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You’re Invited!

On September 16, 2014 , the Graduate Student Society invites you to take part in our Annual Student Appreciation Barbecue! Due to great feedback this year we are also bringing Rosecity Ford as a special addition that includes a Stationary Test Drive with five 2015 Ford vehicle.

The GSS invites you to participate in Ford’s Test Drive to have an opportunity to feel the new designs and also help GSS to raise the fund for Scholarship. With every test drive form filled out electronically before and during the event, Ford will donate $20 to the GSS, and we will put the money raised towards programs and scholarships for Graduate Students at the University of Windsor! Vehicles included will be the 2015 Ford Fiesta, Focus, Edge, Escape and Fusion. The event will take place at the same time as the Barbecue!

Since we will be having the event as part of our Annual Barbecue, the Test Drive will be Stationary, and you will be able to get inside the vehicles to check out all of the available new features and talk to the representative from Ford!

We look forward to seeing you out on September 16, 2014 for the GSS Annual Barbecue AND our Ford Stationary Test Drive Event!

We will be posting the link of the survey form very soon and keep updating through the social media pages. Please bring your G2/ G driving license.

See you there! (And if we get poured on, we’ll see you on the rain-date of September 17, 2014 )


GSS Annual Welcome BBQ

The time is quickly approaching for the Annual Welcome BBQ organized by the University of Windsor’s Graduate Student Society (GSS). The event is scheduled to be held on Wednesday September 16th, 2015 (or on Thursday Sept. 17th if rain interferes) from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm, just outside our new Grad House on the corner of Sunset and Fanchette. The GSS is a non-profit student organization at the University of Windsor which has vigorously worked to enrich graduate students’ experiences here on campus since 1980. Every year we host a free BBQ for all new, incoming and current graduate students. The President of the University of Windsor along with other campus administration also attends this important social gathering.

All the current, new and incoming graduate students are warmly welcomed to attend the BBQ party. Get along, meet and greet your peer graduates and have free food and yes some door prizes!! Get information about what's happening in the University for the graduate students; get to know about your Drug plan benefits, ISIC cards and much more. The event for the graduate students to look forward to as always in Uwindsor Welcome Week 2015

N.B - There is an all new after party event that is coming up which would be announced very shortly. Wait and watch. Keep inviting your friends! :D

GSS wishes all gradute students a happy EID Mubarak.




gss-soccer-championship: Sunday, June 07, 2015, a day full of fun, soccer game and free food.

It was a grand success. Thank you to all Graduate students who showed up in numbers nad made the event awesome. The weather was great as well as the food was mouth watering. We had 16 teams and around 200 students. Please click here for the pictures.


GSS One Day Trip: Grand Bend, June 13, 2015

The grand Bend trip was awesome. Excellent day, fun for students. The beach was great with volleyball and swimming. Please click here for the pictures.


Seminar to offer tips on applying for a Rhodes Scholarship

Put yourself in the picture: an April 7 seminar is aimed at helping students apply for a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. Are you active in the community as a volunteer or community leader?

Are you on the Dean’s list? A seminar Tuesday will invite accomplished students to consider a significant opportunity: the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University.

Dean of students Clayton Smith will conduct the seminar on Tuesday, April 7, offering information about the prestigious scholarship—what it offers, what the application criteria are, who is eligible, and how to apply. Professor Simon du Toit will present resources on preparing to apply for an external award such as the Rhodes.

“Your hard work deserves recognition, and we aim to help you achieve that recognition,” says Dr. Smith.

He expects the event to last just over an hour. It begins at 7 p.m. April 7 in room 203, Toldo Health Education Centre. To confirm your participation, RSVP to Dr. du Toit at


Cross Campus Alliance (CCA) Event

Join us at the outside of CAW Student Centre for free food and drink on March 31st from 11.30 AM till 1 PM. Click here for more details.



GSS-UWSA Continuity Scholarship (2015) (CLOSED)

This is yet another great initiative between GSS and UWSA to work together and work for students at this beautiful campus. For the first time ever in University histroy we are introducing GSS-UWSA Continuity Scholarship.




GSS Gala (2015-2016)

The GSS Annual Gala held on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Teutonia Club, Windsor was a grand success. We served 325 attendees this year. Thank you all the Graduate students for coming out in numbres and making the event awesome. Special thanks to Performers for the beautiful breathtaking performances. Please CLICK HERE for pictures from the event.


GSS Executive Election (2015-2016)


The election is over. New executives would be introduced during GSS Gala 2015 on March 20, 2015.


Immigration Seminar

GSS is sponsoring an Immigration Seminar with Immigration lawyer Elizabeth Long on Friday, February 27, 2015 in Room CEI 1100 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.  Various immigration related issues would be discussed alongside new and forthcoming changes in the Canadian immigration which would be very fruitful and helpful for international graduate students. GSS will only be able to accommodate between the first 250-300 graduate students. Light refreshments would be served.


GSS Scholarship (2014-2015) is now CLOSED

The GSS Scholarship application for this year is CLOSED. The committee is now selecting the winners. The winners would be notified as soon as the selction committee finalize their winners. Please note, the scholarship winners would be recognized during GSS Gala tobe held on March 20, 2015.


Mitacs Step: Winter Workshops @ Windsor

The University of Windsor in partnership with the Mitacs Step program will be hosting a series of professional development workshops customized for graduate students and facilitated by industry experts.

All Step workshops are free for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and participants who have completed a graduate program in the last two years.

Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments are provided at each workshop, as well as opportunities to network with fellow participants. Additional workshop details, as well as registration links, can be found below.

Career Professionalism

March 25, 2015: Link

This workshop provides an important opportunity to examine the unspoken rules of the workplace, from appropriate emails to appropriate dress. The seemingly little things we do or say that can lead to our success or hold us back. It’s a chance to examine how others perceive us, and it’s critically important in the workplace.


GSS Volleyball & Ping-Pong Annual Inter-Faculty Cup, 2015

It was a grand success, thanks to all Graduate students who showed up for this event. The appreciation and participation was overwhelming. Please click here to view the event pictures. Thank you all.


New Express Entry Rules for Immigration

After months of uncertainty, the government finally announced yesterday the new rules for the Express Entry System which will come into effect on January 1, 2015.

The Express Entry system will govern permanent residence applications which are submitted under the economic categories of the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Provincial Nominee Programs, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. Here are some of the aspects of the program:

  • Applicants who qualify for these programs will need to apply online to enter into a pool. Before you apply online, however, they will most likely need to take a language exam, and in some cases, an educational credential assessment.
  • An applicant who enters erroneous information can later be charged with misrepresentation (a penalty of 5 years' ban from Canada).
  • In order to be selected out of the pool, applicants will compete against each other based on a points system consisting of factors such as the existence of an LMIA-approved job offer, provincial nomination, age, education, language, work experience in Canada, etc.
  • If an applicant is not selected out of the pool in a period of one year, their application will cease to exist and they will have to start over again.

It is vital at this point to see if you can qualify for permanent residence under the new program or if other options are available to you.


WUFA has ratified the collective agreement for their union today with 65.8% majority VOTE. Hence, the STRIKE threat is GONE :)

GSS thank both WUFA and the University administration for working together to reach an agreement and avoiding the potential work stoppage.



GSS is sponsoring an Immigration Seminar with Immigration lawyer Elizabeth Long on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Room CEI 1100 from 2.30pm-3.50 pm.  Various immigration related issues would be discussed alongside new and forthcoming changes in the canadian immigration which would be evry fruitful and helpful for international graduate students. All students interested should email, by Monday, October 20, 2014 at noon as the GSS will only be able to accommodate between the first 250-300 graduate students that RSVP.

Light refreshments would be served.


You will be pleased to hear that WUFA and University Administration has reach a tentative agreement in the early hours of Friday October 03.

The WUFA membership meeting scheduled for Sunday October 5th is cancelled.  There will be a Ratification Meeting and Ratification Vote next week.


GSS Council Election

All students can cast their vote by entering their UWin ID and Password and click "Login" (same as uwindsor e-mail log in) on the elections webpage below



Actions taken by GSS for potential strike

GSS has sent letters to both WUFA and University administrations regarding the potential strike by WUFA. Please click below for both the letters:



Thank you all GRADUATE students for coming in numbers and making the event a grand success. We could not have done it without your support and constant encouragement. Here are the pictures for the event.


Public Forum on the Great Lakes

Next week on September 24th, at 7pm, the Great Lakes Water Quality board with the International Joint commission will be hosting a public forum on the great lakes. Sarah Harmer (An activist and singer songwriter) will be giving a presentation, and an expert panel will be available for discussion afterwards. The event will be held in Katzam Lounge in Vanier Hall. It’d be a great opportunity for students and  volunteers to really get a widespread opinion and engagement!


International Student Identity Card(ISIC)

CFS (Canadian Fedaration of Students), Ontario will provide ISIC card for all graduate students on September 17, 2014 during the GSS Welcome BBQ event. This card will provide lots of benefits to the graduate students. For more information on the benefits of ISIC card, please visit their Website


Conference travel grant is back from Fall 2014. This is a great achievement for us and the graduate students to have it re-instated. Please click here for details.


Updates on WUFA negotiation

Faculty would be on STRIKE for indefinite time if no settlement is reached between WUFA and the University by 12.01 am, Wednesday, October 01, 2014.


Council Election 2014-2015

The GSS will be holding online elections for the council positions for all the departments and At Large Positions.  For more details, please click here.


GSS wishes all Muslim Graduate student a Happy Ramadan and EID Mubarak !!


We thank all Graduate students for coming and attending the GSS Soccer and make it a grand success. Please see the pictures below for GSS Soccer Tournament, 2014


Graduate Student Society (GSS) Gala has been snapped :)
Please click here to see pictures.

Thank you fellow Graduate students for attending the GSS Annual Gala 2014 and making the grand event very very SUCCESSFUL. The event was fun filled with awards and music and delicious food. GSS is grateful for all support from University, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Green Shield Canada and above all to our fellow students. Please CLICK for the pictures.


Conference travel grant would be back soon :)

Please keep an eye in GSS website and Facebook page. This is a great outcome of your year long patience and discussion with FGS and University. Special thanks to Dr. Patricia Weir, Dean of FGS and all other Dean for every other faculties.


Thank you all for attending the GSS AGM 2013-2014. Your presence made us believe that we worked hard and right on track.


Very good video for academic integrity.

Please enjoy


Thank you everybody who have participated our workshop on "Library Resources and Services for Graduate Students"

Here are the links of Yayo, Kristi and Dave's Presentation for those who are interested to know more on the below topics: 

1. PowerPoint presentation of Yayo on "Why Different Databases Matter"

Nov27-LibraryWorkshopWithGSS.m4v (12:39 video)

2. Presentation of Kristi Thompson on "Launch Your Research With Data"

3. Presentation of Dave Johnston on " Self Promotion as a Scholar: Showcasing Your Work Through Open Access"

Slides as PDF:
Open Access FAQ:

Also there is more information about the libraries efforts around publishing here:

Workshop on "Library Resources and Services for Graduate Students"


To ensure all students have a right and just trial in Judicial Panel regarding Academic Integrity Matters, all three student bodies (UWSA, GSS and OPUS) has received some concerns about the neautrality of University administration and has served the University administration with a combined letter. We want to make sure, students gets the impartial trial and not biased. Please click the following to see the letter that was delivered to the University Administration including President Dr. Alan Wildeman, Dean of Students Dr. Clayton Smith and University Secretary Ms. Renee Wintermute.


GSS wants to thank all Graduate Students for coming in great numbers and making the welcome BBQ very successful. We also thank our sponsors a great deal. See the pictures in the below link


Thank you for attending the GSS Soccer Tournament, it was a grand success because of your spontaneous participation. For pictures please visit our facebook page:


Green Shield Information: Questions? Read On!

Downloadable Memo for Green Shield Benefits and Coverage  Period for 2014-2-15 and Opt-In/Opt-Out Information 
This memo applies to new incoming graduate students for the Fall 2014 semester.

THE OPT-OUT ONLINE DATES ARE September 1, 2014 until midnight October 2, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. (GSS office is closed for September 1, 2014 for Labour Day holiday) After this, the website will be closed.



Go To:

Click on Health Care

Look for Opt-In Information and Form

For any further questions or clarification, please contact the GSS office either by email at: or by phone at Ext. 3915.