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Writing and Speaking: the Communication Step

The collection and analysis of data is important, however it is an academic exercise without the dissemination of generated knowledge. The objective of the Communication Step is to provide graduate students with the skills to present their findings at a graduate level in both oral and written formats. Individual workshops are designed to help graduate students as they complete their thesis and move towards a post-graduate career by helping with networking, public speaking, and social media use.

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Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGS-M)– Managing Your Application
1 hour
Research Facilitators will provide detailed information on the CGS-M application process, which uses the new CCV and Research Portal systems. Students are encouraged to bring their own devices for this hand-on workshop.

CIHR Grant Writing
1 hour
U of M Staff
This grant writing workshop will provide an overview of grant writing, and peer review process for CIHR and other funding agencies. The workshop is designed to help prepare basic scientists and clinical investigators for writing and submitting a national or international peer reviewed grant application. The workshop will provide details for the grant submission process and approaches for successful funding.

Copyright & Your Thesis
1 hour
Copyright Office
Did you know that permission is usually needed to include someone else’s figure, photo or diagram in your thesis? Modifying a work requires permission as well. Find out what you need to know about copyright while preparing your thesis - when permission is needed, how to get permission, how to find free resources, details of the Copyright Act, and more.

Getting it Done: Completing Your Thesis on Time
1 hour
Student Counselling & Career Services
This workshop focuses on two topics central to dealing effectively with procrastination: 1) Root causes of procrastination and, 2: easily implemented strategies to cultivate thesis momentum. First, students will enhance their self-awareness by learning about the personal, contextual, academic and structural aspects of the graduate school process that can create problems with procrastination. Second, students will learn about a range of macro and micro-strategies that will help them banish procrastination, facilitate thesis progress, and ultimately graduate and transition to a post-graduate career.

Grant Writing for Graduate Students – SSHRC Talent Program
1 hour
Research Facilitator
Grant writing skills are essential for putting together a high quality scholarship application. Research Facilitators will introduce students to the basics of writing and organizing scholarship and fellowship applications. The focus will be on the Social Sciences and Humanities.

How to Write a Literature Review
1 hour
Academic Learning Centre
Wondering what is expected in a literature review or not sure how to start? This workshop will address the purpose and objectives of a literature review and offer strategies that will help you to synthesize the information you have gathered and to properly paraphrase others’ research.

Intercultural Communication
1 hour
Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
This workshop will discuss approaches to help navigate the cultural landscape and communication challenges within the classroom. We will discuss culture and explore its role in the student/instructor relationship, the educational context, and our linguistic interpretations. Participants will begin to develop a toolkit toward communication strategies designed to promote student success in the intercultural classroom.

Managing Your Digital Identity
1 hour
Access and Privacy Office
This session will focus on reviewing the University of Manitoba’s obligation to comply with access to information and protection of privacy laws and the relationship between these laws and the use of social media. The discussion will also include a review of relevant policies, procedures and guidelines and professional standards. Additional information will include reviewing use of social media by staff, faculty and students and a useful discussion on social media tips and tricks for success. (Previous title: Social Media: Friend or Unfriend)

NSERC Grant Writing
1 hour
This workshop will describe the process involved in applying for an NSERC Discovery Grant. As a researcher that is currently funded by the NSERC Discovery Grants program and as a former member of the Grant Selection Committee, the primary aim of the workshop will be to communicate strategies for developing a competitive grant application and to warn attendees of pitfalls to success in securing a Discovery Grant. As part of this objective, the workshop will include a discussion of the process that NSERC relies upon to determine whether a grant application should be funded and, if so, what level of funding it should receive.

Paraphrasing and Citation: Integrating Sources
1.5 hours
Academic Learning Centre, Student Advocacy
A significant and often challenging task in writing is appropriately incorporating source material. An additional and critical consideration is maintaining academic integrity. Academic Learning Centre and Student Advocacy will provide strategies to avoid plagiarism and instruction on how to cite, paraphrase and summarize effectively.

Public Speaking: Having the Words Come Out Right
1 hour
Marketing Communications Office
It's common to get nervous when you have to speak in front of an audience. Many of us will need to give presentations throughout our careers. Overcoming your fear has much to do with preparation and knowing what you're going to say. This seminar will help you project a positive image, convey information effectively and enhance your communications skills.

Resumé or CV? How to Market Your Skills
1.5 hours
Employment Advisor
Your skills and experience are valued in the workplace. Do you know what they are? This workshop will help graduate students identify the skills they have gained from their academic programs and other experiences (e.g., internships, experiential education, work and volunteering). Connect your skills with employability skills that are valued in the workplace and find success in finding work. Not sure when to use a resume or CV when applying for a job? You’ll learn about the differences, tips, and strategies to help you get the job you want.

SSHRC Doctoral Scholarships/Fellowships – Managing Your Application
1 hour
Research Facilitator
Research Facilitators will provide detailed information on the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship application process (Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships). Students are encouraged to bring their own devices for this hand-on workshop.

Skills to Improve Your Communication With Others
1.5 hours
Student Counselling Centre
In this workshop you'll learn specific strategies and skills to communicate in a way that may be easier for others to hear without compromising the integrity of your message. You'll also gain skills to address the four behaviours that have been empirically shown to be most damaging to communicating and building positive relationships with others.

Thesis Structure & Organization
1 hour
Academic Learning Centre
Writing a thesis or dissertation is lonely work with no traditional deadlines and requires a writing skill set that students often have to develop as they write. The workshop will provide strategies and tools that students can use to minimize those challenges. Seminar members are encouraged to bring what writing, organization, and time-management strategies work for them and share them at the session.

Tips on Completing a Graduate Scholarship Application
1 hour
Awards Officer
This session focuses on the common mistakes made when completing a scholarship application, and will differentiate between a strong vs a weak application for Master’s and PhD scholarships. Students will receive an overview on how they should calculate their GPA when considering eligibility for awards.

Working with the Media
1 hour
Marketing Communications Office
This is a seminar to provide guidelines for working with reporters, journalists and other media representatives, and prepare you for encounters with the media by helping you understand how the news media work. You’ll learn how best to present your information to the media and how to conduct yourself in interviews. You also will learn how the Marketing Communications Office can assist you in these and other endeavors.

Writing at the Graduate Level
1 hour
Academic Learning Centre
This workshop aims to help students transition smoothly to graduate-level writing by discussing some of the differences between undergraduate and graduate-level writing, including the different expectations related to content (complexity of ideas, critical thinking), research (depth and breadth), writing style (clarity and conciseness), and formatting (punctuation and conventions).

Writing for Poster Presentations
1 hour
Academic Learning Centre
This session will focus on strategies for the written component of poster presentations: how to use textual elements strategically to complement your visual elements, how to organize the textual components of the poster, how to tailor your language to your target audience, and how to cite your sources properly.

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Know Your Resources: the Basic Step
Personal Management: the Healthy Step
Data Management: the Research Step
Writing and Speaking: the Communication Step
Planning with Intention: the Career Step
Ideas into Action: the Entrepreneurial Step

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