The GRADventure events listing, is your one-stop shop for all GRADventure events and workshops across campus. Every event and workshop listed is open to graduate students (and usually postdocs). The event listing is updated termly, usually within the first week of the term. Additional events may be added as they are scheduled. 

Interested in what has been offered in the past? Review our events archive for a listing of past term events.

Browse winter 2024 events by month: 

Please note, registration is usually required. Additional details can be found on the host's event page. 

January 2024 GRADventure events

Date Event title Event host Location Audience
Ongoing Virtual Writing Cafés - Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m  Writing and Communication Centre Online (Teams) graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Ongoing In-person Writing Cafés - Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Writing and Communication Centre GSA Grad Lounge (SLC 3216) graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Jan 5 Immigration information session: PGWP review party! Student Success Office NH 1116 international students
Jan 9 Foundational training program Student Success Office Online all students
Jan 10 Giving and receiving feedback Centre for Teaching Excellence MC 2036 graduate students
Jan 11 Foundational training program Student Success Office Online all students
Jan 11 Classroom delivery skills Centre for Teaching Excellence MC 2036 graduate students
Jan 12 Resumes and cover letters Centre for Career Development Zoom graduate students, postdocs
Jan 15 Collecting and using feedback on your teaching Centre for Teaching Excellence Online graduate students
Jan 16 Framing your project in a masterful presentation Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Jan 16 Get set for success Student Success Office Online all students
Jan 16 Exploring conflict management Student Success Office Online all students
Jan 17 Foundational training program Student Success Office Online all students
Jan 17 Building your project network map Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Jan 17 Academic CV Centre for Career Development Zoom PhD students, postdocs
Jan 17 Effective lesson plans Centre for Teaching Excellence Hybrid graduate students
Jan 18 Incorporating reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion into your project Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Jan 18 Exploring leadership Student Success Office Online all students
Jan 22 Academic interviews Centre for Career Development Zoom PhD students, postdocs
Jan 22 Foundations of giving and receiving feedback Organizational and Human Development Online (day limited asynch) graduate student employees, postdocs, staff, faculty
Jan 23 Foundations of tutoring Student Success Office Online all students
Jan 23 Interviews Centre for Career Development Zoom graduate students, postdocs
Jan 23 Foundational training program Student Success Office Online all students
Jan 23 Project and time management Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Jan 24 Effective question strategies Centre for Teaching Excellence Online graduate students
Jan 24 Mastering the elevator pitch Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Jan 24 Building effective teams Student Success Office Online all students
Jan 24 Facilitating with confidence Organizational and Human Development EC1 1004 graduate student employees, postdocs, staff, faculty
Jan 25 Interpersonal communication and leadership Student Success Office Online all students
Jan 25 Exploring your VIA character strengths Organizational and Human Development MS Teams graduate student employees, postdocs, staff, faculty
Jan 25 Applying the principles of sound leadership and team building Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Jan 26 Refined project communication plan Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Jan 29 Teaching STEM tutorials Centre for Teaching Excellence MC 2036 graduate students
Jan 29 Emotional intelligence (EQ) fundamentals Organizational and Human Development Online (day limited asynch) graduate student employees, postdocs, staff, faculty
Jan 30 Framing your project in a masterful presentation Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Jan 30 Exploring leadership Student Success Office In person (room TBD) all students
Jan 30 Understanding conflict Organizational and Human Development EC1 1004 graduate student employees, postdocs, staff, faculty
Jan 30 Professional skills foundations introductory workshop Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs NH 3308 graduate students
Jan 31 Foundational training program Student Success Office Online all students
Jan 31 Rock your thesis 1: Plan your project Writing and Communication Centre TBD graduate students
Jan 31 Project and time management Mitacs Online all students, postdocs

February 2024 GRADventure events

Date Event title Event host Location  Audience
Ongoing Virtual Writing Cafés - Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Writing and Communication Centre Online (Teams) graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Ongoing In-person Writing Cafés - Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Writing and Communication Centre GSA Grad Lounge (SLC 3216) graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Feb 1 Exploring conflict management Student Success Office Online all students
Feb 1 Applying the principles of sound leadership and team building Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 6 Building effective teams Student Success Office In-person TBD all students
Feb 6 Project and time management Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 7 Interpersonal communication Student Success Office Online all students
Feb 7 Framing your project in a masterful presentation Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 8 Foundational training program Student Success Office In-person TBD all students
Feb 8 Immigration information session Student Success Office Online international students
Feb 8 Building your project network map Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 9 Incorporating reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion into your project Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 12 Refined project communication plan Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 13 Exploring conflict management Student Success Office Online all students
Feb 13 Mastering the elevator pitch Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 14 Applying the principles of sound leadership and team building Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 15 Immigration session Student Success Office Online international students
Feb 15 Project and time management Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 20 Building your project network map Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 20-23 Dissertation boot camp Writing and Communication Centre TBD PhD students
Feb 21 Framing your project in a masterful presentation Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 22 Negotiating job offers Centre for Career Development Online graduate students, postdocs
Feb 22 Refined project communication plan Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 23 Applying the principles of sound leadership and team building Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 23 Project and time management Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 27 Mastering the elevator pitch Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
Feb 28 Immigration session Student Success Office Online international students
Feb 28 Rock your thesis 2: Starting to write Writing and Communication Centre TBD graduate students
Feb 29 Understanding allyship, solidarity, and advocacy Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-racism TBD all students, postdocs, faculty, staff
Feb 29 Incorporating reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion into your project Mitacs Online all students, postdocs

March 2024 GRADventure events

Date Event title Event host Location Audience
Ongoing Virtual Writing Cafés - Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Writing and Communication Centre Online (Teams) graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Ongoing In-person Writing Cafés - Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Writing and Communication Centre GSA Grad Lounge (SLC 3216) graduate students, postdocs, faculty
March 4 Framing your project in a masterful presentation Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 5 Foundational training program Student Success Office Online all students
March 5 Project and time management Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 6 Building effective teams Student Success Office In-person TBD all students
March 6 Refined project communication plan Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 7 Exploring leadership Student Success Office Online all students
March 7 Mastering the elevator pitch Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 11 Building your project network map Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 12 Interpersonal communication Student Success Office Online all students
March 12 Incorporating reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion into your project Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 13 Exploring leadership Student Success Office Online all students
March 13 Immigration information session Student Success Office Online international students
March 13 Applying the principles of sound leadership and team building Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 14 Foundational training program Student Success Office Online all students
March 14 Project and time management Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 15 Framing your project in a masterful presentation Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 18 Mastering the elevator pitch Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 19 Building effective teams Student Success Office Online all students
March 19 Immigration information session Student Success Office Online international students
March 19 Building your project network map Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 20 Exploring conflict management Student Success Office In-person TBD all students
March 20 Refined project communication plan Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 21 Interpersonal communication Student Success Office Online all students
March 21 Framing your project in a masterful presentation Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 22 Interviews Centre for Career Development Online graduate students, postdocs
March 25 Applying the principles of sound leadership and team building Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 26 Managing online presence Centre for Career Development Online graduate students, postdocs
March 26 Incorporating reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion into your project Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 27 Rock your thesis 3: Revise and submit Centre for Career Development TBD graduate students
March 27 Project and time management Mitacs Online all students, postdocs
March 28 Immigration information session Student Success Office Online international students

April 2024 GRADventure events

Date Event title Event host Location Audience
Ongoing Virtual Writing Cafés - Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Writing and Communication Centre Online (Teams) graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Ongoing In-person Writing Cafés - Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Writing and Communication Centre GSA Grad Lounge (SLC 3216) graduate students, postdocs, faculty
April 10 Immigration information session Student Success Office Online international students
April 18 Negotiating job offers Centre for Career Development Online graduate students, postdocs
April 30 Immigration information session Student Success Office Online international students

Asynchronous events

Centre for Career Development workshops 

Unable to attend one of CCD's live workshops or missed a particular workshop you found out about? The CCD has provided these alternative online workshops that you can take any time and at your own pace. In these workshops, you will find a short video, activities, and links to additional resources and information for next steps.

Note: UWaterloo log-in is required to access these workshops.

Career development workshops: 

Workshop title Workshop host Audience
Creating your Résumé Centre for Career Development All students
Writing a Compelling Cover Letter Centre for Career Development All students
How to Interview Effectively Centre for Career Development All students
Personal Branding Part 1: Build Your Brand Centre for Career Development All students
Personal Branding Part 2: Articulate Your Brand Centre for Career Development All students
Networking to Job Search Centre for Career Development All students
Networking at Conferences Centre for Career Development All students

Academic career development workshops: 

Workshop title Workshop host Audience
Academic CV's Centre for Career Development All students
Academic Cover Letters Centre for Career Development All students
Academic Interviews Centre for Career Development All students

Centre for Teaching Excellence

Self-directed workshops: 

Workshop title Workshop host Audience
Supporting Student Mental Health Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Independent Blended Course Design Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Methods Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Recorded workshops: 

Workshop title Workshop host Audience
Reducing Cheating Online: Examples and Tips Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Beyond the Final Exam  Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Improving Academic Integrity with Scheduled, Timed Interval Exams

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Building Instructor Presence in Remote and Online Courses  Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Simple and Effective Online Teaching  Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Deepening Your Course Design: Remote Edition  Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Teaching More Accessibly: Five Easy Improvements to our Practice 

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Teaching Online and On-Campus Courses Concurrently

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Learnings from Remote Learning

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Key Features in Virtual Meeting Platforms for Effective Synchronous Class Delivery

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Bongo 1: Video Assignment: Individual and Group Project

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Bongo 2: Video Assignment: Q&A and Interactive Video

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty
There's an App for That Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Using MS Teams for Synchronous Delivery

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Engaged Reading with Perusall’s Online Annotation Software

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty
An Introduction to Extended Reality: What It is and How It Can Help Your Students Learn Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Gender Pronouns and Cultures of Respect Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Universal Design for Learning Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Teaching Practices to Cultivate Well-being and Compassion Part 1: Supporting Student Wellbeing and Maintaining Your Own as a TA or Graduate Instructor 

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Teaching Practices to Cultivate Well-being and Compassion Part 2: Teaching Strategies to Cultivate Compassion 

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Teaching Practices to Cultivate Well-being and Compassion Part 3: Building Connections 

Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty
Fostering Student Engagement Online: Examples and Tips Centre for Teaching Excellence graduate students, postdocs, faculty

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs workshops 

Multiple synchronous Professional Skills Foundations: Introductory Workshops will take place in the winter term (listed above), but that doesn't mean you have to wait until then to begin your progress in the Foundations program! Registration is always open for the online, asynchronous version of the introductory workshop:

Workshop title Workshop host Audience
Professional Skills Foundations: Introductory Workshop Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs in collaboration with the Centre for Career Development Graduate students

Mitacs workshops

Mitacs offers a series of courses on topics relevant to graduate students. Each course bundle involves a self-paced asynchronous component, and a synchronous virtual session (dates for which can be found in the calendar above). Completion of both components will earn you an official certificate of completion from Mitacs for that course. 

To access Mitacs online courses, you will need to create an account on EDGE, the Mitacs online learning management system. To get started: 

  • Visit the Mitacs EDGE login page.
  • Create a new account. Please do not attempt to use your existing login credentials with previous Mitacs platforms, they will not work.
  • Confirm your account by following the prompt in the verification email that is sent to you. This will redirect you to back to the login page, where you can now sign in. 
  • Select your Learner Affiliation using the drop-down list. Select "General Learner."
  • Fill out the personal information page to complete your registration. 

Once you have created an EDGE account, you may enrol in the following self-paced, asynchronous online courses:

Workshop title Workshop host Audience
Advance your reach (Networking Skills) Mitacs All students
Spur up your project management and time management skills (Project and Time Management) Mitacs  All students
Foster a culture of reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion (Reconciliation and EDI) Mitacs  All students
Enhance your communication skills (Communication Skills) Mitacs  All students
Boost your career (Career Planning) Mitacs  All students
High-performing leadership and teams (Leadership Skills) Mitacs  All students
Refine your writing and presentation skills (Writing and Presentation Skills) Mitacs  All students

Please note: Mitacs offers both synchronous and asynchronous courses through the EDGE platform. Asynchronous courses are listed as an "Online Course", while synchronous sessions are listed as an "Instructor-Led Course". As all synchronous sessions are currently being offered online, they are open to graduate students from across Canada. 

Student Success Office

The Student Success Office (SSO) offers access to intercultural learning modules part of an Open Educational Resource (OER) called Advancing Intercultural Competence for Global Learners. This can be accessed in both English and French.

Writing and Communication Centre workshops 

The Writing and Communication Centre (WCC) offers several grad-specific workshops. WCC workshops will be available on the Writing and Communication Centre's LEARN site. WCC is offering both asynchronous workshops in LEARN and their new one-to-one workshops facilitated by a writing and communication advisor. 

Self-register for the LEARN course titled "WCC Workshops" to gain access to the asynchronous workshops, which can be found under the Content tab of that course. These can be completed at your own pace.

Workshop title Workshop host Audience
Assertion-evidence presentations for research talks *available as a one-to-one workshop only, not available in LEARN Writing and Communication Centre Graduate students
From Big Picture to the Final Details: Revising and Editing Your Academic Paper Writing and Communication Centre Graduate students
Getting it done: Productive writing strategies for big projects Writing and Communication Centre Graduate students
Getting published for graduate students *available as a one-to-one workshop only, not available in LEARN Writing and Communication Centre Grduate students
Graduate literature reviews A: Organizing research Writing and Communication Centre Graduate students
Graduate literature reviews B: Writing it Writing and Communication Centre Graduate students
Research statements for academic job applications *available as a one-to-one workshop only, not available in LEARN Writing and Communication Centre Graduate students
Rock your Thesis: Get ready to write Writing and Communication Centre Graduate students
Say it in your own words: Paraphrase & summary for graduate students Writing and Communication Centre Graduate students
Tri-agency scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) *available as a one-to-one workshop only, not available in LEARN Writing and Communication Centre Graduate students