Excel within grad school by accessing tools, strategies, and resources, beyond disciplinary knowledge and expertise that can help with timely completion of your program.


Title Description Date Provider
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.

Before the workshop

Please ensure you have done all of the following:

30 January 2023 - 4:30pm Library Research Commons
Common Academic Expressions in English: Making Connections

One of the major challenges that academic writers encounter is making connections within the text, for example, making comparisons and drawing conclusions. Rather than counting on readers to figure out the meaning of a difficult text, academic writing requires writers to make clear connections between ideas.

1 February 2023 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
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 Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Choosing a citation-management tool

New to citation management, don’t know where to start, or trying to get familiar with the free tools supported at UBC? This workshop compares the two citation-management tools supported at the Research Commons, Zotero and Mendeley, including a discussion of the similarities and unique features of each tool.

6 February 2023 - 4:30pm Library Research Commons
Abstracts: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision

Abstracts play a vital role in the communication of research: studies show that abstracts are the most frequently read part of a research article. But how do writers communicate the relevance and legitimacy of their research to members of the discipline?

8 February 2023 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
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 Graduate Pathways to Success, UBC Library
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 Graduate Pathways to Success
Steps, tools, & resources for promoting reproducibility

Researchers across disciplines have called for reproducible research as an attainable minimum standard for assessing the value of scholarly claims, particularly when full independent replication of a study is not feasible. Making your research more transparent and reproducible pays off and is explicitly in the self-interest of every ambitious, career-oriented researcher.

13 February 2023 - 2:00pm UBC Library
Accessing modern and historical census data

Are you interested in learning how to access modern and historic census data? Join a virtual presentation with the Statistics Canada Library as we learn about the tools, web pages, and resources that will help you with your census research. In particular, you’ll learn:

14 February 2023 - 10:00am UBC Library
Research Data Centre (RDC) Rundown

An overview of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) and Research Data Centre (RDC) program, including some little-known or misunderstood tidbits

14 February 2023 - 12:00pm UBC Library
Introduction to REST APIs with OpenRefine

This workshop will introduce participants to web APIs with a focus on using REST APIs for accessing data. Learn about common HTTP methods and responses used in REST APIs and how to understand and extract information from data in JSON format.

14 February 2023 - 1:30pm UBC Library
Annotated Bibliographies: Synthesizing Multiple Studies

This evidence-based workshop looks at the typical structure of an annotated bibliography, while accounting for variations in purpose. Typically, the annotations synthesize multiple relevant studies, help develop a discussion of the current field, and help identify a potential knowledge contribution. But how do authors determine relevance for the field?

15 February 2023 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
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 Graduate Pathways to Success, Counselling Services
Literature reviews: Searching and keeping track

New to literature reviews? Looking to brush up your skills? This is the workshop for you!

15 February 2023 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Exploring BC’s Community Information Tool

The Community Information Tool (CIT) is a central access point for data to help planners, policy makers, economic developers, researchers, and academics thrive in the digital economy.

15 February 2023 - 1:30pm UBC Library
Community and stakeholder engagement for ethical data-driven research

Engagement with the individuals interested in, impacted by, and responsible for implementing the findings of research has been a methodological paradigm shift in the health research sector in the last decade and is gaining popularity in other disciplines.

16 February 2023 - 11:00am UBC Library
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 Graduate Pathways to Success
Tidy up your data: Using MS Excel & Power Query to transform and organize your data

This workshop provides participants with a framework to recognize and tidy messy data and some practical skills in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Power Query to enable data collection in a tidy format, so that analysis is possible. Hands-on participants must have MS Excel (2019+) with Power Query.

16 February 2023 - 1:00pm UBC Library
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 Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Using Zotero for citation management

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

Before the workshop

27 February 2023 - 4:30pm Library Research Commons



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 upcoming session for 2023 is February 20  - March 5.

Register for the site through UBC's subscription.  Registration for the challenge closes Feb 15

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 application? Staff from the Office of Research Ethics are available for consultations by phone or Zoom.

Email with a brief description of your query topic (and the Ethics ID, if applicable) and she will forward your request to the appropriate person

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.

Tuesdays Jan 24 - Mar 7, 3 - 4:15 (following sessions tbc).

Wellness Centre, Counselling Services


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 (; 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