Graduate Orientation

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Graduate Orientation runs during the last few weeks of August, offering events, workshops, and fun for incoming graduate students at McGill.

Registration is now open on MyInvolvement!

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Graduate Orientation Workshop Series

Monday August 22nd to Wednesday, August 24th

Join us for three days of in-person workshops, panels, and info sessions for new graduate students! Highlights include the Fellowship Info Sessions, which are hosted by past award recipients and professors involved in the selection process, and the What I Wish I’d Known (When Starting Grad School) student panel, where returning graduate students share their experiences and advice on life as a new McGill student.

Fellowship Info Sessions

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Session Title Date Time
NSERC Monday August 22 10:15 - 11:30AM
FRQ-NT Monday August 22 11:45AM - 1:00PM
SSHRC Tuesday August 23 10:15 - 11:30AM
FRQ-SC Tuesday August 23 11:45AM - 1:00PM
CIHR Wednesday August 24 10:15 - 11:30AM
FRQS Wednesday August 24 11:45AM - 1:00PM

Workshops

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Session Title Date Time
Library Research Essentials for Grads Monday August 22 10:30 - 11:30AM
Well-Equipped Monday August 22 11:45AM - 12:45PM
Writing & Communication Monday August 22 1:30 - 2:30PM
Know Your (Student & Legal) Rights Monday August 22 1:30 - 2:30PM
Pathways and Plans Monday August 22 2:45 - 3:45PM
Supervision Basics Monday August 22 2:45 - 3:45PM
Non-Thesis Basics Monday August 22 4:00 - 5:00PM
Money Matters Monday August 22 4:00 - 5:00PM
Know Your (Student and Legal) Rights Tuesday August 23 10:30 - 11:30AM
Money Matters Tuesday August 23 11:45AM - 12:45PM
Unlock Your Potential with SKILLSETS Tuesday August 23 1:30 - 2:30PM
PGSS & You Tuesday August 23 1:30 - 2:30PM
Supervision Basics Tuesday August 23 2:45 - 3:45PM
Leadership Development for Grads Tuesday August 23 2:45 - 3:45PM
Non-Thesis Basics Tuesday August 23 4:00 - 5:00PM
What I Wish I’d Known (WIWIK) Graduate Student Panel Tuesday August 23 4:00 - 5:00PM
Writing & Communication Wednesday August 24 10:30 - 11:30AM
Pathways and Plans Wednesday August 24 11:45AM - 12:45PM
Unlock Your Potential with SKILLSETS Wednesday August 24 1:30 - 2:30PM
Well-Equipped Wednesday August 24 1:30 - 2:30PM
What I Wish I’d Known (WIWIK) Graduate Student Panel Wednesday August 24 2:45 - 3:45PM
Academic Culture for Graduate Students Wednesday August 24 2:45 - 3:45PM
Library Research Essentials for Grads Wednesday August 24 4:00 - 5:00PM
Supervision Basics Wednesday August 24 4:00 - 5:00PM

Grads Connect

Thursday, August 25th

9:00AM - 2:30PM

Grads Connect (GX) is Graduate Orientation's biggest event, attended by hundreds of graduate students each year!

GX is Orientation’s social/networking event to help new graduate students meet, connect, and have some fun as they learn more about the area and some of the resources and hidden gems around the downtown campus. Attendees will take part in fun team-based activities, explore the Downtown campus and surrounding area, and compete against other teams in the "Amazing Race" for a chance to win a free dinner!

Each team will be guided through the day's events by a pair of Facilitators—returning graduate students, who are on hand to point out important locations, share information, and answer your questions.

Snacks, lunch, and a reusable water bottle are provided.

Please note: GX is an outdoor, off-campus activity. While the activities are not strenuous, there will be a lot of walking as you tour the downtown area. Please be sure to wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and footwear.

GX Schedule

9am: Check in at Mont Royal Park next to McGill Athletics & Recreation, which is a 10-15 minute walk from the downtown campus. Receive your reusable water bottle, snacks, etc., and meet your team members and Facilitators.

9 – 11am: Get to know each other and enjoy some fun warm-up activities in the park.

11am-12pm: Break for a pizza lunch with your team.

12-2:15pm: Compete with your team in the “Amazing Race,” collecting points by completing activities, solving clues, and taking photos at notable locations on the downtown campus and in the surrounding community. The team that collects the most points by the end of the race wins a team dinner!

2:30pm: Your Facilitators will guide your team to New Residence Hall in time for the start of the Graduate Services Fair and Welcome Reception, where you can mingle, speak to McGill service providers, and enjoy some light refreshments!

Discover McGill Graduate Services Fair and Reception

Thursday August 25th

2:30 - 4:30PM

Get to know the services and offices at McGill dedicated to supporting graduate students at the Discover McGill Graduate Services Fair and Reception! Drop by to learn more about the many supports McGill provides you, network with other new graduate students, and enjoy some light refreshments.

Macdonald Campus Orientation

Friday, August 26th

Are you studying on Mac Campus? Don’t miss the Macdonald Campus Graduate Orientation events hosted by the Macdonald Office of Graduate Studies and the Macdonald Campus Graduate Students’ Society! Visit the Mac Campus Orientation webpage for more details.

PGSS Orientation

The Post-Graduate Students’ Society hosts a ton of social events on and off campus for new graduate students. Join your peers for Montreal tours, a hike up Mont-Royal, the Welcome Back BBQ, and much more! Keep an eye out for more information on the PGSS website later this summer.

International Student Orientation

If you're an international student, join International Student Services for opportunities to connect with new and returning international students, receive essential information and advice, and explore Montreal’s iconic neighbourhoods and local food culture! Visit the Orientation for New International Students webpage for more information!

Queer Orientation

Thursday September 1

5:30 - 7:30PM

Queer Orientation is an orientation event hosted by Campus Life & Engagement, Queer McGill and QPIRG (Quebec Public Interest Research Group) for incoming undergraduate and graduate students. Meet other incoming students, learn more about queer resources on and off-campus, participate in a variety of fun activities, and enjoy a free dinner!

First-Generation Orientation

Friday September 2

4:00 - 6:30PM

The First-Generation Welcome Reception and Orientation is hosted by Campus Life & Engagement in collaboration with the 1STUP: Peer Support Group. Meet other incoming First-Generation students, learn more about resources for First-Generation students on campus, talk with First-Generation faculty, staff, and students, and enjoy a free dinner!

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