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July 14, 2017

Tweet to Support the Next Generation of Canadian Science

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The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) is asking for your help on behalf of the Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) to support its social media campaign on the next generation of Canadian science: Next Generation of Canadian Science - #NextGenCanScience #SupportTheReport

According to the Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences (CSMB), "Recent findings from the Canadian Fundamental Science Review and Global Young Academy reveal that the state of funding for basic research in Canada is failing. As the future of research in this country, we need to take action. Not just for our interests, but for those who will follow in our path, and for all those who will benefit from our discoveries."

How can you get involved?

Print out the POSTER and add your name.  Take a picture of yourself doing research holding the sign and tweet your selfie to @JustinTrudeau @Bill_Morneau.

Tweets can include ~100 characters describing your recent research findings or area of study and whether you have a fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC. Don't forget to to include:  I am #NextGenCanScience #SupportTheReport @JustinTrudeau @Bill_Morneau

It's a great way to pay it forward.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)

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The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) is calling for papers from Master's and PhD students that address broader questions of public service renewal and public policy in fields such as public administration, international relations, public policy, business, management, health administration, law and journalism as well as disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and applied sciences.

Submissions should address one or both of two broad questions:

  1. What are your ideas to help ensure that the public service will be ready to meet the needs of the future?
  2. What are your ideas to advance the government’s forward objectives?

The deadline to submit your paper to SGPS for consideration in the national competition is Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Whatever the content of your final paper, it will be assessed against four criteria: originality, research, relevance and clarity. Western will submit the top three highest-ranked papers to the 2017-2018 National Student Paper Competition.

Full instructions and guidelines are available on the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) website.

Please EMAIL pmenzies@uwo.ca if you have any questions about the competition.

July 13, 2017

Alternative Spring Break: Applications Now Open -- July 2017

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Alternative Spring Break is a co-curricular, Community Engaged Learning program, offering students the opportunity to take part in hands-on learning, with community members and engage with themes of intercultural communication, global citizenship, civic engagement and social responsibility.

MORE INFORMATION

Applications are open on CareerCentral. Graduate students are encouraged to apply as student participants or student team leaders.

July 10, 2017

Registration Information for Fall Term 2017

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CHANGES OF REGISTRATION FOR FALL TERM

Any requests to change your fall term status should be submitted by July 26, 2017.

These changes include requests to change from full-time to part-time, part-time to full-time, leaves of absence, Intent to be eligible for TDO status, voluntary withdrawal, etc. Requests for Leaves of Absence, Part-Time Status, and Voluntary Withdrawal may be submitted online via the Graduate Student Web Services Portal.

Other request forms to be submitted in hard-copy are also found via the Portal.


APPLICATION TO GRADUATE

If you anticipate that you will complete your degree requirements within the summer term and be eligible to graduate at the Autumn Convocation, you must apply to graduate via the Student Center.

Once logged in, under the Main Menu select "Self Service" and then “Graduation”. Select “Apply for Graduation” and follow the instructions to complete the process, which includes verification of your name and degree being awarded.

Please complete your application to graduate by July 26, 2017.

July 05, 2017

Graduate Student Orientation Day: September 7, 2017

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To support the transition to graduate school, all new graduate students are invited to attend Graduate Orientation Day 2017!

DATE:  Thursday, September 7
TIME:  9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Alumni Hall

The theme of the orientation is Thriving as a Graduate Student.

Presented by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS), students will:

  • Learn about the resources and services available to help you thrive and make the most out of your time here.
  • Meet other graduate students from across the university.
  • Hear directly from current students about their experiences and receive their first-hand advice.

Please register below with either your UWO email account (ending in @uwo.ca), or the email account that Western Admissions has used to communicate with you.

I WANT TO REGISTER

Lunch will be served.

We look forward to meeting you on September 7!

July 04, 2017

R-Ladies Workshop: Making the Transition from SPSS to R

R-LadiesGlobal_300Interested in learning R, but finding it hard to leave your comfort zone of SPSS? 

The R-Ladies #LdnOnt group is hosting a workshop on making the transition from SPSS to R this Friday, July 7, at 1:00 p.m. - All are welcome!

What: A low-key get together for ladies interested in using and learning more about R, a powerful statistical software program. We meet every two-to-four weeks to feature different topics and speakers. This month, we are featuring a workshop on transitioning to R if you are an SPSS user. This is our last meet up until September, so come check us out!
When: Friday, July 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (workshop) and drinks downtown to follow.
Where: UnLondon Digital Media Association, located at 211 King Street, London in the old Novack's building. Our group meets upstairs (turn left when you enter and head up the stairs).
Cost: All our meet ups are free, and always will be!

Sounds good, where do I sign up? RSVP at our MeetUp page, where we post materials and information about upcoming events.

R-Ladies on Social MediaTwitter | Facebook

FAQs
Do I need to be an R expert? No! All levels are welcome! You will need to have R and some packages installed, but see our Meet Up page for specific instructions!
I already know R, what's in it for me? Awesome! Come join a community of women interested in STEM research, meet new pals, learn new skills or sharpen old ones, or talk to us about leading a workshop on a topic you're passionate about!
I don't identify as a lady, but I still want to learn R - can I join? Yes! While we prioritize female leadership, our general membership is fully inclusive.

July 03, 2017

APPLY NOW: 2018-2019 IODE War Memorial Scholarships for PhD Studies in All Disciplines

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The IODE War Memorial Scholarships, valued at $20,000 each, support PhD scholars whose research makes important contributions to Canada and the world in medicine, science, business, politics and academia. Applicants are judged on academic excellence and potential. Applicants must be Canadian citizens and in at least the second year of a PhD program at a Canadian or Commonwealth university.

The Letter of Intent is due to the agency by October 1, 2017. The application deadline is November 1, 2017.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

The graduate student applying for this scholarship will be part of a selection process of candidates from across Canada .  All applications and supporting documents are initially submitted to IODE Canada, either online, or by mail. The selection committees, provincially and nationally, are comprised of IODE members and university professors. The selected winners are chosen and informed after the national selection committee meets to review the applicants forwarded from the provincial chapters, usually in February.

Please direct all inquiries to the IODE War Memorial Officer at iodeontario@bellnet.ca or at iodecanada@bellnet.ca.

June 26, 2017

REMINDER: Graduate Student Late Fee Charge

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Students who owe more than $400.00 for the current term, whose tuition is not being paid by a sponsor and who have not made alternate payment arrangements with the Student Financial Services Office will be subject to a second late payment penalty of $145.

This Graduate Delinquent Account Charge, approved by the Board of Governors and Senate, will be applied to accounts at the beginning of July.

June 14, 2017

R-Ladies #LdnOnt Meet Up: Data Manipulation & Multivariate Analysis

R-LadiesGlobal_300Come check out our next R-Ladies #LdnOnt meet up, happening this coming Monday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m.!

We are VERY excited to be bringing in Monica Granados, an R user extraordinaire. She will be leading a double topic workshop on how to manipulate your data in R, followed by running multivariate analyses. As always, the workshop will be followed by beers downtown!

What: A low-key get together for ladies interested in using and learning more about R, a powerful statistical software program. We meet every 2-4 weeks to feature different topics and speakers.
When: June 19, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: UnLondon Digital Media Association, located at 211 King Street, London in the old Novack's building. Our group meets upstairs (turn left when you enter and head up the stairs).
Cost: All our meet ups are free, and always will be!

Sounds good, where do I sign up? RSVP at our MeetUp page, where we post materials and information about upcoming events.

Do I need to be an R expert? No! All levels are welcome! You will need to have R and some packages installed, but see our Meet Up page for specific instructions!

R-Ladies on Social MediaTwitter | Facebook

Learn more about this month's speaker's (Monica) other projects, and see the other R workshops she's helped to develop and run!
Website | Twitter | Previous R Workshops

June 13, 2017

Western, Show Your Pride! June 19-23, 2017

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The Western, Show Your Pride! Campaign will feature Western’s Pride banner travelling to eight locations on campus in a show of Western’s commitment to diversity and inclusion! 

We hope this campaign will generate awareness and excitement as we encourage the Western community to participate in Pride events on our campus and within London!

The banner will be at the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Western International located in the International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB) from June 19 -23. 

Take a selfie with the banner and tag #westernupride.

If you don’t have a social media page, please just forward your photo to diversity@uwo.ca and we’ll post it for you on our Facebook page.

Thank you for supporting Western’s commitment to diversity and inclusion!


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