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The schedule for Fall 2021 is now available. Confirmed workshops are listed below. Information on how to register for each workshop is also provided.

Don't forget you can register for the Mitacs Online workshops. See new curriculum outline below!  They will also be added to your Queen's Professional Development Record.

You may also want to take a look at additional online resources and workshops not listed below from Student Academic Success Services, Career Services, Centre for Teaching & Learning, QUIC & the Human Rights & Equity Office.

 

Fall Term 2021

Confirmed Workshops (more to come)

August 2021

Effective Communication with your Supervisor

Research Skills

Who: Dr. Arunima Khanna (Student Wellness) and Dr. Christopher DeLuca (SGS)
When: Tuesday 17th August, 2021
Time: 2:00pm;- 4:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: Effective Communication with your Supervisor (PDF, 379 KB)


Tips on Applying for Scholarships - NSERC

Research Skills

Who: Dr Nick Mosey (FAS)
When: Thursday 19 August, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: 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


Tips on Applying for Scholarships - CIHR

Research Skills

Who: Dr Tara MacDonald (SGS)
When: Monday 23 August, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: 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


Jump Start Your Career

Career Building

Who: Miguel Hahn (Career Services) & Dr Tara MacDonald (SGS)
When: Tuesday 24 August, 2021
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: Learn how to deal with the Top Four Career Challenges faced by grad students. In this session, you will learn about graduate career pathways and helpful resources, as well as get started on an action plan to integrate career development with your academic studies from the beginning of your program.


Tips on Applying for Scholarships - SSHRC

Research Skills

Who: Dr. Christopher DeLuca (SGS)
When: Wednesday August 25, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: 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


Foundations of Grad Academic Success

Research Skills

Who: Ian Garner (SASS)
When: Wednesday August 25, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: Join our experts for an introduction to academic success at a major Canadian research university. What do supervisors, professors, and colleagues expect from you? How can you access and deal with readings, notetaking, understanding lectures and tutorials? What are the demands on a graduate student’s time, and how can you meet them effectively?


September 2021

Foundations of Grad Academic Success

Research Skills

Who: Ian Garner (SASS)
When: Monday September 6 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Stauffer Library, Speakers Corner
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: Join our experts for an introduction to academic success at a major Canadian research university. What do supervisors, professors, and colleagues expect from you? How can you access and deal with readings, notetaking, understanding lectures and tutorials? What are the demands on a graduate student’s time, and how can you meet them effectively?


Foundations of Grad Academic Success

Research Skills

Who: Ian Garner (SASS)
When: Monday 6 September 2021
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: Join our experts for an introduction to academic success at a major Canadian research university. What do supervisors, professors, and colleagues expect from you? How can you access and deal with readings, notetaking, understanding lectures and tutorials? What are the demands on a graduate student’s time, and how can you meet them effectively?


Grad Reading Skills

Communication: Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

Who: Lindsay Heggie, SASS
When: Monday, 13 September 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Stauffer Library, Speakers Corner
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: Grad students are asked to read a lot. Often, the need to master a discipline can feel overwhelming—especially when faced with huge reading lists or the hundreds of new journal articles that appear regularly. In this session, we’ll talk you through some ways to read more quickly and effectively, prioritize readings, and get the information you need—without getting bogged down.


Grad Reading Skills

Communication: Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

Who: Lindsay Heggie, SASS
When: Monday, 13 September 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: Grad students are asked to read a lot. Often, the need to master a discipline can feel overwhelming—especially when faced with huge reading lists or the hundreds of new journal articles that appear regularly. In this session, we’ll talk you through some ways to read more quickly and effectively, prioritize readings, and get the information you need—without getting bogged down.


Intercultural Awareness Certificate - Series 1

Health, Wellness & Community

Who: QUIC and 4DISC
When: Tuesdays, Sept 14, 21, 28 & Oct 5, 12
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: Online
Register via QUIC
Workshop Description: Intercultural Training Certificate (PDF, 432 KB)


Intercultural Awareness Certificate - Series 2

Health, Wellness & Community

Who: QUIC and 4DISC
When: Thursdays, Sept 16, 23, 30 & Oct 7, 14
Time: 10:30am;- 12:30 pm
Where: Online
Register via QUIC
Workshop Description: Intercultural Training Certificate (PDF, 432 KB)


Tips on Applying for Scholarships and Fellowships (NSERC,SSHRC,CIHR)

Research Skills

Who: Dr Tara MacDonald and Dr Chris DeLuca (SGS)
When: Friday 24th September, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30 pm
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: 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.


Principles of Teaching and Learning

Leadership & Management

Who: Karalyn McRae (CTL) and Clarissa de Leon (Education)
When: Wednesday 29 September 2021
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description - This session will focus on the foundational principles of what learning is, what learning looks like, and what learning looks like in your own disciplinary context. Based on our understanding of learning, we will also discuss how, as educators, we can work to develop our own teaching practice using instructional strategies that best support a student-centered approach to learning.


This is Canada: Living Anti-Racism

Health, Wellness & Community

Who: Human Rights & Equity Office
When: Wednesday, Sept 29
Time: 1:00pm;- 3:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via HREO
Workshop Description: In this introductory session, the content designed to energize participants towards living anti-racism everyday. Here we engage with what is racism, how oppression and racism are specifically related to exclusion while simultaneously considering the narratives that influence our understanding of oppression/racism.


October 2021

Writing a Literature Review

Communication: Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

Who: Ian Garner, SASS
When: Monday, 4 October 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Stauffer Library, Speakers Corner
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: Writing a literature review can be tough. Where do you start, how much do you include, and where do you find reading material? How do you categorise and describe ideas you’ve come across? How do you begin and end, and how can writing a great literature review make the rest of your dissertation or thesis research a whole lot easier? In this session, we’ll show you all the tips and tricks for writing the perfect lit review.


Writing a Literature Review

Communication: Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

Who: Ian Garner, SASS
When: Monday, 4 October 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: Writing a literature review can be tough. Where do you start, how much do you include, and where do you find reading material? How do you categorise and describe ideas you’ve come across? How do you begin and end, and how can writing a great literature review make the rest of your dissertation or thesis research a whole lot easier? In this session, we’ll show you all the tips and tricks for writing the perfect lit review.


How to Turn Your Graduate/Postdoc Work into a TEDx Talk

Setting Your Ideas In Motion

Who: TEDX QueensU Chapter and SGS
When: Wednesday 6 October, 2021
Time: 5pm - 6:30pm
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: This event is designed specifically for graduate students and postdocs by helping you translate your graduate or postdoc work, such as research and academic writing, into a TEDx talk. Topics will include the application process to speak at the upcoming 2022 TEDxQueensU conference, honing your presentation skills, strategies for making technical topics understandable for a broad audience, and balancing content-based elements of a presentation with making an emotional connection with your listener. Even if you are not interested in presenting at TEDx, this workshop is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop your public speaking, communicative skills, and ability to translate knowledge efficiently.


Anti-Oppression

Health, Wellness & Community

Who: Human Rights & Equity Office
When: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Where: Online
Register via HREO
Workshop Description: In this session, participants will explore the concepts of identity, power, privilege and their relationship to oppression. Through the use of practical examples and strategies, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of anti-oppression.


IDP (Individual Development Plan) Launch Workshop

Career Building

Who: Miguel Hahn (Career Services) 
When: Thursday 14 October, 2021
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: Kick off your IDP with the Launch Workshop where we’ll walk you through the beginning of the IDP process with a group of other growth-oriented graduate students! We’ll cover:

  • Exploring career options from your degree
  • Assessing your current skills and considering growth areas
  • Establishing learning goals for the year ahead
  • Overview of the IDP process

Come prepared to reflect on the big picture. We’ll think about where you want to go, where you are now, and how you are going to get there!


GPDN  Canadian Career Symposium 2021

Career Building

Who: Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network (GPDN) and SGS hosts
When: Mon 18th - Thursday 21st, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via GPDN website (opening 1st October). When registering you must use your Queen's email.
Symposium Description: The Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network (GPDN) is a network of professionals who are dedicated to supporting the development and success of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The School of Graduate Studies has sponsored this event to allow Queen's graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, to participate in the Symposium.  For full details, Agenda and program, see the GPDN's new website


Teaching for all Students: Introduction to Inclusive Pedagogy for TA's

Health, Wellness & Community

Who: Karalyn McRae (CTL), Clarissa de Leon (Education), Monica Garvie (Biology)
When: Tuesday 19th October 2021
Time: 10:30am;- 12:00 noon
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: What can you do as a teaching assistant to create an inclusive learning environment? Whether you are leading a lab/tutorial, providing guest lectures, marking assignments, or facilitating online discussions, this session will focus on how TAs of all types can make critical decisions to help meet the needs of diverse learners. Topics covered in this session include the four stages of psychological safety, Indigenous ways of learning, anti-racism, and Universal Design for Learning. 


Giving Conference Presentations

Communication: Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

Who: Ian Garner, SASS
When: Monday, 25 October 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Stauffer Library, Speakers Corner
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: Presenting at conferences is a vital part of academic life. We’ll show you ways to express complex research findings with clarity, speak clearly, and make your audience pay attention. Most importantly, we’ll talk you through how to handle the question and answer period with an audience of experts!


Giving Conference Presentations

Communication: Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

Who: Ian Garner, SASS
When: Monday, 25 October 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: Presenting at conferences is a vital part of academic life. We’ll show you ways to express complex research findings with clarity, speak clearly, and make your audience pay attention. Most importantly, we’ll talk you through how to handle the question and answer period with an audience of experts!


This is Canada: Living Anti-Racism

Health, Wellness & Community

Who: Human Rights & Equity Office
When: Wednesday, 27 October, 2021
Time: 1:00pm;- 3:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via HREO
Workshop Description: In this introductory session, the content designed to energize participants towards living anti-racism everyday. Here we engage with what is racism, how oppression and racism are specifically related to exclusion while simultaneously considering the narratives that influence our understanding of oppression/racism.


Resume & Cover Letters for the Non Academic Job Market

Career Building

Who: Emma Thompson (Career Services) 
When: Wednesday 27 October, 2021
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: The first half of this session will help you to use key strategies for highlighting your unique skills, knowledge and experience in your resume/CV. Please bring a draft copy of your resume to work on, if you have it. In the second half of this workshop, you will learn about key components and strategies that make the most difference when writing a cover letter. You will also work on exercises designed to get you started on customizing your cover letter. To get the most benefit from this workshop, it is helpful to have a specific opportunity that you are targeting.


IDP (Individual Development Plan) Launch Workshop

Career Building

Who: Miguel Hahn (Career Services) 
When: Thursday 28 October, 2021
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Where: Gordon Hall, room 302 (TBC)
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: Kick off your IDP with the Launch Workshop where we’ll walk you through the beginning of the IDP process with a group of other growth-oriented graduate students! We’ll cover:

  • Exploring career options from your degree
  • Assessing your current skills and considering growth areas
  • Establishing learning goals for the year ahead
  • Overview of the IDP process

Come prepared to reflect on the big picture. We’ll think about where you want to go, where you are now, and how you are going to get there!


November 2021

Intercultural Awareness Certificate - Series 3

Health, Wellness & Community

Who: QUIC and 4DISC
When: Wednesdays Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 and Dec 1
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Online
Register via QUIC
Workshop Description: Intercultural Training Certificate (PDF, 432 KB)


Intercultural Awareness Certificate - Series 4

Health, Wellness & Community

Who: QUIC and 4DISC
When: Thursdays, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 and Dec 2
Time: 1:30pm;- 3:30 pm
Where: Online
Register via QUIC
Workshop Description: Intercultural Training Certificate (PDF, 432 KB)


Writing & Publishing Journal Articles

Communication: Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

Who: Johanna, SASS
When: Monday, 8 November 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Stauffer Library, Speakers Corner
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: “Publish or perish” doesn’t have to be so daunting when you have a clear process for turning research or course papers into academic articles. We’ll discuss how to match your writing style and structure to meet the standards of your journal of choice, how to deal with editing suggestions—and rejection, and help you make a plan to get your work out there!


Writing & Publishing Journal Articles

Communication: Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

Who: Johanna, SASS
When: Monday, 8 November 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: “Publish or perish” doesn’t have to be so daunting when you have a clear process for turning research or course papers into academic articles. We’ll discuss how to match your writing style and structure to meet the standards of your journal of choice, how to deal with editing suggestions—and rejection, and help you make a plan to get your work out there!


Anti-Oppression

Health, Wellness & Community

Who: Human Rights & Equity Office
When: Thursday, 16 November 2021
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Where: Online
Register via HREO
Workshop Description: In this session, participants will explore the concepts of identity, power, privilege and their relationship to oppression. Through the use of practical examples and strategies, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of anti-oppression.


Editing Skills

Communication: Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

Who: Johanna, SASS
When: Monday, 22 November 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Stauffer Library, Speakers Corner
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: Every writer needs a great editor, but editing your own writing can be tough. Our expert editors will talk you through the best systems, tools, and resources for learning to edit your writing—whether you need to slash your word count, redevelop your argument, or brush up your style or grammar.


Editing Skills

Communication: Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

Who: Johanna, SASS
When: Monday, 22 November 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via: SASS
Workshop Description: Every writer needs a great editor, but editing your own writing can be tough. Our expert editors will talk you through the best systems, tools, and resources for learning to edit your writing—whether you need to slash your word count, redevelop your argument, or brush up your style or grammar.


Interviewing for Business, Government and Non Profits

Career Building

Who: (Career Services) 
When: Wednesday 24 November, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Where: Online
Register via Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: Attend your next interview feeling confident and prepared – whether it is remote (by phone, Skype, Zoom, etc.) or in-person. Learn how to handle the "Tell Me About Yourself" opener, typical behavioural questions, difficult questions, and prepare questions for you to ask the interviewer. Come prepared to practice and leave feeling more ready for your next interview. In the first half of this session, you will be introduced to the basics for structuring your responses, including the STAR method. In the second half of this session, improve your interview skills by practicing your ability to talk about relevant experiences and competencies. Develop confidence as you hone your messages and become more convincing as you talk, listen and learn in a supportive environment.


This is Canada: Living Anti-Racism

Health, Wellness & Community

Who: Human Rights & Equity Office
When: Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Time: 1:00pm;- 3:00 pm
Where: Online
Register via HREO
Workshop Description: In this introductory session, the content designed to energize participants towards living anti-racism everyday. Here we engage with what is racism, how oppression and racism are specifically related to exclusion while simultaneously considering the narratives that influence our understanding of oppression/racism.


Research Promotion: Media Training and The Conversation Canada (Part 1)

Communication: Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

Who: Queen's Media Relations
When: Thursday, 25 November 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Where: Online
Register via: Expanding Horizons
Workshop Description: How can you promote your research in an evolving communications landscape? Looking to build your expert profile? Interested in learning more about media relations? Members of the media relations and research promotion teams in the University Relations portfolio will present on the importance of research communications, the evolving digital communications landscape, and how you can promote your research at Queen’s. Participants will learn how to engage with the media, how to leverage platforms such as The Conversation Canada, and tips and tricks for using social media. 

This is part one of a two-part series. Part two (February 24th, 2022) will apply the knowledge learned in part one to build skills in oral communication and writing for a public audience by participating in mock media interviews and practicing pitch writing for news outlets such as The Conversation Canada.


Mitacs Training – New Curriculum starting October 4th, 2021

Provided via Mitacs learning management system - EDGE and open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  All Mitacs courses currently will be online until further notice.

Post pandemic however Mitacs course offerings will use a hybrid course bundle model where asynchronous requirements must be completed to register for the synchronous portion (1.5-2 hours).

  • The following courses will be available in October, starting with the asynchronous portion: Networking skills - Communication skills - Project and time management - Reconciliation and EDI.
  • The following courses will be available in December, starting with the synchronous portion: Career planning, R&D management, Leadership skills and Writing and presentation skills.

See the full Mitacs curriculum to be available soon.

Accessibility

Queen’s is committed to an inclusive campus community with accessible goods, services, and facilities that respect the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. The School of Graduate Studies, Expanding Horizons workshop series is available in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports upon request.

Please contact Colette Steer in the SGS office in one of the following ways: Email: steerc@queensu.ca Phone: ext. 78776 In person: 74 Union Street, Gordon Hall, Room 425