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
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

FACILITATOR

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

16 September 2021 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
WordPress & Wiki Clinic (Drop-In)

Thu, September 16, 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.

16 September 2021 - 1:00pm Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Introduction to Git and GitHub

Tue, September 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/git-and-github

21 September 2021 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Employer Virtual Information Session: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office

Tue, September 21, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM UBC Vancouver Campus. “Career and Further Education Opportunities in Hong Kong” webinar by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO)

21 September 2021 - 2:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Finding Statistics Canada Open Data

Wed, September 22, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3631854

22 September 2021 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
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:

23 September 2021 - 11:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
WordPress & Wiki Clinic (Drop-In)

Thu, September 23, 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.

23 September 2021 - 1:00pm Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
WestGrid advanced-computing workshop series: Taking Git one step further - collaborating through GitHub

Thu, September 23, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/git-one-step-further

23 September 2021 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Employer Virtual Information Session: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office

Thu, September 23, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UBC Vancouver Campus. “Career and Further Education Opportunities in Hong Kong” webinar by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO)

23 September 2021 - 5:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Introduction to Research Data Management

Mon, September 27, 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/3615109

27 September 2021 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Introduction to OSF

Tue, September 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/3615112

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

Tue, September 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/intro-jekyll

28 September 2021 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Literature Reviews: Mapping the Scholarly Conversation

Wed, September 29, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description.

29 September 2021 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
RDM Discussion Panel with UBC Researchers

Wed, September 29, 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/3616354

29 September 2021 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
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 Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
NVivo part 1: getting started with NVivo

Wed, September 29, 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/3623082

29 September 2021 - 4:00pm Library Research Commons
Introduction to Voyant

Fri, October 1, 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/calendar/vancouver/voyant

1 October 2021 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
REDCap

Mon, October 4, 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/3615114

4 October 2021 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Webinar: Ace Your Grad School Application

Mon, October 4, 2021 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM UBC Vancouver Campus. Many students and alumni are excited to pursue further education: this choice can help you grow your skills and expand your career options. If you’re looking for tips and strategies around applying to graduate and professional programs, please attend this session.

4 October 2021 - 12:30pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Profits, Predators and Prestige: Understanding the modern academic publishing ecosystem

Mon, October 4, 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/3619613

4 October 2021 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons

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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 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 Autumn session for 2021 is October 18 - 31, 2021.

Register through UBC's subscription.  Registration ends October 13.

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 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 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
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

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
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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