​GRADventure is a central hub of professional development resources designed specifically for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. It is offered by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with campus partners. 

Whether you are pursuing an academic or non-academic career, or you're still exploring your career options, we've got you covered.

GRADventure is a "one-stop shop," where you'll find relevant resources, special events listings, and details about upcoming workshops that were designed for you. We know that graduate students have unique needs when it comes to professional development; that's why GRADventure events and resources are open exclusively to graduate students (and usually postdocs).  

Explore our offerings, which are organized into three series — inquire, connect, and strategize — to focus on skills most important to your unique professional development needs. Or, jump right to our events, below, and join us for an event coming up soon. 

  1. Jan. 19, 2018Research matters: Getting Publishedstack of books

    This full day event will cover a wide variety of publication issues, including the following sessions: 

    • Introduction to the publication process
    • Authors' rights
    • Negotiating authorship with integrity
    • Ask an editor (panel discussion and Q&A)

    Additional Information: Registration required (opening January 3, 2018). Lunch will be provided.

  2. Jan. 22, 2018Teaching Diverse Learners (CTE257)

    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 optimising our diverse students' engagement, comprehension, and retention.

  3. Jan. 23, 2018Effective lesson plans (CTE202)

    Planning tutorials, labs, and guest lectures requires careful attention to goals, content, activities, and timing. In this workshop, you'll learn to streamline your lesson preparations and strengthen your teaching. Using a popular model of lesson planning called “BOPPPS,” you’ll learn to design lessons that align learning activities and assessments with learning outcomes. Together, we’ll analyse examples of successful lesson plans, and you'll begin to develop a lesson plan that is compatible with your teaching context and instructional style.

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  1. Jan. 4, 2018Saying "Yes!" to the 3MTAndria Bianchi presents at the 2017 3MT University Finals

    In early 2017, a colleague encouraged me to sign up for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) at the University of Waterloo. I was told that the 3MT is a competition where graduate students present a memorized script about their research in three minutes or less to a non-specialist audience.

  2. Jan. 3, 2018From student to facilitator: My experience with the Student Leadership Programstudent talking in a group

  3. Dec. 6, 2017Teaching my first class: Putting the Certificate of University Teaching into usestudents around a table

    Interacting with students and sharing a topic that you’re passionate about is a great academic and professional development experience. The Centre for Teaching Excellence’s Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program gave me the skills and confidence to teach with great success, receiving excellent course evaluations at the end of semester.

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