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Academia & Beyond: Knowledge Transfer

What Academia and Beyond: Knowledge Transfer offers to Graduate Students

  • Enhances graduate students ability to explain or teach complex concepts related to their discipline or research area
  • Assists in the development of skills to refine knowledge transfer beyond the confines of academia
  • Refines skills in selecting both appropriate content and delivery models of complex materials
  • Enhances the ability to promote effectively students’ research in grant and scholarship applications and in submissions to publishers

Benefits of Academia and Beyond: Knowledge Transfer for Graduate Students

  • Facilitating learning in a variety of contexts means adapting to different audiences. This requires diverse outreach and information dissemination techniques.

Workshop Categories & Descriptions

The Research Paper / Article / Dissertation

How to Write a Literature Review (Fall)

Host Presenters: Val Ashford (SASS)

Locating, synthesizing, and evaluating existing research on a topic are skills that graduate students use often in their thesis-writing. And these skills are also important to a professional career, whether in academia or industry. This workshop will focus on methods of conducting and then integrating a literature review into a thesis in a purposeful and meaningful way. In addition, you will learn techniques for ensuring that your literature review is not just a list of existing scholarship but an integral part of your thesis that benefits both you and your readers.

Presentation 2014 slides (502KB)

Dealing with Perfectionism in Writing (Winter)

Host Presenters: Learning Strategies

If perfectionism hinders completion of your writing and/or causes undue emotional stress, this workshop will offer guidance in meeting these challenges. In this session, you will evaluate the effects of perfectionism on your writing, learn about practical anti-perfectionism strategies to help you begin and complete projects

Workshop Resources (94 KB)

Revising academic writing  and eliciting feedback from your supervisor (Winter)

Host Presenter: Dr Ana Siljak (History) and Susan Korba (SASS)

This very practical session, co-offered by the Writing Center and by a faculty member, is designed to equip you to enhance and refine your academic writing.  A key element is advice on how to elicit feedback from your supervisor: practical tools are given to communicate effectively with your supervisor so that you can make the most of supervisory advice on improving your writing.

Avoiding Plagiarism: Tips on good citation practice (Winter)

Host Presenters: Library - Michael White

An important skill in becoming a responsible researcher is knowing what, how and when to cite. Proper citation is essential for acknowledging the work of others and your own. The Library's collection of citation-tracking databases offers new search and analytical capabilities that can help you understand the impact of your research and the research of others. Knowing where and how often your work is being cited is useful when preparing grant applications, applying for a new academic or research position, writing a reference letter or nomination for an award, preparing a tenure or promotion portfolio and deciding where to submit an article for publication.

This workshop will cover the basics of citation searching in Web of Science, Google Scholar and other databases. You will learn how to create an alert that will notify you when someone cites your paper in a published article. We will also discuss the various metrics (h-index, Eigenfactor, impact factor, etc.) used to determine both personal and journal impact factors. Bring your current CV or list of publications.

Workshop Slides (2.6 MB)

Dissertation Boot Camp (Winter & Summer)

Host Presenters: SGS / Writing Centre / Learning Strategies

This one week intensive boot camp is designed to accelerate your progress in the final stages of writing your Master's or PhD thesis. Participants commit to spending four (5 days in June) days writing their dissertation in a comfortable environment dedicated to writing. The Writing Center and Learning Strategies will provide one-on-one learning and writing support if desired, as well as some short spot-light talks on subjects especially relevant to the thesis writing, such as maintaining writing momentum. Group discussions will also focus on challenges common to graduate-level writing and, especially, large writing projects.

Learn more about:
Dissertation Boot Camp

Dissertation on the Lake (Summer)

Host Presenters: SGS

Dissertation on the Lake is a four day, three night writing retreat on the shores of Elbow Lake, 30 minutes north of Kingston.  This is a pilot program offered by the School of Graduate Studies to provide graduate students the opportunity to write in a relaxing and inspiring environment, setting aside the distractions of daily life at home. The day will be loosely structured around two writing sessions: three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon (you can always write for longer!)  Although writing will be the primary activity, there will be ample opportunities for relaxation including swimming, canoeing and hiking (all unsupervised). Ten two-bedroom cabins will provide accommodation and some writing space. A central meeting room is available for writing. Three meals a day will be provided.  Space is limited and preference will be given to PhD students.

Learn more about:
Dissertation on the Lake

Thesis Persistance 101  (this is not a credit course for Expanding Horizons)

Host Presenter: Ashley Vanstone, HCDS

The concept for Thesis Persistence is simple: participants commit to coming for a three hour session each week. We’ll start each session with a short conversation about setting goals and maintaining motivation, but most of the time will be devoted to thesis work. Any thesis-related task is fair game in Thesis Persistence, but during the sessions you will treat yourself to three hours of uninterrupted time – no email, social media, or work not related to your thesis. You can expect a friendly atmosphere with some gentle social pressure and opportunity for accountability in keeping to your work. Past participants have found these sessions to be some of the most productive times in their week. If your thesis seems daunting, if you’re having trouble maintaining momentum, or if you’re feeling the need for some support and structure along the way, this may be just the program for you.  Contact Ashley Vanstone at a.vanstone@queensu.ca

Tales from the World of Research Data - Could this be you? (Fall)

Host Presenters: Library - Jeff Moon

Tales from the World of Research Data – Could this be you?

  •          John’s hard drive stopped working, resulting in the loss of 6-month’s of his Master’s research data.
  •          Mary’s grant proposal has a section called ‘Knowledge Mobilization’, and she doesn’t know what to include here.
  •          Selim has human-subject data he’d like to archive, but has concerns about protecting the privacy of his respondents.
  •          Jennifer has been using Statistics Canada Public Use Microdata for her thesis. Her supervisor suggested using Statistics Canada Master Files to dig deeper into her research, but she doesn’t know how to find or access them.

If you see yourself in any of these scenarios, this introductory workshop is for you.  You’ll learn more about Research Data Management Services at Queen’s, as well as how to find and access statistics and data, including ‘restricted’ Statistics Canada Master Files.  No previous data experience required.

Presentation Slides (2.8MB)

Mechanics of Writing (Fall)

Host Presenters:  Dr. Bob Montgomerie

Academic writing involves paying attention to both the mechanics of getting it done and the style of prose. In this workshop we will focus on the mechanics in part because it is something you can actually learn in 90 minutes, whereas learning to write with style and grace can take months (years?). While there are some basic principles to learn, the most important task that we will tackle in this workshop is to tailor the mechanics of writing to your own personality and abilities. I  will also talk about the hardware and software that hinder (word processors) and help (bibliographic managers, versioning, note-taking) the writing process. My goal in this workshop is to help you figure out when, where, and how to be a productive writer.

How to Research Patent Information (Winter)

Host Presenter: Michael White, Queen's Library

Patents are an increasingly important source of scientific and technical information, much of which is not published in journals. In 2012, more than 2.35 million new patent applications were filed worldwide, an increase of 9.2 percent. The patent literature is interdisciplinary and international, encompassing innovations in every field of technology during the last two hundred years. Patents reveal the current state-of-the-art and provide vital information for making informed decisions about new research projects and business opportunities. This workshop will demonstrate how you can access the wealth of information in patent literature and provide you with strategies for searching patents in various databases.

Workshop Goals (36KB)

Top Tips for Graduate Success (Fall)

Host Presenters:  Dr. Virginia Walker

Faculty members share their ideas about how to be effective and successful in your graduate program.  This is a very pragmatic session, based on real experience, that covers such topics as staying on track, maintaining momentum, dealing with difficulties, and managing the supervisory relationships.

Presentation Slides (89KB)


Funding & Grants

Tips on Applying for Scholarships & Fellowships – NSERC, SSHRC & CIHR (Fall)

Host Presenters: SGS & Dr Chris Moyes (Biology), Dr Kim McAuley (Chemical Engineering), Dr Sammi King (Kinesiology & Health Studies), Dr Don Klinger (Education)

This session will provide information about what makes an application stand out, what sells and what doesn’t, and how best to present your research. Faculty members who have sat on review panels for Tri-Council Agencies  will share their experiences and address questions.

Presentation slides 2014 NSERC & CIHR (PDF 250KB)

Presentation Slides 2014 SSHRC (PDF 300KB)

Ten Tips for Effective Grant Writing (Fall)

Host Presenters: ORS

This workshop provides tools and strategies on how to write a persuasive and compelling grant application. Topics include: the importance of starting early, writing with simplicity and clarity, defining a project with a realistic scope, and demonstrating effectively your ability to carry out the research.

Tri-Council Application Drop-In Work Session (Fall)

Host Presenter: SGS & Faculty

This session provides assistance to students completing Tri-Council applications and is offered in conjunction with the Tri Council workshops (NSERC,CIHR & SSHRC) on September 11th & 23rd.   Writing space is provided and several faculty members will be on hand to answer questions.  Drop in to work on your application and get general feedback on the draft of your application.  Keep in mind that your supervisor and graduate coordinator will be best equipped to comment on your research proposal. 

Demystifying the PHD Annual Report (Fall)

Host Presenter: SGS & Faculty

This workshop provides guidance about how to use the annual report (which all PhD students are required to submit) to support your degree progress.  Information about the elements included in the Annual Report are provided, as well as tips on how to set goals for the next year, consult with your supervisor, report difficulties, and solicit feedback.


Getting Published - STEM & Health Science (Winter)

Host Presenters: SGS - Dr. Kerry Rowe (Engineering)

This seminar/workshop will provide insight on how the world of academic publishing works. You will develop a better understanding of how different commercial publishing models (subscription based and 'open access') work, and how their survival strategies have an impact on your choice of journals. You will also come to appreciate how journal editors determine which articles are desirable for their publications.

Getting Published - Humanities & Social Sciences (Winter)

Host Presenters: SGS - Dr. Jeffrey Collins (History)

This seminar/workshop will provide insight on how the world of academic publishing works. You will develop a better understanding of how different commercial publishing models (subscription based and 'open access') work, and how their survival strategies have an impact on your choice of journals. You will also come to appreciate how journal editors determine which articles are desirable for their publications.

Digital Humanities (Fall)

Host Presenter: Library and faculty

Digital Humanities is a hot topic in academia, but what is it and how can you include it in your research?  The Queen’s Learning Commons and the Queen’s University Library will host a panel discussion with Graduate Students, Faculty, Librarians and Archivists about their experiences with Digital Humanities (DH).


Conferences: Abstracts to Audiences (Winter)

Host Presenters: SGS - Dr. John Smol (Biology)

This conference will cover the do’s and don’ts of academic conferences, beginning with how to identify conferences in your field, how to write an effective abstract, how to put together a panel with participants from other universities, how to write a conference paper and how to present it in an effective and engaging manner.

Poster Boards: Tips & Tricks (Winter)

Host Presenters: SGS - Dr. Susan Boehnke (Neuroscience)

Designing an effective poster board for presentations at conferences and meetings is a required skill in many academic programs. The workshop will provide information on how to showcase your research effectively in the limited space of the poster board. Tips on how to convey information to a diverse audience will also be covered and how you can use your poster to generate conversation with academic peers.


Principles of Teaching & Learning (Fall)

Host Presenters: Sue Fostaty Young (CTL )

The focus of this session is on learning -- what learning looks like and how, as educators, we can select instructional strategies to influence students' approach to learning.

Presentation Slides (246KB)

Assessment for Learning (Fall)

Host Presenters: Klodiana Kolomitro (CTL )

What and how we assess influences students' approaches to learning. This interactive session provides a forum  to examine the options, selection, and implementation of assessment to support student learning.


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