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SOGS Events Calendar

Please check out our Events Calendar for a full list of SOGS-related events, programming, and deadlines. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter to keep your finger on the pulse of #GradLifeWesternU!

As subsidy applications must be physically submitted to the office (MC room 8), please be mindful of holidays, weekends, and office closures.

January 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Thesis Writing Sessions
  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
  • $1,500 Prize Giveaway: Winter Orientation
  • (Un)Snowman Competition: Winter Orientation
  • Pets Of Grad School video call-out: Winter Orientation
  • SOGS Virtual Winter 2021 Term Orientation Week
  • Winter Bingo Kick Off: Winter Orientation
  • Thesis Writing Session: Winter Orientation
  • Meet Your Indigenous Culture Advocates: Winter Orientation
  • Queer Representation in Media: Winter Orientation
  • Virtual Trivia: Winter Orientation
  • Advocacy Jeopardy: Winter Orientation
  • Board Game Night: Winter Orientation
  • "Period. End of Sentence" Screening: Winter Orientation
  • Let's Play "Among Us": Winter Orientation
  • Pet Show and Tell: Winter Orientation
  • Cocktail Mixer: Winter Orientation
  • Thesis Writing Sessions
  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
  • Graduate Peer Support - Virtual Drop-ins
  • Virtual Games Night
  • Thesis Writing Sessions
  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
  • NB Winter bursary applications due Jan 31
  • SOGS Council Meeting
  • Virtual Games Night
  • SOGS Council Meeting
  • DUE Winter bursary applications

If you would like to subscribe to our Events calendar, please use this ICAL link.


Upcoming Events

To kick off the 2021 year, the SOGS Graduate Peer Support Committee is hosting monthly virtual fitness classes for members. These classes are FREE and hosted by WesternU’s Sports and Rec team on Zoom so you can exercise in the safety of your own home!


  • January 11, 2021 @ 8pm: Pilates w/ Hannah
  • February 18, 2021 @ 8pm: Yoga w/ Helen
  • March 8, 2021 @ 8pm: Zumba w/ Michelle
  • April 12, 2021 @ 8pm: Yoga w/ Helen

REGISTER starting December 23, 2020 at


Learn More HERE

Join Indigenous Student Centre, Western Sustainability, and the Society of Graduate Students for a virtual Local Land Defenders Panel on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 3-4pm on Zoom in honour of Indigenous Awareness Week (February 1-5, 2021).

We are currently looking for 2 graduate student panelists! Indigenous grad students will be prioritized. Honorarium provided to panelists. 

WANT TO BE A PANELIST? Fill out our intake form HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with the SOGS VP Academic, Danica Facca at

Quick link:

The 2021 Indigenous Graduate Student Research Fair is part of Western’s 2021 Indigenous Awareness Week (February 1-6, 2021). The Research Fair is organized by Western’s Indigenous Student Centre, Western Libraries (Scholarship@Western), and the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS). 

Call For Submissions

Are you a currently enrolled and self-identifying Indigenous graduate student? If so, we want to showcase your work! Submissions should include an abstract or summary of your research: all stages of the research process, from ideation to completed work, will be considered. The final format for the research fair will include a video presentation and any supporting documents.

Learn More

Your work will be hosted on Scholarship@Western, making your research accessible to a broad worldwide audience and demonstrating your contributions to academic excellence in your field. Publishing your research in Scholarship@Western also satisfies the Canadian Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications as well as requirements of other research funding bodies.

Guide for authors
Abstract submissions must be 250 words or less. The deadline to submit abstracts is December 23rd, 2020.

Submit your abstract here:

Important Dates
Deadline for submission: December 23rd, 2020
Notification of acceptance: January 4th to 8th, 2021
Deadline for final submission: January 25th, 2021

For the full call out, please see the attached document

For  any enquiries regarding the submission process, please contact:

Recurring Virtual Events 


Miss weekly Trivia Nights at the The Western Grad Club? We do! Join Virtual Trivia Night with your fellow grad, Elizabeth, at 8pm each Tuesday and have a pub night at home!

Want to play? Join here.  Just want to watch? Tune in here for the questions!

Wanna connect with your peers? The SOGS Orientation and Social Committee has created a SOGS Discord Server for virtual events, advocacy outreach, and more. 

Join the server:

Past 2020-21 Events


On November 25th, 2020 @ 8pm EST, SOGS will participate in the inaugural Canada-wide university trivia championship with several graduate associations across the country! 

Trivia Night: November 25th, 2020 @ 8pm EST (The event will likely run for two hours)

Team Size: 3-5 Members (If your team has less than 5 members, free agents may be assigned to your team)

Team Logistics: Each team must have a designated Team Captain who is responsible for filling out this Google Form. Please include the names, student numbers, and email addresses of the members you are registering for your team. In the interest of graduate spirit, teams will be limited to SOGS members at this time. 

Max Amount of Teams per Graduate Student Association: 10

*This sign-up will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, with 8 team spaces available and 2 team spaces reserved for free agent sign-ups. Should there be 5 or fewer free agents sign up, the 9th team to register will be selected to play. We recognize that for a trivia-centred school such as Western these spots may fill quickly; however, we are also excited to see how many associations/teams sign up. A running list of who signs up will be kept and if each university association opens up more spots for teams then your designated Team Captains will be notified.*

How to Play: Once the teams are selected, instructions for playing will be emailed to your team, though we will be using a combination of Zoom and Mentimeter!

Prizes: There will be individual prizes for each member of the winning team (as well as a trophy!), a prize for the top team at each school, and several raffle prizes will be selected throughout the night for trivia players to win!   

If you have any questions or concerns then please email SOGS’ VP Student Services at We look forward to seeing your SOGS spirit on display this November!

Gingerbread House Decorating Event

  • Hosted by the SOGS Orientation and Social Committee
  • WHEN: December 3, 2020 at 8PM on Zoom
  • BYO gingerbread house OR buy a subsidized gingerbread mansion from us for $7 (send an e-transfer to; P/U in the SOGS office)
  • PRIZES: 5 x $10 Skip the Dishes e-gift cards Prizes for most creative houses!
  • HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Complete our intake form HERE so we can send you the invite link/put you on the list for our remaining gingerbread mansion.

Pride Screening Event: Netflix’s The Prom

  • Hosted by the SOGS Pride Commissioner, Shannon-Thomas Carnahan
  • WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7PM
  • WHERE: SOGS Discord Server – Pride voice channel
  • Not on Discord? Get an invitation link at
  • No Netflix account required! All SOGS members welcome!