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Research Skills


Research Skills Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of academic integrity, citation practices, and issues of intellectual property.
  • Learn how to work collaboratively and successfully manage the supervisory relationship.
  • Develop the ability to explain or teach complex concepts related to your discipline or research area.
  • Build skills in the effective presentation, description, and contextualization of research in applications for grants and scholarships and in submissions to journals and publishers.
  • Learn how to increase research impact and knowledge mobilization beyond academic settings.

Workshop Categories & Descriptions

The Research Paper / Article / Dissertation

Avoiding Plagiarism: Citation 101

Host Presenter: 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.


Academic Integrity: Principles, Policies and Procedures at Queen's

Host: Dr John Pierce (English)

Academic integrity provides the foundation for all aspects of the academic community. In this workshop, you will learn about the policies and practices connected with academic integrity at Queen’s as they are reflected in the work of students, instructors and researchers.


Integrity in Research

Host: University Research Services

Professionalism and leadership in graduate student research and in your subsequent career entails a strong understanding of ethical principles and the ability to apply these principles wisely and judiciously. Knowledge of professional codes of conduct and standards that are specific to your discipline and to the research world more broadly is essential. Such practical issues as managing conflict of interest, defining authorship in collaborative projects, ensuring confidentiality and protecting research participants will be explored in this workshop

Funding & Grants

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

Host Presenters: SGS & Faculty

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.  There will be one workshop for NSERC/CIHR and a separate workshop for SSHRC

Publishing

Getting Published - STEM & Health Science

Host Presenters: SGS - Dr. James Reynolds

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

Host Presenters: SGS - Dr Marta Straznicky

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.

Supervision

Effective Communication with Your Supervisors

Host Presenters: Student Wellness & SGS - Dr Arunima Khanna & Dr Marta Straznicky

This workshop provides invaluable guidance on how to communicate effectively with your supervisor. The relationship between graduate student and supervisor is one of the most critical parts of a graduate student’s life and building and nurturing this relationship depends in part on open and mutually respectful communication. Graduate students share responsibility with the supervisor for maintaining direct, frequent, and clear communications and this workshop provides some tips on how to nurture an effective supervisory-student relationship.

Taking a multicultural focus, the workshop will seek to provide information on the areas listed above, and to provide case-studies to illustrate some of the challenges of supervisory-student communication with practical suggestions on problem solving and avenues for assistance if communication breaks down. Tips on how to manage the intercultural elements of the student-supervisory relationship will also be covered.


Building a Productive Working Relationship with Your Supervisor

Host presenters: Dr Kim McAuley (SGS), Dr Sue Fostaty-Young (CTL), Graduate students

This workshop provides advice and guidance on how to manage the relationship with your supervisor so that you can make more effective progress toward thesis and degree completion. A panel of upper year Ph.D. students will present their tips.  We will also discuss ways that you can best gain help from your supervisor when applying for scholarships and jobs. Attendees will work in groups on scenarios on how to tackle difficult or confusing situations that sometimes arise between students and their supervisor(s).  

Learning Outcomes

Adopt constructive approaches to communication in order to foster a healthy and productive working relationship with your supervisor