Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Grad Students' Words of Wisdom

Portrait of graduate student Jared Stoochnoff

Jared Stoochnoff

Advice for Prospective Students...

I was always curious about the prospect of grad school but was concerned about having to go further into student loan debt. As an undergraduate student, I had no idea that graduate programs offer stipends to help cover the cost of living and tuition. My entire MSc program was paid for through the graduate stipend, teaching assistant positions, and a few scholarships. Apply to every scholarship you are eligible for/you can find! Even if you think you have a small chance of actually winning the process of preparing all the required documents only speeds up your next application!

Naheda Sahtout

Naheda Sahtout

About the Campus...

“I like the fact that you can go out to the Arboretum and walk during lunch. The flowers and the trees provide such a beautiful and serene outlook to the campus. I like how the buildings are not congested into one area but are separated by trees and pathways.”

U of Guelph grad student Scott Moore

Scott Moore

Advice for prospective grad students...

I heard this quote when I first started my Master's: "Your project at the end is not going to be the same as when you started". Although your overall deliverables/outcomes might stay the same, how it gets done is very likely to shift. Those who are adaptive to change, take proactive measures to complete tasks timely, and are willing to go outside of their comfort zone will be the most resilient.

Portrait of graduate student Lilas Randrianarivony (MSc, Apacity Development & Extension) in the atrium of Mac Donald Stewart Hall at the University of Guelph

Lilas Randrianarivony

About the City of Guelph… 

Coming from New York City, Guelph was definitely different but I would say it was a relief. It truly grounded me to not be amongst the hustle and bustle every day and it's a small town full of nice people.

Kristen Alves

Kristen Alves

What Makes Guelph Unique… 

Graduate studies at the University of Guelph is unique because of the vibrant and friendly community environment, the access to outstanding resources and training, and the many opportunities on campus to develop important career and life skills.  

Stephanie Croyle

Stephanie Croyle

Words of advice...

Guelph will provide you with a supportive and stimulating academic environment. My advisors have provided me with the freedom to explore my research interests and the support and mentorship to help me become a better scientist. Their positive attitudes and confidence in my abilities has allowed me to achieve success in my research goals. There are loads of clubs one could join (e.g. qualitative journal club, welfare and behavior group, dairy journal club, graduate student social committees, art clubs, etc.) In addition, my graduate program has provided me with a safe and interactive social environment (e.g. intramural sports, city leagues, department socials). 

For my non-native English-speaking friends, there is a plethora of support from the international office! In addition, the library provides lots of writing and technical support! 

Portrait of graduate student Rebecca Pyrah (MA, History) in the atrium of MacDonald Stewart Hall at the University of Guelph  in the atrium of Mac Donald Stewart Hall at the University of Guelph

Rebecca Pyrah

Advice for Prospective Grad Students… 

Make sure you are sure of the program and the advisor because it is easy to get caught up in the idea of taking everything one after another, but academia is not a race. The more you marinate and think and explore the things you want to do, the more meaningful they will be when you actually do them.

Portrait of Chrys Apostolatos

Chrys Apostolatos

About Being a Grad Student at UofG...

"Knowing my professors was a huge benefit in pursuing this program. Additionally, the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant in undergraduate classes as well as complete paid internships at local museums and galleries has provided me with hands on experience."

Portrait of graduate student Natalie Ng (MSc, Food Science) in the atrium of Mac Donald Stewart Hall at the University of Guelph

Natalie Ng

Why I Chose Guelph… 

For Food Science in Canada, Guelph was the only choice! Having completed my undergrad here as well, I was happy to build upon my existing relationships within Food Science. Moreover, I was also very excited to not just witness, but be a part of Guelph’s large agri-food revolution.

Portrait of graduate student Becky McRae

Becky McRae

Advice for Prospective Grad Students...

As a graduate student it is important to be flexible and adaptable to change as you work through your degree. Becoming a graduate student allows you to develop your professional brand, while contributing to academic literature.