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

Editing your Work for Science Students

This workshop has been cancelled.  

Date & Time: Tuesday March 5th (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Location: NE 6128

Presenter: Dr. Michael Kaler, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream & Writing Specialist, RGASC

We all know how rare it is for good and clear writing to happen in first drafts. For most of us, most of the time, it’s the editing stage (or editing stages!) that turns a collection of good ideas into a good text. In this workshop, we’ll discuss and use best practices in editing, focusing especially on working on the sentence and paragraph level. In addition to working through issues of grammar and basic syntactical rules, we’ll work on deepening your understanding of how your choices of word order and structure affect your readers by analyzing and rewriting sample material. This workshop will help you write prose that is correct, that is clear, and that communicates what you want to communicate.

This workshop is eligible for GPS credit.

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3MT Workshop

Date & Time: Thursday, March 14th (3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Location: KN 2213

Presenter: Dr. Richard Kil, Sessional Lecturer, CPS; Winner of Ontario division and second place in national 3MT Competition

The workshop will be a session where participants will have the chance to develop a plan for their talks. The workshop will consist of:

  • a brief overview of the competition format and nuances
  • tips for public speaking with a limited time
  • review judging criteria
  • watching and critiquing examples of successful performances from previous competitions
  • work in small groups to improve general comprehension
  • designing a high impact slide within the competition rules

Students will: 

  • gain perspectives from a range of colleagues
  • gain insight into judging criteria, and a sense of what the judges will be looking for
  • know where they might need to broaden/simplify their talks
  • design a storyboard of their talk
  • have a plan in place for rehearsing/modifying their talks

Food and drinks will be provided!

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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.