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


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.

The Diversity Statement

More details coming soon!

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: Andrew Nicholson, Graduate Student Liaison Librarian


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


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.

Data Visualisation with Tableau

Date & Time: Thursday, November 25, 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


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.