About GRADventure

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In the spring of 2015, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) began plans to develop a centrally coordinated program to help graduate students become better prepared for their professional life after graduate school. Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs was supported by a working group of stakeholders from across campus, including representatives from the Graduate Student Association, Library, Centre for Career Action, Centre for Teaching Excellence, Office of Research, Writing and Communication Centre, Student Success Office, and Organizational and Human Development.

The GRADventure program helps to advance the “Outstanding Academic Programming” theme of the University of Waterloo’s Strategic Plan, in which The University committed to having more graduate students engaging in professional skills development.

Our name: a grad student's idea

The GRADventure program name was a chosen from among over 60 submissions to our naming contest, which was launched in October 2015. Adam Kraft, a MSc student in the biology program, explains why he liked this name:

"The name GradVenture is a play on the words 'grad' (graduate student), 'venture' (to set out, dare to do something) and 'adventure' (a new and exciting experience).The name is appropriate given the goal of the new program, which is ultimately to help grad students successfully transition from their studies to their careers and it makes no assumptions about what path the students choose to pursue, only implying that it will be an exciting next step in their lives."

Quick Facts

6800Graduate students participate in GRADventure programing per year
9PhD students hired to work with GRADventure
Over120events and workshops per year

Past GRADventure events have included:

  • Non-academic career conference
  • Fundamentals for writing your thesis
  • Research matters: Copyright, intellectual property, commercialization, and negotiating authorship

Check out upcoming workshops on our events page and follow us on Twitter @GRADventure_UW to let us know which GRADventure workshop has been your favourite!