Academic Support and Success

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

 Events

Title Description Date Provider
Introduction to the Unix Shell

Mon, June 14, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/unix-shell2

14 June 2021 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Conclusions in Research Articles: Writing

Tue, June 15, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. The research article is the most privileged form of publication in which academics present their intellectual contributions. As such, conclusions offer writers several final opportunities to engage with readers in this high-stakes writing situation.

15 June 2021 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
From the Editor’s Desk: The Ins and Outs of Publishing

Writing and sharing your research is an essential part of academic knowledge dissemination, and there are many ways to share your work both within academic journals and for the general public. Navigating the publishing process can be challenging for graduate students, and you’ll have to make decisions and trade-offs with those decisions.

15 June 2021 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
Online Writing Community

Wed, June 16, 2021 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) facilitates a weekly Online Writing Community to help mitigate social isolation. We invite all UBC Vancouver community members to gather for 2 hours each week to write alone—together.

16 June 2021 - 2:00pm Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Navigating an Effective Relationship with your Supervisor

An event within the Graduate Wellness Discussion Series. 

This interactive workshop will be facilitated by staff members of UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Counselling Services to assist graduate students in building strong working relationships with their supervisor and committee members to support their progress through their graduate programs. 

17 June 2021 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Counselling Services
Dissertations and Theses Formatting: Strategies For Successful Submission

Thu, June 17, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3599885

17 June 2021 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Literature Reviews for Engineering, Forestry, Health Science, Land & Food Systems, and Science

Thu, June 17, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3609217

17 June 2021 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
WordPress & Wiki Clinic (Drop-In)

Thu, June 17, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM See description. Free. The Drop-In Clinics are open for administrators of UBC weblogs or websites to get one-on-one support in WordPress and Wiki for Teaching and Learning or Administrative purposes. Participants should come prepared with a list of questions specific to their sites when attending this session.

17 June 2021 - 1:00pm Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Statistical analysis with R

Fri, June 18, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3604036

18 June 2021 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Building a website with Github Pages and Jekyll

Mon, June 21, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/intro-jekyll2

21 June 2021 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
NVivo part 1: getting started with NVivo

Mon, June 21, 2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3604032

21 June 2021 - 4:00pm Library Research Commons
Online Writing Community

Wed, June 23, 2021 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) facilitates a weekly Online Writing Community to help mitigate social isolation. We invite all UBC Vancouver community members to gather for 2 hours each week to write alone—together.

23 June 2021 - 2:00pm Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Choose the right citation management tool for your research

Thu, June 24, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3599886

24 June 2021 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
WordPress & Wiki Clinic (Drop-In)

Thu, June 24, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM See description. Free. The Drop-In Clinics are open for administrators of UBC weblogs or websites to get one-on-one support in WordPress and Wiki for Teaching and Learning or Administrative purposes. Participants should come prepared with a list of questions specific to their sites when attending this session.

24 June 2021 - 1:00pm Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Literature Reviews for Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Art

Fri, June 25, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3611083

25 June 2021 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
NVivo part 2: classification and datasets

Mon, June 28, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3604525

28 June 2021 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Introduction to Git and GitHub

Mon, June 28, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/git-and-github-2

28 June 2021 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Professional Communication: From Classroom to Workplace

Tue, June 29, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. In both the classroom and the workplace, the ability to communicate professionally is a valuable skill. This is especially true today, when so many of our interactions take place digitally through print and video.

29 June 2021 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Intro to visualization using Tableau

Wed, June 30, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3612115

30 June 2021 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Preparing Excellent Fellowship Applications

Writing grant applications is an important part of research and of your development as researchers. The first opportunity to put together something like a grant application for many graduate students is to apply for fellowships. But, why do these fellowships even exist? How do they relate to my time at UBC and my career? How are recipients for fellowships selected?

30 June 2021 - 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 virtual appointment 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 synchronous or asynchronous writing consultation.

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

Consultations are available for Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, NVivo, SPSS, R, 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 Summer session for 2021 is June 21 - July 4.

Register through UBC's subscription.  Registration ends June 17.

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
Career Coaching Opportunity: Appointments available to book

Several staff members on campus participated in UBC's Coaching for Career Influencers Program in 2019/20.  As part of our ongoing development as learner coaches, we are required to engage in 30-minute career coaching conversations.  These mutually beneficial one-to-one coaching conversations, exclusive to graduate students or postdoctoral fellows, offer you a safe and confidential space to explore a concern or challenge you are experiencing and to work with you towards defining actionable goals for yourself, all while helping us enhance our coaching skills.  

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Drop-in Advising: Research Ethics

Get expert answers to your questions about your research ethics application or research ethics in general. 

Book an online consult with staff from the Office of Research Ethics (BREB) by emailing:

Wendy Bond, Research Ethics Coordinator – Compliance & Outreach
wendy.bond@ors.ubc.ca

Office of Research Ethics | VP Research & Innovation

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

We recognize that graduate students face ongoing challenges, due to both the grad school experience itself and the impact of the pandemic on one’s life and studies. The stress and uncertainty at this time can feel isolating and overwhelming, and maintaining a sense of community is more important than ever. This support group is a nonjudgmental online community where graduate students come together in solidarity to discuss what matters most to them, support each other, and apply grace and grit to succeed in their current challenges.

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

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
Time Management (online course)

If you find yourself frequently running out of time on a project or impending deadlines are making you anxious, this course is here to help. You’ll learn how to make the most of every minute, avoid procrastination and other “time thieves,” and create achievable plans and schedules, based on project management best practices.

Register

Mitacs Training
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

*Due to COVID-19, UBC Library branches across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses remain closed until further notice.*

Library Research Commons
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 (January 18 - April 11, 2021) 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
Irving K Barber Bookable Study Space

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

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