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

Titlesort ascending Description Date Provider
Visual Storytelling with Knight Lab

Tue, December 1, 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/visual-storytelling

1 December 2020 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Using Zotero for Citation Management

Thu, November 19, 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/zotero2020

19 November 2020 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Using RefWorks for Citation Management

Thu, October 15, 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/refworks2020

15 October 2020 - 12:00pm 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
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.

3 March 2021 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
The Ethics of Publishing

Publishing in academic journals is crucial for academic knowledge dissemination and can enhance your academic CV. However, the academic publishing landscape is complex and navigating this system can be challenging for scholars and authors.

In this webinar, you will:

2 October 2020 - 12:30pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office
Systematic & Scoping Review Workshop Series: Translating Searches and Finding Grey Literature ONLINE

Wed, November 25, 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/calendar/vancouver/SRWorkshop25Nov2020

25 November 2020 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Systematic & Scoping Review Workshop Series: Translating Database Searches and Finding Grey Literature ONLINE

Wed, October 7, 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/calendar/vancouver/SROct072020

7 October 2020 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Systematic & Scoping Review Workshop Series: Getting Started and Structured Searching ONLINE

Wed, September 30, 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/calendar/vancouver/SRSept302020

30 September 2020 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Systematic & Scoping Review Workshop Series: Getting Started and Structured Searching ONLINE

Wed, November 18, 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/calendar/vancouver/SRNov182020

18 November 2020 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Statistics VI: Mixed Effects Models (via Webinar)

This webinar is critical for understanding when linear regression models aren’t applicable and how to model dependent data.  Topics that will be covered are:

18 February 2021 - 1:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Statistics V: Logistics and Poisson Regression (via Webinar)

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

21 January 2021 - 1:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Statistics IV: Correlation and Linear Regression (via Webinar)

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:

3 December 2020 - 1:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
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
Statistics II: Study Design and Data Collection Essentials (via Webinar)

This webinar focuses on the first two crucial steps in a statistical investigation:  1) identify a question and 2) collect the right data to answer this question.  You will learn about:

22 October 2020 - 1:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Research Data Management Part 2: Preserving and Reusing Research Data

Wed, December 9, 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/3566073

9 December 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Research Data Management Part 2: Preserving and Reusing Research Data

Thu, November 19, 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/3566067

19 November 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Research Data Management Part 1: Managing Active Research Data

Mon, December 7, 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/3566058

7 December 2020 - 10:00am 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
Re-Introduction to the Data Life Cycle

Thu, October 1, 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/3566019

1 October 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons

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 Services

Titlesort ascending 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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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

 Resources

Titlesort ascending Description Provider
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
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
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
Understanding Stress

Tips, resources, and in-person support for managing stress

Wellness Centre
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
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
Thesis Formatting Guides

Templates and How-to-Guides for Formatting your thesis in PC and MAC

Library Research Commons
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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