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
Writing in the STEM Disciplines

Fri, April 3, 2020 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM See description. This workshop introduces researchers to the typical organizational structure of a research article in the STEM disciplines, while accounting for variation in disciplinary differences.

3 April 2020 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Using Zotero for citation management ONLINE

Thu, April 23, 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/zotero

23 April 2020 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Using RefWorks for citation management ONLINE

Thu, April 9, 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/refworks

9 April 2020 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Using Mendeley for citation management ONLINE

Thu, April 16, 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/intro-mendeley

16 April 2020 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
The Nuts and Bolts of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

UBC’s University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO), and Graduate Pathways to Success are proud to present a workshop that provides you with an essential understanding of intellectual property (IP) and academic technology transfer.

28 April 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, University-Industry Liaison Office
Starting to think About Fall Fellowship Applications (webinar)

Writing grant applications is an important part of research. For many graduate students, the first opportunity is to write their own fellowship application. This session will give tips for putting together a strong application. The facilitator will also provide an adjudicator’s perspective on the review process.

Learning Objectives

9 April 2020 - 11:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
Roadmap to Resilience in Graduate School and Beyond

Have you ever wondered how to tap into your resilience during challenging times? Imagine a situation where you face a critique of your writing from a supervisor, do not get the grant you were counting on, or have to shift your academic focus because of the realities of the job market. With scenarios such as these in mind, this interactive session will:

29 April 2020 - 1:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Repeat: Starting to think About Fall Fellowship Applications (webinar)

Writing grant applications is an important part of research. For many graduate students, the first opportunity is to write their own fellowship application. This session will give tips for putting together a strong application. The facilitator will also provide an adjudicator’s perspective on the review process.

Learning Objectives

16 April 2020 - 4:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Pixellating Mixer: Introduction to Digital Humanities (DH) support at UBC (ONLINE)

Wed, April 22, 2020 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3545990

22 April 2020 - 11:00am Library Research Commons
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome - Webinar

In this webinar, you will learn how to recognize impostor syndrome in yourself and others and explore practical ways to combat the anxiety and self-imposed negativity that can hold us back professionally.

28 May 2020 - 12:00pm alumni UBC
NVivo Part 1: (PC or MAC) - Getting Started with NVivo (ONLINE)

Tue, April 14, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3545798

14 April 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Leveraging your Strengths to Strategize for Success (via Webinar)

Quick – tell us the top five things you are good at! Can you do it? Or would it be easier to tell us the things you’re not good at? The truth is many of us spend more time focused on (and trying to fix) what we’re not good at, instead of discovering, appreciating, and cultivating our strengths.

21 May 2020 - 1:30pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Leveraging your Strengths to Strategize for Success

Quick – tell us the top five things you are good at! Can you do it? Or would it be easier to tell us the things you’re not good at? The truth is many of us spend more time focused on (and trying to fix) what we’re not good at, instead of discovering, appreciating, and cultivating our strengths.

21 May 2020 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Leverage Your Perfectionism - Webinar

Achieve your goals through a positive approach to perfectionism.

6 May 2020 - 12:00pm alumni UBC
Introduction to the Compute Canada Cloud (ONLINE)

Wed, May 6, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/intro-cc-cloud

6 May 2020 - 10:30am Library Research Commons
Introduction to High Performance Computing (HPC) (ONLINE)

Wed, April 8, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/intro-hpc

8 April 2020 - 10:30am Library Research Commons
Introduction to Cloud Computing

Wed, April 8, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3540389

8 April 2020 - 10:30am Library Research Commons
Introduction to "R" for statistical analysis (ONLINE)

Wed, April 15, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3545799

15 April 2020 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
How to Manage Your Relationship with Your Advisor (via Webinar)

Join the Beyond the Prof team for a conversation with Jonathan Malloy, PhD and Iiona Scully, PhD on how to manage your relationship with your advisor.

3 April 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Graduate Community Conversations: Student Parents

Share resources and tips for balancing grad school and parenting

6 April 2020 - 8:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

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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.  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
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

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
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 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

 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 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
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
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 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

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
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