​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. Oct. 19, 2017Teaching STEM tutorials (CTE111)

    Many TAs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines are responsible for teaching tutorial sessions.  However, running tutorials can pose unique challenges for TAs. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss how to create an effective tutorial environment and present ways of maximizing student participation.  Participants in this session will also be equipped with practical strategies for planning, running, and assessing their tutorials, with special attention being given to interactive teaching strategies that can be used in any classroom.

  2. Oct. 19, 2017Facilitating effective discussions (CTE228)

    Discussion-based tutorials and seminars allow students to articulate their ideas, respond to their classmates' points, and develop skills in evaluating the evidence for their own and others' positions.  Initiating and sustaining lively, productive discussions are among the most challenging activities for a teaching assistant (TA). In this workshop, you will participate in small group discussions on issues such as how to start and guide a discussion, how to deal with problem situations and prevent the discussion from deteriorating, and how to encourage student participation. Groups will share their responses so we can all benefit from each other's experiences.

    Additional information:  This session is for tutorial and seminar TAs the social sciences and humanities only. Registration required

  3. Oct. 19, 2017Clarity in scientific writing

    The best scientific writing is clear, concise and easily comprehended by its intended audience. Learn skills for writing in the sciences, including identifying and correcting common errors to write with precision and fluidity. We will work through several examples to apply the skills you learn in the workshop.

    Register for the workshop through WCONLINE.

All upcoming events
  1. Sep. 27, 2017Professional Skills Communications and Events Specialist profile: Sarah HowardSarah Howard

    I am a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo, having just completed my MA in Political Science. My Master’s research focused on policy change initiated by coroner’s inquests following deaths in custody. I am excited to be remaining part of the UWaterloo community as the Professional Skills Communications and Events Specialist in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.

  2. Sep. 27, 2017GRADventure Specialist profile: Sonya BuffoneSonya Buffone

    I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Faculty of Arts, in Sociology and Legal Studies. My research interests are in methodology, and police studies. My dissertation examines the roles, and activities, of media relations officers in police services in Ontario. I want to understand how police construct crime for the public, how they manage their image, and how they view their relationship with the media.

  3. Sep. 27, 2017GRADventure Specialist profile: Paige StirlingPaige Stirling

    I am a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology. I am in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology division. My research focuses on the development of competencies through experience. In addition to my role as a PhD candidate, I have also worked as a teaching assistant and have lead a project for the Waterloo Organizational Research Consulting group.

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