Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Report on preparing PhDs for careers.

The Conference Board of Canada recently released a report entitled "Inside and Outside the Academy: Valuing and Preparing PhDs for Careers". The report examines employment opportunities for PhDs inside and outside academia, as well as examples of professional development initiatives in Canada and other countries. You can download the report for free if you access the link to the Conference Board site on campus.

More PhDs are starting their own businesses

A recent article in the Globe and Mail discusses the growing trend for PhDs to leave academia and start their own businesses. Click here to read the article.

Where do Ontario PhDs get jobs?

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario just released a report discussing where 2300+ students who earned a PhD in Ontario in 2009 ended up. Click here to read a graphic summary of the report. Click here to download the full PDF report.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

GSLI newletter and New Graduate Student Orientations

The latest issue of the GSLI newsletter is now available and can be downloaded by clicking here.

The general New Graduate Student Orientation session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3 from 9 am to 12 pm in Library room 384.
Students are asked to register for this session by taking a short online survey here.

The New International Graduate Student Orientation session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 from 2 to 4.30 pm in UC room 103.
Students are asked to register for this session by taking a short online survey here.

Programs for for the New Graduate Student Orientations are available by clicking here. Attendees of each session will also be given a hard copy of the program.

The link above also provides other general information about graduate studies at the University of Guelph, including a list of campus units that offer services of interest to graduate students, and their brochures.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

How to ask for a reference letter.

You needed reference letters to get into grad school. Was the approach you used a good one? Dr. Adam Chapnick (deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College and an assistant professor of defense studies at the Royal Military College of Canada) provides advice on how to ask for a reference letter in this article from University Affairs.

Calling all Postdocs

The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS-ACSP), with support from NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC, is conducting a survey to provide information about the Canadian postdoctoral population. If you are a postdoctoral scholar who is either associated with a Canadian institution or receiving funding from within Canada, then you are a member of CAPS-ACSP. The deadline to fill out the survey, which is expected to take about 20 minutes, is April 29, 2016. Click here to go to the survey.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Why humanities research is important

Dr. Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of the Irish Research Council and a professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin, speaks about the central role humanities research plays in forging a positive future in Europe. Click here to read the article. Although the article is focused on Europe, many of the sentiments expressed by Dr. Ohlmeyer about the value of humanities research apply in North America as well.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New Grad Student Orientation - Summer 2016

Are you starting a grad program at the University of Guelph in Summer 2016? If so, you are invited to the orientation session for new students to be held in the library's Florence Partridge room (384) from 9 AM to 12 PM on May 3.

If you plan to attend, please register by visiting our registration page.

You can download a copy of the program and brochures describing services available to graduate students on campus from the Grad Orientation information folder.

Monday, April 4, 2016

GSLI newsletter for April 11 to April 27 is now available

If do not receive the biweekly GSLI newsletter via email, you can download it at the GSLI news link.
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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Recent articles that may be of interest to grad students

From Scholarly Kitchen: an article on how readers discover content in scholarly publications

From Inside Higher Ed: an article about digital overtaking print in educational publishing

From the journal, Science - working life column: advice for grad students to embrace uncertainty