Grad Help Workshops

Grad Help workshops are workshops delivered by peer mentors, that is graduate students with some graduate school under their belt that volunteer to help their fellow grad students.  The workshops are on academic topics that the peer mentor has experience in. We also occasionally offer workshops by faculty and recent PhDs. These workshops are delivered from September to March.

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Oct
Thu
2

Time Management for Graduate Students

Grad Help Workshop with Nataliia S., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 102

The everyday routine of graduate students is completely different from that of undergrads. Grad students have a more flexible schedule, but at the same time it includes deadlines and other responsibilities.  Sometimes you may happens to spend all your time in the labs or libraries and study without any breaks. Good Time Management will help to normalize both sides of your life: academic and social. Join Grad Help peer mentor, Nataliia, as she discusses strategies for managing your time in grad school.
Oct
Mon
6

Graduate Procrastination

Grad Help Workshop with Stacy Y., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Many graduate students have large research projects after they have finished their course requirements. The research usually requires a lot of study and planning. Many of these projects have deadlines that are far into the future which contributes to the problems faced by graduate students with procrastination. In this workshop Grad Help peer mentor, Stacy, will talk about time management and other strategies on how to overcome procrastination. She will share her own experiences at the graduate level. This workshop is open to all students but will be most relevant to students with large research projects such as a thesis or dissertation.
Oct
Wed
15

How to use the Library Website to Find Research Resources in Grad School

Grad Help Workshop with Cathy Q., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

MURRAY G3

How much do you know about the Library and its website? Are you looking for useful information for doing research? Join Grad Help peer mentor, Cathy, as she talks about useful Library resources online. This workshop is open to anyone but of most use to people starting off their research projects (whether they be papers or something larger).
Oct
Thu
16

Intellectual Property Rights

Grad Help Workshop with Nataliia S., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 102

The term Intellectual Property (IP) has different meanings in different contexts. This issue is of significant importance during graduate studies. Not being aware of IP Rights can lead to serious problems with research and in your degree. Join Grad Help peer mentor, Nataliia, as she discusses topics in IP Rights that you should know. This is open to any student interested in the topic but will be directed at grad students.
Oct
Fri
17

Giving Conference Presentations

Grad Help Workshop with Bassey B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Most graduate students present their research at conferences, local, nationally or internationally. The actual presentation can be challenging. Come join Grad Help peer mentor Bassey as he give tips on how to give effective presentations. This workshop is open to all students but will be of most help to students who are planning on presenting at a conference in the near future. Please note the type of presentation that will be focused on will be an oral presentation.
Oct
Fri
17

Intellectual Property Rights

Grad Help Workshop with Kumkum A., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
3:00 PM to 3:50 PM

MURRAY 102

This workshop will look at preserving intellectual property rights in your university research and other work. Join Grad Help peer mentor, Kumkum, as she discusses the legislation and how it applies to you and your grad school experience.
Oct
Mon
20

Preparing for Fieldwork

Grad Help Workshop with Jenny G., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Are you a senior undergrad or new master's student who is concerned about your first fieldwork research experience and not sure how to prepare? If so, then this workshop is for you! We will discuss:

  • ethics approval and ethical issues in the field;
  • research proposal, planning, budget;
  • visas, permissions and shots;
  • what to buy, bring, pack;
  • keeping in touch and safety issues in the field;
  • field notes;
  • and where do I start when I get home. 

This workshop is meant to be general and helpful to everyone but will be particularly helpful to students who are doing research in the fields of: anthropology, archaeology, native studies, sociology, religious studies, northern governance and development, public health, and environment and sustainability.

Oct
Tue
21

Working on Peer Reviewed Paper Revisions

Grad Help Workshop with Stacy Y., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Many students attempt to publish while doing their graduate work. A key step in this process is submitting and then receiving comments from paper reviewers that require revisions of the manuscript. These comments are key in the polishing process and needed for publication. In this workshop Grad Help peer mentor, Stacy, will talk about her own experiences with this process and discuss how to use comments wisely and some strategies for effective revisions. This workshop is open to all students but will be of most use to students who are already, or will be, submitting their work to academic journals.
Oct
Mon
27

Dealing with Cultural Differences in Grad School

Grad Help Workshop with Kumkum A., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

MURRAY G3

Cultural shock is very common when going from one culture to another. We will discuss ways of dealing with cultural barriers to ease your transition into your different communities. Grad Help peer mentor, Kumkum, will facilitate discussion to help you in your academic journey in your first year. This workshop is open to everyone but will be of most use to first year grad students coming from a different culture.
Oct
Wed
29

Resources for Language Improvement for International Grad Students

Grad Help Workshop with Cathy Q., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

MURRAY 102

Do you need to improve your language skills for conference presentations or writing your thesis? There are a number of resources at the U of S for Grad Students to help improve language skills. Join Grad Help peer mentor, Cathy, as she discusses these resources and her own experiences. This workshop is open to all students but will be of most interest to international grad students.
Oct
Thu
30

Now That I Am a Master's Student, How Do I Read Scholarly Articles Effectively?

Grad Help Workshop with Jenny G., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Are you a senior undergrad or master’s student who is concerned about or having difficulty with reading in grad school? If so, then this is the workshop for you! We will be discussing many helpful tips, tricks, and information tidbits for before you read; during reading, and after you read.  We will discuss some reading methods; note taking vs. highlighting; myths about reading; reading effectively; and reading critically.  This workshop is intended for new master’s students but EVERYONE is welcome including undergrads and PhD students.
Oct
Fri
31

Poster Presentations

Grad Help Workshop with Bassey B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Many graduate students, and senior undergrads, will be required to give a poster presentation in the course of their studies. join Grad Help peer mentor, Bassey, as he discusses how to give good poster presentations. This workshops is open to all students but will be of most help to those who will be giving poster presentations in the future.