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 Events

Title Description Date Provider
Writing in STEM: Writing to Engage in Scholarly Conversations

Writing at the graduate level involves participating in ongoing debates and conversations in your field, to a range of audiences more or less likely to agree with you. Engaging in this conversation requires aligning with certain perspectives while distancing yourself from others, and emphasizing certain interpretations while allowing for other perspectives.

29 September 2022 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Using Zotero for Citation Management

Everyone who is using Zotero or thinks they might like to use Zotero is welcome at this workshop.

3 October 2022 - 4:30pm Library Research Commons
Using Mendeley for Citation Management

Mendeley is a reference management tool that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word-processed documents. This workshop is meant for those using or considering Mendeley as a Citation Management tool.

5 October 2022 - 6:00pm Library Research Commons
Fundamentals of Statistics I: Exploratory Data Analysis

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

6 October 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Academic Oral Presentations: Presenting as a Scholar

How does one give a successful oral presentation? “Make eye contact,” “be confident,” “dress professionally”… The advice that we often receive tends to focus on the performance aspect of presenting, rather than viewing it as an opportunity to communicate and further our research.

6 October 2022 - 11:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Reproducible research PART II: Intro to reproducible research tools

In this webinar we will introduce the best practices and tools for creating reproducible workflows for your statistical analyses.

12 October 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Writing With Integrity: Citing Like an Insider

In this workshop, we focus on the interrelations between writers (academic and professional), their source materials (cited works), and their readers (intended audience).

19 October 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Teaching with Integrity: Methods and Strategies for Fostering Academic Integrity in Your Classroom or Laboratory

This two-hour interactive workshop will introduce graduate students to current concepts in academic integrity. Beginning with case studies, we will examine misconceptions (both TAs/instructors’ and students’) about who commits academic misconduct, how, and why.

20 October 2022 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
Visualization with R

R is a popular, free software program. This workshop will introduce concepts and tools for visualizing data in R, with emphasis on the ggplot2 package. Participants are expected to be familiar with R and the RStudio environmnet. (If you are new to R, consider attending ‘Introduction to R and RStudio’ first.)

20 October 2022 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Using Zotero for Citation Management

Everyone who is using Zotero or thinks they might like to use Zotero is welcome at this workshop.

24 October 2022 - 4:30pm Library Research Commons
Writing in STEM: Writing to Weave Your Findings Into the Scholarly Conversation

Writing at the graduate level involves bringing findings into conversation with explanatory and methodological frameworks, and theoretical ideas and concepts. Presenting your specific study requires waves of meaning-making, articulating how your findings can be explained or how ideas are exemplified or illustrated by your evidence.

25 October 2022 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Applying for Scholarships for your Master’s program

This session will provide a detailed overview of the Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) and Affiliated Fellowship Award competition for Master’s-level funding, including advice on writing a successful application.

27 October 2022 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
CGS-Master’s Proposal: Crafting a Compelling Research Story

This workshop is designed for undergraduate and master’s students applying for funding from the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS-M) Program. Drawing on evidence-based research about successful grant proposals, facilitators discuss particular elements of this written academic genre: audience, purpose, knowledge gap, competence claim, structure, style, and more.

10 November 2022 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
R for Statistical Analysis

R is a popular, free software program used for quantitative analysis in both the humanities and sciences. Many state-of-the-art models and various graphs are available in R. This workshop covers data preparation and management, descriptive statistics, and common statistical analyses (T-test, ANOVA, correlation, regression).

10 November 2022 - 4:00pm Library Research Commons
Writing in STEM: Writing for Clarity in Complexity

Writing at the graduate level involves bringing complex and technical ideas together, through description and interpretations of causation, correlation and more. Building this complexity in long texts is itself a complex process, requiring the simultaneous management of individual technical words, phrasing, and whole sentences and paragraphs to layer meanings together.

15 November 2022 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Harnessing your Resilience: Coping Strategies for Anxiety and Stress in Grad School and beyond

Have you ever wondered how to tap into your resilience during challenging times? Imagine a situation where you face a critique of your writing from a supervisor, do not get the grant you were counting on, or have to shift your academic focus because of the realities of the job market. With scenarios such as these in mind, this interactive session will:

17 November 2022 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Reproducible research PART III: Collaborative reproducible research tools

In this webinar we will introduce the best practices and tools for sharing your reproducible workflows and collaborating with your colleagues in private networks or with any public GitLab users. We will start by introducing concepts on branching and forking using diagrams.

18 November 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Overcoming Perfectionism

We live in a culture that emphasizes being perfect as a virtue in everything from body image to relationships to career achievements. The problem is that life and being human, in spite of our best efforts, is messier than this. Having high standards is one thing, but taking a perfectionistic approach to life can actually get in the way of your success.

22 November 2022 - 9:30am Graduate Pathways to Success
Fundamentals of Statistics II: Study Design and Data Collection Essentials

This is the 2nd workshop in a 5-part series focused on the fundamentals of statistics.

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:

24 November 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Build your confidence for greater interpersonal impact

Have you experienced a situation where you felt you had no control?  Have you felt powerless in a work or academic environment? In this workshop, the focus will be to deepen your awareness of the interplay between yourself and others, both at the personal and social level.

30 November 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success

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 Services

Title Description Provider
Writing Consultations

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication supports a diverse community of writers at UBC, at various levels of proficiency, across many types of graduate student writing situations: academic, creative, professional, and technical. Consider booking a one-on-one appointment (in-person or written feedback) with a peer writing consultant to support your writing projects.  

Visit their website to learn more about hours, how to prepare for, and to book, a writing consultation.

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
One-to-One Assistance

Consultations are available for Citation Management, NVivo, SPSS, R, Digital Scholarship, and GIS. Appointments are available in 30-minute or 1-hour increments. To request an appointment, please complete form.

Library Research Commons
Subject Librarian Consultation

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.

UBC Library
The Monday Motivator

This weekly email provides positive energy and a productivity tip, with concrete and actionable steps to help with your week or semester.  Sign up when registering!

Register through UBC's subscription.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
14-Day Writing Challenge

The 14-Day Challenge is an opportunity for you to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability. The fall session for 2022 is October 17 - 30.

Register for the site through UBC's subscription.  Registration for the challenge closes Oct 12

It's very simple...

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Free Statistics Consulting

The Statistical Opportunity for Students (SOS) program provides one hour of free statistical advice, based on a submitted project description, to any UBC graduate student.  Visit the SOS program page for full details. The SOS program is made possible through funding support from the Office of the Provost and Vice President, Research and Innovation.

Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Drop-in Advising: Research Ethics

Looking for expert answers to your questions about your research ethics? Until drop-in sessions can be resumed, please contact the Office of Research Ethics staff to book an online consult:

For Behavioural research, email Wendy Bond.

For Clinical research, see their contact list.

Office of Research Ethics
Getting Through Grad School with Grace & Grit: The Online Support Group

We recognize that graduate students face many unique challenges. The experience can sometimes feel isolating and overwhelming, and maintaining a sense of community is important.  If you are a graduate student at UBCV or UBCO, please join Getting Through Grad School with Grace & Grit.

Wellness Centre, Counselling Services

 Resources

Title Description Provider
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.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Graduate Pathways to Success
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.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Graduate Pathways to Success
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).

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Graduate Pathways to Success
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.

Applied Statistics and Data Science Group, Graduate Pathways to Success
Thesis Formatting Guides

Templates and How-to-Guides for Formatting your thesis in PC and MAC

Library Research Commons
Dissertation Success Curriculum

The 12-week Dissertation Success online, on-demand Program is designed for doctoral candidates who are focused on finishing their dissertation. Each module includes a recorded training video and resources.

Register with the University of British Columbia's subscription to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Understanding Stress

Tips, resources, and in-person support for managing stress

Wellness Centre
Annotated Research Articles

A series of 8 annotated research articles from across the disciplines (listed under "Academic Writing Resources" here) . The annotations point out standard features of research articles, while accounting for disciplinary difference. Technical vocabulary appears in blue italicized text with relevant definitions in floating text.

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
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)

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Pathways to Success
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)

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Pathways to Success
Science Writing Resources

Study guides, videos, and quizzes to help with Communicating Science, Finding, Integrating, and Citing Sources, Grammar and Style, Developing an Effective Writing Process, and more.  There are also resources, including podcasts, that provide strategies for teaching writing, grading assignments, using peer review, giving feedback, and more.

Science Writing Resources for Learning (ScWRL)
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.

Graduate Pathways to Success
Good Clinical Research Practice Courses, Online

Available online, on-demand are courses on Good Clinical Practice, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Biomedical Research Ethics, Social and Behavioral Research, Transportation of Dangerous Goods TDG/IATA, Health Canada Division 5 - Drugs For Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects, and CITI Canada Privacy.  These are available through a UBC subscription and are free to UBC students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

N2 Network of Networks
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.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Graduate Pathways to 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.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Graduate Pathways to Success
Bookable Project Rooms: Koerner Library Research Commons

The Research Commons’ in Koerner Library (1958 Main Mall) has several project rooms, bookable through the Library Room Booking System.   Groups of two or more UBC graduate students, faculty, or librarians can book these Project Rooms (Rm 454, 456, 496, 499, 553, and 555) in Koerner Library for research-related work.  Each Project Room includes whiteboards, touchscreen control an

Library Research Commons, UBC Library
Pivoting to Online Teaching, Webinar Recording and Resources

In this webinar Sara Schley, PhD, walks you through a practical framework for moving your course online quickly.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
WriteNow, online supportive writing community

This new program ($195US), exclusively for graduate students and postdocs, offers 12 weeks (next session, May 16 - Aug 7, 2022) of access to the WriteNow platform and timer for increased writing productivity, goal setting, and community support.

Future dates will be posted once available

Register through UBC's subscription.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Bookable Study Space_Irving K Barber Learning Centre

The UBC Library is providing bookable study space in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Monday through Saturday. This space will include access to desktop computers, printing and scanning and be organized to ensure safe physical distancing at all times.

UBC Library
Responsible Conduct of Research Course

Available online, on-demand the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course discusses many academic and scholarly integrity topics including:

N2 Network of Networks

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