Events

Friday, 22 October 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

This session will provide a detailed overview of the Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) and Affiliated Fellowship award competition for Master’s-level funding, including advice on writing a successful application. Eligibility criteria for major funding agencies will be reviewed, as well as application procedures and tips for putting together a strong application.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Cover Letters and Resumes are crucial elements of a job application package. This workshop will help you understand:

  • The purpose of a resume versus a cover letter
  • How they are structured, and
  • Strategies for using those document to highlight your accomplishments and motivations

The live session will include opportunities for Q & A.

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Quick – tell us the top five things you are good at! Can you do it? Or would it be easier to tell us the things you’re not good at? The truth is many of us spend more time focused on (and trying to fix) what we’re not good at, instead of discovering, appreciating, and cultivating our strengths.

Thursday, 28 October 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This webinar focuses on the first two crucial steps in a statistical investigation: 1) identify a question and 2) collect the right data to answer this question. You will learn about:

  • observational studies and experiments
  • scope of inference
  • various sampling strategies and their benefits/drawbacks
  • key parts of experimental design (randomization, replication, blocking)
  • power and sample size calculations

Check out the video below for a teaser from a previous session:

Wednesday, 3 November 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Doctoral Defence information sessions walk students through the doctoral examination process, and explain the different defence modes - in person, virtual, and hybrid. The session includes:

  • Steps in the doctoral examination,
  • Timelines and pressure points, and
  • a Q&A.
FACILITATOR:

Robyn Starkey's work is focused on assisting UBC doctoral candidates with preparing for their final examinations.

Thursday, 4 November 2021 - 9:30am to 11:30am

In this interactive session, we will share some key principles and practices for supervising graduate students, especially in the current context of Covid-19, and provide a range of strategies, cases, and resources. Designed for new faculty, but open to all faculty members.

Topics will include:

Thursday, 4 November 2021 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Putting things off to the last minute? Having a hard time starting a project? Or is it hard to finish and actually put a close to something you are working on? This workshop is here to help you procrastinate less and get more done. Contrary to what most people think, procrastination is not fundamentally a time management problem, which is why just trying to manage your schedule better is limited in effectiveness in changing this pattern of behaviour.

In this workshop you will learn:

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Take the lead of your education and hone your career intentions!
Graduate students today have a plethora of academic and professional opportunities they may engage in during their graduate journey.  There are also many ways to define success both within and after graduate school.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This is the first session in the Graduate Wellness series and is being hosted as part of Thrive.  The sessions, designed to offer additional mental health and wellbeing support geared specifically towards graduate students and centered around known stressors many graduate students are faced with, is a partnership between the Office of the Vice-President Students, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and graduate student representatives.  The goals of these facilitated support sessions will be to identify and address key mental health concerns, foster resiliency, develop proactive coping strate

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Are you looking for ways to build confidence and be assertive in challenging situations? You may find yourself in conflict situations where there is a difference of power or unclear expectations but you lack the courage or tools to address the situation. This practical course will give you the skills necessary to engage in difficult conversations and express yourself with conviction.
This workshop will support you in:

Thursday, 25 November 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

In this webinar, you will learn how to gain insight from a random and unbiased data sample of a population:

  • population distribution vs sample mean distribution
  • hypothesis testing
  • statistical significance
  • t-test for comparing two groups and its assumptions
  • non-parametric alternatives to t-test and when to use them
  • one-way and two-way ANOVA for comparing more than two groups

Check out the video below for a teaser from a previous session:

Thursday, 9 December 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This is the second session in the Graduate Wellness series.  The sessions are designed to offer additional mental health and wellbeing support geared specifically towards graduate students and centered around known stressors many graduate students are faced with.  The series is a partnership between the Office of the Vice-President Students, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and graduate student representatives.  The goals of these facilitated support sessions will be to identify and address key mental health concerns, foster resiliency, develop proactive coping strategies, identify resourc

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Interviews are one of the most stressful elements in the job search process. This workshop will cover the following aspects of the interview process:

Thursday, 27 January 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Understanding relationships is a key part of the scientific inquiry process. You will learn how to describe relationships between two numerical quantities through correlation measures and simple linear regression models. This will also be extended to multiple linear regression for including additional predictor variables. Specific topics include:

  • correlation vs causation
  • interpretation of regression model coefficients
  • assessing the “fit” of a model
  • model selection

Check out the video below for a teaser from a previous session:

Wednesday, 2 February 2022 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Negotiation is a common part of the hiring process, and many applicants find this part intimidating. This workshop will cover:

  • Benefits of negotiating your job offer
  • Things you can negotiate, and
  • Tips and strategies for job negotiation

This session also includes an interactive part to practice job negotiation with your peers.
 

Thursday, 10 February 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Your CV is one of the most important components of your profile as an academic and researcher. If you have questions about organization, structure, or how to use the CV to highlight your accomplishments, you may benefit from this workshop. We’ll cover typical sections, what makes the CV different from a business-style resume, and how to understand the ways in which the hiring committee will use the CV.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Learn about generalized linear models (GLM) for categorical and count outcomes. Necessary for understanding and using these models, the following will be covered:

  • interpretation of odds, odds ratios and rate ratios
  • variable “exposure” times
  • overdispersion
  • negative binomial regression
  • considerations for Likert scale outcomes
  • handling excess zeros

Check out the video below for a teaser from a previous session:

Thursday, 17 March 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This webinar is critical for understanding when linear regression models aren’t applicable and how to model dependent data. Topics that will be covered are:

  • consequences of ignoring dependence (increased risk of false conclusions)
  • repeated measures and other examples of dependent data
  • variance components
  • interpretation in the linear and generalized linear mixed effects context

Check out the video below for a teaser from a previous session: