Your monthly guide to all things grad at York
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YorkUFGS here is your September 2017 guide to all things grad at YorkU.

Have a photograph or illustration to share? Email your submission to to be featured in next month's issue. The monthly winner will receive $50 on their YU-card.
Congratulations to this month's winner: Amanda Aguiar—Civil Engineering

Important Information

Labour Day Holiday—University closed

This is a reminder the university will be closed Monday, September 4, for the Labour Day holiday.

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YUGSA Health & Dental Plan

Deadline: October 22
The Opt–in and Opt–out links are currently active for the YUGSA Health Plan. Full time graduate students need not opt in since they will be automatically enrolled in September. The deadline to opt in or out ends October 22nd.

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Call for nominations for FGS Teaching Awards 2017-18

Deadline: November 15
The Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Teaching Award is bestowed annually on a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies who has displayed substantial, significant and sustained excellence, commitment and enthusiasm to the multifaceted aspects of teaching at the graduate level at York. The nominator may be any member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, including regular or adjunct faculty, graduate students or staff.

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Student Finances

Fee Payment Deadline

Deadline: September 10
Deadline for payment of fees for the 2017 Fall term is September 10.

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Disbursement of Funds Reminder

Funds will begin being disbursed to eligible student accounts in September. The Understanding your Student Account and Funding Package guide covers the administration and disbursement of funding in greater detail. We encourage you to visit this webpage to learn more:

Scholarships and Awards

CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC Doctoral Scholarships and CGS-Masters Scholarship Applications
Please note the following York internal deadlines below. Students who are planning to apply are encouraged to review the application timeline and process early.

  • CIHR Doctoral Foreign Study Awards and CGS Doctoral Awards (DFSA/CGSD): September 29, 2017;
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships and CGS Doctoral Awards (PGSD/CGSD): October 13, 2017 (Transcripts must be submitted to the graduate program by October 5, 2017);
  • SSHRC Fellowships and CGS Doctoral Awards (DF/CGSD): October 17, 2017;
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships — Masters (CGS-M): December 1, 2017.

Applications to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and QEII Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST) are accepted at the same time as the Tri-Council applications. Accordingly, students who are applying to OGS/QEII must also submit the application to the graduate program by the applicable deadline above. For information, please review the OGS/QEII application process.

FGS will be holding workshops on scholarship proposal writing on the following dates. Interested graduate students are encouraged to attend. 

Writing Winning Proposals for Doctoral Students (The two sessions are identical.)

  • Session #1: Thursday September 14, 2017, 1:30-3:30pm, 280N York Lanes
  • Session #2: Monday September 18, 2017, 1:30-3:30pm, 519 Kaneff Tower

Writing Winning Proposals for Masters Students (The two sessions are identical.)

  • Session #1: Monday October 2, 2017, 9:30-11:30am, 280N York Lanes
  • Session #2: Monday October 9, 2017, 1:30-3:30pm, 280N York Lanes

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IDRC Research Award 2018

Deadline: September 6, 4:00pm
Research positions are available at the International Development Research Centre for master’s or doctoral students pursuing research on one or more developing countries.

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Fulbright Canada Student Awards

Deadline: November 15, 11:59pm EST
The Health System Impact Fellowship provides highly-qualified individuals with a doctorate degree in health services and policy research, or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health system and related organizations outside of the traditional scholarly setting and to develop professional experience, new skills, and networks. Value: $70,000 per annum, plus research allowance.

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Upcoming Events

TA/International TA Orientation

New TAs, please join us for one of our TA or International TA Orientation sessions on September 1, September 5 or September 6. Participants will learn more about the roles and responsibilities of being a TA at York.  They will get a chance to share their fears or uncertainties about their new roles with other new TAs and discuss strategies to overcome them, with guidance from an experienced TA. Participants will also be given different scenarios of what could happen during their TAship and they will work with their peers to determine what they would do.

Experienced TAs, registration is open for our accredited courses. Everyone is welcome to drop by the Teaching Commons anytime!


Enhancing your Experience

Mitacs Workshop: Career Professionalism

305 York Lanes, October 3, 8:45am–5:00pm
From first impressions to making a lasting impression, this one-day workshop will provide you with tips, tricks and tools from dressing the part to knowing how to apply effective communication techniques and professional behaviour when working closely with others.


Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies

8th Floor Common Area, Kaneff Tower, September 28, 2:00pm
Does your research engage with themes on Asia or Asian Diasporas? Consider enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies offered by the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR). The GDAS is awarded concurrently with a Masters or Doctoral degree for which the student is registered at York University. Join us to find out more at the GDAS Information Session.

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Welcome Back Event

8th Floor Common Area, Kaneff Tower, September 28, 2:30–3:30pm
Meet members of the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) community at the YCAR Welcome Back event on 28 September 2017. The event is open to all York students and faculty who are interested in research on Asia or Asian diasporas. Join us to find out more about upcoming YCAR activities and how you can get involved with the Centre.

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Tamil Studies Symposium: Transnational Configurations of Tamil Identity

519 Kaneff Tower, September 8, 10:00am–7:30pm
The 2017 Tamil Studies Symposium will be held at York University and at the Markham Museum. The theme of this year’s Symposium, Transnational Configurations of Tamil Identities, will create a space for interdisciplinary discussions on how transnational Tamil identities have been documented historically and politically, and performed culturally and artistically. The symposium includes eight panels, visual and performance art exhibits, a documentary screening and a keynote address by Balasingam Sukumar. All are welcome!

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Career Centre: PhD Job Search Support Session

This 60-minute individual appointment with our in-house expert can help you strategize your job search as you plan for your career either in academe or as a professional in another sector. You can receive feedback on your written materials (CV or résumé, cover letter, etc.) and suggestions for integrating in today’s workforce with a doctoral degree. Registration is required.


Career Centre: Transferring Skills from Academe to the Workplace

205 McLaughlin, September 15, 2:00–4:00pm
This workshop is specially designed to help you better understand how the skills and experiences gained through teaching, researching, and being involved in academe can be of value in other sectors. Registration is required.


Career Centre: Translating a CV to a Résumé workshop

205 McLaughlin, September 22, 2:00–4:00pm
In this workshop, you’ll understand the difference between a CV and a résumé and how each is used. You will also learn how to translate your academic CV into a résumé suitable for a non-academic job search. Registration is required.


5th Annual National Student Paper Competition

Deadline: December
Calling all Master's and PhD candidates. Want to be a positive influence on Canada's future? Share your ideas and make a difference. You could win a paid placement with the Government of Canada. The Grand Prize winner of the competition will receive an offer for a four-month paid placement, an invitation to present their paper on a national platform and an invitation to attend the 2018 Manion Lecture in the National Capital Region.

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Community News & Helpful Resources

Graduate chemistry students sweep conference and travel awards

Graduate students in Chemistry Professor Derek Wilson’s lab in the Faculty of Science have been sweeping up awards to attend conferences and for their presentations at these events.

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Quality text messaging by nurses and doctors linked to patient survival

Research from York University, UHN and Trillium Health Partners underscores the importance of quality communication in an emergency setting and points to policy solution.

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Twelve students received YCAR graduate awards for fieldwork and language training

Twelve graduate students were selected through a competitive application process to receive the York Centre for Asian Research's graduate student awards for fieldwork and language training. The recipients represent multiple disciplines and areas of research including migration, ageing, sexuality, technology, ecology, social movements, music and multiculturalism. Congratulations to all the award winners!

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It's all about community

interview with Ansley Abraham, Grad Logic

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Countering Alternative Facts: Wikipedia in the Classroom

by Boyda Johnstone, hook&eye

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Important Dates

September 4

Holiday—Labour Day—University closed.

September 7

Term classes begin, Fall term [FA17] and Fall/Winter [Y17-18] term.

September 10

Deadline for payment of fees, Fall term [FA17].

September 15

Administrative Deadline—Last day for graduate programs to submit summer term grades to the Registrar’s Office.

September 20

Last day to add course without permission of instructor, Fall [FA17] term and Fall/Winter [Y17-18].

September 30

100% refund date for Fall [FA17] term.

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