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
Using RefWorks for Citation Management

Thu, June 4, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/refworksjune4

4 June 2020 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Candidacy to Completion Writing Community

Thu, June 4, 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.

4 June 2020 - 2:00pm Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Introduction to Web Scraping

Fri, June 5, 2020 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/webscrapingjune5

5 June 2020 - 12:30pm Library Research Commons
Time Management (Online)

This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your working week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role.

8 June 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Graduate Writing Retreat: June 9-11

Tue, June 9, 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM See description. This June the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) holds its 3 day Graduate Writing Retreat (GWR) virtually.

9 June 2020 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Discoverability and Sharing Open Educational Resources

Tue, June 9, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3546823

9 June 2020 - 11:00am Library Research Commons
Graduate Writing Retreat: June 9-11

Wed, June 10, 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM See description. This June the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) holds its 3 day Graduate Writing Retreat (GWR) virtually.

10 June 2020 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Breaking Patterns of Procrastination Online

Putting things off to the last minute? Having a hard time starting a project? Or is it hard to finish and actually put a close to something you are working on? This workshop is here to help you procrastinate less and get more done.

10 June 2020 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
Working from Home Full-Time

When remote work and working from home became a reality for many this spring, we were asked about tips and strategies for navigating this new work environment. The Beyond Prof team has always been remote and we’re happy to share some of our best practices. Join founder L.

11 June 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Candidacy to Completion Writing Community

Thu, June 11, 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.

11 June 2020 - 2:00pm Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Giving and Receiving Feedback

From the comments in red pen in the margins of papers to the peer review process to the eye-rolls and laughter of an audience during a presentation, much of the academic exercise of advancing knowledge is based on the concept of giving and receiving feedback.

15 June 2020 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Equity & Inclusion Office
Citing to Communicate: Who, What, When, Where, Why

Tue, June 16, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. Citation is the infrastructure of contemporary scholarship. This means that citations are not merely surface features of a text; rather, they are integral to the text itself, providing the context and facilitating the forum for scholarly conversation.

16 June 2020 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Strategies for 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:

  • What has changed about the Doctoral Examination process (and what is the same), and
  • Answers to questions about the Doctoral Examination process.

Facilitator

16 June 2020 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Introduction to R and RStudio

Wed, June 17, 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/3552456

17 June 2020 - 1:30pm 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!

18 June 2020 - 9:30am Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
What Makes for “Good” Open and Digital Education?

Thu, June 18, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3549913

18 June 2020 - 11:00am Library Research Commons
Designing to Succeed in Graduate School and Beyond: Being Strategic in Graduate School (via Webinar)

Take the lead of your education and your career objectives!

18 June 2020 - 12:30pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Research Data Management Part 1: Managing Active Research Data

Thu, June 18, 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/event/3552458

18 June 2020 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Candidacy to Completion Writing Community

Thu, June 18, 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.

18 June 2020 - 2:00pm Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Designing to Succeed in Graduate School and Beyond: Being Strategic in Graduate School (4:30)

Take the lead of your education and your career objectives!

18 June 2020 - 4:30pm 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.  Consultations take place in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Koerner Library. Visit their website to learn more about hours, how to prepare for, and to book, a writing consultation.

The Centre is located on level 3 of the IKBLC.    Email cwsc.info@ubc.ca.

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 is June 15th - June 28th.  Register by June 11th, 2020.

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

Bring your questions to members of UBC’s Office of Research Ethics

When: every Wednesday (8:30 - 16:00)

Where: Room 495, 4th floor Koerner Library in the Research Commons

Drop ins welcome or contact wendy.bond@ors.ubc.ca to book a meeting.

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 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 scholarlarship 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

The Research Commons’ in Koerner Library (1958 Main Mall) has several project rooms, bookable through the Library Room Booking System [https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/reserve/research_commons].   Groups of two or more UBC graduate students, faculty, or librarians can book these Project Rooms (Rm 454, 456, 496, 499, 553, and

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) 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