Fall 2019 Graduate Student Orientation

Introduction and Welcome

Don’t miss your chance to meet graduate students from across the university and learn key information about your rights and responsibilities. You’ll get practical advice from a panel of current grad students and hear from senior leaders, who will share their vision for graduate studies at Dalhousie.

Date: Thursday, August 29th, 2019
Location: Ondaatje Hall in the Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building (6135 University Avenue)
Time: 1:00 pm (doors open at 12:45pm)

Please RSVP.

Ongoing Orientation

Orientation doesn’t stop with the welcome. Our Ongoing Orientation series provides sessions focused on everything from working with data to maintaining your mental health. The goal is to get you the information you need, when you need it. Explore the list below and click the “add a calendar reminder” links to prompt you to RSVP.

Tackling TA’ships

Date: September 5th
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: Killam Library, Room B400

Please add a calendar reminder [ics - 4kb] to RSVP on or after August 13th.

A teaching assistantship (TA) is a cornerstone to many graduate programs. It provides students with an opportunity to develop effective teaching and communication strategies, and explore the basic tenets of student-centred learning.

The Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) offers several free academic professional development programs that can help you prepare for TA work, and for work in the university and beyond after graduation. This session will introduce graduate students to the services and programs through the CLT, and provide tips on how to find TA work and discuss the practices that every TA should know.

Writing in the Disciplines: Now You’re Here, What Should You Look Out for in Terms of Writing?

Date: October 1st
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Henry Hicks Building ground floor Lord Dalhousie Room

Please add a calendar reminder [ics - 2kb] to RSVP on or after September 15th.

Come to this workshop and learn about writing expectations at Dalhousie – degree requirements, disciplinary writing expectations, academic integrity, tips for being successful from the get-go, and strategies for dealing with supervisory expectations and feedback.

Talking about your writing and finding a community of writing practice (in your discipline and across the curriculum) will help you feel that you can be successful. We want you to learn to write – in your field.

Tips for Working with Data

Date: November 5th
Time: 11:35am – 12:25pm
Location: Killam Library, Room 2902

Please add a calendar reminder [ics - 4kb] to RSVP on or after October 15th.

This session is for graduate students who will be working with datasets. Some research activities require you to collect your own data for further analysis. Other research activities require you to use data that has been collected by a third party, such as Statistics Canada or an established Research Repository.

Whether you expect to use primary or secondary datasets, you need to understand the basic principals associated with Research Data Management (RDM). Most importantly, if funding for your research comes from any of the tri-council agencies (CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC) you will be required to make your data accessible. You may not know how to do this, but the Dal Libraries can help you. This workshop will provide some basic guidelines and useful examples.

Making the Most of Your Dalhousie Health Plan

Date: January 15th
Time: 11:30am – 12:45pm
Location: Life Sciences Centre, Room C240

Please add a calendar reminder [ics - 3kb] to RSVP on or after January 6th.

This session will explain:

  • The process for opting in
  • How to submit a claim
  • What is covered
  • How to access your coverage cards

How to Market Your Graduate Degree to Employers

Date: January 28th
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building

Please add a calendar reminder [ics - 4kb] to RSVP on or after January 14th.

You will develop many great competencies as a graduate student, but to fully explain the value of your experience to future employers you need to be able to identify the competencies you developed and how you demonstrated them.

By the end of this session you will be able to explain how you demonstrated at least two competencies and feel more confident in communicating your experiences to professionals and employers.

A Mini Thesis Workshop

Date: April 6th
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location:  Henry Hicks Building ground floor Lord Dalhousie Room

Please add a calendar reminder [ics - 3kb] to RSVP on or after March 17th.

It’s spring and our attention turns to either starting or completing theses, dissertations, and other major documents. Come to this workshop and we’ll talk about this stage in your work.

This session will give you tips and strategies that will build your confidence to complete the work, and discuss structured peer reviews as a way to improve your writing awareness and your product.

Working with Indigenous Communities

Date: TBA
Location: Indigenous Student Centre

RSVP: Please check back here in a few months or keep an eye on the FGS newsletter

Building a Positive Supervisory Relationship Mini Conference

Date: May, date TBC
Time: 12:00 – 4:00 pm TBC
Location: TBC

Please add a calendar reminder [ics - 2kb] to RSVP on or after April 14th.

Whether you are a new graduate student looking for tips on working with a supervisor or you an experienced graduate student who wants to share that they have learned with others, this session is for you!

Pre-arrival Webinars

How to apply for a Student Visa

This recorded video of a live online session features a representative from Dalhousie’s International Centre discussing visa requirements and services for international students. Please note information in the video is subject to change.
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ESL for newly admitted graduate students

This recorded video of a live session features Jennifer MacDonald, head teacher of ESL Programs at Dalhousie's Centre for Continuing Education, discussing programs, requirements and tests.
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Graduate & Professional student success guide