Various units on UBC campus organize events and provide resources and services to support the professional development of graduate students. Some upcoming events from these Graduate Pathways to Success partners are listed within forums and on the calendar in community.grad.ubc.ca. Some units and services are profiled below.
Centre for Student Involvement & Careers
UBC Centre for Student Involvement & Careers offers a variety of services and information aimed at assisting graduate students with career guidance and development. Events include employer information sessions, recruitment fairs, and workshops. Weekly drop in and advising sessions are also available.
Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)
The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology provides a variety of graduate student programs and support related to teaching, TA training, use of technology in educational programming as well as a certificate program for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching and learning in higher education. Please visit the CTLT events website for a complete list of events and to register.
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, aND Learning (CIRTL)
CIRTL@UBC is the UBC node of the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a network of research-intensive universities interested in improving STEM undergraduate teaching through graduate student and postdoc training. The mission of CIRTL is to enhance the training and support available to graduate students and postdocs who teach in STEM undergraduate classes. Opportunities are offered in person and online.
The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) provides both graduate and undergraduate students with writing support. The CWSC offers free one-on-one consultations, workshops (visit our website for availability), and a Writing Community for graduate students year-round. All of our events and consultations are led by peer writing consultants, who are UBC students from a wide variety of disciplines. Consultants work with a wide range of projects and work with students at any stage of the writing process.
The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
At UBC, we subscribe to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (facultydiversity.org). Register to become a member and you will have access to their Monday Motivator email which offers tips and strategies for helping you thrive in academia. You will also have access to thier 12-week, on demand, Dissertation Success Program (modules on writing habits and process, overcoming perfectionism, assessment, and more), guest webinars and multi-week online courses.
UBC Library Research Workshops and Support
UBC Library provides several services to graduate students focused on research skills, author’s rights and publishing. Learning about the type of library supports available to you will assist you developing the skills and competencies necessary to complete intensive research and to transition research into informed publishing opportunities.
UBC Library Graduate Student Workshops
UBC Library provides a variety of workshops throughout the year. The workshops can be subject specific (e.g. searching the Ebsco health databases), general awareness (e.g. orientation to the library), or focused on building a scholarly profile (e.g. getting published, scholarly rights).
Some library workshops for graduate students include:
- Graduate Student Orientation to the Library
- Web of Science / Journal Citation Reports
- Current Awareness Tools
- How to do Research for a Literature Review
- Archival Research Skills for Graduate Students
- Getting Published in the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Scholarly Rights and Responsibilities
- Increasing the Impact of Your Research
To view a schedule of workshop offerings and find registration information, visit the Graduate Library Workshop Series.
Consultation with Subject Librarians:
Subject Librarians serve as the primary liaison between the Library and the academic departments on campus. They provide skilled reference assistance, manage the library's collections and provide instructional support to faculty.
Your Subject Librarian can assist you by:
- alerting you to new resources in your discipline
- showing you how to use current awareness tools to help you stay current in your field.
- suggesting search strategies and resources for your research
- purchasing materials relevant to your research.
Responsible Conduct of Research
Through a UBC institional membership with the Network of Networks (N2), graduate students have access to several online courses at citiprogram.ca . Courses include Good Clinical Practice, Responsible Conduct of Research, Biomedical Research Ethics, Social and Behavioural Research, Transportation of Dangerous Goods TDG/IATA, Health Canada Division 5 - Drugs For Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects, and Privacy.
Statistical Opportunity for Students (SOS)
The Applied Statistics and Data Science Group (ASDA) offers one hour of free statistical consulting to UBC graduate students. The SOS program is designed to help graduate students formulate and understand the statistical issues involved in their research projects. The program is open to all UBC graduate students. Interested students submit a one-page description of their work outlining their statistical questions. They meet with consultants for an hour to discuss their questions and receive a written summary and report shortly after the meeting, all at no charge. For further details on the program and how to apply please visit asda.stat.ubc.ca/sos/.
The SOS program is made possible through funding support from the Office of the Provost and Vice President, Research and International.
ASDA also offers a series of 6 statistics workshops through the Graduate Pathways to Success program. Past presentations may be viewed at: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/graduate-pathways-success/e-resources-presentations .