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

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Writing with Integrity

Communicating your research and ideas effectively and ethically requires being accurate, objective, honest, and clear. This means understanding the writing conventions of your academic discipline and being attuned to and adept at all practices that ensure those objectives are met. This interactive workshop will:

21 January 2020 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
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 Government Publications as Primary Source for Researchers

Mon, January 27, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3529868

27 January 2020 - 2:00pm 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.

6 March 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Time Management

As a graduate student, you likely wear many hats - perhaps as a student, an employee or a friend. Each of these hats entails different responsibilities and commitments. How these responsibilities align with your personal priorities and relatedly, how you choose to spend your time, can contribute to your sense of work/school-life balance.

16 January 2020 - 10:00am Wellness Centre, Graduate Pathways to Success
Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources - ONLINE

Thu, February 27, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3527270

27 February 2020 - 2:00pm
Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources

Thu, March 26, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3530334

26 March 2020 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources

Thu, February 6, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3527263

6 February 2020 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources

Thu, January 23, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3527259

23 January 2020 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources

Thu, April 23, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. SPECIAL EDITION LOCATION: UBC Biomedical Branch Library - click through for details.

For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3530332

23 April 2020 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources

Thu, January 16, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3527242

16 January 2020 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources

Thu, April 9, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. FREE. For more information and to register for this workshop visit:
https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3527286

9 April 2020 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
The Steps of Planning Your Doctoral Exam (Via Webinar)

This session will walk students through information on our website to assist doctoral candidates who are ready (or nearly ready) for their Final Doctoral Exams and will include:

23 January 2020 - 2:15pm Graduate Pathways to Success
The Steps of Planning Your Doctoral Exam

This session will walk students through information on our website to assist doctoral candidates who are ready (or nearly ready) for their Final Doctoral Exams and will include:

23 January 2020 - 10:45am Graduate Pathways to Success
Submitting your Thesis (Via Webinar)

This session is intended for graduate students who are preparing to submit their thesis.

Working on your thesis? This session will review the UBC formatting and submission requirements and include:

  • Planning ahead
  • Thesis formatting requirements
  • Electronic submission of theses

FACILITATOR

23 January 2020 - 1:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Submitting your Thesis

This session is intended for graduate students who are preparing to submit their thesis.

Working on your thesis? This session will review the UBC formatting and submission requirements and include:

  • Planning ahead
  • Thesis formatting requirements
  • Electronic submission of theses

FACILITATOR

23 January 2020 - 9:30am Graduate Pathways to Success
Statistics VI: Introduction to Mixed Effects Models (via Webinar)

Methods like Regression and ANOVA model the mean structure of the observed data while making specific assumptions about the variance. We will demonstrate with examples that ignoring the lack of independence due to repeated measurements on the same unit or clusters of related units may lead to wrong conclusions.

26 February 2020 - 10:00am Applied Statistics and Data Science Group, Graduate Pathways to Success
Statistics V: Discrete Data - Counts and Proportions

We will show how to compare two groups when the response is binary or count data and cover what happens if we have more than two groups or more than one predictor whether numeric or categorical. We will introduce logistic, Poisson, negative binomial regression analysis and generalized linear models and show how to interpret the model coefficients in each case.

12 February 2020 - 10:00am Applied Statistics and Data Science Group, Graduate Pathways to Success
Statistics IV: Quantitative Covariates and Regression Analysis (via Webinar)

We will start with a simple correlation analysis for two quantitative variables, and then discuss modelling the relationship between two quantitative variables by simple linear regression. We will introduce the least squared estimation method that is used to estimate the linear regression coefficients.

22 January 2020 - 10:00am Applied Statistics and Data Science Group, 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

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 Services

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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
14-Day Writing Challenge

The 14-Day Challenge is an opportunity for you to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability. The Spring session is March 23rd - April 5th.  Register by March 19th, 2020.

It's very simple:

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

 Resources

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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
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