Academic and professional development

Academic and professional development

There are many resources on campus to support your development as an academic and researcher, as well as support your professional development, regardless of the career you choose to pursue. Below is a listing of: 

*Several resources are specific to graduate students.

**Many campus partners offer graduate student specific resources, in addition to general services

Academic Supports

Academic supports on campus
Name of unit or service Brief description
Academic Integrity Office**

Academic Integrity is the cornerstone of research, teaching, and learning. Members of the University of Waterloo community are expected to personally demonstrate academic integrity in their work and Academic Integrity has resources to inform and support graduate students, including the Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM).

AccessAbility Services

AccessAbility Services, in partnership with all University of Waterloo departments, supports students by providing information, academic accommodations and support services. Supports are provided to students with both permanent and temporary disabilities.

Information Systems & Technology** (IST)

IST provides and supports a variety of services for graduate students, including: UWaterloo email accounts, printing, Qualtrics online survey platform, equipment loans, plagiarism identification tool, and e-thesis resources.

Library**

The Library provides services to support graduate student academics and research, including: borrowing privileges, interlibrary loans, equipment loans, study spaces, research guides, copyright information, and more!

Student Success Office

The Student Success Offices provides academic and personal development services, resources for international students, as well as study abroad and exchange support.

Writing and Communication Centre** (WCC)

The WCC will work with you to develop your scholarly voice and to build strategies for tackling your research paper, article, presentation, thesis or dissertation. Services for graduate students include: one-on-one appointments, graduate specific workshops, and the Grad Writing Café.

W Store | Course Materials + Supplies

Previously known as the University of Waterloo Bookstore, the bookstore in South Campus Hall has been renamed "W Store | Course Materials + Supplies". Shop online or in store for all of your course materials and school supplies.

Computer repair services are also located within this W Store location. Free consultations are available at the service desk.

Entrepreneurship and commercialization

Resources to support entrepreneurship and commercialization
Name of unit or service Brief description
Accelerator Centre

The Accelerator Centre is one of several startup incubators in the Waterloo region that can support graduate student entrepreneurs to turn their research into a startup. It provides entrepreneurs and new companies with access to coaching, mentoring, professional management advice, and even services, such as accounting, IP management, high-speed internet access and vital business networks.

Concept | Imagined by Velocity**

Launched in fall 2019, Concept is a pre-incubator program designed by Velocity to support University of Waterloo students in a competitive and entrepreneurial world. Even if founding a startup isn’t in your cards, Concept can help you build essential skills and give you a glimpse into the world of working for startups. 

Specifically for graduate students, Concept hosts graduate specific workshops, has a Graduate Student Startup Fund, and will soon be launching a Graduate Student Stream to support graduate students who wish to commercialize their research via a startup. 

Policy 73 – Intellectual Property Rights

University of Waterloo has long been known for researchers who are entrepreneurial thinkers and industry partners. At the core of entrepreneurship is Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Policy #73, also called "creator-owned," which grants ownership to the inventor. There are many services on campus that further support

Problem Lab The first of its kind in Canada, the University of Waterloo's Problem Lab is designed to help innovators create ventures of significant economic and social consequence. The more important the problem, the more challenging it will be to understand. Problem Lab specialize in understanding important problems, the first essential step of disruptive innovation.
St. Paul’s GreenHouse

GreenHouse is an innovation community for students and community members who want to create ideas and ventures that generate social or environmental change. 

Velocity

Velocity is an incubator for early-stage, pre-seed tech startups. Velocity has combined startup expertise, tools, business advisory, and product development services in one program (and one amazing place -- over 37,000 sq. ft!) to create a suite of extraordinary resources for exceptional founders.

Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo)

WatCo offers commercialization services and expertise to package and convert research innovations into commercially viable products and services.

Skill building and professional development

Resources to support skill building and professional development
Name of unit or service Brief description
Centre for Career Action** (CCA)

CCA Career Advisors support all students learn about career management techniques, graduate/professional school preparation, work search methods and how to set meaningful and achievable goals. Two full-time graduate career advisors are dedicated to supporting graduate students and postdocs through one-on-one appointments, drop-ins and workshops.

Centre for Teaching Excellence** (CTE)

CTE supports graduate students at Waterloo through certificate programs, workshops, one-on-one consultations about teaching and teaching dossiers, and classroom observations. CTE also offers two certificate programs in teaching: the Fundamentals of University Teaching program and the Certificate in University Teaching

GRADventure*

GRADventure is a central hub of professional development resources designed specifically for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. It is offered by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with campus partners.

Human rights, Equity and Inclusion training

The Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion office offers education and training opportunities that are open to graduate students, including: Making Spaces, a framework for creating affirming spaces on campus, and sexual violence awareness training (online).

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

All University of Waterloo students have access to web based training from LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com), which offers over 13,000 online courses to help you learn software, creative, IT and business skills. Just-in-time-training offers unlimited access available 24/7. Get started with LinkedIn Learning.

EDGE by Mitacs Training*

Through the EDGE platform, Mitacs Training provides professional skills development courses for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Both in-person and online workshops are available throughout the year and are designed to complement hands-on research skills and experience.

Professional Skills Foundations*

Professional Skills Foundations is a professional skills credential for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. Foundations is designed to offer master's and doctoral students broad exposure to and experience in four key skill areas: career preparation, communication, leadership and personal effectiveness.

Research Centres and Institutes

The University of Waterloo is home to a large number of research centres and institutions covering a wide variety of research interests. Many of these centres and institutes welcome graduate student involvement and host regular events that are open to graduate students.

Research communication opportunities*

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Affairs provides several opportunities for graduate students to disseminate their research:

  • Three minute thesis (3MT) competition: Competitors have three minutes and one static slide to explain their research to a non-specialist audience.
  • GRADtalks: A series of research talks featuring two University of Waterloo doctoral students, speaking about a common theme from their research perspectives
  • GRADflix: Competitors create a video of no more than 60-seconds that describes their research to a non-specialist audience.
Student Leadership Program (Student Success Office)

Offered by the Student Success Office, the Student Leadership Program is a broad-based, experiential series of workshops available to current University of Waterloo students (undergraduate and graduate).