy Graduate Studies calendar (gradpharm@uwaterloo.ca). The record of attendance is downloaded once at random between ten minutes past the start time to the end of the session; anyone who is not in attendance at the time will be marked absent. 

The graduate studies seminar milestone requires all Pharmacy MSc and PhD students to attend the School of Pharmacy Research Seminar Series, continuously throughout their academic program, as outlined in the MSc and PhD in Pharmacy Academic Calendar.    

Seminars are offered in the fall and winter terms. Regular attendance is expected only in the terms that seminars are scheduled (i.e. fall and winter). The grad coordinator will post the seminars on the Pharmacy Events web page and send Outlook calendar notifications to students, informing them of upcoming seminars and changes to the schedule. Every effort is made by the research seminar series coordinating committee to accommodate the busy schedules and demands of the graduate program by offering more seminars than required and avoiding TA duty conflicts, within reason.

Students are responsible for ensuring their record of attendance is in good standing throughout their program, up to and including that time when they are degree completed (i.e. until the final thesis has been submitted and accepted in UWSpace); attendance is taken at each seminar. The grad coordinator maintains the record of attendance.  

Students who do not think they will meet the minimum requirement in a given term should contact the administrative coordinator for graduate studies as early in the term as possible. 

Information for PhD students

As part of this milestone, PhD students are required to present at the Pharmacy research seminar series.  See the Academic Calendar for more information.

Giving presentations at credible scientific venues is strongly encouraged in the graduate program and is supported through special awards like the Christine and David Edwards graduate studies travel award. However, for the purpose of this milestone, students should make every effort to present at the Pharmacy research seminar series as this venue provides students the opportunity for practice and exposure in delivering presentations that would meet industry and academic standards in a friendly and familiar environment; a 10-15 minute presentation at a major conference, while valuable in its own right, does not provide such an opportunity.

All students who present at the Pharmacy research seminar series are considered for the Best Student Presentation in the Pharmacy Research Seminar Series Award, presented at the School of Pharmacy Annual Graduate Awards reception.