Countdown to June 2012 Convocation
If you plan to graduate in June, the deadline by which all degree requirements must be met is April 20. Master's students must have completed all coursework and submitted a thesis (if required). Doctoral students must have successfully completed their final oral exam and submitted a final approved thesis by the April 20 deadline. OISE deadlines are a few days ahead of those of SGS. Check the OISE Registrar's Office schedule for OISE sessional dates.
Dual registration period ends April 20
Dual registered students who were admitted to a Ph.D. program in January with a minimal amount of work to complete in their Master's program have until April 20 to be recommended for the Master's degree. If the Master's degree program requirements are not completed, the Ph.D. registration is cancelled and full-time registration in the Master's program is re-activated.
May session registration
May 4 is the deadline to register for the May session. Final date to enroll in May-June or May-August courses is May 11. Consult your graduate unit for the first day of summer session classes. Check the SGS Calendar for important sessional dates.
iCal calendar for important SGS sessional dates
No more searching to find the deadline for course enrolment, or to drop a course without academic penalty. SGS is pleased to announce a calendar for 2012-2013 Sessional Dates in iCal format.
iCal is file format which allows calendar files to be shared with an extension of .ics. Downloading the .ics iCal file transfers the SGS Sessional Dates directly onto your electronic calendar. It is compatible with a large range of products such as Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar and Apple iCal.
The iCal file of the SGS Sessional Dates 2012-2013 is available to graduate students, faculty and administrators.
Doctoral Completion Award (DCA)
Changes have been made to the DCA for the 2012-2013 academic year. The award will continue to be used to support Ph.D. students who are in their first year beyond the funded cohort, but will now be administered by individual graduate units. Check with your home unit for more information about applying.
Conference Grant reminder
Applications for the Winter 2012 Conference Grant funding close and go offline on April 6. The SGS Conference Grant Program assists registered, full-time doctoral-stream students in good standing present their research at a conference or other academic meeting. Check the Conference Grant section of the SGS Internal Awards website for details.
SGS Awards competition
The SGS 2012-2013 University-wide Awards competition opens in April. Check the SGS Internal Awards website for details. Your home department can advise you regarding their internal deadline and application procedure.
Summer OSAP reminder
Master's degree students who received OSAP for the 2011-2012 Fall-Winter Session and who are considered to be registered full-time for the Summer Session can apply for OSAP. UTAPS grants are not available for the 2012 Summer Session. The 2012 Summer OSAP application deadline is May 11. Out-of-province Canadian students must apply for student loans through their home province. Check the Admission and Awards website for further information.
Keep your student loans interest-free
Students who are registered full-time in the summer session, but who will not be receiving any student loans MUST inform their loan provider in order to keep loans interest free and from going into repayable status. These forms must be completed prior to every session you continue to be registered full-time and are not receiving a student loan. Check the SGS Government Financial Assistance website for details.
Balance of degree fees
All degree programs have a minimum period of registration as defined by the graduate unit, which predetermines the minimum total academic fee for each degree program. Many part-time Master's degree students must pay a balance of degree fee prior to graduation. Full-time students who accelerate their programs and finish the degree requirements in less time than the minimum period of registration also pay a balance of degree fee. To find the minimum period of registration for your degree program, refer to the balance of degree fee information on the SGS website.
Graduation portraits by appointment
CanGrad is booking graduation portrait appointments for April 10, 11 and 12 and again on April 25 and 26 for students who would like their graduation picture prior to June convocation. The portraits are taken at SGS in Room 111 at 63 St. George Street. Appointments must be booked in advance with CanGrad Studios. There are no drop-in appointments.
A computer screen you can fold
Michael Helander and Zhibin Wang, Ph.D. candidates in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, are members of a research team that has developed the world's most efficient organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) on flexible plastic.
University of Toronto Arts Council celebrates student engagement in the arts
The Student Engagement in the Arts Awards recognize undergraduate and graduate student work outside the classroom in arts related activities. Previous recipients of the awards have been recognized for dance, theatre, curation, visual arts and arts administration activities. Students from all campuses are eligible for these awards.
Nominations are open until April 30 and can be made by faculty or staff members and supported by students.
Tee off with the president
Did you know that U of T President David Naylor is a regular at the Varsity Centre driving range and is encouraging U of T students to come out to meet, chat and share tips? Beginners are welcome! Golf clubs are available on site free of charge. Or bring your own. Angus Glen golf pros will also be on hand to help you sharpen your technique.
Tee off with the Presdient: April 2, 9:00-11:00am.
Grad Escapes: De-stress with Yoga!
Join your fellow grad students for a gentle Hatha Yoga class suitable for all levels. April 9, 3:15pm at the Yoga Santuary. Tickets are $10 and go on sale April 2 at 10:00am online at bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.
Considering a career in academia?
Thinking about a career in academia? The Path to Get There is a conference organized by Student Life to help graduate students achieve that goal: Tuesday April 17, 2012 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. To register visit the Career Centre website and click on "Students", "What's on" and click on the event in the calendar.
So, you've decided to make the move. Housing Services has created five interactive videos which will demystify your off-campus housing search experience!
Tax advice for students
Need to file your tax return? The Canadian Federation of Students offers free access to Ufile.
ELWS: Registration for May courses begins April 16
Online registration for May courses offered by the Office of English Language and Writing Support (ELWS) will open on Monday, April 16 at 10:00am. ELWS courses are free, non-credit, and available exclusively to U of T graduate students. Students may take a maximum of two courses during the May session. Courses fill quickly, so register on April 16 to avoid disappointment.
GPS spring and summer offerings
Are you hoping to enhance your communication, teaching, or personal effectiveness? The Graduate Professional Skills program can help! There are a variety of GPS offerings scheduled throughout April and May, and additional offerings will be announced for June.
Reminder: If you intend to complete the Graduate Professional Skills program this semester, please submit your GPS Tracking & Completion Form to email@example.com no later than Friday, April 20 to ensure you receive your GPS transcript notation this Spring.