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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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The UBC Early Alert Program: Orientation

This event is part of the CTLT Summer Institute, taking place from August 22–25, 2022: https://institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/summer-institute/summer-institute-events/

Faculty, staff, TAs will learn what the Early Alert program is, how to use the program and how it integrates to support students.

22 August 2022 - 1:00pm Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Submitting Your 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:

Nick Rizzo, Senior Thesis/Information Clerk, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

15 September 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
Reproducible research PART IV: Building Shiny applications and dashboards

Some specific types of analyses that are intended to be repeated each time new data arrive can be automated. Building interactive dashboards is made possible via the Shiny package in R.

In this webinar we will learn the foundational steps in building interactive web applications:

8 December 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Reproducible research PART III: Collaborative reproducible research tools

In this webinar we will introduce the best practices and tools for sharing your reproducible workflows and collaborating with your colleagues in private networks or with any public GitLab users. We will start by introducing concepts on branching and forking using diagrams.

17 November 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Reproducible research PART II: Intro to reproducible research tools

In this webinar we will introduce the best practices and tools for creating reproducible workflows for your statistical analyses.

12 October 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Reproducible research PART I: Intro to reproducible research and its pitfalls

In this webinar we will introduce the importance of reproducible research, as well as give a historical overview on the beginnings of reproducible research. Once we introduce benefits and elements of reproducibility, we will discuss the most common pitfalls and guide ways toward reproducibility. 

In this webinar you will learn about:

28 September 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Overcoming Perfectionism

We live in a culture that emphasizes being perfect as a virtue in everything from body image to relationships to career achievements. The problem is that life and being human, in spite of our best efforts, is messier than this. Having high standards is one thing, but taking a perfectionistic approach to life can actually get in the way of your success.

15 November 2022 - 9:30am Graduate Pathways to Success
Introduction to Planet and Planet Explorer: Technical Office Hour Drop-in

This session follows an introductory workshop to Planet and Planet Explorer (libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3680521) and is hosted by Planet’s Austin Stone, Customer Success Manager, Education & Research; and UBC Library’s Evan Thornberry, Geographic Information Systems Librarian. We encourage anyone who works with or is curious about working with satellite imagery to attend!

24 August 2022 - 4:00pm Library Research Commons
Introduction to Planet and Planet Explorer: How to Harness the Power of Daily Imagery

This session is a non-technical introduction to Planet (www.planet.com), Planet satellites, Planet imagery, and use cases. In this presentation, you will learn more about Planet satellites and the imaging sensors onboard. You will also learn the different ways in which users can access Planet imagery.

24 August 2022 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
Getting the Most Out of your Academic Experience: Designing your Grad School Strategy

Graduate students today have a plethora of academic and professional obligations as well as opportunities they may engage in during their graduate journey. There are also many ways to define success both within and after graduate school.

1 December 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Fundamentals of Statistics V: Intro to Mixed Effects Models

This is the last workshop in a 5-part series focused on the fundamentals of statistics.

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:

2 February 2023 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Fundamentals of Statistics IV: Correlation and Linear Regression

This is the 4th workshop in a 5-part series focused on the fundamentals of statistics.

26 January 2023 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Fundamentals of Statistics III: Two group comparisons and ANOVA

This is the 3rd workshop in a 5-part series focused on the fundamentals of statistics.

In this webinar, you will learn how to gain insight from a random and unbiased data sample of a population:

19 January 2023 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Fundamentals of Statistics II: Study Design and Data Collection Essentials

This is the 2nd workshop in a 5-part series focused on the fundamentals of statistics.

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:

24 November 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Fundamentals of Statistics I: Exploratory Data Analysis

This is the first workshop in a 5-part series focused on the fundamentals of statistics.

6 October 2022 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Doctoral Defence: Doctoral Examination and Defence Procedures

Doctoral Defence information session walk students through the doctoral examination process, and explains the different defence modes - in person, virtual, and hybrid.

The session includes:

7 September 2022 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Copyright for your Thesis: How to use Images and other material

Are you in the midst of writing your thesis? Are there images or portions of published manuscripts you are planning to use in your thesis?  Do you have concerns over how copyright laws could delay your thesis submission?
In this session you will learn:

15 September 2022 - 11:15am Graduate Pathways to Success, UBC Library
CGS-Master’s Proposal: Crafting a Compelling Research Story

This workshop is designed for undergraduate and master’s students applying for funding from the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS-M) Program. Drawing on evidence-based research about successful grant proposals, facilitators discuss particular elements of this written academic genre: audience, purpose, knowledge gap, competence claim, structure, style, and more.

10 November 2022 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
CGS-Master’s Proposal: Crafting a Compelling Research Story

This workshop is designed for undergraduate and master’s students applying for funding from the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS-M) Program. Drawing on evidence-based research about successful grant proposals, facilitators discuss particular elements of this written academic genre: audience, purpose, knowledge gap, competence claim, structure, style, and more.

28 September 2022 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Build your confidence for greater interpersonal impact

Have you experienced a situation where you felt you had no control?  Have you felt powerless in a work or academic environment? In this workshop, the focus will be to deepen your awareness of the interplay between yourself and others, both at the personal and social level.

30 November 2022 - 10:00am 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 virtual appointment with a peer writing consultant to support your writing projects.  

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
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 Citation Management, NVivo, SPSS, R, Digital Scholarship, and GIS. Appointments are available in 30-minute or 1-hour increments. To request an appointment, please complete form.

Library Research Commons
Getting Through Grad School with Grace & Grit: The Online Support Group

We recognize that graduate students face ongoing challenges. The stress and uncertainty at this time can feel isolating and overwhelming, and maintaining a sense of community is more important than ever. This support group is a nonjudgmental online community where graduate students come together in solidarity to discuss what matters most to them, support each other, and apply grace and grit to succeed in their current challenges.

Time: Tuesdays, 2:30 – 3:45 pm, May 17 - Jul 26.

Wellness Centre, Counselling Services
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

Looking for expert answers to your questions about your research ethics? Until drop-in sessions can be resumed, please contact the Office of Research Ethics staff to book an online consult:

For Behavioural research, email Wendy Bond.

For Clinical research, see their contact list.

Office of Research Ethics
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 for 2022 is June 20 - July 3.

Register through UBC's subscription.  Registration closes June 15

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 scholarship with integrity; avoiding plagiarism)

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Pathways to Success
WriteNow, online supportive writing community

This new program ($195US), exclusively for graduate students and postdocs, offers 12 weeks (next session, May 16 - Aug 7, 2022) of access to the WriteNow platform and timer for increased writing productivity, goal setting, and community support.

Future dates will be posted once available

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
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
Responsible Conduct of Research Course

Available online, on-demand the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course discusses many academic and scholarly integrity topics including:

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
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
Open Education Resources, Workshop Materials

Check out this page for handouts and materials from sessions on citation management, Data Analysis and Management, Literature Reviews, NVivo, R, GitHub, GIS, Dissertation/Thesis Formatting, Copyright, and more.

Library Research Commons
LinkedIn Learning

All degree-seeking UBC Vancouver students have full access to LinkedIn Learning, a platform for online learning focused on technical skills and professional development, until July 2023. Develop employable skills and test out career options by accessing 16,000 short videos, audio segments and courses.

Course topics include: 

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Library Orientation for Graduate Students in 30 minutes_Links, Materials

This library GitHub page , called "Graduate Student Orientation to the Library in 30 minutes" , includes information on library resources and services such as the reseach commons, guides and events as well as links to electronic resources such as databases and open access resources.

UBC Library
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
GPS Workshop Materials, Recordings

Materials, handouts, and recordings from many past Graduate Pathways to Success sessions, including our career and statistics series, are posted online here (cwl login required)

Graduate Pathways to Success
Good Clinical Research Practice Courses, Online

Available online, on-demand are courses on Good Clinical Practice, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), 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

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