Graduate Pathways to Success

The Graduate Pathways to Success (Pathways) program is a palette of non-credit workshops, seminars and other activities designed to complement your graduate program's academic curriculum and mentorship experience. 
Our offerings cover a wide range of personal and professional development topics to support you throughout your time in graduate school and to allow you to develop some of the skills and competencies needed to thrive as professionals and to make meaningful contributions to society.

 

 Events

Title Description Date Theme
Statistics III: Two Group Comparisons and ANOVA Models (via Webinar)

We will introduce some statistical concepts such as mean, variance, hypothesis testing, statistical significance and distribution of the sample mean. We will provide a detailed discussion of how to compare data from two groups or conditions using a t-test and discuss the assumptions involved. Non-parametric alternatives to t-tests will also be covered.

10 December 2019 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Time Management

As a graduate student, you likely wear many hats - perhaps as a student, an employee or a friend. Each of these hats entails different responsibilities and commitments. How these responsibilities align with your personal priorities and relatedly, how you choose to spend your time, can contribute to your sense of work/school-life balance.

16 January 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness
Writing with Integrity

Communicating your research and ideas effectively and ethically requires being accurate, objective, honest, and clear. This means understanding the writing conventions of your academic discipline and being attuned to and adept at all practices that ensure those objectives are met. This interactive workshop will:

21 January 2020 - 2:00pm Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Statistics IV: Quantitative Covariates and Regression Analysis (via Webinar)

We will start with a simple correlation analysis for two quantitative variables, and then discuss modelling the relationship between two quantitative variables by simple linear regression. We will introduce the least squared estimation method that is used to estimate the linear regression coefficients.

22 January 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Submitting your Thesis

This session is intended for graduate students who are preparing to submit their thesis.

Working on your thesis? This session will review the UBC formatting and submission requirements and include:

  • Planning ahead
  • Thesis formatting requirements
  • Electronic submission of theses

FACILITATOR

23 January 2020 - 9:30am Academic Support and Success
The Steps of Planning Your Doctoral Exam

This session will walk students through information on our website to assist doctoral candidates who are ready (or nearly ready) for their Final Doctoral Exams and will include:

23 January 2020 - 10:45am Academic Support and Success
Submitting your Thesis (Via Webinar)

This session is intended for graduate students who are preparing to submit their thesis.

Working on your thesis? This session will review the UBC formatting and submission requirements and include:

  • Planning ahead
  • Thesis formatting requirements
  • Electronic submission of theses

FACILITATOR

23 January 2020 - 1:00pm Academic Support and Success
The Steps of Planning Your Doctoral Exam (Via Webinar)

This session will walk students through information on our website to assist doctoral candidates who are ready (or nearly ready) for their Final Doctoral Exams and will include:

23 January 2020 - 2:15pm Academic Support and Success
Building Effective Supervisory Relationships

Have you ever wondered about strategies you can use to build strong relationships with your supervisor? Have you thought about ways of avoiding conflicts or managing them? If that is the case, this is the workshop for you!

24 January 2020 - 9:30am Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Preparing for the Non-Academic Job Market

This session teaches you how to think about the non-academic job search, and how non-academic employers think about people with graduate training and about job applicants in general. It shows you how to prepare to conduct a non-academic job search, should you ever want or need to, and discusses the mechanics of a search.

28 January 2020 - 9:00am Career Exploration, Professional Effectiveness
Practice your Presentation Skills I

In this one-day workshop, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback.

The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

31 January 2020 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Build your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills

Make an impact with your scientific and technical writing skills! This two day, hands-on workshop is aimed at those with scientific and technical backgrounds. From structure and grammar to impact – get on-site expert feedback, a chance to work on a current, future, or past piece of your writing, and get exposure to many samples of writing, from atrocious to outstanding.

5 February 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Getting your Research in the Press (and quoted correctly)

Workshop (9:30 – 11:30 am):

Do you want to see your work in the news? Do you have something to say about the stories you read in the newspaper, hear on the radio, or see on television?

This session will help you learn how to make your ideas and research accessible to a general audience, and provide you with simple tools to get your messages across effectively and efficiently.

10 February 2020 - 9:30am Academic Support and Success, Research Skills, Writing and Communication
Statistics V: Discrete Data - Counts and Proportions

We will show how to compare two groups when the response is binary or count data and cover what happens if we have more than two groups or more than one predictor whether numeric or categorical. We will introduce logistic, Poisson, negative binomial regression analysis and generalized linear models and show how to interpret the model coefficients in each case.

12 February 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Storytelling for Change

Participants will look at the role that stories play in social change work and will learn about the power of stories as tools for connection and reflection. Participants will learn how to develop and tell their own stories, as a strategy to move people to action.

Learning Objectives:

14 February 2020 - 10:00am Writing and Communication
Discovering the Entrepreneur Within

Discovering the Entrepreneur Within has participants analyze successful entrepreneurial ventures and identify what it took for those entrepreneurs to reach their goals. Using an interactive, team-based approach, this full-day workshop builds awareness of the current Canadian entrepreneurial landscape and resources available to those looking to start their own business.

19 February 2020 - 9:00am Career Exploration, Professional Effectiveness
Statistics VI: Introduction to Mixed Effects Models (via Webinar)

Methods like Regression and ANOVA model the mean structure of the observed data while making specific assumptions about the variance. We will demonstrate with examples that ignoring the lack of independence due to repeated measurements on the same unit or clusters of related units may lead to wrong conclusions.

26 February 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Business Writing for Today's Profesional

No matter what field you’re working in, written communication is a critical part of your day-to-day duties. Regardless of your comfort or skill level, you can benefit from learning techniques to entice your readers and achieve your goals. This course will help all professionals hone their writing skills using proven techniques and processes.

5 March 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Time Management

This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your working week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role.

6 March 2020 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness
Foundations of Project Management II (2 Days)

Participants will work in learning teams of approximately 5 people formed at the beginning of the two-day course. Building on the skills developed in Foundations of Project Management I: A team-based approach, this course will emphasize skills of risk assessment, estimation, budgeting, resource schedule crisis management and continued focus on participating, building and managing teams.

17 March 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness

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 Resources

Title Description Theme
Individual Development Plan, Sciences

My IDP is a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences.  This website was developed by AAAS/Science, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), and experts from several universities (see authors on their site). 
Note: This website is not hosted in Canada, and your personal information may be stored or accessed outside of Canada.

Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Individual Development Plan, Humanities and Social Sciences

ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The ImaginePhD project is powered by the Graduate Career Consortium (https://gradcareerconsortium.org/; GCC).
Note: This website is not hosted in Canada, and your personal information may be stored or accessed outside of Canada.

Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Individual Development Plan, Health

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has developed an online Individual Development Plan (IDP) and resources.  The IDP is a tool that supports graduate students and PDFs in actively preparing for the career(s) of their choice by exploring career paths, establishing career goals, and identifying skill gaps, culminating in an action plan to achieve their career goal(s).

Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Statistics Webinar Series

This 6-part statistics webinar series is annually presented by the Applied Statistics and Data Science Group.  Slides and descriptions of each session are provided.

Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Leaders Dialogue Series: On Making a Difference for Good

The Leaders’ Dialogue series is an opportunity to get to know individuals who have made a difference for good in the world, and hear their thoughts on questions such as ‘What motivates you?’, ‘What does ‘success’ mean to you?’, ‘What have you learned about leadership?’, and ‘What’s wrong/right with the world?’

Professional Effectiveness
Writing with Integrity

A short video in which Drs Susan Porter and Beth Haverkamp discuss the importance of writing with integrity (the importance of writing and contributing new knowledge and scholarlarship with integrity; avoiding plagiarism)

Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Video Guides to Writing and Research

A series of videos to introduce students to the fundamentals of academic writing and research: “Writing in Situations”, An interview with Dr. Anthony Paré plus
5 videos (“The Writing Process”, “The Prewriting Stage”, “The Writing Stage”, “The Revision Stage”, and “Managing Time to Write”) featuring conversations with 4 graduate students from Chemistry, Civil Engineering, English Literature, and Linguistics.  (Playlist)

Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Scholarships and awards_Presentation materials

Applying for graduate scholarships or awards? Past presentation materials and webinar recordings provide you with guidance.  You may also find the tips and best practices helpful.

Academic Support and Success
Planning for your Doctoral Exam

To help prepare you for a smooth examination process, the doctoral exams team provides tools and resources including a checklist, sample workplan, and past presentation materials and recordings to help you map out a timeline for your final doctoral examination.

Academic Support and Success
Thesis Preparation and Submission

Finishing your thesis or dissertation?  G+PS provides sample templates, checklists, past presentation materials and recordings, as well as information on how to submit your thesis for review and final submission.

Academic Support and Success