From the Dean: Welcome to the Winter 2021 term

Tips, resources and opportunities for grad students embarking on (or continuing) their studies in an unusual year.

12 January 2021

Message from the Dean

Dear students:

As we begin another unusual winter term, I want to extend a warm welcome both to our new students and to those who are returning to their graduate programs at the University of Alberta.

We are so pleased to have you join us. If you are a new graduate student, please note that we have prepared a video to help orient you to the University and to learn more about the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR). 

The University has worked hard to ensure that, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, graduate students will continue to succeed in their programs this term. To stay informed about courses and learning, please consult your academic unit and the Campus Life page

Your academic unit and (where applicable) your academic supervisor will also be able to advise you on matters related to research. In addition, you can consult this page for institution-wide policies (including information on the current on-campus research ramp down). For a general overview of COVID-19 information relevant to graduate students, see this page.

Finally, please know that your academic unit and staff members at FGSR are always available to help with questions. You can reach the FGSR team at Should you wish to set up an online consultation, please visit this page.

Thank you again for your important contribution to our scholarly community. We know that by working together, we can make this winter term both successful and memorable. Please keep watching your email inbox for announcements on upcoming events and opportunities, including the exciting annual Three-Minute Thesis and Images of Research competitions, the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement, and FGSR’s winter writing retreat.

Brooke Milne, PhD
Vice-Provost and Dean, FGSR

For New Graduate Students

Orientation 2021 Image

View this short introduction to the services and supports offered by FGSR.

Watch the video
Access GSA Orientation events
Visit the Welcome to Grad Life page

Contact FGSR