Orientation Guide for Incoming Grads

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As an incoming student, you will have received several emails from the School of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Student Association, and from PNB to welcome you to McMaster University and to provide help with arrival in Hamilton. Some of those links to websites and documents are copied here:

Payment Information Package for Full Time Graduate Students
This is important Financial Information (how to get paid, how to pay your tuition, deadlines and schedules).
McMaster Mosaic
Mosaic is McMaster's PeopleSoft-based administrative information system. It currently handles multiple functions, including student administration, finance, research administration, and human resources.
Graduate Student Welcome Activities
Register for Graduate Student Welcome events.
Notes for Successful Applicants 2020-2021
Provides First Steps: How to activate your McMaster email, funding, enrolment, and more.
On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research
Getting the Supervisory Relationship Off to a Good Start
This is a supervisory relationship tool – a template to address expectations for Graduate Students and their Supervisors. You can also check out the Graduate Work Supervision Guidelines for faculty and students.
The all-important graduate student-supervisor relationship
An article in University Affairs by Virginia Galt about developing the relationship between student and supervisor, and what universities can do to promote it.
2020-2021 Graduate Calendar
The calendar has a lot to say about the student-supervisor relationship. In particular, section 2.7 Supervision (2020-2021 calendar).
Here's the PNB section (2020-2021 calendar).
School of Graduate Studies web site
Grad Student Association (GSA)
Learn about your elected GSA representatives, the Phoenix Bar & Grill, softball and soccer leagues, and grad student clubs, events, and more.
Grad Student Association (GSA): New Students
International Students
Information for International students from the Student Success Centre.
SGS Graduate Student Life
Here you can find tips about finding housing, finding your way around Hamilton, budgeting, family life for graduate student parents, writing help, etc.
Graduate Student Writing help
The Writing Centre: Writing assistance available for graduate students.
Teaching Assistantships
Learn about CUPE 3906 for TAs, including the collective agreement and benefits for Unit 1 members. The PNB graduate handbook also has plenty of information about: Teaching Assistantships.