School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

The Lake Shift

Group photo of Lake Shift participants.

The Lake Shift is a thesis writing retreat for doctoral students only from Ontario universities. The first year was only a four day retreat in July 2016 at the Queen’s Biology Station on Lake Opinicon (a 50 minute drive north of Kingston). The retreat provided graduate students with structured time to write, workshops on tips for effective dissertation writing, opportunities to network with other graduate students and all in a beautiful location. The objective of the retreat was to enable graduate students to make substantial progress in writing their thesis and to develop foundations to maintain that momentum. The fringe benefits of The Lake Shift included swimming, boating, hiking and campfire conversations and make for a balance of the cerebral with the physical and social for a well-rounded experience.

Be sure to Tweet us with any photos using the hashtag #thelakeshift, and follow SGS on Twitter at @queensgradstudy!

Registration 2018 for Queen's students only is now open.  Please log onto our Expanding Horizons registration system using your NetID and complete the Lake Shift registration by June 8th.  All applicants will then be advised if accepted into the camp or not. Queen's students will be subsidized by Queen's School of Graduate Studies, so the cost personally for Queen's students will only be $100 each.

For other Universities in Ontario, please contact your graduate office.