Upcoming events

The Canadian Career Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

This inaugural event, aimed at professional development and career exploration, is being held virtually from November 2 to November 6, 2020. The event is free, however capacity for each session is limited. For more information and to register, please visit https://cags.ca/gpdn/symposium/.

Upcoming workshops

October 19 - Copyright & Your Thesis / Practicum

When: October 19, 2020
Time: 9 - 10 a.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Copyright Office

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October 19 - Skills Employers are Looking For – Making the Connection

When: October 19, 2020
Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Workplace Education Manitoba

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October 20 - Searching in Google and Google Scholar

When: October 20, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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October 20 - Skills to Build Positive Relationships and Improve Your Interactions With Others

When: October 20, 2020
Time: 12 - 2 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Student Counselling Centre

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October 21 - Integrating sources: Summary, paraphrase, and quotations

When: October 21, 2020
Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Academic Learning Centre

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October 21 - Data Visualization in the Humanities

When: October 21, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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October 22 - Searching in CINAHL

When: October 22, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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October 22 - Cross-Cultural Understanding & Building Relationships

When: October 22, 2020
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: International Centre

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October 22 - Sleep and the Important Role it Plays in the Lives of University Students

When: October 22, 2020
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Student Counselling Centre

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October 27 - Research Essentials

When: October 27, 2020
Time: 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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October 27 - Searching in Web of Science

When: October 27, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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October 28 - Mitacs Research Funding & Training Opportunities

When: October 28, 2020
Time: 12 - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Mitacs

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October 28 - Data Visualization in the Sciences

When: October 28, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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October 29 - EndNote Basics

When: October 29, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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October 29 - Mindful Digital Communication

When: October 29, 2020
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Student Counselling Centre

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October 29 - Resume or CV? How to Market Your Skills

When: October 29, 2020
Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Career Services

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October 30 - Data Management Plans (DMPs): an Open Q&A

When: October 30, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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October 30 - Mitacs Research Funding & Training Opportunities

When: October 30, 2020
Time: 12 - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Mitacs

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November 3 - CORE’d out? A Guide to Fort Garry Research Ethics Board Submissions

When: November 3, 2020
Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Human Ethics Officer

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November 3 - Advanced Endnote in the Health Sciences

When: November 3, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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November 4 - Zotero: Basics

When: November 4, 2020
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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November 5 - Types of Reviews

When: November 5, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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November 10 - Systematic Review Workshop Series

When: November 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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November 10 - Intro to Systematic Reviews (1 of 6 - Review Series)

When: November 10, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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November 10 - How to Write a Literature Review

When: November 10, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Academic Learning Centre

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November 12 - Setting up a Search (2 of 6 - Review Series)

When: November 12, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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November 13 - Rights and Research Collaborators: Learning through Cases and Issues

When: November 13, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Libraries

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November 27 - MITACS - Skills of Communication

When: November 27, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Online
Presented by: Mitacs Training

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Full workshop offering

Choose from workshops offered on campus and online to help you succeed in your graduate program and beyond.

When these workshops are available and have a scheduled time, you will find them in the "Upcoming workshops" list above.

Looking for a specific workshop and not finding it? Please let us know! Send requests for new workshop topics to graduate.communications@umanitoba.ca.

GradSteps workshops

Exclusively for graduate students, these not-for-credit workshops can help you navigate your programs and prepare you to transfer your skills and knowledge into the workplace. The workshops have been grouped into six steps, described below, to help you address the issues you may face at various stages of your program. 

Workshops take place at University of Manitoba Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. Most sessions are at lunchtime and are one- to two-hours in length. Note that not all workshops are offered every term. 

Basic

Know Your Resources: the Basic Step

Regardless of where you are from or where you are on your educational pathway, starting a graduate program can be a daunting prospect. The objective of the Basic Step is to help provide you with a solid foundation for your success as a graduate student.

There are many facets to this step, ranging from introducing graduate students to their rights and responsibilities and advice on working with their advisor, through introducing international students to the delights of Winnipeg, to beginning the process of career planning and determining what graduate students want to do post-graduation.
 

Healthy

Personal Management: the Healthy Step

As graduate students, it is too easy to get caught up in the constant barrage of coursework, term papers, exams and, of course, research. The objective of the Healthy Step is to help facilitate your academic success without compromising your mental or physical health, or your interpersonal relationships. Indeed, many of the workshops in the Healthy Step will demonstrate that the opposite is true and that success in a graduate program is facilitated by good well-being and healthy relationships.

Research

Data Management: the Research Step

For many graduate students, the collection and analysis of data is the core of their program. The objective of the Research Step is to help you work with library databases and statistics, as well as introducing you to the regulations which govern the ethical and legal use of both human subjects and animals in research.

Communication

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.

Career

Planning with Intention: the Career Step

Regardless of the stage of your graduate program, it is never too early to start thinking about, and planning for, the next step, whether that be the next degree or on to a career. The objective of the Career Step is to give you some basic skills to help you both find a job and succeed in that job. For those considering academia, workshops on successful Tri-Council grant writing are available, and we’re not forgetting that most important of issues – financial planning.

Entrepreneurial

Ideas into Action: the Entrepreneurial Step

Finding something that is marketable is one of the more interesting aspects of graduate studies; but what would you do? The objective of the Entrepreneurial Step is to help graduate students determine whether they have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and if they are, to direct them on how to launch a career as one. The workshops also give you skills such as conflict resolution and intellectual property which would be vital to someone starting a small business after completing graduate studies.

GradSteps workshops LISTING

A Gentle Introduction to Open Source GIS Software

This one hour, hands-on session provides an overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how it can be used. Attendees compare various GIS software and data types, become familiar with navigating the QGIS interface and procedures for adding and symbolizing data. Discussion is centered on integrating researcher data with secondary data sources.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic, Research

Academia or Industry? What's Your Plan?

This two hour interactive workshop explores career options either in Academia or industry, and helps graduate students to: identify the skills they have gained from their academic programs and other experiences (e.g., internships, experiential education, work and volunteering); connect their skills with employability skills that are valued in the workplace; and start thinking early on about life after graduation.

Duration: 2 hours
Presented by: Career Services
Step: Career

The Authentic Self

This 1.5 hour workshop is based on Parker Palmer’s book, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, Welcoming the Soul and Weaving Community in a Wounded World. Participants learn how to take the book's teachings and apply them to their own lives.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Spiritual Care
Step: Healthy

The Bannatyne REBs on the Research Ethics Approval Process and Participant Protection

In this one hour workshop, graduate students conducting research involving human participants learn about the role of the University of Manitoba Bannatyne Research Ethics Board (REB) in the ethical review process. During the session, the activities of the Biomedical and Health REBs are shared along with information on how to prepare a research proposal for REB review and approval. Workshop attendees learn to identify U of M policies, national guidelines, and regulations that are in place to support the conduct of ethical research and research participant protection.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Bannatyne Research Ethics Board
Step: Research

Building Cross-cultural Communication Competence

It is often unknown that cultural diversity affects interpersonal communications as culture seems too invisible, sensitive and sometimes even intimidating to address. To succeed in graduate studies in Canada, students need to equip themselves with cross-cultural communication competence and intercultural mindset. This 1.5 hour workshop explores the essential role culture plays in interpersonal communications to help navigate the cultural landscape and overcome potential communication challenges.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
Step: Communication

Canadian Workplace Culture

In the Canadian workplace, diversity is valued. Many businesses have a diverse workforce with varying skill sets, personalities, and perspectives. This is especially true in Manitoba. Manitoba’s diversity contributes to the innovation and success of many businesses. Newcomers may encounter cultural differences that are different from their native country. Knowing these differences is important to the success of many newcomers in the Canadian workforce. This 1.5 hour workshop talks about how Canadian workplace culture plays a role in career success in Canada.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Career Services
Step: Career

Citing, Referencing and Paraphrasing

Writing at the graduate level can be challenging. Integrating source material correctly is critical to the writing process. This 1.5 hour workshop provides graduate students with tips, strategies and resources related to handling sources systematically, quoting correctly, properly paraphrasing and integrating sources smoothly.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Academic Learning Centre
Step: Communication, Research

Communication and Conflict Resolution: Skills to Improve Your Interactions With Others

In this two hour workshop, participants learn specific strategies and skills to communicate and address conflict in a way that may be easier for others to hear without compromising the integrity of their message. Conflict styles, nonverbal communication, and skills to address behaviours that get in the way of connecting and communicating with others, including the four behaviours that have been empirically shown to be most damaging to communicating and building positive relationships, are also covered.

Duration: 2 hours
Presented by: Student Counselling Centre
Step: Communication

Copyright and Your Thesis/Practicum

This one hour workshop covers what students need to know about copyright while preparing a thesis - whether you can use images and text created by others, when permission is needed, how to get permission, how to find free resources, details of the Copyright Act, and more.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Copyright Office
Step: Communication

CORE’d out? A Guide to Fort Garry Research Ethics Board Submissions

In this 1.5 hour workshop, participants are given an overview of research ethics at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus, including helpful tips and best practices to ensure compliance with provincial and federal guidelines. Students learn about the Fort Garry REB timelines, how to create a well-prepared ethics application, and receive key tips from the Human Ethics Officer for Fort Garry.

Duration: 2 hours
Presented by: Human Ethics Officer
Step: Research

Create Your Best Year Ever

This one hour workshop shows students how they can adjust their mindset in a way that helps align actions with goals, specifically, to: realize they are no different than the greatest success stories in history; determine what success looks like in every category of their life, set smart goals for each category or for the one they want to improve the most; and, give every hour of the week a job before it takes control of their life.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Wellness Educator
Step: Healthy

Cross-Cultural Understanding and Building Relationships

In this interactive 1.5 hour workshop, participants learn ways to understand cross-cultural communication in a Canadian context, as well as how to make connections with others and build positive relationships. Participants have the opportunity to practice communication strategies throughout the workshop. This session is ideal for international or Canadian students who wish to make friends and relationships with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: International Centre
Step: Communication

Data Visualization: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This one hour session provides an overview of key concepts in data visualization and focuses on the top ten do’s and dont's when creating charts and graphics to communicate research data. Hands-on examples are used to explore different tools, as well as design considerations for accessibility.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic, Research

Dataverse and Data Management Platforms (DMPs)

Proper management of data throughout the lifecycle of a research project is no longer a nice-to-have, it's a must-have. This one-hour session provides an overview of two key tools hosted by the Libraries that can assist in managing research data.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Research

Dealing with Procrastination with Writing your Thesis or Dissertation

A common concern for students when writing their thesis or dissertation is procrastination. This 1.5 hour workshop is designed to help students learn strategies to help them address this concern and reduce stress associated with writing.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Academic Learning Centre
Step: Communication

EndNote Advanced

This two hour workshop focuses on advanced features of EndNote, including: Working with PDFs (watched folders, annotations); Working with references (reference updates, global editing, using smart groups); Working with journal term lists; Managing figures; Syncing your desktop library with your online account and sharing your library; and Working with Output styles (making minor modifications, installing new styles).

Duration: 2 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic, Research

EndNote Basics

This two hour workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the EndNote desktop reference management program. Participants learn how to automatically add references from databases (e.g. Web of Science, PubMed) and Google Scholar, import and export references manually, and use the online search feature in EndNote. How to find full text, manage PDFs of articles within EndNote, create bibliographies and insert citations while writing, and organizing references into groups are also covered.

Duration: 2 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic, Research

Entrepreneurship

Interested in starting a business? Start on the right path! This one hour workshop empowers participants with knowledge about entrepreneurship and provides them with resources and available services on how to start a business in Manitoba.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Career Services
Step: Career, Entrepreneurial

Google Like a Pro

This one hour hands-on session introduces advanced Google search techniques to support research and enhance a scholarly profile. Topics covered include finding grey literature, fast and easy access to journal articles, keeping up to date on information in the field, and using the Google Scholar author profile to track research impact.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic

How to Network Workshop and Speed Networking

This 1.5 hour session covers how to build effective professional and personal networks. Participants learn how to put this knowledge into practice and how to present themselves to people who can be key to their future success.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Career Services
Step: Career

How to Write a Literature Review

This one hour workshop helps students who are unsure as to what is expected in a literature review, or not sure how to start one. Participants learn the purpose and objectives of a literature review and strategies that help synthesize information they have gathered, and to properly paraphrase others’ research.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Academic Learning Centre
Step: Communication

Image Proficiency: Using Images in Publications and Presentations

This one hour workshop teaches how to quickly search for images and use them in work, find free images online, discuss creative commons/copyright, and citing images. Ideal for anyone who wants to incorporate images.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic

Indigenous Health Research – Comprehensive Search Strategies for Best Results

In this one hour workshop, participants learn how to select and efficiently search the scholarly databases that the UM Libraries subscribe to. Discover hidden gems and new pathways to retrieve relevant grey literature and community-based resources to enhance your results.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic, Research

Intellectual Property: Have you invented something?

This one hour session covers how to identify technologies that may be patentable and/or suitable for commercial development. There is also a discussion on how to ensure your rights are protected when collaborating with industry partners.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Partnerships & Innovation
Step: Entrepreneurial

Interview and Wage Negotiations

In this two hour workshop, participants learn key strategies for how to conduct an effective interview in order to improve their chances of landing their dream job. This session also provides proven and helpful tips on how to negotiate a wage.

Duration: 2 hours
Presented by: Career Services
Step: Career

Introduction to University of Manitoba Libraries

This one hour workshop highlights library tools and services that every graduate student should know. Attendees learn about searching for theses, document delivery, article alerts, an overview of citation management software and more.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic

Job Search Essentials

In this two hour workshop, participants learn key strategies that will help conduct an effective and successful job search now and throughout their careers.

Duration: 2 hours
Presented by: Career Services
Step: Career

Keeping Current, Keeping Alert

In this 1.5 hour workshop, participants learn strategies to keep up with new and relevant research. These strategies include how to use Google Alert, saved searches in various research databases, citation alerts to monitor citations, Journal Table of Contents alerts and BrowZine to find journals and read articles on your iPad or tablet.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Research

Luck Isn't Everything: Creating Your Own Opportunities

This 1.5 hour workshop provides an overview of how to create unexpected opportunities by recognizing and including chance events into your life plan. The following concepts are covered: What is planned happenstance?; Five skills of planned happenstance and elaboration of these skills; The contrast between traditional and planned happenstance life planning approach; Identifying and discussing planned happenstance activities. Real world examples, interactive activities, and small and large group discussions are used to elaborate on these ideas.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Student Counselling Centre
Step: Career

Marketing Your Foreign Credentials

Students may be looking for work because they are graduating; or they may already be working and are ready to move to another position. There are countless employers that may have work; but attempting to find work without a clear focus and understanding of how to highlight foreign credentials and work experience can result in frustration and wasted time. This 1.5 hour workshop teaches students how to develop a targeted brand, self-market to Manitoban employers, and understand employer expectations in a new hire.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Career Services
Step: Career

Maximizing Your Research Identity

This 1.5 hour session covers various networking and academic profile websites such as ResearchGate, Mendeley, ResearchID, and Google Scholar Profiles. Participants learn about author identification systems such as ORCID and how it links with some of the systems.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Career, Research

Mendeley Advanced

In this 1.5 hour session, students learn how to merge duplicate records, merging author names, importing RIS files, advanced search options and tagging. Some of the Mendeley Web features like Mendeley Groups and setting up Mendeley Papers to find full text will also be covered.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Research

Mendeley Basics

Mendeley is a citation management tool that works with a collection of PDFs. It helps organize and manage sources in folders and by highlighting, annotating and making notes. It helps to identify and include in-text citations quickly and create a bibliography for your paper. In this 1.5 hour introductory session, students learn the essential features of Mendeley to assess whether it works for their research flow.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic, Research

Networking and Job Search Strategies - Tips for Success

In this two hour workshop, participants learn key strategies that help them conduct an effective and successful job search now and throughout their career, including identifying and expanding their network of contacts.

Duration: 2 hours
Presented by: Career Services
Step: Career

Overview of GIS

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a powerful tool used for digital mapping and spatial analysis. This one hour workshop provides an introductory overview of GIS software; gives a variety of examples of methods of how GIS can be used for data analysis and visualization in science-related disciplines; details how to prepare data or determine if data would be suitable for analysis within GIS software; and describes where to find secondary data to include in analyses.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic, Research

Overview of GIS in the Health Sciences

This one hour workshop: provides an introductory overview of GIS software; gives a variety of examples of methods of how GIS can be used for data analysis and visualization in health sciences-related disciplines; details how to prepare data or determine if the data would be suitable for analysis within GIS software; and, describes where to find secondary data to include in analyses.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic, Research

Preparing for Your First Publication

This one hour session guides participants through the complete process of preparing for their first publication. It covers important factors to consider when selecting a journal, how the peer-review and revision process works, understanding open access options, the benefits of creating an ORCID, copyright issues, and how to keep track of potential future citations.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic

Public Speaking: Having the Words Come Out Right

It's common to get nervous when speaking in front of an audience. Many of us will need to give presentations throughout our careers. Overcoming fear has much to do with preparation and knowing what you're going to say. This one hour workshop helps participants project a positive image, convey information effectively, and enhance their communications skills.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Marketing Communications Office
Step: Communication

Relational Intelligence Wisdom 2.0: Improving our Relationships with Family and Friends

This 1.5 hour workshop is for students who would like to enhance family, friendship, professional and/or romantic relationships. Participants learn about attitudes and behaviors that can either improve or impair relationships. This interactive presentation touches upon such topics as self-awareness, befriending emotions, conflict resolution, and more.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Student Counselling Centre
Step: Healthy

Research Essentials

This 1.5 hour workshop highlights library tools and services that every graduate student should know. Attendees learn about searching for theses, document delivery, article alerts, an overview of citation management software and more.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic

The Resilient Practitioner

In this 1.5 hour workshop, practitioner stress, burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue is explored and explained. Remedies that can be implemented are shared and discussed in a supportive environment to help students begin their journey into becoming a resilient practitioner.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Student Counselling Centre
Step: Healthy

Resume or CV? How to Market Your Skills

Skills and experience are valued in the workplace. This two hour workshop helps graduate students identify the skills they have gained from their academic programs and other experiences (e.g., internships, experiential education, work and volunteering), and connect these skills with those that are valued in the workplace. The differences between a resume and a CV, along with tips and strategies to help get the job you want, are also covered.

Duration: 2 hours
Presented by: Career Services
Step: Communication, Career

Search and Use Images in Publications and Posters

This 1.5 hour session shows participants how to quickly search for images and use them in their work. Participants also learn how to find free images online, how to cite found images, and discuss creative commons/copyright.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic

Search in Google and Google Scholar

This one hour session teaches tips and tricks to use when searching in Google and Google Scholar. The Google Scholar portion includes what Google Scholar has for resources, adding records to My Library, and linking back to the Library to get full text. This workshop is interactive, and answers questions about these two commonly searched web resources.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic

Search like a Pro

This 1.5 hour workshop teaches how to effectively search for information. Attendees learn search techniques for scholarly information, and Web resources. You'll also learn truncation, wild card, and Boolean logic search techniques, as well as search commands for search engines.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic

Searching in Scopus

Scopus is a multidisciplinary database that indexes journals in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities and has powerful citation analysis and visualization tools. In this one hour workshop, participants learn how to construct and refine keyword search strategies, save searches and set up alerts to keep up with literature or researchers in their field, find the highly cited work in a field, and use author tools to analyze research output.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic, Research

Searching, Selecting, and Citing

This two hour workshop covers several different options to locate research literature including the Library Search option, subject-specific databases, and Google Scholar.

Duration: 2 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic

Skills Employers are Looking For – Making the Connection

This two hour interactive workshop delivers practical strategies and tools for recognizing, connecting and communicating value to an employer. Manitoba employers need a skilled workforce that’s efficient, effective and adaptable, while workers need the skills required for success at work. Equally, employers emphasize the importance of Essential Skills and Personal Management Basics (PMBs). This workshop helps students to effectively tell the full story of all they can bring to a workplace – all the skills, abilities and attributes employers say they’re looking for. It also helps students identify, give value to and communicate the skills and attributes they have – as well as put together a plan for gaining those they don’t.

Duration: 2 hours
Presented by: Career Services
Step: Career

Thesis Structure and Organization

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. This one hour workshop provides strategies and tools that students can use to minimize those challenges. Participants are encouraged to bring what writing, organization, and time-management strategies work for them and share them at the session.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Academic Learning Centre
Step: Communication

Tips on Completing a Graduate Scholarship Application

This one hour workshop focuses on the common mistakes made when completing a scholarship application, and differentiates between a strong versus a weak application for Master’s and PhD scholarships. Students receive an overview on how they should calculate their GPA when considering eligibility for awards.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Office
Step: Communication

Types of Reviews

For those looking to write a systematic, scoping, or narrative review, this one hour session will examine the different types of reviews and what is involved with searching the literature in support of those reviews.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic, Communication

Understanding your Rights as a Graduate Student

Ideally, the graduate student experience is a time for intellectual and personal growth and interpersonal exchanges that are civil and collegial. To that end, the University supports a learning and workplace environment that is respectful. Unfortunately, issues and conflicts can arise and for graduate students, it is important to know their rights and responsibilities. In this one hour interactive session using real life scenarios, students have an opportunity to discuss what is a respectful learning and workplace environment, the complaints process, where to go for advice, and other practical tips on problem solving.

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Student Advocacy
Step: Basic

Working With Your Advisor

This 1.5 hour workshop focuses on the myths and realities of the graduate student/advisor relationship and what is within a student's control to help establish and maintain a positive relationship. Particular strategies are shared, including information about the rights and responsibilities of a graduate student.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Student Counselling Centre
Step: Basic

Writing at the Graduate Level

This one hour 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).

Duration: 1 hour
Presented by: Academic Learning Centre
Step: Communication

Writing for Poster Presentations

In this 1.5 hour session, participants examine poster samples to identify successful strategies for selecting and organizing the textual and visual components of a poster and tailoring a poster to your target audience; useful poster design tools are also identified.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Academic Learning Centre
Step: Communication

Zotero Advanced

In this 1.5 hour session, students learn how to merge duplicate records, import RIS files, advanced search options, and tagging. We will also discuss how to manage your PDFs and annotations using free cloud services such as Box, Dropbox, or Google Drive and using Zotfile, a third-party Zotero plug-in.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic, Research

Zotero Basics

Zotero is a free, open source reference management software that can be used to gather, organize and manage sources and share research. In this 1.5 hour workshop, participants find out how Zotero works as a citation management tool through the combination of demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Libraries
Step: Basic

Mitacs workshops

Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization specializing in research and training.

Mitacs graduate student workshops are designed to build competencies in four key areas that are recognized as vital to professional success. Each workshop addresses one or more of the following competencies:

  1. Leadership and management
  2. Communication and relationship building
  3. Personal and professional management
  4. Entrepreneurialism

We will be hosting the following workshops during the 2020-21 academic year:

Claim workshops for your Co-curricular Record (CCR)

The Co-curricular Record (CCR) is an official document that summarizes each student's participation in university-approved activities that aren't for academic credit. Like a transcript, the CCR is a clear statement of a student's involvement in activities that support holistic development.

You can claim your workshop attendance on your CCR if you register for and attend at least six workshops within the academic year. Please ensure that you sign the attendance sheet at the workshop start.  

Note: If you miss a workshop without adequate notice (up to 24 hours after workshop end) you will be required to attend an additional workshop to qualify for the CCR (e.g., if you attend five workshops and miss the sixth without notice, you will need to attend two additional workshops, in this example seven in total). 

How to claim your workshops 

If you have attended at least six workshops in an academic year, you will receive an email notifying you that the workshops have been submitted to your CCR. Co-curricular submissions for GradSteps are sent to Student Life in May and January.

Privacy Statement

Your personal information is being collected under the authority of The University of Manitoba Act. It will be used to create your Co-Curricular Record and be stored on the UMCommunityLINK web portal. It will not be used or disclosed for other purposes, unless permitted by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, contact the Access & Privacy Office (tel. 204-474-9462), 233 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2.

The University of Manitoba has taken steps to ensure that its agreement with Campus Labs is in compliance with The Freedom of Information and Protection and Privacy Act (FIPPA). Please be aware that Campus Labs may store data in any number of countries including the United States and therefore the data will be subject to the laws of the hosting country. This means that your personal information held in the system may be transmitted to and stored on servers outside of the University, Manitoba or Canada. The University of Manitoba cannot and does not guarantee protection against the possible disclosure of your data including, without limitation, against possible secret disclosures of data to a foreign authority in accordance with the laws of another jurisdiction.

Other workshops for grad students

Workshop partners

Contact us

For more information about graduate student workshops, please email one of the contacts below.

Student contact 
Graduate Studies Office

Faculty/staff contact 
Kelley Main, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies)