Graduate Pathways to Success



Title Description Date Theme
Resumes (for students in research-based programs)

This session will cover

  • Key differences between resumes and academic CVs
  • Strategies for conveying research experience in a resume format
  • Organization, formatting, and common challenges

The live session will include opportunities for Q & A.

31 January 2023 - 4:00pm Career
Fundamentals of Statistics V: Intro to Mixed Effects Models

This is the last workshop in a 5-part series focused on the fundamentals of statistics.

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:

2 February 2023 - 10:00am Academic, Research
Copyright beyond the classroom: Considerations for including 3rd party materials in your academic work

In this session, we will cover the following:

8 February 2023 - 12:00pm Academic, Research, Writing and Communication
Short, sharp and to the point: communicating your research with brevity and impact

We live in a world where, if you can’t talk about what you do at the drop of a hat, and sometimes in a very short time frame, you potentially risk losing that next grant, promotion or job. This really is the age of the elevator pitch.

9 February 2023 - 4:00pm Academic, Writing and Communication
Cover Letters

Cover letters are a potential opportunity to highlight your motivation and experiences. This session will cover

14 February 2023 - 1:00pm Career
Lost Your Motivation? Let’s Find it! - Staying on Track in Grad School Series

Have you ever let a lack of motivation stop you from doing something that you need to do, or know will be beneficial for you? If yes, you are not alone.

15 February 2023 - 12:00pm Academic, Health and Wellbeing
Key Messaging: Effectively Articulating the Why's and How's of your Research (Panel and Workshop)

For academics, explaining the depth and complexity of your specialized research for those outside your discipline or for the general public can be challenging.  Being able to articulate your research for a broad audience is important for thriving as an academic, as it can help in crafting competitive grant applications, presenting at conferences, being interviewed on the radio, or writing peer-

16 February 2023 - 12:00pm Academic, Writing and Communication
Advanced statistical modeling: Introduction to Non-linear analysis

In this webinar we will discuss the foundational concepts behind non-linear modeling, when should these models be applied and how to implement them correctly. We will show how this complex methodology can be applied in a correlated data example. While complete R code is provided for this analysis, the focus of this webinar will be on the statistical methodologies.

23 February 2023 - 10:00am Academic, Research
Advanced statistical modeling: Introduction to Machine learning

In this webinar we will introduce basic concepts behind the machine learning algorithms, their difference from the statistical methods and the most common type of problems that can be tackled with machine learning algorithms.

In this webinar you will learn about:

2 March 2023 - 10:00am Academic, Research
Doctoral Defence: Doctoral Examination and Defence Procedures

The Doctoral Defence information session walks students through the doctoral examination process and explains the different defence modes - in-person, virtual, and hybrid.

The session includes:

7 March 2023 - 2:00pm Academic
Submitting Your 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


Nick Rizzo, Senior Thesis/Information Clerk, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

9 March 2023 - 10:00am Academic, Writing and Communication
Academic CV

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.

22 March 2023 - 12:00pm Career
Copyright for your Thesis: How to use Images and other material

Are you in the midst of writing your thesis? Are there images or portions of published manuscripts you are planning to use in your thesis?  Do you have concerns over how copyright laws could delay your thesis submission?

In this session you will learn:

30 March 2023 - 11:00am Academic
Self-Care Strategies for Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout - Staying on Track in Grad School Series

Graduate school can be both an exciting and stressful time for many students. Supporting and caring for one’s health and wellbeing is important to learning and completing your degree, as well as building professional competency. This interactive webinar will be facilitated by members of UBC Counselling Services, and focuses on managing your stress during graduate school.

5 April 2023 - 12:00pm Academic, Health and Wellbeing

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

12 April 2023 - 12:00pm Career

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

25 April 2023 - 12:00pm Career
Imposter Phenomenon

Do you ever feel like to you don’t belong in grad school?  Have you ever downplayed your accomplishments? This interactive workshop will be facilitated by staff from UBC Counselling Services and focuses on understanding and managing feelings of the imposter phenomenon.

Topics covered include:

3 May 2023 - 12:00pm Academic, Health and Wellbeing


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, Career
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 (; GCC).
Note: This website is not hosted in Canada, and your personal information may be stored or accessed outside of Canada.

Academic, Career
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, Career
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, Research
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?’

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 scholarship with integrity; avoiding plagiarism)

Academic, 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, 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.

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.

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.

InterSECT Job Simulations

InterSECT is an online platform that allows PhD-level scientists and humanists, regardless of professional stage, to explore future career options. Our goal is to provide true-to-life job simulation exercises that help individuals consider the following questions:

What are my professional interests and skills?
How do my interests and skills translate to potential careers?
What are my career options?
Which careers haven’t I considered?

GPS Workshop Materials, Recordings

Materials, handouts, and recordings from many past Graduate Pathways to Success sessions, including our career and statistics series, are posted online here (cwl login required)

Academic, Career, Research
Book List: Succeeding in Grad School and your Career

Below is a list of recommended reading to help you navigate grad school and strategize for your career.  These are some examples and there are many more!  Many have very similar topics.  Pick one or two depending on where you are in your program.  You do not need to read them all! They range from helping you choose your research project, to navigating each stage of your program, to helping you select opportunities for career planning. (Note: many of these are available through the UBC library)

Academic, Career, Writing and Communication