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
Visualizing Data with ArcGIS Online

Wed, August 12, 2020 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/3563593

12 August 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Introduction to R and RStudio

Wed, August 12, 2020 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3552465

12 August 2020 - 1:30pm Library Research Commons
Understanding Spatial Data: Map Projections

Thu, August 13, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3563595

13 August 2020 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Candidacy to Completion Writing Community

Thu, August 13, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication are hosting a virtual Candidacy to Completion Writing Community to help mitigate social isolation by focusing on strategies for connecting to complete.

13 August 2020 - 2:00pm Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Literature Reviews: Searching and Keeping Track

Thu, August 13, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3559531

13 August 2020 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Spatial Network Analysis in QGIS

Fri, August 14, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3563597

14 August 2020 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Copyright for Graduate Students

Mon, August 17, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3548345

17 August 2020 - 11:00am Library Research Commons
Applying for a Vanier or Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarship - Competition Details and Application Procedures

This webinar will provide a detailed overview of the Vanier, CGSD and related upcoming doctoral award competitions. It will review eligibility criteria, competition details, as well as application procedures.

Who should attend? Full-time, research-based domestic and international students who are:

18 August 2020 - 12:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Foundations of Project Management II (Online - 2 days)

Participants will work in learning teams of approximately 5 people formed at the beginning of the two-day course. Building on the skills developed in Foundations of Project Management I: A team-based approach, this course will emphasize skills of risk assessment, estimation, budgeting, resource schedule crisis management and continued focus on participating, building and managing teams.

19 August 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Leading Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) at work is more important now than ever before. Stories of anti-Asian sentiment and harassment, women’s career struggles while balancing work and family during COVID-19 lockdowns, and protests in support of #BlackLivesMatter are now part of the daily news headlines.

19 August 2020 - 12:00pm alumni UBC
Dissertations and Theses Formatting: Strategies For Successful Submission

Thu, August 20, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/thesisaug20

20 August 2020 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Copyright and Licensing for Open Educational Resources

Tue, August 25, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3559522

25 August 2020 - 1:00pm Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office
Defending the Doctoral Exam in a Virtual Environment

This session will walk students through strategies for defending in a virtual environment and it will include:

26 August 2020 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Library Orientation for Graduate Students

Tue, September 8, 2020 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3565974

8 September 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Doctoral Tri-Council Workshop: Writing the Research Proposal

Tue, September 15, 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM See description. This virtual workshop is for doctoral students applying for Tri-Council funding: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC. 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.

15 September 2020 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
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

17 September 2020 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
Dissertations and Theses Formatting: Strategies For Successful Submission

Thu, September 17, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/dissertation2020september

17 September 2020 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Library Orientation for Graduate Students

Thu, September 17, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3566030

17 September 2020 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Library Orientation for Graduate Students

Mon, September 21, 2020 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3566015

21 September 2020 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Library Orientation for Graduate Students

Thu, September 24, 2020 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/3566091

24 September 2020 - 10:00am 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 appointment with a peer writing consultant to support your writing projects.  

Please note that, in accordance with UBC’s institutional response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Writing Consultations are moving online effective Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. 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 Fall session is October 26 - November 8. 

Register through UBC's subscription.

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

Over the past several months, several colleagues on campus participated in UBC's Coaching for Career Influencers Program.  As part of our ongoing development as learner coaches, we are required to engage in a minimum of 20 x 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
UBC Graduate Student Online Support Group

We know that UBC graduate students are facing ongoing changes in their daily lives in support of containing the virus causing COVID-19 for collective well-being. The uncertainty and stress at this time can feel overwhelming. Physical distancing make it more important than ever to maintain a sense of community.

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
Online Responsible Conduct and Clinical Research Courses

Available online, on-demand are courses on Good Clinical Practice, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)- Life Science and Physical Science, 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 Summer Session, online supportive writing community

This new program ($145US), exclusively for graduate students and postdocs, offers 12 weeks (May 17- Aug 8, 2020) of access to the WriteNow platform and timer for increased writing productivity, goal setting, and community support. Register through UBC's subscription.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity