To all Graduate students,

The Blackout Period is Over for Students who have REGISTERED

The blackout period for health and dental coverage is over for those students who have currently registered for their courses. Upon registration, students are added to the insurance plan, so if you intend to use your plan, you must register for the semester.

Plan details and deadlines can be found at

Health Cards, info pamphlets and coupons are available from the table outside the Graduate Studies Office (SC 201) and at the TGSA Office (WH 223). This includes information on the Direct-2-U prescription program, registration for online claim submission, travel insurance, and coverage after graduation.

You can also get all the information on your student benefits at your Health and Dental Plan Website: Look up coverage information, submit health claims online, download brochures and claim forms, look up eligible drugs, register for Direct2U Prescriptions, and find preferred practitioners in your area! There is also a live chat available for your assistance.

Opting-out (and Opting-In Dependents)

Students with proof of alternate insurance coverage may choose to opt-out during the period of September 1st, 2015 to October 2nd, 2015 at midnight. Students may choose to opt-in dependents during the opt-in period.

To opt-out (or opt-in dependents), please visit to submit an application to opt-out. You will need to provide details from your current policy.

*Even if you have opted out in the past, you still need to opt out each year.

If you have any questions about the new plan or technical issues with the opt-out/opt-in process please contact Student VIP at

Enhanced Drug Coverage with Direct2U Prescriptions

Do you need a prescription but don’t want to pay up front at the pharmacy? Did you know that you could get better drug coverage when you use Direct2U Prescriptions?

You can get up to 100% coverage on your medications PLUS free next-day delivery to the TCSA Office (Champlain College S110), or anywhere in Canada. Simply ask your doctor to fax your prescription to 1-877-835-8329 or transfer existing medications by calling 1-877-796-7979.

Your TGSA Team

Looking for Graduate Students
to sit on the Graduate Studies Committee

As we enter the new school year, we are looking for two graduate students (one M.A. or M.Sc.; one Ph.D.) to sit on the Graduate Studies Committee.

The Graduate Studies Committee Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00  in BH 126 on the following dates:

September 17,
October 15,
November 19,
December 17,
January 28,
February 25,
March 24,
April 21.

The Graduate Studies Committee is a standing committee of Senate. It reports to Senate and also serves as an advisory committee to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

The duties are:

  • To review and make recommendations to Senate on matters of educational policy and planning for graduate studies including major modifications to programs, new courses, general and program-specific regulation changes and alterations in educational policy at the graduate level;

  • To make recommendations to the Program Quality Assurance Committee on the degree requirements and curriculum of proposed new academic programs;

  • To appoint ad hoc subcommittees to make recommendations on the selection of medal and prize winners and to review and make recommendations for institutional nominations for graduate scholarships;

  • To appoint ad hoc subcommittees to hear graduate student academic petitions, as necessary.

It is very important that we have graduate student representation on this particular committee, as this body is responsible for a lot of important matters directly relevant to graduate students.

This is an excellent opportunity to get more involved with the university, to get to know other graduate students and administration, to network, and to add to your CV experience.

If you would like to become involved, please send a short email to indicating why you are interested in this position.

*Information about other committee opportunities will be distributed soon.

Your TGSA team


To all Graduate students,

There are some fabulous events happening for Orientation this year! We will be sending out a calendar detailing all of the scheduled events in the near future, but for now we wanted to alert you to two events that require you to RSVP.

The first is the FREE Graduate Student BBQ hosted by Catherine Parr Traill College and Dr. Michael Eamon on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 pm. In order to prepare the correct amount of food, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, September 1st, 2015 to Deb Nichols at if you plan to attend.

The second event is the Health2U Day on Wednesday, September 16th from 10:00-3:00 pm in the Great Hall of Champlain College. The TCSA has extended an invitation to Trent graduate students to participate in this free event, where health and dental practitioners and health insurance agents come together to demonstrate their services to Trent University students. At this event, you can learn about local services in massage therapy, acupuncture, oral hygiene, or vision health care. Members of the TGSA Executive and our partners at Student VIP will also be there to help educate and inform you about what your Dental and Health plans have to offer!

Please RSVP by September 8th, 2015 to if you plan to attend, and please indicate that you are a graduate student when you RSVP. For more information, please see this attachment:

We look forward to seeing you there!



Symons Seminar Series***


Dear Graduate Students,

The Thomas H.B. Symons Seminar Series has successfully completed its 10th year, and is looking for volunteers to help organize the 2015/2016 Seminar Series!

The Symons Seminar Series, “Bridging the Gap Between the Sciences and Humanities Through Clear Communication”, is a venue for graduate students at Trent University to present and discuss their research with the academic community and the public. Once a month, we invite two graduate students, one from a natural science discipline, and one from a social science or humanities discipline, to present their research. We hold a Gala event at the end of the school year, which is attended by over 100 graduate students, faculty, and members of the Peterborough community.

Committees with open positions include the Abstract Selection Committee and the Judging Committee. These positions are a great way to get involved and meet people.

We are also looking for students to sit on the Executive Committee as Communications Coordinator, Financial Coordinator, and Operations Coordinator.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Series, or would like more information about volunteering, please email Katarina Cetinic ( or Samantha Stephens (


Symons Seminar Series Executive Committee 2014-2015:
Katarina Cetinic (Communications Coordinator)
Samantha Stephens (Financial Coordinator)
Owen Kane (Operations Coordinator)