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December 10, 2016
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Orientation Week information for Laurier’s graduate students

Aug 29/14

Laurier’s graduate students will have an opportunity to network with their peers and professors, get to know the university and receive skill development training at the annual Graduate and Professional Studies Symposium (GPSS). 

Designed to help graduate students set themselves up for success at Laurier, the GPSS will run Sept. 2-3 on the Waterloo campus, with additional programming during the first two days of classes, Sept. 4 and 5. The program is open to all new and returning graduate students and will offer professional development and orientation experience.    

“Starting graduate school is exciting, but may cause some anxiety at the same time,” said Joan Norris, dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. “At the GPSS, students can build on this excitement and overcome anxiety by taking part in a wide selection of training workshops designed to provide insight into the graduate student experience at Laurier.”  

Norris notes that the annual success of the GPSS can be largely attributed to those involved in its planning and delivery. 

“The GPSS is a model of how to bring together the expertise of Laurier students, staff and faculty, all for the single purpose of helping students succeed while in graduate school and beyond.”

In addition to helping students get acclimatized to life at Laurier, the symposium will feature a variety of sessions offering practical skills transferrable to academic and career development, as well as a multitude of networking opportunities. Examples of GPSS sessions include: 

  • Keynote and closing addresses from Associate Professor Penelope Ironstone, 2012 winner of Laurier’s Award for Teaching Excellence 
  • Getting from Here to There: The Career Planning Process
  • Putting the “U: in Community: Tools for Civic Engagement and Professional Growth
  • Graduate Student Achievement: Importance of Wellbeing in the Pathway to Success
  • Embarking on Research: The Fundamentals of Scholarship 

Students will also have a chance to get to know their classmates, their professors and the Kitchener-Waterloo community at a networking event aboard the historic Waterloo Central Railway, the “Goose Chase” networking event and a patio party at Veritas Café. 

“GPSS is structured so that each graduate student can customize their own experience by attending the professional development sessions that will offer them the greatest value,” said Robert Bruce, president and CEO of the Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students’ Association and GPSS chairperson. 

“For some, GPSS provides an opportunity to network with future faculty, staff and colleagues; for others, it is an invaluable program that prepares students for their new role as teaching assistants; but GPSS offers everyone an opportunity to experience Laurier’s unique graduate student community.”

The GPSS is a collaborative initiative between the Graduate Students’ Association, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Office of Educational Development, the Career Development Centre and the Deans of Students.

For more information on the GPSS, including a full schedule and how to register, click here


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