St. Michael’s Hospital Research Student Association Events

Our scheduled events will also be posted on the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Events Page and be distributed through the Research Training Centre and SRSA newsletters.

Here is a list of the types of events* held by the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Student Association:

*Please note that all events will be held over Zoom for the time being. Events may be cancelled or adjusted due to the evolving situation and availability of speakers.

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Student Life

SRSA Picnic Party – Fri, June 17th from 5-8 PM

SRSA would like to host a picnic for all SMH graduate students and trainees to enjoy the beautiful warm weather. We will be providing food and drinks and there will be outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Our picnic social will be taking place on June 17, 2022 at the Trinity Bellwoods Park from 5 to 8 pm. Please bring your own towel/blanket to sit on. Register on Eventbrite to reserve your spot:

SRSA Pub Night – Thurs, April 22nd from 6-8:30 PM

SRSA is hosting a Pub Night at the Firkin on Yonge on Friday, April 22nd from 6PM. Don’t forget to sign up on our Eventbrite before spots run out! Appetizers are on us! Register early –  space is limited!

SRSA Networking Social – Wed, Feb 23rd from 2-4PM

Are you a graduate student looking to network with your fellow peers? Are you interested in research as a career? Are you curious about what avenues you may pursue to achieve your professional goals? Come join SRSA on Feb 23 at 2-4pm for a networking session with your peers and principal investigators. Bring your questions and concerns, and get ready to NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK!

Please register for the event here:

SRSA’s Welcome Back Social: Virtual Board Games Night – Fri, Jan 14th from 6-8PM

Welcome back, everyone! SRSA will be hosting a virtual board games night. Winners will be awarded a gift card!

Holiday Social – Pub Night – Wed, Dec 15th from 6-8PM

SRSA is hosting a holiday social at a bar in downtown Toronto. We will be giving free appetizers for all attendees! Please sign up at the eventbrite link below to secure your spot.

Halloween Social: Virtual Murder Mystery – Thurs, Oct 28th from 7-8:30PM

Come join SRSA for a spooky night of solving murders! Take a virtual tour of a haunted house with us and help us solve a murder! All attendees will automatically be entered for a raffle prize!

Please register at:


SRSA Thesis Writing Workshop – Session 3: The Oral Defense – Thurs, May 5th 4-5:30 PM

Join us for the third and final session of our Thesis Writing Workshop series to learn the ins and outs of a thesis defense presentation. We are delighted to have Dr. Howard Mount give a review on components and requirements of a thesis presentation! You will have the opportunity to ask your questions during the Q&A session at the end.

Dr. Howard Mount is a neuroscientist with the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, at the Toronto Western Hospital. He is also Associate Professor Emeritus in the Dept. Psychiatry and Graduate Studies Liaison in the Dept. Physiology. Dr. Mount previously served for 12 years as Graduate Coordinator and Director of Education in the Institute of Medical Science. A major part of this role was to demystify the degree completion process and provide guidance to students on thesis preparation and oral exam expectations.

Please register for the event here:

SRSA Thesis Writing Workshop-Session 2 – Thurs, April 7th 4-5:30 PM

Are you beginning to work on your thesis but are confused on how to actually start writing? Join us for the second session of our Thesis Writing Workshop series! We will have a recent graduate and an experienced PI go through what to include in your thesis and some helpful tips and tricks! Please register for the event here:

Shut Up and Write! SRSA Writing Session – Every Friday of February and March

Having trouble with finding the time and motivation to write? Join our writing sessions as we come together for a couple of hours of pure productivity! The drop-in sessions will follow the Pomodoro technique where there will be a sequence of short sprints of writing with a few breaks in between. Work on your thesis, your next research paper, or you can even use the time to plan out your next project! Join us each week to be entered into our biweekly raffle to win a gift card!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 632 2102 6626
Passcode: 527072

SRSA Thesis Writing Workshop-Session 1 – Tues, Feb 22nd from 10-11:30AM

Are you beginning to work on your thesis but are confused how to actually start writing? SRSA invites you to the first session of our Thesis Writing Workshop series on Tuesday, February 22nd from 10-11:30 AM. Dr. Jane Freeman, the founding director of School of Graduate Studies’ the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) will be giving a workshop on how to plan writing your thesis, the resources you may need and other general information of scientific thesis writing. You will have the opportunity to ask questions from Dr. Freeman at the end of the session!

Please register for the event here:

Elevator Pitch Competition & Networking Session – Thurs, Nov 25th from 3-5:30PM

SRSA X RTC are proud to present you the Elevator Pitch Competition and networking event on November 25th from 3-5:30 PM! Come see your peers showcase their research in a fierce 3-minute talk and compete for a cash prize of $150. Audience vote matters so come out and support this year’s contestants!

Please register at:

Elevator Pitch Competition: Preparation Session – Tues, Nov 9th from 2-3PM

Dr. Erica Conte (Director Funding Strategy and Stewardship) and Ana Gajic (Senior Communications Advisor) will be delivering a session on how to present your research to a lay audience! This event is open to everyone but mandatory for all of the Elevator Pitch Competition competitors!
Meeting ID: 614 3272 4624
Passcode: 851827

Internal Peer Review Program: OGS

Are you submitting to OGS? The SRSA Internal Peer Review Program provides St. Michael’s Hospital trainees with an opportunity to receive a full peer review of their scholarship applications prior to submitting to the granting agency. Please submit your proposal a minimum of 2 weeks before your departmental deadline!

How to Become a Better Reviewer – Tues, Oct, 26th from 10-11:30 AM

Dr. Katalin Szaszi and Dr. Janet Parsons from the Research Training Centre will be giving a workshop on how to become a better reviewer. Come learn how to catch and avoid common mistakes in grant and scholarship applications. This workshop is open for everyone but is mandatory for those participating as reviewers for the Internal Peer Review Program.

Please register at:

Scholarship workshop with Dr. Eno Hysi – Thurs, Oct 14th from 2-4PM

Do you want to learn how to write a successful scholarship application? Dr. Eno Hysi, a recipient of many prestigious awards and scholarships including OGS, Vanier, Banting and KRESCENT, will be giving a workshop on his experience and advice for writing scholarship applications with a Q&A period afterwards.
Meeting ID: 640 0829 1686
Passcode: scholar

Community Outreach

De-stress with Therapy Dogs – Fri, June 10th 12-1 PM

Grad school can be stressful so come and de-stress with the St. John’s Ambulance therapy dogs on June 10th from 12-1pm. We have limited space available so fill out the form below to reserve your spot! We will do our best to accommodate your preferred 15 minute time slot.

This event is only for SMH graduate students.
This event was made possible by the University of Toronto’s Graduate Student Wellness Grant.

SRSA Menstrual Product Drive – Wed, June 1st to Thurs, June 30th

SRSA has partnered with the Moon Time Sisters to collect menstrual products for distribution in remote & Indigenous communities throughout Canada where access is limited.

We are accepting donations of menstrual products throughout the month of June on 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor LKSKI.

The #1 requested item is light-weight pads. Open boxes of individually wrapped items will be accepted.
We are currently not accepting menstrual cups.

To find out more about the Moon Time Sisters and their initiative, check out their Instagram @moontimesistersont or at

Fitness Session – Thurs, March 24th 10-11 AM

SRSA and the University of Toronto Sports and Rec are pleased to present the Big HIIT Fitness Class as a part of our Mental Health Month activities. Physical activity is a great wellness activity and can help improve both physical and mental health. Join us on March 17th at 10AM for a fun and active way to start your day.

Please register here for the event:

Do not forget to keep filling out your Mental Health Month BINGO card for a chance to win one of three $30 gift cards! This was made possible by the University of Toronto’s Graduate Student Wellness Grant.

Paint Night – Thurs, March 17th 5-6 PM

SRSA is hosting a virtual Paint Night on March 17th at 5 PM as part of Mental Health Month. Join us for a fun night of arts and crafts and wellness! All registrants will be able to pick up a supply pack containing all supplies needed for the paint night throughout the month of March!

Please register here for the event:

Do not forget to keep filling out your Mental Health Month BINGO card for a chance to win one of three $30 gift cards! This was made possible by the University of Toronto’s Graduate Student Wellness Grant.

Burnout Recovery Workshop – Thurs, March 10th 3-4:30 PM

SRSA and CICMH are excited to present a workshop on Burnout Recovery as a part of Mental Health Month! Join us to get a better understanding of how burnout permeates our lives in diverse ways, as well as a 3-step plan of action in recovering from burnout.

Please register here for the event:

Do not forget to keep filling out your Mental Health Month BINGO card for a chance to win one of three $30 gift cards! This was made possible by the University of Toronto’s Graduate Student Wellness Grant.

Bell Let’s Talk Day – Wed, Jan 26th

Mental health matters to us at SRSA. Bell Let’s Talk Day this year is January 26th. Tag us on social media (@srsa) with your favourite wellness activity and use the hashtag #bellletstalk for a chance to win a Wellness Gift Basket! Keep an eye out for information on our upcoming Mental Health month events! This was made possible by the University of Toronto’s Graduate Student Wellness Grant.

Winter Clothing Drive – Wed, Dec 15th to Thurs, Jan 20th

Share the warmth this holiday season! As the days get colder, we need your help to keep our community warm this year. We are now accepting clothing donations of new or slightly-used clothing in support of Yonge Street Mission and Double Take. Donations will be collected until January 20th. Look for the donation bins around 1st, 2nd, 3rd-floor LKSKI!

Mental Health in Graduate School Workshop – Mon, Nov 29th from 3-4PM

SRSA and CICMH are excited to present a workshop on graduate student mental health! Join us to get a better understanding of mental health issues unique to graduate students as well as coping strategies to help you succeed in graduate school. All participants will receive a wellness goody-bag!

Please register at:

October Food Drive – throughout the month of October
We will be supporting the Daily Bread Food Bank throughout the month of October with urgently required food items. Please drop off any items you may have in the boxes located in front of the security desk on 1st floor of LKSKI or outside the Health Sciences Library on the 3rd floor.


SRSA Pride Month Workshop: Sexual and Gender Diversity – Thurs, June 16th 3-5 PM

Join us for a workshop training session with the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office who will introduce us to some foundational awareness and knowledge related to sexual and gender diversity. Along with reviewing some core concepts and terminology, participants will explore how sexual and gender diversity relate to work with patients in frontline and in research contexts. Further, the training will discuss concrete strategies to make workplace and health care provision settings more inclusive and equitable for sexual and gender diverse people through an intersectional lens. Registration is required for the Zoom information:

Practicing EDI in Graduate Research – Tuesday, May 31st from 12-2PM

Please join us on Tuesday May 31 from 12-2 PM as we invite Dr. Nicole Kaniki to deliver a seminar on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in graduate research. Dr. Kaniki completed her PhD in Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods and her MA in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University, where she also acted as Special Advisor to the university’s President on anti-racism. Currently, Dr. Kaniki is at the University of Toronto as the first director of EDI in research and innovation.
The seminar will be in-person at the St. Michael’s Hospital Auditorium, so there will be limiting seating. Please register here to reserve a spot:

Black Excellence in Research Panel – Wed, Feb 16th from 3:30-5:30PM

Join us on Wednesday, February 16, 3:30-5:30PM to commemorate Black History Month! Dr. Lisa Robinson will present a keynote session highlighting her journey, accomplishments, challenges, and current research as a renowned Staff Physician. She is the Vice Dean, Strategy & Operations, and Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Institute of Medical Science, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and serves as the Vice Dean lead for the Faculty’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity. She will be accompanied by two other panelists after the keynote session in which you can engage in discussion and ask questions.

Please register at:

Microaggression and Active Allyship Workshop – Thurs, Jan 20, 3-5PM

Please join us for our second workshop in our equity, diversity, and inclusion series, taking place January 20 from 3-5 pm. Open to students/trainees (MSc, PhD, PDF). Come and learn new frameworks to help identify and address microaggression and racial aggression, and understand the notion behind active allyship. The workshop will be provided by the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity.

Register using the Eventbrite link:

Preventing Racial Discrimination and Harassment in Work and Learning Environments – Wed, Nov 17th from 3-5PM

Please join us for our FIRST workshop in our equity, diversity, and inclusion series, taking place November 17 from 3-5pm. Open to students/trainees (MSc, PhD, PDF). Come and learn about your responsibility and role to prevent racial discrimination and harassment at work and in learning environments. Workshop is provided by University of Toronto Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office.

Please register at: