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
Increase your Article's Chances of Publication

Join Dr. Laura Moss, Professor of English and editor of the journal Canadian Literature, for a two-hour article publishing workshop.

17 October 2019 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources - ONLINE

Tue, October 22, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. Register and more information at this link: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3506180

22 October 2019 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Citation Management using "Mendeley" (Intermediate)

Thu, October 24, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. FREE. Register and more information at this link: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3506118

24 October 2019 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Doctoral Writing Retreat

Fri, October 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM See description. October 25th 2019, 10am-4pm, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

25 October 2019 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Scholarship and Award Opportunities: CGS-M Masters

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. A faculty member will provide an adjudicator’s perspective on the review process.

28 October 2019 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
Scholarship and Award Opportunities: CGS-M Masters (via Webinar)

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. A faculty member will provide an adjudicator’s perspective on the review process.

28 October 2019 - 1:30pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Time Management

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.

31 October 2019 - 9:00am Mitacs Training, Graduate Pathways to Success
Lay Summaries: Writing Workshop

Fri, November 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. November 1, 10am to 12pm - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

1 November 2019 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Best Practices in Research Data Management

Tue, November 5, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. FREE. Register and more information at this link: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3510910

5 November 2019 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources

Tue, November 5, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. Register and more information at this link: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3512076

5 November 2019 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Assertiveness: Speaking Up for Yourself in Difficult Conversation

Are you looking for ways to build confidence and be assertive in challenging situations? You may find yourself in conflict situations where there is a difference of power or unclear expectations but you lack the courage or tools to address the situation. This practical course will give you the skills necessary to engage in difficult conversations and express yourself with conviction.

6 November 2019 - 1:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Statistics II: Statistical Considerations when Planning your Research Project (via Webinar)

This is a general introduction to the important role statistics play in the planning stage of a research project. We will discuss both observational studies and controlled experiments, including the study population, the scientific question, sampling and randomization. We will focus on the experimental design, the effects of confounding, and methods for computing sample size and power.

7 November 2019 - 10:00am Applied Statistics and Data Science Group, Graduate Pathways to Success
Graduate Student Orientation to the Library in 30 minutes

Thu, November 7, 2019 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM See description. FREE. Register and more information at this link: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3506891

7 November 2019 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
ONLINE - Choosing the Right Citation Management Tool for Your Research (Beginner)

Thu, November 7, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. FREE. Register and more information at this link: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3506097

7 November 2019 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Abstracts: Writing Workshop

Fri, November 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. November 8th, 10am to 12pm - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

8 November 2019 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Managing Difficult Conversations

Both academic and non-academic workplaces are fraught with difficult conversations, many of which take place across power differentials. This day-long workshop provides practical skills in how graduate students, recent grads and junior professionals can navigate situations in which they need to raise a difficult issue with a supervisor, or respond to a problem.

13 November 2019 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Equity & Inclusion Office
Literature Reviews: Writing Workshop

Fri, November 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. November 15, 10am to 12pm - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

15 November 2019 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources

Tue, November 19, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. Register and more information at this link: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3512087

19 November 2019 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Designing to Succeed in Graduate School and Beyond

Take the lead of your education and your career objectives!

21 November 2019 - 9:30am Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Choosing the Right Citation Management Tool for Your Research (Beginner)

Thu, November 21, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. FREE. Register and more information at this link: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3512957

21 November 2019 - 12:00pm 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 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 Fall session is Oct 28th to Nov 10th, 2019.  Register by Oct 24th, 2019.

It's very simple:

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

 Resources

Title Description Provider
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