***Are you a new graduate student here at Animal Biosciences? Please visit the Introduction page to get acquainted with your department.
Welcome! Below are resources within the University of Guelph to help you make the most out of your graduate degree at the Department of Animal Biosciences. Many of the links are specific to this department for more personalized assistance.
The Current Students section in the Office of Graduate Studies website offers most of the general information that will be covered below. It would be worth visiting their page if you wish for a quicker access to certain resources.
The University of Guelph is committed to creating a barrier-free, accessible environment for all students. We accommodate all students with identified disabilities when it comes to academic learning - for more information on accessibility and what the University can offer you as accommodation, please visit the Student Accessibility Services webpage.
|Academic Progress and Instructions for Exams|
You've been accepted into the graduate program - now what? This section offers information for what you have all arrived here for: your education. All vital information in completing your degree is contained here.
The General Regulations section within the latest Graduate Calendar (updated June 1, 2015) contains a wide range of general information for graduate students at the University of Guelph, including much of what will be provided below. Please take the time to read this document; useful bits of information from this document will be summarized below.
Furthermore, this slideshow created by the Assistant VP of the Office of Graduate Studies concisely summarizes the graduate student experience as well as offering a few tips and tricks in making the most out of your program academically.
- The Student-Advisor Relationship - What is expected / should be considered, and tips & tricks for a healthy relationship between you and your advisor.
- The Advisory Committee - Information on selection of advisory committee members, required paperwork, and organizing committee meetings.
- Courses - General guidelines and information on the enrolment in courses for the graduate student. Includes guidelines in using the Graduate Calendar.
- Writing Your Research - Information on writing and submitting your thesis or major paper.
- Defences & Qualifying Exams - Information on defending your thesis and/or completing your qualifying exam.
- Rubric for QE Major Examiners - Rubric for Major Examiners to use for Qualifying Exams
- Rubric for QE Minor Examiners - Rubric for Minor Examiners to use for Qualifying Exams
- Rubric for QE Advisors - Rubric for advisors to use for Qualifying Exams
- Scholarly & Professional Development - In addition to services and training to aid in your research during your degree, this page features workshops and modules to help prepare yourself for professional life upon graduation, including topics on leadership, networking, self-marketing and more.
|Money Matters: Funding Your Education|
University life is not cheap, and therefore budgeting your everyday expenses is paramount. This section is dedicated to provide you with all relevant information in funding your degree.
This slideshow (albeit slightly outdated) created by the University's Student Financial Services offers a quick summary of the following information.
This section of the Graduate Calendar lists and describes all sources of financial assistance provided to students, from internal to external origins. For income tax purposes, any student receiving any form of financial assistance (employment, awards, stipends, etc.) will be provided a T4/T4A tax information slip each year. Slips for the previous tax year are mailed to students every late February.
- Fees - A page dedicated to keeping you aware of all expenses required to enroll in graduate studies at this department.
- Awards - All available funds to help pay for your degree - internal & external scholarships, bursaries, travel grants, etc.
- Teaching Assistantships (TA) - The application process, expectations of a teaching assistant, and tips & tricks for a successful semester of pedagogy.
- Department-specific Information - Information on semesterly graduate settlements, expense claims, timesheets, and more.
- Stipend Policies - Updated information regarding GRAs (stipends).
|Health & Well-Being: a Healthy Work-Life Balance|
Your research is important, but so is everything else outside of it. Graduate school can often be demanding physically as well as mentally, and it is vital that a good balance between work and life is maintained. The University of Guelph is very fortunate in that it offers many organizations, clubs, groups, and support networks catered to an extremely diverse range of interests and needs. The below links these available services and outlets, as well as guidelines in dealing with exceptional circumstances.
For a complete list of all resources on campus, please refer to the Current Students page on the central university webpage.
- University & Department Social Outlets - List of available outlets for social activities within the campus as well as within the Department of Animal Biosciences.
- Physical & Mental Health - List of available resources to promote & maintain the best physical/mental health for all graduate students.
|Miscellaneous Department-Specific Information|
Much of the information specific to our department is often only accessible through word-of-mouth from senior graduate students. This section is developed to collect and centralize info that were frequently requested and would be worth disclosing for future enrolled students.
Animal Biosciences attempts to hold regular departmental meetings which addresses administrative issues. All members of the department, including graduate students, are welcome to attend. Please consider participating in the discussion!
- Administrative Staff - Introductions & roles of each of our administrative and integral staff at the ANNU building.
- The Booking System - Using the booking calendar on this website, as well as signing out items shared by all members within the department.
- The Directory - Using the department's online directory, including profiles of faculty, graduate students, and staff.
This page is under beta phase: it is currently under construction and is updated frequently. If there are any missing information, broken links or information worth including in any of the above four major themes, please contact Stephanie Lam by email (email@example.com). Thank you.
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