Upcoming events

Human Ethics Drop-in Sessions

Wednesdays
Online via Zoom
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Human Ethics - Fort Garry office is providing weekly drop-in sessions for all researchers, including students. They will be available to answer questions on the ethics applications as well as feedback you have received from the committees. If you are not able to make the drop-in time, please email humanethics@umanitoba.ca with your questions or to set up another time to meet.

Link to meeting: Human Ethics drop-in

Meeting ID: 618 9206 9166
Passcode: Ethics
Please log in using your myumanitoba.ca or umanitoba.ca Zoom account.

Upcoming GradSteps workshops

Workshops are a hybrid of in-person and online sessions. Please check the location carefully when registering.

December 4 - Advanced Searching in the Sciences (In Person)

When: December 4, 2023
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: WRN Computer Lab, Jim Peebles Sciences & Technology Library, 229 Machray Hall
Presented by: Libraries

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December 5 - Advanced Searching in the Sciences (Online)

When: December 5, 2023
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: UManitoba Zoom
Presented by: Libraries

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January 15 - CORE’d out? A Guide to Fort Garry Research Ethics Board Submissions

When: January 10, 2024
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: UManitoba Zoom
Presented by: Human Ethics Office

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January 18 - Responding to Microaggressions

When: January 18, 2024
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: 474 UMSU University Centre
Presented by: Michelle Pearson, Student Counselling Centre

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January 31 - Navigating Difficult Teaching Discussions

When: January 31, 2024
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: UManitoba Zoom
Presented by: Robin Attas, Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

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Canceling attendance
If you cannot attend a workshop, click the Cancel link in your registration or reminder email to decline your attendance. Or you can send an email to  the Faculty of Graduate Studies with your full name and workshop title.

GradSteps workshop listing

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 GradSteps workshops" list above.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Reducing Procrastination in Graduate School

Procrastination is a challenge that many graduate students face. This workshop will focus on learning strategies that can assist you if you encounter this difficulty while taking classes, studying, working in the lab or writing your thesis or dissertation. There will be in session practice of skills learned so please bring writing materials or a charged laptop or tablet to this session.

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

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

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

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.

Starting October 2021, Mitacs has launched a new curriculum designed to complement the hands-on research skills and experience gained by participants of Mitacs programs to better align content with the competencies needed by industry partners and employers, and to respond to modern learning preferences.

The new curriculum is transitioning away from fully in-person and fully online course offerings to a hybrid ‘course bundle’ model, in which asynchronous requirements must be completed to register for the synchronous portion, now lasting 1-3 hours, instead of a full day.

The following course bundles are currently available on EDGE:

  • Career Planning
  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Networking Skills
  • Project and Time Management
  • Reconciliation, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Writing and Presentation Skills

Course descriptions can be found on the Mitacs Training website. As of August 2022, Mitacs has added official certificates of completion for each of the course bundles.

To register, visit Mitacs EDGE. If you have any questions or have issues with your EDGE account, please contact the Mitacs Training team.

For registration instructions, please see How to register for a course bundle on EDGE (PDF).

Claim workshops for your Experience Record

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

You can claim your workshop attendance on your Experience Record if you register for and attend at least six workshops within the applicable year (May 1 to April 30). Please ensure that you sign the attendance sheet at the workshop start.  

How to claim your workshops 

As of October 2023, the Experience Record platform is currently being updated, and the ability to request is unavailable. Once updated, steps for requesting the Experience Record will be changing, along with the validation periods.
Updated instructions will be posted as soon as available. 

The Experience Record is maintained in UMConnect. If you have attended at least six workshops in an academic year, you can add GradSteps by:

  1. Log in to UMConnect with your myumanitoba email and password.
  2. In the Experience Catalogue, search for the 'GradSteps' offering.
  3. Once you find the Activity Tile, click it and scroll until you see “View this Activity”. This will lead you to the 'Activity Overview: GradSteps', which will have the list of positions on the right side of the screen. 
  4. Click on the Participant hyperlink to access the 'Position - Participant - GradSteps' page, then click the blue 'Add Position To My Experience Record' button. 
  5. Your request will be sent for verification, and GradSteps will be added to your Record upon approval.

PDF of instructions

Experience Record submissions for GradSteps are verified in January and May. 

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

Student  contact 
Graduate Studies Office

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