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

No matter which career path you choose to pursue, 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 sometimes postdocs).  

Explore our offerings, which are organized into three series: inquire, connect, and strategize. Or, jump right to our events, below, and join us for an event coming up soon. 

  1. June 27, 2017Giving quality feedback (CTE106)

    Academic work is constantly under review as instructors assess students' papers, supervisors guide students on theses, or students evaluate instructors teaching, only to name a few examples. In all of these cases, evaluative information is being given to one person by another as feedback has occurred. But was it helpful? Was it assimilated? Will it make a difference in the future?

  2. June 28, 2017The Arts Research Office presents – Writing Successful Grant Proposals

    Angela Roorda, Researcher Development Officer, Faculty of Arts, will review typical grant or fellowship applications, discuss how the adjudication process works and what that means for you, and will suggest strategies to help you pitch your project to its best advantage.

    Additional information: Registration is required

  3. June 29, 2017Shaping classroom dynamics (CTE176)

    Have you ever had to deal with disruptions in your classroom, like talkative, confrontational and interruptive students, or students who arrive late and leave early? Most instructors face at least occasional classroom disruptions, with new faculty and teaching assistants being primary targets. Such challenges can be unpleasant and disturbing, but you can help to minimize their frequency and impact.

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  1. May 9, 2017Jump-starting my thesis at dissertation boot camptwo people working together

  2. Apr. 27, 2017Program Management and the PhD: Professional Development in the FieldBeth in the field

    When I was accepted into my PhD program, I’ll admit I was afraid of becoming an armchair academic – pulled out of the field for four years, rapidly losing the skills I learned at work. Receiving a fieldwork grant was a great opportunity to maintain my program management skills during my studies.

  3. Apr. 17, 2017The Grad Writing Café: an antidote to my weekly writing hurdlesstudents writing

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