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.



Title Description Date Theme
Doctoral Defence: Doctoral Examination and Virtual Defence Procedure

This session will walk students through the doctoral examination process, and strategies for defending in a virtual environment. It includes:

  • Steps in the doctoral examination
  • Timelines and pressure points
  • Defending virtually (what has changed and what is the same)

There will be time for Q & A.

10 August 2021 - 11:00am Academic Support and Success
Introduction to Statistical Concepts I: Exploratory Data Analysis

Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) is essential for understanding your data and a necessary step prior to any testing or modeling. You will learn insightful graphical and numerical techniques for investigating important aspects of your data such as relationships between variables and unusual observations. More specifically you will learn about:

29 September 2021 - 1:00pm Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Introduction to Statistical Concepts II: Study Design and Data Collection Essentials

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:

28 October 2021 - 1:00pm Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Breaking Patterns of Procrastination

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.

4 November 2021 - 9:30am Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness
Assertiveness: Speaking Up for Yourself in Difficult Conversation

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.

24 November 2021 - 1:00pm Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Introduction to Statistical Concepts III: Two group comparison and ANOVA

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

25 November 2021 - 1:00pm Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Introduction to Statistical Concepts IV: Correlation and Linear Regression

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:

27 January 2022 - 1:00pm Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Introduction to Statistical Concepts V: Logistic and Poisson Regression

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

17 February 2022 - 1:00pm Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Introduction to Statistical Concepts VI: Mixed Effects Models

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:

17 March 2022 - 1:00pm Academic Support and Success, Research Skills


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 (; 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 scholarship 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
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?

Career Exploration
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 Support and Success, Career Exploration, Research Skills