Workshops for Graduate Students

Many of our workshops can be used for credit towards the completion of the Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program.

We offer our 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.

Workshop Schedule

Introduction to Statistics using R Software

Date & Time: Wednesday November 28th (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Location: DH 2020

Presenter: Dr. Vera ME Velasco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology, UTM

This hands-on workshop is designed for those who have limited experience with statistics. The session will focus on the basic analyses, procedures and best practices that any researcher should consider when faced with a new dataset. The free statistical software package R (Version 3.4.4.) will be used to explore the workshop topics.

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Becoming a Productive Writer

Date & Time: Thursday November 29th, 2018 (4:00 pm – 5:40 pm)
Location: Graduate Student Lounge (DV 2068, UTM)

*Please note: this is a video conference workshop taking place at St. George campus which will be broadcasted at UTM

Presenter: Dr. Rachael Cayley, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream; Graduate Centre for Academic Communication

Why does it seem like there’s never enough time to write? One of the key challenges of graduate study is balancing the many demands on your time; every graduate student needs to manage both increased workload and increased autonomy. One of the areas in which you're most likely to struggle is being productive as a writer. In this workshop, we will discuss how and why academic writing is so difficult and look at some strategies for establishing a productive writing practice.

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In Winter 2018 we offered the Writing in the Physical & Life Sciences Workshop Series (GPS credit):

Planning and organizing your research paper
We discuss the organizational principles of research papers. We develop our critical reading and editing skills by using those principles to structurally analyze published papers.

Writing about science for a general audience
We discuss ways to make our writing clear, convincing, and comprehensible to non-specialists. We discuss sentence and paragraph structure and ways of guiding the reader, as well as the importance of understanding your audience and tailoring your writing to it.

Writing Sentences
We analyze and discuss the art of writing sentences that are concise and effective.