A week-long series of events and workshops for graduate students

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There are many milestones in the academic journey of a graduate student, ranging from completing coursework, to researching and writing, to TAing and publishing. At any point in time, completing these milestones can present different challenges and opportunities.

GRADnavigate is a week-long series designed to provide guidance for graduate students' next steps.

Whether you’re a new graduate student, a first time TA, or preparing for your oral thesis defence, you’ll find something here to support you!

GRADnavigate was last held during April 2020. Review the events from April, and stay tuned for future GRADnavigate offerings. 


GRADnavigate events
Date Monday, April 27 Tuesday, April 28 Wednesday, April 29 Thursday, April 30 Friday, May 1
Morning session TAing in an online environment Predatory Publishing Remaining in Canada: PGWP and PR Essentials for master's students Impostor phenomenon Know your stuff: Policies and guidelines for graduate student success
Afternoon session   Ph.inisheD: project management and writing strategies for big projects Remaining in Canada: PGWP and PR Essentials for PhD students

Grad student coffee chat 

Creating your PhD defence timeline

Workshop details

TAing in an online environment 

Date, time: April 27, 2020, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

With the University of Waterloo transitioning all spring courses to remote delivery, many TAs find themselves supporting remote courses for the first time. While the transition is daunting, with a little preparation TAs will find that they can still have the same powerful impact on student learning in a remote environment as they are used to in a classroom. In this webinar, we will discuss the basic differences between TAing online versus face-to-face and strategies for success in the remote environment. Topics will include developing a connection with students, cultivating a sense of community, guiding effective discussions, online office hours and tutorials, and supporting students amid the unique challenges of our current situation. The last 30 minutes of the webinar will be reserved for a Q and A, so please bring your questions. Please note, this webinar will focus on strategies for teaching and facilitation and is not designed to cover technical skills with respect to software and learning tools such as UW LEARN.

Presenter: Daniel Opperwall and Kristin Wilson from the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL)

Additional information: This is a virtual workshop, and all participants will be emailed a link to access the session 24 hours prior to the event.

Registration now open!


Predatory publishing

Date, time: April 28, 2020, 10:00-11:30 a.m. 

How do you choose a quality journal? What are predatory journals? How do I avoid publishing in a predatory journal? If you are curious about answers to these questions, this workshop is for you.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Understand what makes a journal predatory
  • Have tips and tricks to use to identify quality and predatory journals
  • Know who to reach out to for help

Presenter: Lauren Byl from the UWaterloo Library

Additional information: This is a virtual workshop, and all participants will be emailed a link to access the session 24 hours prior to the event.

Registration now open!


Ph.inisheD: project management and writing strategies for big projects

Date, time: April 28, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

In this interactive workshop you’ll learn what researchers who study the writing process have discovered about how to set goals, stay motivated, and avoid procrastination. You will explore the common challenges faced by graduate student writers, identify the habits that anchor your own individual writing practice, and be introduced to strategies for making consistent, sustainable progress on a large project like a thesis, dissertation, or journal article. You’ll be trying some of these strategies out during the workshop: make sure you have access to a writing project, your agenda or calendar, etc.

Presenter: Nadine Fladd from the Writing and Communication Centre

Additional information: This is a virtual workshop, and all participants will be emailed a link to access the session 24 hours prior to the event.

Registration now open!


Remaining in Canada: PGWP and PR essentials for master's students

Date, time: April 29, 2020, 10:30-12:00 p.m.

Are you a Master's student who is considering remaining in Canada permanently? Join Waterloo’s immigration consultants to go over the post-grad work permit (PGWP) program and some permanent residency (PR) essentials.

Topics will include:

  • An overview of the PGWP program and what’s required to remain eligible
  • An overview of PR pathways and application timelines
  • A closer look at documents required when submitting a PR application
  • COVID-19 immigration updates

Presenter(s): Jessica McCormick and Clint MacPhee from the Student Success Office

Additional information: This is a virtual workshop, and all participants will be emailed a link to access the session 24 hours prior to the event.

Registration now open!


Remaining in Canada: PGWP and PR essentials for PhD students

Date, time: April 29, 2020, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Are you a PhD student who is considering remaining in Canada permanently? Join Waterloo’s immigration consultants to go over the post-grad work permit (PGWP) program and some permanent residency (PR) essentials. 

Topics will include:

  • An overview of the PGWP program and what’s required to remain eligible
  • An overview of PR pathways and application timelines
  • A closer look at documents required when submitting a PR application
  • COVID-19 immigration updates

Presenter(s): Jessica McCormick and Clint MacPhee from the Student Success Office

Additional information: This is a virtual workshop, and all participants will be emailed a link to access the session 24 hours prior to the event.

Registration now open!


Imposter phenomenon

Date, time: April 30, 2020, 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Have you ever felt like you don’t belong in academia and will be found out as a fraud? In this workshop, you will learn about what impostor phenomenon is, learn some reasons it is common amongst academics, and then discuss strategies to combat impostor feelings as an individual and as a larger graduate student community.

Presenter(s): Sarah Howard from Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Additional information: This is a virtual workshop, and all participants will be emailed a link to access the session 24 hours prior to the event.

Registration now open!


Grad student coffee chat

Date, time: April 30, 2020, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Join your graduate student peers for a chance to connect socially during this time of physical distancing. Bring your coffee or tea and come prepared to talk with your peers about how you are coping with the impacts of current physical distancing measures and what you are doing to stay busy and well during this time.

Presenter(s): Sarah Howard from Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Additional information: This is a virtual coffee chat, and all participants will be emailed a link to access the session 24 hours prior to the event.

Registration now open!


Know your stuff: Policies and guidelines for graduate student success

Date, time: May 1, 2020, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Did you know that the University of Waterloo has 77 official policies, several of which promote graduate student success? In this session, you will receive practical information about policies, procedures, and guidelines related to graduate studies, ranging from TA policy to supervisor expectations to dispute resolution and progress reporting.

Presenter(s): Kirsten Müller from Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Additional information: This is a virtual workshop, and all participants will be emailed a link to access the session 24 hours prior to the event.

Registration now open!


Creating your PhD defence timeline

Date, time: May 1, 2020, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

As you prepare for your PhD oral thesis defence, there are many administrative tasks to be aware of. Learning about, and being prepared for these tasks can help to ensure that the end stages of your degree go smoothly. In this workshop, you will learn about administrative tasks, as well as required timelines, and prepare a sample backwards plan to understand your timeline to degree completion.

At the end of the workshop, for those who anticipate their remote will be conducted remotely, we’ll also have a short discussion about tips for a successful remote defence.

Presenter(s): Sarah Howard from Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Additional information: This is a virtual workshop, and all participants will be emailed a link to access the session 24 hours prior to the event.

Registration now open!