New Graduate Student Orientation

New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) 2022/2023 Event Listing

Welcome and welcome back to Nipissing University! These orientation events are designed to provide you with information on various aspects of graduate studies at Nipissing. Both new and returning graduate students are welcome to attend any of the sessions below. Please register to the sessions you wish to attend using the links provided. 

Current and Upcoming Events

Event: Welcome to the School of Graduate Studies
Host: School of Graduate Studies

Online Learning Module (online, asynchronous)

New and returning graduate students are encouraged to take this online learning module to familiarize themselves with all things Graduate Studies including Finance, Student Development and Services, Events, and more!

Link to module: (available until September 30th, 2022)

Event: Funding Your Graduate Degree: 2023/2024 Academic Year Focus
Host: School of Graduate Studies

Friday, September 23, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (online via Zoom, synchronous)

During this webinar, current and prospective graduate students will navigate the different scholarship and funding opportunities offered both externally and at Nipissing University. Learn about the different deadlines, submission requirements, and tips for applying as you look to fund your graduate degree for the 2023/2024 academic year.

Register here: 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 829 4591 4988
Passcode: 418101

Past Events

Event: Graduate Program Sessions
Host: School of Graduate Studies

Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. ET (in person, room locations below)

Graduate students are invited to meet with their peers and their respective Graduate Program Coordinator for a discussion about their degree programs.

MA History: Dr. Hilary Earl (room H131)
Master of Education: Dr. Blaine Hatt (session cancelled due to low registration. Please contact to set up a meeting with Dr. Hatt).
Master of Environmental Science/Studies: Dr. April James (room B208)
MSc Kinesiology: Dr. Steve Hansen (room A248)
MSc Mathematics: Dr. Alexandre Karassev (session cancelled due to low registration. Please contact to set up a meeting with Dr. Karassev).

Event: Harris Learning Library Tour
Host: Harris Learning Library

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET (in person at the Harris Learning Library)

Meet us in the front lobby of the library for a tour of our beautiful library facilities!

Event: NSERC Doctoral Scholarships and Fellowships Q&A Session
Host: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (online via WebEx, synchronous)

NSERC’s Q&A sessions are supported by a series of informational videos available on the NSERC YouTube channel. These videos are intended to completely replace the presentation portion of NSERC sessions, thus allowing NSERC staff and applicants to engage in an in-depth and detailed Q&A session. Participants should watch these videos in advance and come to the Q&A session with specific questions in mind:

Playlist: Scholarships & Fellowships program application tutorials (English):

Event: Teaching 101 for Teaching Assistants and New Instructors
Host: Teaching Hub

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. ET (online via Zoom, synchronous)

Teaching Assistants and new Instructors juggle a variety of tasks in a course, from marking and providing feedback facilitating face-to-face and online learning, and navigating building a professional relationship with students. This session will cover topics such as: quick teaching tricks to integrate into your courses, managing workloads, and strategies for navigating your role as a teacher and a learner. Whether you are new to being a TA, returning to the role this September, or will be supporting TAs in your own course, or new to teaching at Nipissing University, join us for a session on how to support your work! 

Dr. Jill McSweeney is Assistant Director at the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Elon University. For almost a decade she has been supporting teaching assistants, graduate students, and faculty in their teaching development, and has taught graduate level courses on university teaching and learning. She has a PhD in Environmental Health Psychology, and currently holds an Assistant Professor rank with the Jo Watts Williams School of Education at Elon University and an Adjunct Professor status through the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University.

Event: NUSU Student Centre Tour and Welcome Lunch
Host: Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU)

Friday, September 9, 2022: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET (in person at the Student Centre)

Both new and returning graduate students are invited to check out the new NUSU Student Centre. Following the tour at 11:00 a.m., there will be a lunch to meet your peers as well as graduate faculty and staff!

Event: Research Ethics Involving Human Participants and their Data: A Workshop for Graduate Studies
Host: Dr. Steve Hansen, Chair of the Nipissing University Research Ethics Board

Friday, September 16, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET (in person, room A228)

In this workshop, attendees explore the ethical considerations involved in research with human participants and their identifiable data. The guidelines of the tri-council policy statement (TCPS) and the submission processes for ethical approval at Nipissing University are examined. In small groups, attendees evaluate problem-based case studies and then formulate appropriate protocols to mitigate the identified risks or ethical concerns.

Event: Navigating Power Dynamics and Boundaries as a Graduate Student
Host: Sarah Clermont, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator

Friday, September 16, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET (in person, room B208)

Graduate students face unique challenges when confronting sexual and gender-based violence because of the nature of their many roles on campus and their complex relationships with supervisors and other tenured faculty. 

Courage to Act developed this workshop to help graduate students develop practical skills in navigating power dynamics in academia and setting boundaries for healthy relationships.