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
Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) 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.
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.
Graduate Student Society
The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is run by and for the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver. They promote, and protect, their members academic, social and cultural interests. The GSS hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year designed to help you get, and stay, connected to other UBC graduate students. They also have event spaces available for you to host your own event.
Library Research Commons
The UBC Library Research Commons provides research support services by graduate students, for graduate students. It is located in the Walter C. Koerner Library on Levels 2, 4, and 5
- Need help formatting your thesis? Thesis Formatting Support includes templates, weekly workshops and hands-on support.
- Citation Management Tools are an essential part of the research process. Get help with tools such as RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero to organize and cite your references.
- Research can be a daunting task. The Graduate Student Workshop Series helps you with all the steps of the research process, including literature reviews, getting published and measuring your research publication impact.
- The Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis Software Support team provides workshops and support for R, SPSS and NVivo. Get hands-on help and referrals to other campus resources when you need it. The Library also provides access to GIS resources, including hardware, software and tutorials - visit the Data/GIS lab or the computer lab (217 and 218), and the Digital Scholarship Lab.
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.
Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
The Applied Statistics and Data Science Group (ASDA) offers one hour of free statistical consulting to UBC graduate students. The Statistical Opportunity for Students (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 here.
Student Society, Departmental
There are numerous graduate student associations or societies within individual graduate programs and departments whose mandate is to help support their graduate students. These societies often hold community-building and career-navigating sessions that are open to all UBC gradaute students. You can learn more about these organizations through contacting your Graduate Program Officer or by contacting the GSS http://gss.ubc.ca/ao/
At the Wellness Centre, Wellness Peer Educators are trained student volunteers who can answer your questions, talk with you, and recommend resources for everyday concerns related to health, relationships, and workload.
If you’re a student leader interested in partnering on wellness workshops, events, and more, email the Wellness Centre. Ask to speak with a Health Promotion Specialist, a staff member who oversees the Wellness Centre.
Things To Do At The Wellness Centre
- Talk to trained students about your health questions
- Talk to a nurse about any health concern during Nurse on Campus hours
- Find out about health-related resources on and off campus
- Buy safer sex products, including condoms and lubricants, at cost (cash only)
- Join workshops, events, and other activities to develop skills and strategies for wellness
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, aND Learning
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.
Mitacs provides both online and inperson professional skills development courses for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Their curriculum is designed to build competencies in four key areas: Leadership & Management, Communication & Relationship Building, Personal & Professional Management, and Entrepreneurialism. Course topics include Business Writing, Foundations of Project Management, Career Professionalism, Managing Project Timelines, Writing Effective emails and more.
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.
Network of Networks
Through a UBC institional membership with the Network of Networks (N2), graduate students have access to several online courses at citiprogram.org. 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.