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
Applying for a CGS-M (Master’s) Scholarship - Competition Details and Application Procedure

This session will provide a detailed overview of the CGS-M award competition, including advice on writing a successful application. Eligibility criteria for major funding agencies will be reviewed, as well as application procedures and tips for putting together a strong application.

26 October 2020 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing

Mon, October 26, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM See description. This two-part workshop is for students who are new to the types of scholarly communication they are expected to engage with at a research institution like UBC. While primarily intended for undergraduates, graduate students are also welcome to attend.

26 October 2020 - 12:00pm Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Citation Management for Researchers Using Multilingual Materials, Part 2

Tue, October 27, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/jurism2

27 October 2020 - 3:00pm Library Research Commons
Find Statistics Canada Open Data

Wed, October 28, 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/3567045

28 October 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
International Organizations: A Workshop for Researchers

Wed, October 28, 2020 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/3580243

28 October 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing

Wed, October 28, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM See description. This two-part workshop is for students who are new to the types of scholarly communication they are expected to engage with at a research institution like UBC. While primarily intended for undergraduates, graduate students are also welcome to attend.

28 October 2020 - 12:00pm Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Introduction to R and RStudio

Fri, October 30, 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3585191

30 October 2020 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Introduction to OSF

Mon, November 2, 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/3584583

2 November 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
NVivo part 2: classification and datasets

Mon, November 2, 2020 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/3584595

2 November 2020 - 4:00pm Library Research Commons
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.

3 November 2020 - 9:30am Graduate Pathways to Success
Emerging Perspectives in Open Access Book Publishing

Wed, November 4, 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/3584443

4 November 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Using Mendeley for Citation Management

Thu, November 5, 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/mendeley2020

5 November 2020 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Statistics III: Two group comparisons and ANOVA (via Webinar)

In this webinar, you will learn how to gain insight from a random and unbiased data sample of a population:

5 November 2020 - 1:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Building Digital Exhibits with Wax

Fri, November 6, 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/intro-wax

6 November 2020 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
How to Manage Stress, Rejection & the Haters in Your Midst

Are you stressed? Do you feel devastated when your articles and/or grant proposals get rejected? Is the pressure of publishing/funding your work making you sick? If any of this sounds familiar and you have difficulty managing the negative energy and rejection in your environment, please join us to learn:

12 November 2020 - 11:00am National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Statistical analysis with R

Fri, November 13, 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3585192

13 November 2020 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Introduction to Git and GitHub

Mon, November 16, 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/3580895

16 November 2020 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
NVivo part 1: getting started with NVivo

Mon, November 16, 2020 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/3584596

16 November 2020 - 4:00pm Library Research Commons
Research Data Management Part 1: Managing Active Research Data

Tue, November 17, 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/3566051

17 November 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Designing to Succeed in Graduate School and Beyond: Being Strategic in Graduate School

Take the lead of your education and your career objectives!

17 November 2020 - 11:30am Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

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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 Fall session for 2020 is October 19 - November 1. 

Register through UBC's subscription.  Registration closes Oct 14th.

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

UBC recognizes that graduate students are facing ongoing changes in their daily lives in support of containing the virus causing COVID-19. The uncertainty and stress at this time can often feel overwhelming, and maintaining a sense of community is now more important than ever.

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
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