Graduate Seminars and Development Series

Graduate Seminar Series Graduate Professional Development Workshops

The Graduate Department of Kinesiology offers monthly graduate seminars featuring speakers from across U of T and Canada. Speakers present on a broad variety of topics. Please note that dates and topics are subject to change. Both the Graduate Seminar Series and Graduate Professional Development Workshops count towards SRM3335H and SDM4445H. For more information regarding Graduate Seminars and what to do if a session is missed, please see the KIN Graduate Handbook.  A formal announcement will be sent out via email the week of the seminar.

Graduate Professional Development Workshops

The Graduate Department of Kinesiology holds a series of workshops designed to support MA, MSc and PhD students during their program.

Past topics have included:

  • Grant and Scholarship Applications
  • Managing Projects, Committees, and Timelines
  • Ethical Considerations in (Graduate Student) Research
  • Writing for your Thesis
  • Effective Conference/Classroom Presentations
  • Anti-Racism Workshop
  • Graduate Student Elevator Speeches
  • Open Access and Knowledge Mobilization

All graduate seminars and professional development workshops will commence at 12 p.m. and will run until 1 p.m. Students in the MA, MSc and PhD programs are expected to attend all of the graduate seminars. In person sessions will take place in BN307.

Academic Success Workshops

The Graduate Department of Kinesiology will be offering a variety of Academic Success Workshops throughout the 2023-2024 academic year facilitated by Nicolas Nicola, Learning Strategist and Special Guests. These session require registration prior to the workshop. Please watch out for workshop announcements from

About the facilitator: Nick is the Learning Strategist with the Centre for Learning Strategy Support and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. In his role, he provides advanced academic and learning skills counselling and advises students on the development of their educational plans. Nick completed his BA at the University of Toronto, MA at Queen’s University, and is currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Miami. To this role, he brings years of practical learning experience demonstrated by his perspectives as a student, teaching assistant, instructor, and facilitator. 
Learning is an on-going process and Nick is here to guide you along your learning journey. Feel free to reach out to him anytime! 

September 2023 

Friday September 15th: Professional Development Session: Values and Principles in Science Mode: In Person 

Friday September 29th: Professional Development Session: Preparing Effective Scholarship Applications with Dr. Boba Samuels & Dr. Tim Welsh Mode: In Person 

October 2023 

Friday, October 20th: KPE Faculty Presentations with Dr. Tricia McGuire-Adams & Dr. Joe Baker  Mode: In Person 

November 2023 

Friday, November 3rd: Professional Development Session: Project Planning and Management with Dr. Catherine Sabiston & Dr. Erin O'Loughlin Mode: In Person

Friday, November 24th: Research Presentation with Dr. Paddy Ekkekakis  Mode: Online 

December 2023

Friday, December 8th: KPE Faculty Presentations with Dr. Maddy Orr & Dr. Rob Bentley Mode: In Person

January  2024

Friday, January 12th: Research Presentation with Dr. Azadeh Kushki  Mode: In Person

Friday, January 19th 10AM to 11AM: Professional Development Session: Graduate Writing in an Age of Generative AI: Chatting with your New Synthetic Collaborators with Dr. Michael Cournoyea and Dr. Boba Samuels  Mode: In Person

Friday, January 26th: Research Presentation with Dr. Andrea Chan  Mode: In Person

February 2024

Friday, February 9th: Research Presentation with Dr. Cassie Phoenix  Mode: Online

March 2024

Friday, March 8th: Research Presentation with Dr. Jennifer Campos  Mode: In Person

April 2024

Friday, April 12th: Graduate Student Presentations  Mode: In Person


accelerate your bibliographies Workshop 

To complete your thesis or dissertation, a citation manager guide becomes vital to your organizational success. In this workshop, students will learn the basics of citation managers. Additionally, students will learn how to effectively use it as a learning tool to aid in their organization, creativity, and timely completion of their research projects.

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm
Location: WS2007


Writing Effective Literature Reviews Workshop

How do you write an effective literature review? In this workshop, students will learn how to craft a strong literature review. Additionally, students will learn how to apply critical thinking and time management tools to effectively conduct a literature review.

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Time: 2:00 - 3:30pm
Location: BN320


Effectively Preparing for the Final Oral Exam (FOE) Workshop

How do you effectively prepare for your final oral exam (FOE)? In this workshop, students will familiarize themselves with the purpose and structure of the FOE, as well as learn about completion timeline and important dates. Students will also be provided with learning strategies to aid in each stage of the FOE.  

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Time: 2:00 - 3:30pm
Location: BN320


Tackling the Comprehensive Exam Workshop

How do you effectively prepare for the comprehensive exam? In this workshop, students will familiarize themselves with the purpose and structure of the comprehensive exam, as well as learn about completion timeline and important dates. Students will also be provided with learning strategies to aid in each stage of the comprehensive exam. 

NEW DATE: Tuesday, January 30, 2024
NEW TIME: 1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: WS2007


Tackling the Dissertation Workshop 

In this workshop, students will be able to learn how to tackle the dissertation from the pre-writing research stage to the writing stage. Students will be offered tools and resources that will aid in devising a plan to manage the large dissertation project into small, manageable tasks and steps.   

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm
Location: BN302

Inked: the HS Writing Collective

Inked: the HS Writing Collective is a graduate writing group hosted and organized by the Health Sciences Writing CentreInked will run two weekly, in-person, graduate writing sessions during the Fall 2023 term, beginning the week of September 11. The groups will meet in-person, but please connect with the hosts if you would like to join virtually.

The group offers a collaborative and distraction-free environment where you can work on your current writing projects, presentations, and/or teaching. Sessions will be structured with frequent opportunities for breaks and one-on-one writing support. Most importantly, the sessions will allow you to focus on your work with the built-in accountability and social support of writing with others. Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided. 

If you are planning to join one of our sessions, please contact the host of each session below (i.e., Michael or David). Feel free to invite friends and colleagues who may be interested in joining.

  • Tuesdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm, in GO335 [in-person or virtual, September 12 – December 12] – hosted by Michael Cournoyea (
  • Fridays, 12:00pm-3:00pm, in HS210 [in-person or virtual, September 15 – December 15] – hosted by David Calloway (


The Tuesday group is located in the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport (GO335 at 100 Devonshire Place) at the very north end of the building on the third floor (you’ll need to swipe your T-Card to enter the building). The Friday group is located in the Health Sciences Building (HS210 at 155 College Street), close to the Faculty of Nursing, the DLSPH, and the Faculty of Pharmacy.