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December 01, 2021

REGISTER NOW: Graduate Writing Week GradWRITE Seminars | December 13 - 17, 2021


10 seminars to help grads and postdocs meet the demands of academic and professional writing. They’re free. They’re online. Registration is required.

GradWRITE seminars cover a variety of topics to help you learn about and successfully address the expectations involved in writing theses, dissertations, manuscripts, proposals, applications, literature reviews, abstracts, and more.

Our goal is to help you become an effective writer and communicator in your academic discipline and professional field. You may register for all seminars or select just the seminar that interests you.

The seminars are offered from December 13 - 17, 2021


Contact Doug Campbell if you have questions or require further information.

REGISTER NOW: Dissertation Writers' Retreat Online | December 9 - 10, 2021


Dissertation Writers' Retreats are designed to provide Western PhD candidates with dedicated time for intensive writing. Participating in the Retreat can help you make significant progress in writing your dissertation and help establish good writing habits.

DATE:  December 9 -10, 2021
TIME:  9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Retreat is an opportunity for participants to remove themselves from daily distractions and time demands to focus exclusively on dissertation writing. As well as dedicated writing time, there will be short check-in mini-seminars and support from expert writing advisors.

The Dissertation Writers' Retreat is specifically for writing your dissertation. Participants can register from the Own Your Future calendar on Western Connect.

What are past participants saying about the Writers' Retreat?  Read Gavin's blog HERE.


Contact Doug Campbell or Nafisa Gillani if you have questions or need additional information.

November 30, 2021

APPLY NOW: Introduction to Machine Learning for Black and Indigenous Students


Vector Institute is committed to developing programming for Black and Indigenous students to build research and expand career pathways in AI for historically underrepresented groups.

This year, Vector is pleased to announce the launch of a new machine learning course and AI internship to accelerate and expand access to knowledge of AI to Black and Indigenous students in Canada. The programming provides relevant, hands-on learning and work experience in machine learning and AI. It is designed to meet the criteria of Special Programs in line with the values of the Ontario Human Rights Code to assist underrepresented groups to achieve equal opportunity in the field of AI.


To be eligible, a student must be:

  • a self-identified Black or Indigenous student (Indigenous ancestry or heritage – First Nations (status or non-status), Métis or Inuit);
  • in second year or higher, studying at a Canadian university or college;
  • studying in a STEM program (Science, Technology/Computer Science, Engineering, Math) or adjacent disciplines such as Business, Economics or Life Sciences at the undergraduate, master’s or PhD level;
  • have some coding experience, ideally with Python.
  • have taken statistics and are comfortable with math; and
  • commitment to completing coursework on a weekly basis and participating in class.

The deadline is December 15, 2021 to apply for this course.

November 25, 2021

Have Someone to Help? Families and the Unmet Need for Help in Later Life


DATE: Friday, December 3, 2021
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: A virtual event on Zoom, please email for the Zoom link

Dr. Huijing Wu is a demographer and sociologist who studies important family trends among older adults. She is currently a postdoc in the Department of Sociology at Western.

Families are now increasingly diverse which can mean new challenges with caregiving in older adulthood. Since spouses and children are the primary caregivers supporting older adults, who will care for older adults without close kin? Dr. Wu’s current research examines how prevalent it is for older adults to lack help with personal care, and what predicts lacking help among those who need it. She is examining these questions using survey data from around the world.

Graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to join us for this virtual brown bag. We would love to see you all there! Please RSVP to

Feel free to contact if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make these events accessible to you.

November 24, 2021

REGISTER NOW: Building a Research Program in Indigenous Arthritis Conditions | December 2, 2021


Join us for this Workshop hosted by BJI’s Get Everyone Started – Indigenous Training Initiative (GEt’S-IT) Program featuring Dr. Cheryl Barnabe - University of Calgary.

Experiences and Learnings from Building a Research Program in Indigenous Arthritis Conditions

DATE: Thursday, December 2, 2021
TIME: 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Zoom, register for link


Cheryl Barnabe is a Métis rheumatologist with a graduate degree in Clinical Epidemiology and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She is the Chair of the Quality Care Committee for the Canadian Rheumatology Association and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Indigenous Health Advisory Committee. 

During this workshop, Cheryl will share information about how to build an authentic Indigenous Research Program with meaningful research partnerships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous collaborators. She will describe some of her research projects to highlight key principles, participatory and community-based research approaches, and the importance of knowledge translation for policy impact. Participants will be encouraged to reflect and share during facilitated breakout sessions focused on how individuals can Take Action as they explore their own personal research interest.


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