Monday, August 30, 2010

Getting Ready for September 2010

When you get settled in Halifax, please email Valerie Peck as soon as possible with your full contact information, including your local phone number and postal address. Please keep in mind that once you get registered as a Dalhousie student, we will be sending messages only to your official Dal email address. Our Graduate Studies page is revised regularly by Valerie Peck. It provides important information about our programme, including the Graduate Handbook, which is being updated for 2010-2011 -- so please consult it regularly.

This year's annual meet & greet reception will be held in the Lord Dalhousie Pub, in the University Club, on September 17th, 3:00-6:00. For the location, see this map. I hope to see all of you there: it will be a wonderful opportunity to meet other MA & PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members. Please pencil this into your schedule. More details will follow shortly.

I am in the process of finalizing this year's syllabus for History 5800, which all incoming graduate students are expected to complete. The seminar will be held on Mondays, 11:00-1:00, in room 2021 of the McCain building. The first meeting for History 5800 will be on Monday, September 13th. There will be one required textbook, The Craft of Research, is available for purchase at the University Bookstore.

In addition to the Masters Seminar, all MA students must enrol in two graduate courses. The list of courses is available via the registrar's timetable. If you haven't done so already, you should review the list of graduate courses and consult with your supervisor. In your discussions with your supervisor, please ensure that you talk about whether your studies should include a language requirement.

The schedule for this year's Stoke's Seminar is now posted soon on our Department's homepage. All graduate students are expected to attend the seminars, which take place 3:30-5:00 on Friday afternoons from September to April.

Finally, the Faculty of Graduate Studies' homepage contains a wealth of information concerning graduate studies, and I encourage you to visit the site (including the Dean's blog), as well as the Centre for Learning and Teaching homepage, which covers a number of important programmes. The Faculty of Graduate Studies is planning to host an orientation session for new graduate students on September 8th.

I look forward to meeting with each of you individually next week and as a group on September 13th for the first History 5800 seminar.

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