end of fall term
Tuesday December 5th, 2023 - End of Fall TermSONA Studies end at 5pm Classes end on this date.
December 23, 2023 through January 1, 2024 - University HolidaysThe University is closed for the Holiday for this period.
January 8, 2024 - First Day Of ClassesWelcome back for Winter Term 2024!
SONA and Ethics training
Training will occur in the Zanna Room PAS 4053
All graduate and undergraduate students and RAs who wish to use SONA are required to use their own SONA Researcher Account. Remember that you may not log in using another researcher's account. To obtain a SONA Researcher/RA account, you must complete a training session (see below for further details).
The full researcher training session is now offered online for graduate students and Honours Thesis students (Fall 2020 term only). To register please email the Research Experiences Group (REG) Coordinator. If you completed the RA workshop and will now be using SONA as an Honours Thesis student you will need to complete the online Full Researcher Training session.
All research conducted using REG/SONA adheres to the ethics guidelines set out in the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS): Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, 2nd edition (TCPS 2 2022) associated with the TCPS 2 is a new online tutorial called Course on Research Ethics (CORE). CORE is comprised of 9 modules, is self-paced and includes interactive exercises and multi-disciplinary examples. A certificate of completion is provided.
All Faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student researchers are required to complete the online tutorial in order to receive your SONA Researcher account so it is highly suggested that you complete the tutorial prior to your SONA training session. It takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete which can be spread out over multiple sessions if you prefer.
Please complete the CORE tutorial as soon as possible and upon completion download a copy of your TCPS2 certificate for your files. This then can be uploaded to the new ethics system when submitting applications.
Beginning January 1, 2024, all Waterloo researchers (faculty, staff, and students) will need to demonstrate completion of the updated TCPS 2 CORE 2022 training. If you have already completed the 2022 training, there is no need to complete it again. If you have not completed the 2022 training, please find time to do so to avoid delays in the review. The TCPS 2 CORE 2022 tutorial can be taken at: https://tcps2core.ca/welcome and takes no more than 2 hours to complete. Please see our training page for more information at: https://uwaterloo.ca/research/office-research-ethics/ethics-training/requirement-human-research-ethics-training
Full Researcher training (Faculty, Grads, NSERC or Honours students, Lab Managers)
This online training module is for Faculty, Grads, NSERC students, Honours Thesis, or Lab Managers whom have not taken the Full SONA training before and who will create, edit, update or maintain SONA studies as well as post and manage time slots (e.g., a Lab Manager, graduate student or Directed Studies student).
Honours Thesis and NSERC students will be able to complete the Full Resercher Sona training via the online tutorial. Please email the REG Coordinator for information.
NOTE: any SONA Researcher who has not used the SONA system for over 2 years should consider a review through the online training module.
Current date for Full Training is September 13, 2023 at 230. Please sign up by selecting this session HERE
RA Training dates. -> If you need RA training outside of these dates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Returns in September
Sept 5th @ 230
Sept 7th @ 1030
Sept 11 @ 230
Sept 13 @ 1030
To sign up, please go to the sign up page located HERE
Please have a copy of your TCPS 2 Core certificate to upload if possible.
If you require training but cannot attend one of the these dates, please contact email@example.com