Workshops for Graduate Students

Many of our workshops can be used towards the MyGPD.

We also offer workshops on demand, so you and your lab mates can request a particular workshop and we'll do our best to arrange it for you.

Fall 2021 Workshops


Learning Through a Screen

Date & Time: Monday, September 27, 2021 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenters: Christopher Eaton, Assistant Professor, ISUP & Paula Karger, Graduate Student Support Strategist, RGASC

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Description: During the last year, online learning became the default, and even as the education begins to move back into the classroom, many materials and systems of instructional material remain online. Learning in such a way has its advantages, but also presents particular challenges. In this interactive workshop, we address these challenges and present methods for overcoming them. Participants will identify goals and use them to shape their approaches to their learning, find ways to engage attentively with material shared online, devise tactics to deal with distractions, and schedule learning most effectively. Skills and strategies learned in this workshop will help graduate students gain the most from the graduate school experience, whether in-person or not.


Using the UTM Library (Remotely) as a Graduate Student

Date & Time: Monday, October 25, 2021 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenter: Rob Makinson, Coordinator, Library Communications & Liaison Librarian

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Description: Although COVID remains part of our lives, the UTM Library continues to provide a range of remote and in-person services to Graduate Students. This session will provide an overview of how the UTM Library can help Graduate Students locate and retrieve research materials, both from on and off-campus, and highlight some tools that can help you best manage your citations and datasets. We will also highlight some upcoming “virtual” research and technology workshops being offered by the UTM Library for Graduate Students.


Introduction to Python

Date & Time: Monday, November 1 and Monday, November 8, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenters: Ahmed Hasan, President, U of T Coders, Mike Serafin, Library Technologies and Liaison Librarian, & Frances Wong, Assistant Professor, Biology

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Description: Ever wanted to delve into Python for your work, but found that whichever material you tried using focused too much on a specific form of data analysis? Heard of Python packages and extensions that are supposed to apply to your work, but not sure how to put them into practice? This two-part workshop provides a general overview of Python to help you get started with writing Python code for the specific needs of your research. The workshop will cover introductory Python from the ground up before introducing object-oriented programming and how field-specific Python packages take advantage of it to create all sorts of powerful tools. In the second half, we will go over making a basic custom Python object and use it break down how exactly these tools are created. Ultimately, this workshop aims to give learners the foundational knowledge needed to take their Python journey in whichever direction they choose.


Writing a Teaching Statement for a Faculty Job Application

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 16, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenter: Michal Kasprzak, Assistant Director TATP/CTSI

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Description: Come join experts who will discuss the role of the teaching statement in your academic job dossier and learn how to articulate your teaching and mentorship experience, keep track of relevant metrics and how to integrate these metrics into the statement in a meaningful way.


Data Visualisation with Tableau

Date & Time: Thursday, November 18, 2021 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenters: Andrew Nicholson, Graduate Student Liaison Librarian & Tanya Kenesky, GIS/Data Specialist

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Description: Academic research today can often involve working with large amounts of tabular data. Such data may have been collected by yourself or by others, and it may come in many different formats and file sizes. Being able to visualize such data can bring greater understanding of your research and even open up new avenues to explore. This workshop will provide some pointers on creating data visualizations using Tableau.


Writing an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement for a Faculty Job Application

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenters: Dr. Sheliza Ibrahim, Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy, and Samantha Chang, Humanities and Teaching Dossier Coordinator, Teaching Assistants’ Training Program

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Description:  The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement, commonly referred to as the "Diversity Statement," is an increasingly required component of academic job applications. In the first of this two-part series on EDI Statements, we will explore the purpose and characteristics of Diversity Statements. We will collectively discuss approaches for developing the values identified in our Statements of Teaching Philosophy into the Diversity Statement by reflecting on how we can align our values to experiences as evidence of our professional commitment to EDI. Participants will have an opportunity to identify connections between their research, teaching, and service to the institution's equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives and investigate common pitfalls when writing a Diversity Statement.