The GRADventure events listing, is your one-stop shop for all GRADventure events and workshops across campus. Every event and workshop listed is open exclusively 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.

More events coming soon, browse winter 2021 events by month: 

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

September 2021 GRADventure events

Date Workshop title Workshop host Foundations theme(s)
September 14

Résumé and Cover Letter Writing

Centre for Career Action Career Preparation
September 17 Applications Close: Dissertation Boot Camp Writing and Communication Centre

Communication, 

Personal Effectiveness

September 20 Building TA-Instructor Rapport Centre for Teaching Excellence Leadership, Communication

September 21

Intro Session: The University of Waterloo Innovation Ecosystem Concept Career Preparation, Personal Effectiveness
September 22 How to Interview Effectively (accessed through WaterlooWorks) Centre for Career Action

Career Preparation

September 22 Working Session: Think Like a Boss Concept

Career Preparation

September 23 Tri-Agency Scholarship Proposal Write-in: Accessed through registration for the asynchronous WCC workshops Writing and Communication Centre

Career Preparation, 

Personal Effectiveness

September 24 Applications Close: Speak Like a Scholar Writing and Communication Centre Leadership
September 28 Intro Session: What's Your Problem? With Larry Smith Concept

Career Preparation, 

Personal Effectiveness

September 28 Building Rapport with Students Centre for Teaching Excellence Leadership, Communication
September 29 Working Session: Researching Like a Pro Concept Personal Effectiveness

October 2021 GRADventure events

Date Workshop title Workshop host Foundations theme(s)
October 1-15

Social Anxiety in the Classroom (CTE1264)

*this session has a set of asynchronous, self-paced tasks that must be completed by October 15

Centre for Teaching Excellence Personal Effectiveness, Leadership
October 1-14, 21

Teaching Methods (CTE1217)

*this session has a set of asynchronous, self-paced tasks that must be completed by October 14, and a live synchronous session that takes place on October 21

Centre for Teaching Excellence Communication, Leadership
October 1 - 26

Active Learning Online (CTE2269)

*this session has a set of asynchronous, self-paced tasks that must be completed by TBD, and a live synchronous session that takes place on October 26

Centre for Teaching Excellence Communication, Personal effectiveness
October 4

Building a Good Relationship with your Supervisor

*this session is being offered as part of the GradReady program and can be accessed through the LEARN site

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs Communication, Personal effectiveness
October 5 Blended Learning for TAs (CTE2250) Centre for Teaching Excellence Communication, Leadership
October 5 Intro Session: Should I Start a Business or Get a Job? Concept Career Preparation
October 6 Working Session: Lean Business Model Concept Career Preparation
October 7 Collecting and Using Feedback on Your Teaching (CTE2160) Centre for Teaching Excellence Communication, Leadership
October 12-15 Dissertation Boot Camp Writing and Communication Centre Personal effectiveness
October 13 Teaching STEM Tutorials (CTE1111) Centre for Teaching Excellence Leadership, Communication
October 13 - 14 Academic Career Conference Centre for Career Action Career Preparation
October 15 Effective Lesson Plans Centre for Teaching Excellence Leadership, Communication
October 18

Speak Like a Scholar begins

*this session takes place over 6 weeks, with asynchronous activities of 2-6 hours each week. There are also 3 synchronous activities (during weeks 1, 4, and 6)

Writing and Communication Centre

Communication, 

Personal effectiveness

October 18

Professional Skills Foundations: Introductory Workshop

*this session is being offered as part of the GradReady program and can be accessed through the LEARN site

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Student Success Office

Core Workshop

October 19

Demystifying the Comprehensive Exam and Thesis Defence Process

*this session is being offered as part of the GradReady program and can be accessed through the LEARN site

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Student Success Office

Personal effectiveness
October 19

Intro Session: Design Thinking with a Product Designer

Concept

Personal effectiveness
October 20

Working Session: Getting your First Customer

Concept

Career preparation

October 20

Professional Skills Foundations: Introductory Workshop

*this session is being offered as part of the GradReady program and can be accessed through the LEARN site

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Student Success Office

Core Workshop

October 21 Articulating your Brand on LinkedIn Centre for Career Action Career Preparation
October 26

Networking in Academia

Centre for Career Action

Career Preparation

November 2021 GRADventure events

Date Workshop title Workshop host Foundations theme(s)
November 1 - 15

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CTE2409)

*this session has a set of asynchronous, self-paced tasks that must be completed by November 15

Centre for Teaching Excellence Communication, Leadership
November 2 Effective Question Strategies (CTE1190) Centre for Teaching Excellence Communication
November 3

Academic Careers: Writing CVs and Cover Letters

*this session is only open to PhDs and Postdocs

Centre for Career Action Career Preparation
November 15 Trauma-Informed Pedagogy (CTE2271) Centre for Teaching Excellence Communication, Leadership
November 17 Online Delivery Skills: Synchronous Teaching (CTE1266) Centre for Teaching Excellence Communication, Personal effectiveness
November 18 Networking for Job Search Centre for Career Action Career Preparation
November 23 Skill Development Plan for Graduate Students Centre for Career Action Career Preparation, Personal effectiveness
November 26 Speak Like a Scholar ends Writing and Communication Centre Communication, Personal effectiveness

December 2021 GRADventure events

Date Workshop title Workshop host Foundations theme(s)
December 3 Academic Interviews Centre for Career Action

Career Preparation,

Personal effectiveness

Asynchronous events

Center for Career Action workshops 

Unable to attend one of CCA's live workshops or missed a particular workshop you found out about? The CCA 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 Foundations theme(s)
Creating your Résumé Centre for Career Action Career preparation
Writing a Compelling Cover Letter Centre for Career Action Career preparation
How to Interview Effectively Centre for Career Action Career preparation
Personal Branding Part 1: Build Your Brand Centre for Career Action Career preparation
Personal Branding Part 2: Articulate Your Brand Centre for Career Action Career preparation
Networking to Job Search Centre for Career Action Career preparation
Networking at Conferences Centre for Career Action Career preparation

Academic career development workshops: 

Workshop title Workshop host Foundations theme(s)
Academic CV's Centre for Career Action Career preparation
Academic Cover Letters Centre for Career Action Career preparation
Academic Interviews Centre for Career Action Career preparation

Centre for Teaching Excellence

Workshop title Workshop host Foundations theme(s)
Supporting Student Mental Health (for Instructors) Centre for Teaching Excellence

Communication,

Leadership

Independent Blended Course Design Centre for Teaching Excellence Communication
Teaching Assistant Training LEARN Site Centre for Teaching Excellence

Communication,

Personal Effectiveness

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs workshops 

The next synchronous Professional Skills Foundations: Introductory Workshop will take place in the fall term, but that doesn't mean you have to wait until fall 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 Foundations theme(s)
Professional Skills Foundations: Introductory Workshop Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs in collaboration with the Centre for Career Action N/A - Foundations introductory workshop

Mitacs workshops

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

  • Visit https://edge-reg.mitacs.ca (a web-based browser is recommended as the site is not fully optimized for mobile browsing).
  • You will be required to create a new account. Please do not attempt to use your existing login credentials with previous Mitacs platforms, they will not work.
  • Select your Learner Affiliation on the EDGE Registration Portal.
  • Carefully select your current Mitacs Program Affiliation (if you are not a Mitacs Intern or program participant, please select General).

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

Workshop title Workshop host Foundations theme(s)
Communicating your research Mitacs EDGE Communication
Practical tips for growing your network  Mitacs EDGE Career preparation
Managing project timelines Mitacs EDGE Leadership
Writing effective emails Mitacs EDGE Communication
Time management Mitacs EDGE Personal effectiveness
Writing strategic business reports Mitacs EDGE Communication

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. 

Writing and Communication Centre workshops 

The Writing and Communication Centre (WCC) offers several grad-specific workshops. For spring 2021, 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 on the LEARN community called "WCC Workshops" to gain access to the asynchronous workshops, which can be completed at your own pace.

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