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January 23, 2019

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES — "Not that kind of doctor: How to ruin your career in 10 easy steps" on January 30, 2019


Dr. Jason Winders, Western’s Director of Editorial Services, will be speaking next Wednesday, January 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the IGAB Atrium about "Not that kind of doctor": How to ruin your career in 10 easy steps.

The Scholars to Leaders Speaker Series is a unique initiative of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that is open to all students and scholars across all careers at Western – undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postdoctoral. The Series brings students together with university leaders who are uniquely skilled in mentoring candidates as they prepare for next stages of academic competition and global careers. The monthly luncheon events showcase guest speakers who share valuable insight and expertise on critical aspects of leadership from their own career experiences.

Monthly meetings run from September to March (except December), and are held on the last Wednesday of every month in the International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB) Atrium. Pizza is available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis but feel free to bring your own lunch.

See you next week!

January 14, 2019

Educational Inequality, Educational Expansion, and Intergenerational Income Persistence in the United States

Bloometalk_Jan15_19DATE:  Tuesday, January 15, 2019
TIME:  2:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  SSC Room #9420

The children of high-income parents often become high-income adults, while their low-income peers often become low-income adults. Education plays a central role in this intergenerational income persistence. Because education-based inequalities grew in recent decades, many scholars predicted that intergenerational income persistence would increase. However, previous research suggests that it remained stable across recent cohorts. Dr. Deirdre Bloom's research addresses this puzzle using new methodological tools.

Everyone welcome, no RSVP required.

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

SOGS Presidential Election: Call for Nominations 2019


Are you a strong leader? Are you passionate about graduate student issues? Are you looking to make a difference at Western?

Nominate yourself to be the 2019-2020 President of the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS). For more information about the position, check out SOGS Bylaws 1.6.2., 2.1.1., and 2.1.2 in our Bylaws & Constitution. Please also consider contacting the current President ( and/or the Executive ( to learn about the current projects and personal experiences involved with running SOGS. All SOGS members are eligible to be nominated.

SOGS will only accept nominations between Monday, January 7, 2019 and Friday, January 18, 2019 at 4pm (please note that we will send another email when the nomination period opens). Nomination forms  must be obtained from and submitted in writing to the SOGS office (Middlesex College, room 8). A complete form requires two (2) signatures of two (2) full or associate SOGS members (see Bylaw
More information:

January 09, 2019

3MT 2019 Engineering Heat Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 16


Current Engineering graduate students are invited to compete in their 3MT 2019 faculty heat on Monday, January 21.

The deadline to register is Wednesday January 16.


The Engineering heat will take place in ACEB, Room #1420 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


  • Presentations must be based on research that is directly related to the student’s graduate program thesis, major research paper, or dissertation.
  • Current PhD and Master’s students who have defended but have not yet graduated are eligible to participate.
  • Presenters must be available to present, in person, on the day of their heat, and must also be available to present, in person, at the 3MT final at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library (Central branch) on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.


January 07, 2019

APPLY NOW! CMHA Ontario Doctoral Fellowships in Mental Health and Addictions Services Research


Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is awarding two doctoral fellowships valued at up to $5,000 each to recognize and support mental health and addictions services research. Funds can be used for knowledge dissemination activities (e.g. conference attendance or publication fees), project-specific needs, or stipendiary support of the applicant.

The current priority areas are:

  • mental health and addictions
  • access to mental health/addictions care
  • mental health and justice


Please email your completed application to:


3MT 2019 Celebration Kick-Off!


The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies invites graduate students, faculty, and staff members to join us for a special 3MT 2019 Celebration Kick-Off!

DATE:  Tuesday, January 8, 2019

TIME:  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB) Atrium

  • Watch professors take on the 3MT challenge.
  • Discover your passion for creating your own 3MT presentation.
  • Experience the exciting research happening across campus.

Lunch will be served.  No registration is required.

December 20, 2018

JOB POSTING: Medical Innovation Fellows


The Western Medical Innovation Fellowship program (MIF) is recruiting for it's next cohort of Fellows.

We are seeking three to six highly qualified individuals from a variety of backgrounds who can offer their unique skillsets in contribution to the program.



  • PhD in Engineering, Neurosciences, Biosciences or Computer Science or related discipline, or MD


  • 1 year research training

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Self-driven, independent thinker who is highly motivated and possesses an intrinsic passion for quality and creativity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and confidence dealing with internal and external stakeholders
  • A strong record of teamwork with the motivation and ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Possesses a reputation for resourcefulness with a strong sense of accountability and initiative
  • Results-oriented with an ability to handle many tasks while maintaining a high level of individual and team performance
  • Ability to research and process information with high levels of accuracy

Applications are being accepted until January 31, 2019.

For more information on the program, requirements, and how to apply, visit or email

December 14, 2018

January – March 2019: FREE Professional Development Courses for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars


Free Professional Development Courses currently offered from January – March 2019 for Graduate and Postdoc Students (All registration hosted on our new platform – EDGE by Mitacs Training)

Foundation of Project Management I

This 2-day course provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to integrate the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics and leadership that participants can apply immediately and in their future careers and lives. Participants experience the processes of collaborative planning and management and can see the benefits firsthand.


  • Hamilton, ON (January 24-25, 2019)
  • Kingston, ON (Feb 5-6, 2019)
  • Toronto, ON (March 12-13, 2019)

To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure your seat by registering for it on this LINK.

Foundation of Project Management II

Building on the skills developed in Foundations of Project Management I: A team-based approach, this 2-day course provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to build on the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics and leadership, while exploring key concepts in greater detail to further develop participants skills and knowledge in the area of project planning and management. PLEASE NOTE: Foundations of Project Management I is a pre-requisite for this course. You will not be allowed to attend if you have not completed this pre-requisite. This course uses the same binder of materials given to you in FPMI and it is your responsibility to bring this set of materials with you to this course.


  • Toronto, ON (February 26-27, 2019)
  • Ottawa, ON (March 5-6, 2019)

To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure your seat by registering for it on this LINK.

Essentials of Productive Team

To constitute an effective team, its members must share a common goal, have respect for each other, and be motivated to use the strengths of each member to achieve their objectives. Using team-based, hands-on, experiential learning exercises, the objective of this one-day workshop is to provide participants with an opportunity to build their ability and awareness participating in and leading an effective team unit that meet deadlines and see results.


  • Waterloo, ON (January 30, 2019)
  • Oshawa, ON (February 7, 2019)

To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure your seat by registering for it on this LINK.

Practice Your Presentation Skills I

In this one-day course, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback. The course also create opportunities for participants to build and practice their presentation skills by applying course concepts through a series of short presentation practices while receiving in-person peer and expert feedback.


  • Toronto, ON (February 6, 2019)
  • London, ON (February 8, 2019)
  • Toronto, ON (March 21, 2019)

To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure your seat by registering for it on this LINK.

Networking Skills

You’ve all heard the saying “you are only as good as your network,” but have you ever wondered how to get one? This full day course is designed to provide insight and interaction along with the know how to build and stabilize business relationships through effective networking. We will cover who-what-where-when and why to network and participants will have the opportunity to practice what they learn. Details on the actual networking exercises will be determined by the location of each event. Activities will be customized to reflect the interests of the participants.


  • Hamilton, ON (February 15, 2019)

To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure your seat by registering for it on this LINK.

Time Management

This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your working week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role. Whether you’re handling dynamic timelines alone or within a team, you’ll be able to reach your project targets with the knowledge gained in this course.


  • Toronto, ON (March 1, 2019)
  • London, ON (March 4, 2019)

To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure your seat by registering for it on this LINK.

December 10, 2018

Weldon Library Renovation Survey – Have your say and you could win!


Take five minutes to share your opinion about the types of spaces, services, and support needed in The D.B. Weldon Library to help grad students like you succeed.

Complete the survey and you could win one of 20 $50 gift cards from either Amazon, Loblaws, CF Masonville Place, or Starbucks. Survey closes Jan. 11.


December 06, 2018

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 2019 Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship


CAGS is delighted to announce its call for applications for the 2019 Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship. This award recognizes graduate faculty members with a record of outstanding mentorship of graduate students under their supervision.

Outstanding mentors inspire their graduate students to be creative in their thinking, to push their research in new directions, and to make a positive impact on the future. They are essential to graduate student success – in the classroom, the laboratory and beyond.

CAGS is committed to showcasing the hard work and dedication of Canada’s most outstanding mentors. We need your help to find them! We cordially invite applications for the 2019 Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship.

For more information regarding the prize, eligibility, and the nomination process, please visit our WEBSITE

All nominations for this award must be submitted to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by February 7, 2019.

Competition closes at 5:00 p.m., February 15, 2019!

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