Workshops for Graduate Students

Many of our workshops can be used towards the MyGPD.

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

Fall 2022 Workshops

Introduction to UTM and UTL Services for Graduate Students

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 21 2022 2:00 - 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


Description: The UTM Library connects you to the world-class research collections you'll need during your graduate career. In this workshop, you'll get an overview of the resources and services the Library offers, including:

  • Finding and accessing library resources online and in-person
  • Connecting with research specialists & liaison librarians
  • Tools to help you manage datasets, citations, and more
  • Workshops to build your skills further

Translating your Transferable Skills for the Job Market

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 25th 2:00-4:00pm ET
Location: DV 3130 *In-Person Workshop*
Presenter: Panayiota Platanitis


Description: In this interactive session, you will learn how to reframe specialized skills into transferrable skills, that apply to non-academic career settings. Learning how to express these transferrable skills in employer-speak will help you market yourself effectively during your job search.

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

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenters: Sheliza Ibrahim, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, ISUP and Samantha Chang, Faculty Liaison, Pedagogical Support, Teaching & Learning


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.

Introduction to R

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET (Part 1) AND Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET (Part 2)
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenter: Thomas St. Pierre 


Description: This hands-on, two-part Introduction to R and R Studio is designed for graduate students with little to no familiarity with R. The primary goal of the workshop is to provide graduate students with basic knowledge required to begin working with and analyzing data in the free statistical software package R. A laptop or desktop will be needed to participate.

In the first part of the introduction graduate students will learn about:

  • The basics of R Studio
  • Importing and exporting data
  • Data manipulation
  • Descriptive statistics

In the second part of the introduction, graduate students will learn about:

  • Visualizing data
  • Correlation
  • T-tests and simple regression

Data Visualisation with Tableau

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 2:00 - 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 and 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.