Tuesday, October 15, 2019 (all day) to Friday, October 18, 2019 (all day)

Whether you are giving a conference presentation, a job talk, or defending your dissertation, as a graduate student you need to be able to speak with authority and knowledge about your research area, respond to questions, and engage in scholarly debate.

Speak like a Scholar is designed to help doctoral students develop their professional scholarly voices and give effective academic presentations with confidence.

The Writing and Communication Centre will be accepting applications to participate in Speak Like a Scholar from until September 14, 2019.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 — 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM EDT

Are you a PhD student or Postdoctoral Fellow considering an academic career? Register for the Free full-day Academic Career Conference to learn more about academic work search including document and interview preparation, tips on managing your academic career, and advice and insights from faculty members. Sessions will also highlight the importance of negotiating job offers in academia, and the challenges associated with maintaining work-life balance when building your academic career.

Friday, October 18, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT

Are you worried that active learning is incompatible with lecture-style instruction? That you have to choose between one and the other?  In this workshop, we address these concerns, investigating a variety of "lecture breaks" that can be easily integrated between lecture segments without significant cost in instructional time.  Along the way, we will examine the benefits of making lectures more interactive, in terms of student attention and recall.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 — 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Postings for tenure—track academic positions often require a “research statement” or a “statement of research interests” in addition to a CV, cover letter and teaching dossier. In this interactive workshop, you‘ll learn and apply strategies for developing a compelling, cohesive research statement that is also realistic and written in an accessible style. Led by Nadine Fladd, Writing and Multimodal Communication Specialist, at the Writing and Communication Centre.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 — 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT

Turn your research into a startup! Why not?

At this panel discussion with local founders and University of Waterloo professors, learn how the skills and research gained through your graduate studies can enable you to be a great entrepreneur. Meet other graduate students and build your network with other aspiring entrepreneurs.

Register now to reserve your spot at the event and enjoy snacks, refreshments, and a great experience!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

In this one-day course, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback. The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

Additional information: Registration required through the Mitacs EDGE platform.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Student mental health and well-being is a crucial dimension of the academic environment. In this workshop, you will learn about your role and responsibilities as a Teaching Assistant in supporting student mental health on campus. The focus will be on explaining relevant University policies and identifying the resources and services that both you and your students can draw upon. Together, we will explore how to proactively promote mental well-being in the classroom, as well as how to respond to specific mental health needs that come to your attention.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 — 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

Through this interactive workshop, you’ll become better prepared for a campus interview. In addition to learning about a typical campus interview schedule, you’ll learn to analyze interview questions and evaluate and develop effective responses to these questions.

Additional information: Registration required through WaterlooWorks.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to finish your thesis, dissertation, or other writing project? In this workshop, you’ll learn what writing experts have discovered about how to set up a writing schedule, avoid procrastination, and set goals in order to make consistent, sustainable progress. This workshop is only for grad students. Remember to bring a laptop, your agenda or schedule, and a writing project you are currently working on to this interactive workshop.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Literature reviews are a keystone of academic writing. This workshop explores using the Matrix Method to manage your literature review.  Bring a laptop or mobile device so that you can begin applying this method to your own work. 

Additional information: Registration required.

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