Student Resources

List of Student resources and Commitees:


Reading Resources

Queen Elizabeth II Library

 

Glenn Roy Blundon Centre for Students with Disabilities

The mission of the Blundon Centre is to provide and co-ordinate programs and services that enable students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential and to increase awareness of inclusive values among all members of the university community. The Centre assists students by facilitating access to information, services, and campus facilities in accordance with the university's Academic Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities. The Centre carries out its mission in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students at Memorial University and off-campus agencies, including disability community organizations. The Centre serves prospective and current students on the university's St. John's campus whose disabilities involve conditions affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning (disabilities), chronic illnesses, or mental health. Support is also provided to students with documented temporaryillnesses andinjuries.

The Writing Centre

The Writing Centre is a free facility for all Memorial University students, undergraduate or graduate, who want help with their writing. Staffed by a director and by university students trained as writing tutors, the Writing Centre's mandate is to help university students become better writers and critical thinkers. The Writing Centre works on an appointment basis in order to reduce wait times and guarantee that tutors are available to work with you. Appointments can last up to 45 minutes. We ask students to please print off a copy of the paper prior to the session.


Wellness Resources

Counseling Centre

Through individualized personal counseling, outpatient psychiatric services and a wide range of group counseling, professional staff and faculty at the Student Wellness and Counseling Centre, with the assistance of supervised doctoral residents and practicum students from the various training programs on campus, help students to develop their own unique resources. The Counseling Centre helps students develop their study strategies through academic support programming. The Centre offers support for study problems in which students learn to apply strategies for managing university level academic work more effectively. Following an intake session, students may be provided with access to an online D2L course called, "Academic Skills Portfolio," that facilitates the acquisition and practice of helpful skills. The Counseling Centre is open Monday-Friday, 9AM to 5PM.

The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU)

The Graduate Students’ Union provides a variety of services to graduate students including health and dental plan, special grants and funding, student housing, academic advocacy, and campaigns for the rights of students. The GSU hosts a number of social events throughout the year, including Gradfest and Winterfest Orientation for students, the Aldrich Interdiscipinary Conference, regular Thursday Trivia Nights at Bitters Pub and Restaurant, and bands throughout the year. The GSU operates Bitters, a Graduate Student Centre with bar and cafeteria, located at Field Hall (the second building east of the School of Social Work).

Glenn Roy Blundon Centre for Students with Disabilities

The mission of the Blundon Centre is to provide and co-ordinate programs and services that enable students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential and to increase awareness of inclusive values among all members of the university community. The Centre assists students by facilitating access to information, services, and campus facilities in accordance with the university's Academic Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities. The Centre carries out its mission in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students at Memorial University and off-campus agencies, including disability community organizations. The Centre serves prospective and current students on the university's St. John's campus whose disabilities involve conditions affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning (disabilities), chronic illnesses, or mental health. Support is also provided to students with documented temporaryillnesses andinjuries.

Aboriginal Resource Office

The Aboriginal Resource Office (ARO) is responsible for providing support services to Aboriginal students. The office also works to advocate and educate the general university population regarding inclusion of our unique Aboriginal peoples found within our province. With assistance from the Aboriginal Liaison Officer, the Aboriginal Resource Coordinator is entrusted to assist Aboriginal students in adapting to an academic and urban environment. ARO strives to offer programs and services to create a welcoming community for all Aboriginal students. ARO also provides information to potential students on accessing funding through a wide variety of Aboriginal groups, scholarships and other potential sources of funding.


Academic Resources

Scholarships and Fellowships

The School of Graduate Studies maintains a database of awards and scholarships on their website www.mun.ca/sgs/current/scholarships/  Funding may also be available through the School of Social Work for full time students, including when they are registered for SCWK 6917 – Field Practicum. This should be discussed with the Field Education Coordinator, or with the Student Services Coordinator.


Graduate Students Union Conference Funding

All graduate students are eligible to receive up to $250 per Masters degree program to aid in conference-related costs. Students may choose to split this amount over several conferences, rather than applying for the entire sum at once. Thus, conference funding may be available more than once during a graduate program. Students are also eligible for funding of up to $150 of the above amount for research trips, field trips, conferences, workshops, societal meetings, or seminar series that are related to their academic program. For further information, refer to http://www.gsumun.ca/funding. See also the Travel Request Form.

Graduate Student Employment

From time to time professors hire graduate students as Research Assistants or Teaching Assistants to assist with projects of varying duration. Students interested in earning extra income are encouraged to inform members of the faculty, the MSW Student Services Coordinator, and/or the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research if they are interested and available. Students are advised not to wait for professors to come looking - getting an assistantship typically happens by being at the right place at the right time.

Designation as Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies

The title of Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies is awarded in recognition of outstanding academic achievement throughout a graduate program. This distinction, which is awarded during the last year of a student's graduate program, will be noted on the student's Memorial University transcript. For more information see:  www.mun.ca/sgs/current/scholarships/awards.php.


Memorial University Commitees

Student Representation on Committees of the School of Social Work

MSW students may be advised of openings on committees through email, the Program Shell, and/or may be personally recruited to serve on School committees. If students are interested in serving on a particular committee, they should contact the Student Services Coordinator or Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research for further information.

Academic Council

Academic Council, the central executive committee within the School of Social Work, requires representation from the graduate student body. Chaired by the Dean of the School, Academic Council meets at least once in the fall semester and once in the winter semester. Committee members participate in meetings in-person or via teleconference. Graduate students have one representative.

Graduate Studies (MSW) Committee

The MSW Committee is a key executive committee within the School of Social Work. I has two MSW student representatives: one part-time and one full-time. The Graduate Studies Committee usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month from September through May. Meetings may occasionally be called during the month of June. Committee members participate in meetings in-person or via teleconference.

Continuing Education Committee

The Continuing Education Committee invites representation from the graduate student body. If interested, contact the Student Services Coordinator.

Field Committee

The Field Committee includes representation from the graduate student body. The Field Committee, which addressed issues relevant to undergraduate and graduate field education, meets bimonthly from September to May. Committee members can participate in meetings in-person or via teleconference.

Graduate Students' Union (GSU) and the Council of the Students' Union

MSW students may choose to become involved with GSU; one may be interested in representing MSW students in GSU. Students are automatically granted membership in both unions upon enrollment. See information about the Graduate Students’ Union.          


Other Relevant Resources

Housing, Food, and Conference Services

On-Campus Graduate Student Orientation

Every year, the School of Graduate Studies, the Division of Student Life, and the Graduate Students' Union host Graduate Orientation for all new graduate students at Memorial University (those students admitted to graduate programs for the current year, from Winter to Fall semesters). Graduate Orientation is designed to help graduate students in their unique transition to graduate school.

Teaching Skills Enhancement Program

Because graduate students are engaged in teaching and many will pursue an academic career, the Teaching Skills Enhancement Program (TSEP) is designed to provide an introduction to teaching at the undergraduate level. The program is offered to graduate students over two semesters. The fall semester is delivered in a blended learning format with online content and weekly in-class seminars. During the winter or spring/summer semester graduate students undertake a teaching apprenticeship and complete a learning portfolio. The program is free of charge and graduate students who successfully complete the program receive an official transcript notation and a certificate of completion.

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