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
Research Workflows & Data Management for Digital Storytelling

Fri, December 3, 2021 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/workflows-rdm-digital-narrative

3 December 2021 - 12:30pm Library Research Commons
Building Your Project Network Map (Mitacs Training)

This facilitated synchronous session, offered by Mitacs Training, is designed to help participants develop the skills needed to build a Network Map for their project. Participants will brainstorm a Networking Map for their Project.

7 December 2021 - 9:30am Mitacs Training
Project and Time Management (Mitacs Training)

This facilitated synchronous session, offered by Mitacs Training, is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to practice delivering project status updates to their stakeholders. Learners will draft and present their updates to small groups and receive feedback from their peers.

9 December 2021 - 9:30am Mitacs Training
Refined Project Communication Plan (Mitacs Training)

This facilitated synchronous session, offered by Mitacs Training, is designed to refine participants' project communication plan. Participants will present their Project Communication Plan, and will receive feedback from their peers and the facilitator.

15 December 2021 - 9:30am Mitacs Training
POSE – Kickoff 2022

Tue, January 18, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM See description. Free. The Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE) Kick-Off Session is for participants registered in the POSE program. You can register for the program HERE. The Kick-off Session will provide you with a chance to meet your facilitators and fellow participants. The session will cover the following:

18 January 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Program For Open Scholarship And Education

Tue, January 18, 2022 10:30 AM - Thu, April 28, 2022, 12:00 PM See description. Free. The Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE) is a four month flexible and blended program that will help you develop foundational knowledge of Open Scholarship, Open Education, and Open Research.

18 January 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Soft Skills for Working in a Diverse Environment

What does it take to make it in graduate school and beyond? Aside from the technical skills and deep knowledge you build in a graduate level program, it’s the soft skills of relationship building, clear communication, and empathy that will make a difference in any employment or educational setting.

19 January 2022 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Equity & Inclusion Office
Doctoral Defence: Doctoral Examination and Defence Procedures

Doctoral Defence information session walk students through the doctoral examination process, and explains the different defence modes - in person, virtual, and hybrid. The session includes:

20 January 2022 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
DIY Media Support Drop-In Session

Wed, January 26, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM See description. Free. Are you working on a media project? Planning to produce video content for your course but don’t know where to start? UBC Studios is offering a drop-in media support session where professional media specialists are available to provide answers to your questions.

If you are wondering:

26 January 2022 - 10:00am Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Literature Reviews: Mapping the Scholarly Conversation

Wed, January 26, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM See description.

26 January 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Grad Wellness Series: Caring for Yourself in Grad School: Self-care Strategies for Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout

This is the third session in the Graduate Wellness series. Previous sessions have included: Imposter Syndrome for which resources can be found here.

26 January 2022 - 12:00pm
Introduction to Statistical Concepts IV: Correlation and Linear Regression

Understanding relationships is a key part of the scientific inquiry process. You will learn how to describe relationships between two numerical quantities through correlation measures and simple linear regression models. This will also be extended to multiple linear regression for including additional predictor variables. Specific topics include:

27 January 2022 - 1:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
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 February 2022 - 9:30am Graduate Pathways to Success
Citing to Communicate: Who, What, When, Where, Why

Wed, February 9, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM See description.

9 February 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Academic CV

Your CV is one of the most important components of your profile as an academic and researcher. If you have questions about organization, structure, or how to use the CV to highlight your accomplishments, you may benefit from this workshop.

10 February 2022 - 1:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Research Article Introductions: Mind the Gap

Wed, February 16, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM See description.

16 February 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Introduction to Statistical Concepts V: Logistic and Poisson Regression

Learn about generalized linear models (GLM) for categorical and count outcomes. Necessary for understanding and using these models, the following will be covered:

17 February 2022 - 1:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
DIY Media Support Drop-In Session

Wed, February 23, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM See description. Free. Are you working on a media project? Planning to produce video content for your course but don’t know where to start? UBC Studios is offering a drop-in media support session where professional media specialists are available to provide answers to your questions.

If you are wondering:

23 February 2022 - 10:00am Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Research Article Conclusions: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

Wed, March 2, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM See description.

2 March 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Annotated Bibliographies: Synthesizing Multiple Studies

Wed, March 9, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM See description.

9 March 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

Pages

 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. 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
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
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

Pages