Monday, December 9, 2019 (all day) to Thursday, December 12, 2019 (all day)

Stop stalling. Start writing.

Dissertation Boot Camp is designed to help dissertation writers get a jump start on meeting their writing goals.

This online Dissertation Boot Camp will take place over four intensive days from Monday, December 9 to Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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This workshop for graduate students is an introduction to LaTeX, giving you the basics that you need to know to get going on writing academic and professional papers, including your thesis. Using Overleaf, presenters will share how to include images, design beautiful mathematical equations, and show you how to easily manage your documents.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 — 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM EST
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Postdocs and their families (including partners and/or children) are invited to attend our Postdoc Holiday Social!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 — 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM EST

About Concept:

We are Velocity’s pre-incubator program – are you working on a project? We’ll help you turn it into a business! Our campus initiatives provide the coaching, funding, and knowledge that students need to accelerate projects into startups from the very beginning.

About Peers & Beers:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

Whether you are considering a career in industry or academia, having a broad skill set and being able to recognize the value of your skills is important for success.  Attend this workshop to explore the skills you already have and to create an action plan for skill development during your graduate studies.

Monday, December 2, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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This introductory workshop is a requirement for participating in the Professional Skills Foundations program, a new professional skills credential for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. 

Friday, November 29, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

This workshop will guide you through a step-by-step process to plan and conduct effective conversations around difficult issues that you may experience with your supervisor. We will cover scenarios that you might encounter during grad school such as: the level or effectiveness of research supervision, the need for accommodations or additional supports, advice about career paths, or expectations about workload or work-life balance.

This is a specialized workshop for graduate students and postdocs.

Thursday, November 28, 2019 — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EST
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

In this interactive workshop, you will discuss the value of making connections as part of a job search strategy.  You will explore networking strategies and identify your own action plan.

Additional information: Registration required through WaterlooWorks.

To browse and register for Centre for Career Action (CCA) workshops and events, follow these steps:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EST

Group work is often used as a tool to increase collaborative learning. Students are assigned to learn (as a group or independently) and have to come together and share their knowledge with one another.  In teams/groups, they will often have to produce deliverables on which they are assessed. Depending on the context, students often have mixed experiences with group work. Without careful planning, it may be infuriating for both the instructor and the students. On the other hand, group work can ultimately prepare students with collaborative skills that are often applicable in the future.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST

"Any questions?" This is, perhaps, one of the most widely used questions in the classroom. However, it is not the most effective. When you ask your students questions, are you often met with blank stares and no response? How can you use questions effectively to elicit responses and facilitate learning?

Thursday, November 21, 2019 — 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Description TBD

Additional Information

Registration: Registration is required. Registration will open mid-October

The Centre for Teaching Excellence has a new registration system called GoSignMeUp. Before you can register for a workshop, you need to create an account (one time only). Once you’ve created an account, you can register for this workshop.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
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UWaterloo is excited to be joining over 100 countries from November 18-22, 2019 in celebrating International Education Week (IEW). International education has a significant impact on our campus community and Canadian social, economic and cultural well-being.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 — 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST

Do you want to hear what it is like to work in Canada as an international student?

Attend this Q&A session and get all your questions answered by senior graduate students and alumni. Topics that will be covered include: finding work as an international student, networking, interviews, email and communication etiquette, and success on the job.

Additional information: Registration required through WaterlooWorks

Monday, November 18, 2019 — 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST

This session will cover the basics of Intellectual Property (IP) protection with a focus on patents. You’ll learn about the different types of IP protection available, the most common pitfalls to avoid and the resources available to you at the University of Waterloo, including the Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo). You’ll also hear how IP is used to commercialize technology through licensing or start-up creation.

This session will be presented by Eric Luvisotto (Technology Transfer Manager) and Scott Inwood (Director of Commercialization) from WatCo.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

This interactive workshop will provide teaching assistants with the techniques and confidence to effectively deliver an engaging lesson in the classroom. Topics covered in this workshop include: (i) methods for structuring your delivery, (ii) developing visual aids, (ii) strategies for preparation, (iv) dealing with nerves and anxiety and (iv) tips for engaging your students throughout the lesson.

Additional Information

Registration: Registration is required. Registration will open mid-October

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

Our classrooms are filled with students who represent a broad range of racial, cultural, linguistic, physical, and intellectual backgrounds. This workshop provides a starting point for honouring and benefiting from this diversity in our classrooms. Through self-reflection and discussion, we'll provide teaching strategies for optimizing our diverse students' engagement, comprehension, and retention.

Monday, November 11, 2019 — 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST

What's your employer's problem? And how you can use this knowledge for career success? 

Learn from Larry Smith (Director of The Problem Lab, Adjunct Associate Professor of Economics, Author, TED Speaker) as he demonstrates how to identify the challenges your employer is facing, and how this makes you a promotable employee. Applicable to students of all disciplines. You'll receive a pre-workshop questionnaire by email that will allow this workshop to be tailored to student needs. 

Monday, November 11, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

As a future academic job candidate, you may be required to include a “teaching statement“ or “statement of teaching philosophy“ in your applications. But how do you begin writing a teaching statement, and how do you keep it from becoming cheesy or inauthentic? Attend this hands-on workshop to learn concrete strategies for creating a statement of teaching philosophy that is persuasive and professional. Led by Stephanie White, PhD, Instructional Developer at the Centre for Teaching Excellence.

Friday, November 8, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

Bring your laptop or pen and paper and get drafting or improving your résumé and cover letter. Career Advisors and your peers will be available for feedback and guidance. 

NOTE: To attend this writing session, you must attend the morning workshop Résumé and Cover Letter Writing for Master's Students.

Additional information: Registration required through WaterlooWorks.

Friday, November 8, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
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November 4-8 is Thrive week! Join Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs for a workshop focused on building resiliency.

Friday, November 8, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Through discussion and hands-on activities in this half-day workshop, you will learn how to prepare an effective résumé and cover letter by analyzing job descriptions, assessing the relevance of your transferable skills and articulating these transferable skills in an action-oriented way.

Additional information: Registration required through WaterlooWorks.

To browse and register for Centre for Career Action (CCA) workshops and events, follow these steps:

Friday, November 8, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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It's time to start planning your thesis or dissertation. Now what?

You’re about to finish your course work or comprehensive exams and have started to think about writing your thesis or dissertation. Where do you begin?

Thursday, November 7, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

This workshop offers graduate students an introduction to the world of academic publishing. You will learn about the steps in the publication process, including revising course work before submitting it to journals, communicating effectively with journal editors, and handling comments from reviewers.

Additional information: Registration required

Thursday, November 7, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Academic integrity requires that you paraphrase and summarize other people’s work. Through hands-on practice, you will learn these skills and how to integrate your supporting research for improved credibility.

Additional information: Registration required

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