St. Michael’s Hospital Research Student Association Events

Our scheduled events will also be posted on the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Events Page and be distributed through the Research Training Centre and SRSA newsletters.

Here is a list of the types of events* held by the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Student Association:

*Please note that all events will be held over Zoom for the time being. Events may be cancelled or adjusted due to the evolving situation and availability of speakers.


Welcome Trivia – September 24th at 7 pm

Meet the new graduate students and show everyone your trivia skills! A $25 gift card will be awarded to the winner.

Halloween Party – October 29th at 3 pm

Come join us for an afternoon of games, costume contests and prizes! Please submit photos of you in your all-time favourite costume by October 29th at 10am at

Meeting ID: 945 1572 4390
Passcode: 717344

Research Month Book Club

Since November is Research Month, SRSA has planned a book club + discussion that will occur on November 27 based on the novel The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Please check out the following link to find out how to access the book:

Meeting ID: 951 8327 3218

Passcode: 940430

Social Distancing with SRSA Series

Come and join us for a variety of social and relaxation activities! We run yoga, trivia, meditation, book clubs and Netflix parties.

Holiday Party

It’s time to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome a new year! Join us for an end of the year celebration.



Graduate School 101 – October 5th 2020, at 3 pm

This panel features current SMH graduate students who will speak about their experiences including PAC meetings, extracurricular engagement and presentations.

Meeting ID: 997 0080 7375
Passcode: 599187

Scholarship Workshop – October 15, 2020 at 2 pm 

Please join us for our workshop on how to successfully apply  to scholarships featuring Dr. Eno Hysi!  Throughout his studies, Dr. Hysi has been the recipient of numerous academic awards and scholarships including OGS, NSERC’s Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and most recently, two prestigious fellowships, Banting and KRESCENT.

Meeting ID: 932 2957 9161
Passcode: 942239

Becoming a Better Reviewer – October 28th, 2020 at 1 pm 

Join RTC and SRSA for a special session hosted by Drs. Kati Szaszi and Janet Parsons on becoming a better reviewer. You will learn how to catch common mistakes and avoid pitfalls in grant and scholarship applications. Please note this session is open to everyone but highly recommended for reviewers of SRSA’s Internal Peer Review Program.

Meeting ID: 948 2000 4880
Passcode: RTCxSRSA

Elevator Pitch Prep Session – November 12th, 2020 at 4 pm 

This seminar is a favourite! Hosted by Dr. Erica Conte (Director of Funding Strategy and Stewardship, Unity Health Toronto) and Ana Gajic (Senior Communications Advisor, SMH), the session will teach you how to concisely present your research to a lay audience. This session is open to everyone but mandatory for competitors in the Elevator Pitch Competition.

Meeting ID: 934 4818 8119

Passcode: 451320

Elevator Pitch Competition & Networking Session – November 26th, 2020 at 2 pm 

SRSA and RTC are excited to present the 2020 Elevator Pitch Competition, which will be hosted on November 26th on Zoom from 2-3:30 pm. Networking will take place 3:30-4:30 pm.

This year’s contestants are fierce and ready to present their 3 minute elevator pitch to you, the audience, and a panel of 5 judges. Audience vote matters! So please mark the date on your calendars and come join us for this epic event and support your fellow peers.

Life Sciences Career Symposium – July 2021

This is an annual event which showcases keynote speakers and panelists who have unique and interesting careers in the Life Sciences. Last year, we were joined by over 175 students from around the world!

Community Outreach

Food Drive: COVID-19 Response – September 14th to October 6th, 2020

We will be holding a drive to collect non-perishable food items for donations to local food banks who work hard to feed everyone in our community!

Practicing Mindfulness October 21, 2020 at 4 pm

It is normal to feel overwhelmed as a (new) graduate student. This feeling is probably exacerbated with the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic. This is where taking time out of your tight schedule for self-care is important! Come join us via zoom on October 21st (4-4:30pm) to practice mindfulness. Together, let’s start a 20 day meditation challenge! This session is inspired by Jay Shetty. We will listen to his podcast, guided meditation and end off with a short introspection activity.

Meeting ID: 964 1620 2294
Passcode: 910580

Winter Drives

We hold yearly drives to collect much needed items in our community. Last year, we held a winter clothing drive for the SMH Rotary Transition Centre and toy drive for the SMH Pediatrics Clinic.

Fundraising for Visions of Science

Join us for an interactive fundraiser to raise funds for an organization which introduces children from low-income and marginalized communities to STEM.

Mental Health Awareness Month – March 2021

This month is full of activities to help support our graduate students. These include dog therapy, arts & crafts and invited speakers.


SRSA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Series, Session 1: Building Awareness:

EDI in Medicine and Academia – November 10, 2020 at 2 pm

This interactive workshop will be an introduction for students on the issue of institutional discrimination in research and medicine.

How can we promote equity in medical sciences? Participate in our interactive workshops to learn how to build awareness and turn it into action. Please register via Eventbrite and Zoom information will be sent to you:

Save the date for the second workshop! January 15th 2-4pm

Themes for upcoming workshops series:

Implicit biases, underrepresentation in healthcare and research, institutional discrimination

Women in STEM Panel – March 8, 2020

Join us for a panel on the unique challenges that women face working in STEM. We will also discuss about the phenomenal successes that women have achieved!