Workshops by category

Explore a listing of workshops that we most commonly offer, organized by category.

Statistical Software

Need to do some data analysis? SPSS is a statistical analysis program that is available to UBC students. This online workshop will take students through an introduction to the program, its installation, its capabilities, as well as a series of activities to practice using the program. Please note that you can choose to register in the full workshop (3hrs) or in only a part of the workshop (i.e. 1 – 2 hours) if you already have some basic skills in the program.

Never used R before? This online workshop will introduce you to this popular programming and statistical analysis tool. We’ll start at the beginning with installing R and end with importing data sets. In between, we’ll cover things such as getting help from within R, basic data types and how to handle them, and running computations on your data.

Research Data Management

During this online workshop participants will learn data file management, file naming conventions and how a Research Data Management Plan (DMP) will help through the whole research project. The DMP Assistant, preferred by the Tri-Agencies, will be demonstrated. Bring questions about managing your data to this workshop. Suitable for upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows from all disciplines.

A Research Data Management Plan goes a long way to making your research more successful. Join Marjorie to learn about the components of a Research Data Management Plan, information you’ll need to gather to complete this living document, and where to get additional help if you need it. Suitable for anyone interested in learning more about creating a Research Data Management Plan.

Research Ethics

This workshop will cover: – the importance of research ethics review; – the Tri-Council Policy Statement; – the ethics review process at UBC; – when REB approval is needed; – tips for writing the ethics application and resources available; – the behavioural application form; and – provide an overview of navigating in RISe.

This online workshop will cover copyright topics that impact graduate students. Copyright and Fair Dealing for theses and dissertations will be covered extensively. Copyright for additional situations, like including things copyrighted by others in your articles to be published in scholarly journals, or conference presentations, or using images for your 3MT presentation will be discussed in this workshop. Please bring any and all questions you have about copyright to this interactive workshop.

Copyright and Fair Dealing for Graduate Students Workshop  may apply to charts, graphs, photographs or survey instruments you plan on including in your thesis or dissertation. This workshop will provide you with information to guide you in deciding when you need to request permission, and when you might be able to apply the Fair Dealing Exception. If you have specific items you are wanting to include, please bring them for discussion purposes. Suitable for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students.

Are you using images, tables, or sections from published work in your thesis? Do you have concerns about how copyright laws could delay your thesis submission? In this online workshop, you will learn: to inspect your thesis for copyright compliance; how to assess whether your use of copyrighted images; figures; or tables may fall within the Fair Dealing exception; to determine whether you require any copyright permissions; about creative commons licenses; about using material from online resources, about author rights. The last segment of the workshop will include an opportunity for you to ask copyright questions about your thesis. Suitable for graduate students from all disciplines.

Graduate students are encouraged to publish early results of their research in academic journals. This workshop will provide students with information about what to look for in advance of signing a contract with a publisher so they are able to include these articles in their theses and dissertations. Suitable for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students.

Scholarship Application Workshops

Preparing your CGSM application? Attend this online Q&A session to ask your questions about writing and submitting the application, facilitated by the College of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Scholarly Communication. This Q&A will be supplemented with asynchronous Canvas modules, where you can find detailed information about applying for the CGSM.

Preparing your CGSD application? Attend this online Q&A session to ask your questions about writing and submitting the application, facilitated by the College of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Scholarly Communication. This Q&A will be supplemented with asynchronous Canvas modules, where you can find detailed information about applying for the CGSD.

Research Planning and Dissemination

Join us for an online workshop to discuss tools for planning and achieving your goals throughout your graduate degree. We will introduce you to time and project management strategies, as well as resources you can access through the UBCO Library to assist you with planning and writing your thesis. Suitable for graduate students from all disciplines.

Do you want to finish a writing project, but find it difficult to get motivated? Are you hoping to turn a term-paper into a publication, or do you want to start from scratch? Join our half-day online workshop to get motivated and prepared to write! We will facilitate presentations and interactive group discussions on motivating yourself to write, setting writing goals, and converting your paper into a journal article. We will also spend time writing (online) together. Suitable for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty in all disciplines.

This four-day event is designed to help UBCO graduate students get summer writing projects off to a productive and healthy start. Most days will go from 10am to 12pm and 1 to 3pm, and will involve both live online sessions and check-ins as well as recorded resources. Our number one goal is to have each participant make progress on a writing project in a supportive online environment and to establish habits for personal writing success.

Thesis Writing

This online workshop will provide an overview of research proposal writing across a range of disciplines and presents writing strategies and examples from successful proposals. You are encouraged to bring questions. Suitable for graduate students from all disciplines.

Overwhelmed by your graduate writing project? This online workshop offers resources and strategies for beginning and for organizing your writing process, while providing an overview of the major structure of a thesis or dissertation. You are encouraged to bring questions. Although primarily geared toward those who are starting a thesis or dissertation project, this session is suitable for graduate students from all disciplines.

Need help formatting your thesis to meet the College of Graduate Studies requirements? Join us for this online Q&A session to ask questions and learn more about how to properly format your thesis for submission to the College of Graduate Studies. Suitable for graduate students of all disciplines.

This online workshop helps you get started with advanced research for your literature review using the latest tools available. Learn how to create customized searches and set-up email updates to retrieve the most recent research in your field. Suitable for graduate students from all disciplines.

This online workshop will provide an overview of the literature review’s purpose, audience, and structure. Crucial questions, such as how to summarize the literature succinctly while maintaining your own critical perspective and voice, will be addressed. Suitable for graduate students from all disciplines.

This online workshop will feature strategies for writing the methods and results sections of a thesis. You are encouraged to bring questions. This workshop is suitable for graduate students from all disciplines, but will be primarily geared toward describing research with a quantitative focus.

Do you ever struggle with answering the “So what?” question of your research? Do you have results but find it difficult to articulate their significance? This online workshop will provide an overview of the discussion section of a thesis or article. We will review the necessary components of a discussion. You will learn how to enhance your writing style to convey the significance and impact of your work. We encourage you to bring your questions from your own writing for feedback and discussion. Suitable for graduate students from all disciplines.

The College of Graduate Studies requires an abstract and lay summary for theses and dissertations. This online workshop will provide writing strategies and example abstracts and lay summaries from a range of disciplines. You are encouraged to bring questions. Suitable for graduate students from all disciplines.

Getting ready to defend your thesis? This online workshop offers tips to prepare for the defense, including in depth discussion of how to prepare effective slides for your presentation. Suitable for graduate students of all disciplines, but particularly suitable to those preparing to defend their thesis soon.

Working and Studying Online

This online workshop will focus on how to maximize the features of Zoom to enhance your presentation. We will also review presentation skills and how to tailor them to make effective Zoom presentations. You’ll be able to take away tangible skills and ideas to incorporate into your next presentation.

This online workshop provides tips to set up your work space and tools to keep you motivated on your writing project. Connect with other graduate students and post-doctoral fellows during this time to discuss what writing supports you need. You’ll also learn strategies to structure your day and set writing expectations.

Have you ever been nervous to write an e-mail to a colleague? This workshop will focus on the best practices of professional communication, with a focus on online communication. We will discuss topics such as using humour in emails, the technical aspects of online communication (like when to CC and BCC!), and how to write a great subject line.

Academic Writing

Have any lingering questions about English grammar or sentence structure? This online workshop will look at techniques and tools to help you make decisions about grammar, sentence structure, and word choice. This is also a great opportunity to workshop any questions you have about English language usage in scholarly communication. Join and discover new ways to look at language and enhance your message. Suitable for upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students from all disciplines. Register now:

Join us to learn how to effectively communicate your research to the public. This workshop will focus on writing lay summaries for theses, journal article submissions, and scholarship applications, using examples from a range of disciplines. You are encouraged to bring your questions. Suitable for graduate students from all disciplines.

Do you want to finish a writing project, but find it difficult to get motivated? Are you hoping to turn a term-paper into a publication, or do you want to start from scratch? Join our half-day online workshop to get motivated and prepared to write! We will facilitate presentations and interactive group discussions on motivating yourself to write, setting writing goals, and converting your paper into a journal article. We will also spend time writing (online) together. Suitable for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty in all disciplines.

This four-day event is designed to help UBCO graduate students get summer writing projects off to a productive and healthy start. Most days will go from 10am to 12pm and 1 to 3pm, and will involve both live online sessions and check-ins as well as recorded resources. Our number one goal is to have each participant make progress on a writing project in a supportive online environment and to establish habits for personal writing success.

If you are preparing a graduate school application, working in academia, or about to enter the academic job market, this online workshop will help you write a strong CV. We encourage you to bring questions. Suitable for upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows from all disciplines.

If you are preparing a graduate school application, working in academia, or about to enter the academic job market, this online workshop will help you write a strong cover letter. We encourage you to bring questions. Suitable for upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows from all disciplines.