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June 21, 2021

TO ALL GRAD STUDENTS: MFA Required to Access Office 365 | June 22, 2021


On Tuesday, June 22, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) will be required to access your Western Office 365 account (including email).

You will need the authentication device (landline, mobile phone, hardware token) that you enrolled when you set up MFA to access your email and other Office 365 applications tomorrow. If you have not yet up MFA, when you try to open Office 365 (including email), you will receive a message that will include a link to “Start Setup”. Click on that to set up MFA. After you have set up MFA, you will be able to complete the log in process to Office 365 (including email) by responding to the MFA prompt

Where to get help
If you need assistance, please contact the WTS help desk: Due to expected high volume of support requests, you may experience some wait time.

MFA at Western
Setting up MFA is done just once for use with any Western service or application that requires it.  For more information about MFA at Western, including a guide for managing your Duo Security profile, visit:

June 16, 2021

PhD Candidate Diana Wu wins the Society for American Music’s prestigious Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship


Diana Wu, PhD candidate (musicology), has won the 2021 Society for American Music’s (SAM) prestigious Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship.

Wu was recognized for her research “Ghosts of Madwomen Past: Historical and Psychiatric Madness on the Late Twentieth-Century Operatic Stage” and is supervised by Associate Professor Emily Ansari. It's a huge achievement to win this award as she competed with top talent from across the continent.

Intended to diversify the field of scholars working on American music, the Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding PhD candidate at a US or Canadian university who is a member of a historically underrepresented group in the field. SAM embraces and promotes diversity of race, ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and religion, among other expressions, among our membership and throughout all Society activities.

The award recognizes academic achievement and future promise in the study of American music. Upon completion of the endowment, the fellowship program will be expanded to support two full-year fellowships.

This fellowship, granted biennially, provides a twelve-month stipend of $22,000 for PhD candidates enrolled full time at their educational institution. SAM is dedicated to the study, teaching, creation, and dissemination of all musics in the Americas.

Congratulations, Diana!

June 10, 2021

REGISTER NOW: Project Management for PhDs | Essential Elements I & II


Project Management for PhDs: Essential Elements I & II

DATES: June 21 & 22, 2021
TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon ET
LOCATION: Zoom, register for link

This two-part introductory seminar to project management will present an overview of essential elements to creating and executing a successful project plan. Through interactive discussion, students will learn why self-awareness, stakeholder engagement and effective communication are critical to project success. The session will draw on parallels to research management to identify where industry-standard Project Management strategies and tools can be applied in an academic setting and how academic experience can be transferrable and valuable to private, public and non-profit contexts.

This series is exclusive to doctoral students and is suitable for students from any discipline and at any level of their studies.


  • Understanding Project Management
  • Project Initiation
  • Project Planning
  • Project Execution, emphasizing communication to stakeholders
  • Project Closure

Please note: Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Please register only if you are able to attend both days, June 21 & 22, from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

Questions? Please email Julie Jonkhans at

Facilitator Bio
Tina Cerulli, B. Eng., PMP, CSM, LSSBB, SAFe 5 Agilist is a dynamic consultant, instructor, mentor, and PMI-recommended speaker, specializing in project leadership. Her expertise is based on over 15 years of progressive corporate experience in software development, a proven track record as an international project manager and process leader, and a passion for cultivating high performing teams. Tina is experienced in delivering project management workshops to graduate students across all disciplines.

June 07, 2021

REGISTER NOW: Internationally Collaborative Doctoral Programs Webinar | June 22, 2021


DATE: June 22, 2021
TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET
LOCATION: Zoom, REGISTER NOW to receive the Zoom link.

International collaboration in doctoral programs can enhance the academic quality, their relevance, and their attractiveness to potential applicants. Internationally designed and delivered programs support international network building for our PhD students, open doors to lasting international research collaboration and improve Western’s international visibility and reputation.

This webinar is the first in a series of five webinars that explore different models of collaboration, various funding models and a range of possible partner regions/countries. The webinars in this series are jointly designed and delivered by Western International and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Western University.

The first webinar focuses on “International Research Training Groups”, a model developed in Germany, which aims at bringing together teams of PhD students and supervisors, often from interdisciplinary backgrounds, whose projects share a common focus. Two or more institutions from two countries work together. Funding is being provided by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with matching funding on the Canadian side coming from the NSERC-CREATE program.



INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS: Get your Immigration Questions Answered Every Friday!


The International and Exchange Student Centre (IESC) is now offering Immigration FAQ sessions every Friday!

We are ready to answer your questions on:

  • Working on or off campus and how many hours can I work?
  • How do I extend my study permit?
  • How do I apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit?
  • What are the current travel restrictions for international students?
  • And many more!

Don’t need a full 30-minute appointment? We encourage you to take advantage of our Friday Immigration FAQ sessions.

With a quick registration at the link above, you can “walk in” to this session and have your questions answered by one of our helpful and informative International Student Advisors.

This is especially suitable when you have a quick immigration question, or if you can’t make or wait for an appointment.


The International and Exchange Student Centre (IESC) is a department of Western International, which offers a full range of programs and services to support international students during their stay at Western.

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