Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

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Suites & Workshop Descriptions

Expanding Horizons offers workshops in six suites, with a number of workshops available in each. Not for credit Certificates will be awarded to students who complete a minimum of 12 workshops (with at least one workshop from each suite). Upon graduation a Supplemental Training Record will be issued with the Queen's seal as documentation of the professional skills training you have completed.

Suite One: Health, Wellness and Community

  • Refine and develop knowledge and skills that assist in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
  • Understand the intercultural nature of both workplace and academic environments and the importance of diversity and inclusion.
  • Develop skills in time management and financial management.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of laws and policies concerning interpersonal conduct in the university setting and in society at large.
  • Develop as global citizens.


Research Collaboration with Indigenous Communities

Host: This Co-organized by the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.

The objective of this workshop is to raise awareness in the Queen’s community about the steps that need to be put in place to ensure that relevant community groups, agencies, students, academic mentors and administrative personnel are prepared to address the distinct requirements of conducting research with Indigenous community partners.

The workshop has three major components:

  1. A keynote presentation by Alex McComber, DSc (h.c.), Mohawk from Kahnawà:ke Territory who has held leadership positions in the development of academic-community research collaborations in the area of Indigenous health and is an adjunct professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University.
  2. A panel of short presentation by students, faculty, and Indigenous community membersdiscussing from first-hand experience the challengesand rewards of research ollaboration across academic and indigenous communities, and
  3. A Talking Circle during which all participants will have an opportunity to share insights, questions, and reflections. The Talking Circle will be moderated by Janice Hill, Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.

Building Successful Academic Relationships Across Cultures

Host: School of Graduate Studies and Dr Nanda Dimitrov

As a graduate student and scholar, you will collaborate and teach across cultures throughout your academic career. Join us to learn strategies for navigating cultural differences in communication styles, expectations and collaboration with your supervisors, peers and students or anyone with whom you work collaboratively across global and disciplinary cultures.

During the session, you will work together with others to develop strategies for responding to challenging supervision scenarios; negotiating with research team members and explore strategies for getting the mentorship you need to succeed in a global academic and professional environment in graduate school and beyond.

Biography of Dr Nanda Dimitrov

Dr DimitrovDr. Nanda Dimitrov is an educational developer and intercultural communication scholar exploring critical issues in internationalizing higher education through an intercultural communication lens at Western University, Canada where she is the Director of the Teaching Support Centre, and holds an adjunct research professor appointment in the Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the Faculty of Education. 

Nanda’s work as an educational developer focuses on TA development, doctoral education, mentorship across cultures, and interculturalizing the curriculum. Her recent publications have explored disciplinary communication competence, the impact of International TA training programs, and the development of intercultural teaching competence.

She has facilitated workshops on graduate supervision and teaching across cultures at eleven universities, including UBC, SFU, and York University; as well as the meetings of provincial and national associations of Graduate Studies (CAGS; OCGS and NEAGS).  Outside Canada, she has facilitated teaching workshops at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

For a list of her publications and presentations, please go to her website

Intercultural Awareness Certificate

Host:  Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) and Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (4DASC)

QUIC and the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre invite students to participate in this five-part series of workshops which will help them to recognize that gaining intercultural awareness requires a commitment to life-long learning. At the end of the training they will be able to:

  • Describe the concept of culture and apply this concept to evaluate their own personal cultures;
  • Identify various dimensions of culture that will help them effectively engage in an intercultural context;
  • Practise various skills that will help them be more effective in intercultural interactions;
  • Recognize their own strengths and challenges when interacting with cultural commonality and difference; and
  • Evaluate their experiences with cultural difference and commonality in order to continue the development of their intercultural competence.
  • Gain greater awareness and understanding of Indigenous culture; and
  • Gain greater understanding and empathy for the lived experience of Western colonialism by Indigenous peoples in the Americas.

Participants must attend five 90 minute workshops, or three 150 minute workshops, in order to receive a certificate. Workshops are repeated in the Fall and Winter Terms.  See the full schedule. Space is limited; reserve your place by emailing quic.training@queensu.ca.

Participants are asked to complete the online training  Tools for Success in an Intercultural World before registering for the Certificate workshops.

Workshops Descriptions:

  1. Intercultural begins with you: Participants will be introduced to basic concepts of intercultural learning, with an emphasis on the importance of knowing one’s own cultural self as a means to understanding and appreciating the culture of others, and thus gaining intercultural competence.
  2. Between cultures – it takes a skill or two: In this workshop, we will continue to look at dimensions of culture – how we communicate and how we respond to difference – and how they affect our intercultural interactions. Participants will learn Janet Bennett’s Describe-Interpret-Evaluate (D.I.E.) method for dealing with human interactions, as well as possible links between intercultural communication and effective interactions.
  3. Thinking about your intercultural competence – an introduction to the Intercultural Development Continuum: The Intercultural Development Continuum, or IDC, was developed by Dr. Mitchell Hammer; the IDC outlines different stages of intercultural competence, or ‘mindsets’. This workshop will introduce you to the IDC; it will help you to recognize characteristics of the various mindsets identified in the IDC, both in yourselves and in those around you.
  4. Indigenous Culture & Experience – KAIROS Blanket Exercise:  Queen’s Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre will present an interactive learning experience that teaches Indigenous rights history. The Kairos Blanket Exercise covers 500 years of history in a ninety minute participatory workshop. Participants will take-on the roles of Indigenous and Settler peoples in Canada and experience pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance.
  5. Indigenous Culture & Experience – Cultural Safety Training: This session is comprised of two parts. The first part focuses on the diversity of Indigenous communities and peoples. Participants explore the concept of self-identity, the context of proper terminology to use when referring or speaking with Indigenous peoples. Participants are also guided to reflect and share their uniqueness, what gifts they carry as individuals, and methods of cross-communication through reflection. The session also utilizes the cultural framework model by taking the group through the Indigenous paradigm and comparing it to the dominant Western society. In the second part, participants explore the concept of issues in urban settings, why Indigenous Peoples choose not to self-identify. The group will further discuss and reflect on their individual stereotypes and biases they carry, along with societal privileges. Participants will also explore the ideology of creating empathetic relationships and collaborating with members of Indigenous communities.


Community Awareness: Kairos Blanket Exercise

Host Presenters: Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre - Laura Maracle

How do you “unlearn” a story that you thought was the truth your whole life?

The Kairos Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on the Aboriginal Peoples – which recommended education on Canadian-indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in on a one and half hour participatory workshop.


By engaging on an emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy and encourages collaboration.

Religious Literacy

Host Presenter: The Chaplain's Office, Kate Johnson

Religious Literacy workshop: In an age where a fast-growing number of Canadian citizens identify their religious identification as “none”, religion still plays a significant role in our society. For better or worse, religion impacts politics, social policy, workplace, family and social interactions. This workshop will give participants a very high level overview of the Canadian religious landscape and the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on that landscape. Participants are welcome to bring specific questions (or even better submit them in advance) so that Chaplain Kate Johnson can speak to your desired learning outcomes. This workshop is relevant for anyone planning a career that deals with the general public in a government or business setting as well as those aspiring to management.

Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Training

Host Presenter:  SGPS

Using an intersectional, community-based approach, Bystander Intervention Training Sessions give students, faculty, and staff the tools needed to recognize and respond to sexual violence. Facilitated by the Division of Student Affairs, the programming is administered by a trained team of undergraduate and graduate student leaders.


Setting the Tone for Inclusivity in the Classroom

Host Presenter: Dr Erin Clow and Jean Pfleiderer Queen's Human Rights Office

Are you prepared for the increasing diversity of your student body? How will you incorporate diversity into your curriculum, syllabus and pedagogy? How does privilege operate within the classroom and what can you do to disrupt this privilege?

The topic of inclusivity in the classroom will be explored interactively in this scenario-based workshop. Drawing examples from several forms of marginalization, we will share practical tips and tools for interrupting privilege and creating a more inclusive environment.  It is the goal of this session that attendees will leave with practical, implementable ideas and resources that will aid in setting the tone for inclusivity in the classroom.

After completing this workshop participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the concept privilege, and how it can operate within the classroom
  • Possess a variety of techniques aimed at proactively setting an inclusive environment in the classroom
  • Have practical/implementable strategies for interrupting privilege in the classroom

Health & Wellbeing

Time Management: Coping with Procrastination & Maintaining Motivation

Host Presenters: Learning Strategies

Through a mix of self-reflection exercises and practical suggestions this workshop will to help you to identify your own priorities and sources of motivation, manage procrastination, and balance your time to meet your responsibilities, goals and health.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participating in this workshop will enable the student to
  • Become aware of personal values and ambitions as a source of motivation
  • Set SMART goals
  • Learn strategies to avoid or manage procrastination
  • Learn techniques to manage a large work load, meet deadlines, and achieve both long-term and short-term goals.

The trap of proscrastination and how to avoid it through mindfulness

Host Presenter: Anja Troje - Student Wellness Centre

In this workshop you will hear about the psychological and physiological context of procrastination behaviour and learn practical strategies to pay attention in the right moment so that you can reduce the time you spend procrastinating and become more efficient as a result.

Your Mindful Life

Host Presenter: Student Wellness Centre

Join Queen's University Personal Counsellors Lindsay Dupuis and Dennis Pringle for a stirring exploration of Mindfulness insights and strategies that can help optimize your mental health, functioning, and overall sense of well-being. 

Lindsay Dupuis, M.A., C.C.C.-Q (Personal Counsellor, Student Wellness Services, Queen’s University). Lindsay attended Canada's only university program in Buddhism, Psychology, and Mental Health at the University of Toronto. She has taught mindfulness meditation to inmates in a maximum security prison, and has facilitated mindfulness training at a therapy garden in Denmark as part of the Swedish “Alnarp Model” of nature-based stress rehabilitation. Lindsay currently works with employees of an international company via online video conferencing, and she runs mindfulness groups at Queen’s University as well as in the Kingston community

Dennis Pringle, MSW, MTS, RSW (Personal Counsellor, Student Wellness Services, Queen’s University). Dennis is a registered Social Worker and Theologian specializing in school based mental health, spirituality / religion, and media literacy. He has worked in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools across Canada providing a holistic and multi-dimensional model of practice that emphasizes Mindfulness insights and strategies.  Dennis’ other passionate interests are history and music.


Work-life Balance Challenges and Strategies

Host Presenter: Student Wellness Office and SGS

Join Queen's Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Marta Straznicky and Grad Studies Counsellor, Dennis Pringle to explore exciting insights and strategies for achieving your ideal Work-Life Balance.  You will have an opportunity to assess your own  work-life balance, learn about strategies and resources, and reflect on the meaning of ‘work-life’ balance for you personally and in our society more broadly.

  • What is work - life balance?
  • Balancing imbalanced realities
  • Graduate Students and the work - life - study balance
  • Mental Health and work - life balance
  • Mind, Body, Spirit and work - life balance

Balancing Family and Academics

Graduate Student Parent Day: Balancing Family and Academic Responsibilities

Are you a parent or thinking of becoming a parent? If so you might be interested in this workshop. There will be two panels, one featuring the perspectives of Queen’s faculty who are currently balancing care-giving and academic responsibilities, and one featuring graduate students who are studying and parenting simultaneously. Following the panels and a Q&A, we will break into small group discussions on time management, stress and mental health, mentorship, existing supports and gaps, and funding. The discussion groups will be facilitated by faculty, staff, and students with leadership roles in graduate studies. It is our hope that the workshop will be an opportunity for the community of graduate student parents to meet one another, share strategies and resources, and brainstorm with us about supports that would enhance their experience at Queen's.

The workshop will be facilitated by Associate Dean Marta Straznicky with the support of faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students. Children, non-student partners and Post-Doctoral Fellows are welcome to attend. A range of activities for the children will be organized, including games, creative arts, and sports.

Financial Skills

Financial Skills for the Real World Series

Host: This Series is offered in collaboration with the McGill University Financial Skills for The Real World Series. Please note that these workshops are 2.5 hours: 4.30pm- 7pm.

Presenter: Alex Gavrila

Alex Gavrila is a Graduate Education Assistant at McGill University's  Teaching and Learning Services, Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at Concordia University, and Director of the Science & Policy Exchange. He has a keen interest in behavioural economics, policy, and finance and has researched key aspects of modern economies such as: rehypothecation of collateralized financial assets, high frequency trading, and the overall operation of the shadow banking system. He enjoys promoting financial literacy through personal finance workshops and discussing important policy issues with key Canadian and international stakeholders and policy-makers.

Session 1: Budgeting and Expense Planning

  • This workshop primarily focuses on how to create and maintain a reasonable budget given your income level. It covers the main pitfalls of improper budgeting and will show you ways to stay on track. Learn how to effectively monitor and cut costs, determine your spending patterns, and automate your savings. Join us for this workshop brought to you by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada to learn how small changes in your daily spending can lead to major savings.

  • Note: This workshop is relevant for international students & newcomers to Canada, as it covers many of the basics about different types of bank accounts available to you.

  • Topics covered: Brief introduction to the economic landscape in Canada; Myths about wealth building; How to create a budget, save money, and identify spending patterns; Useful links to free online resources provided by the government of Canada and various other non-profit organizations that can be used to make better financial decisions.

  • *Students attending the Budgeting & Expense Planning, Debt & Credit Scores, and Introduction to Investing sessions in full will receive an official FCAC workshop participation certificate.

Session 2: Debt and Credit Scores

  • This workshop will cover the ins and outs of credit cards, credit scores, and the benefits of debt consolidation. Participants will learn how to select the best credit card given their specific circumstances, the importance of credit scores, and ways to boost them, as well as how to obtain free credit reports. Various types of debt such as standard loans, lines of credit, and payday loans will be reviewed. Common online scams and ways to prevent identity theft will also be addressed.

    Note: This workshop is also relevant for international students & newcomers to Canada, as it covers many of the basics about different types of bank accounts and credit card features available to you.

    Topics covered: Types of debt (standard loans, credit cards, lines of credit, and payday loans); Strategies to pay off one's debts more effectively (debt consolidation, snowball method, and debt avalanche method); Important aspects of credit scores, how to boost them; How to obtain free yearly credit reports; Protection from identity theft.

  • *Students attending the Budgeting & Expense Planning, Debt & Credit Scores, and Introduction

Session 3: Introduction to Investing

  • Do TFSAs, RRSPs, GICs, ETFs, and RESPs sound like a foreign language? Do you equate investing in the stock market to a game of chance? Join us for this insightful workshop brought to you by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada and learn how better managing your finances today can lead to a more prosperous future.

    Topics covered: Financial investment vehicles (stocks, bonds, GICs, ETFs, mutual funds, etc.) and their associated risk profiles; Key features of different types of accounts (TFSAs, RRSPs, margin accounts, RESPs).

  • *Students attending the Budgeting & Expense Planning, Debt & Credit Scores, and Introduction to Investing sessions in full will receive an official FCAC workshop participation certificate.

Session 4: Investing and Taxation

  • Under what circumstances does an RRSP or a TFSA contribution make more sense? What are some of the most tax-efficient investments available? How is the RRSP tax refund calculated? The first half of this workshop covers various investment vehicles in greater detail, how they get taxed, and the most tax-efficient way to distribute various investments in different types of accounts.

  • The second half of this workshop will show you how to properly evaluate your local housing market, review the difference between FRMs, ARMs, and VRMs, go over various CMHC and other freely-available industry reports looking at key metrics to help you decide whether renting or buying is the right choice for you given your personal circumstances, and much more, so that you can make an informed decision on what will likely be the most expensive purchase of your life.

    Topics covered: Some advanced features of various types of investments and how they get taxed; Common tax credits and deductions available to Canadians; Reports and tools for analyzing the housing market; Pros and cons of renting vs. buying; Live examples of how to use the free tools and websites covered in this workshop when purchasing a home.


Volunteering on campus or within the Kingston community can be credited to your Expanding Horizons certificate. Proof must be provided and it must be for a minimum of 4 hours.  Examples of volunteering are - Homecoming, Peer Support work, Big Sister/Big Brother etc


Suite Two: Research Skills

  • 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.

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, Trudeau and Vanier

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 each of the Tri Agencies - NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC.  For the Vanier/Trudeau workshop we will be holding an online webinar.


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: Jeff Collins, Professor, department of History, and Co-editor (with Sandra den Otter) of The Journal of British Studies.

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.


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

Suite Three: Communication - Telling Your Story, Understanding Theirs

  • Enhance written, oral and visual communication skills.
  • Develop the ability to tell your research story to diverse audiences, including media, decision-makers, employers, and the general public.
  • Develop critical thinking, listening, and reading skills.
  • Learn to identify and articulate professional skills learned in graduate school.

Presentation Skills

Presentation Skills for graduate students

Host Presenters: Learning Strategies

This workshop offers practical strategies to plan, organize, and structure a professional presentation, deliver that presentation in an engaging way, and effectively answer questions. Apply your skills in the classroom, at a conference, or in the workplace.

Workshop prep: Be prepared to speak for 3-4 minutes to a small group of fellow students. You can jot some notes for yourself before the workshop or speak spontaneously on any topic of your choice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participating in this workshop will enable the student to
  • Become aware of personal strengths and challenges while presenting
  • Learn the elements of an effective presentation
  • Practice speaking in front of a small group
  • Receive feedback from fellow participants on an aspect of their brief talk

3 Minute Thesis (3MT) presentation workshop

Host Presenters: Learning Strategies/ SGS/ past participants

Using a series of practical exercises including critiquing videos of previous 3MT participants, this workshop will help those who may participate in the 3 Minute Thesis competition at Queen's. Ideas for an initial draft will be crafted during the workshop.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participating in this workshop will enable the student to
  • Critically evaluate previous 3MT presentations
  • Learn one method of planning the presentation and slide
  • Learn strategies for how to manage common experiences such as going blank, ESL issues, speaking too quickly
  • Receive feedback from another student on the initial draft, especially focussed on general “understandability” of the research

Conferences: From Abstract to Audience

Host Presenters: SGS

In this workshop you will learn 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. There will be one workshop specifically for STEM disciplines and one for Humanities & Social Sciences


Writing a Literature Review

Host Presenters: Writing Centre

In this workshop, participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of the function of a literature review within the context of a Master’s or doctoral thesis. After exploring the what, how and why of the literature review, participants will engage in an activity that puts this understanding into practice.

Learning outcomes

  • By the end of this workshop, participants will understand:
  • What a literature review’s job is within the context of a larger research work;
  • How to pull disparate strands of thought derived from secondary sources into a coherent argument;
  • The function of each of the major components of a literature review.

Participants will demonstrate, through engagement in the workshop’s activity, their ability to create a coherent literature review template.

The Editing Process

Host Presenters: Writing Centre

Knowing how to manage the relationship between writing and editing can help you complete your work more quickly, and with a greater sense of control. In this workshop, participants will explore concrete editing approaches and techniques. Students are invited to bring TWO COPIES of their own most salient writing at the time. Your sample can be two paragraphs from the middle of a literature review, two pages of introduction to a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D., whatever you like.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will understand:

  • Their own editing pitfalls, and ones to watch for;

  • Strategies to facilitate priority setting (write vs. edit);

  • How much even brief peer review can provide the writer.

Reading with purpose: How to become a more efficient and effective reader

Host Presenter:  Student Academic Success Services

As a graduate student, you are expected to read widely and critically: to learn about your chosen discipline, to frame your own research, and to discuss ideas. This 2-hour workshop will give you some of the tools and strategies you need to become an efficient, effective reader.

Workshop Prep: Please bring a brief research article that is pertinent to your discipline.

Learning Outcomes: After this workshop, students will understand what it means to read with purpose and how to read actively. Students will acquire tools and strategies to apply to their own reading in support of purposeful, active reading.

Writing Retreats

Dissertation Boot Camp

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 days (in the February Reading Week) or 5 days in June 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 and how/when to register on the School of Graduate Studies website

Dissertation on the Lake

Host Presenters: SGS

Dissertation on the Lake is a five day, four night writing retreat on the shores of Elbow Lake, 30 minutes north of Kingston.  This program offered by the School of Graduate Studies is 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 or those nearing completion.

This camp is held in August each year. Learn more about Dissertation on the Lake and how/when to register on the School of Graduate Studies website

The Lake Shift

Host Presenter: SGS

The Lake Shift is a thesis writing retreat for doctoral students from Ontario universities. The retreat provides doctoral students with structured time to write, workshops on tips for effective dissertation writing, opportunities to network with other graduate students and all in a beautiful location, Queen's Biology Station on Lake Opinicon. The objective of the retreat is to enable doctoralstudents to make substantial progress in writing their thesis and to develop foundations to maintain that momentum. The fringe benefits of The Lake Shift include swimming, boating, hiking and campfire conversations and make for a balance of the cerebral with the physical and social for a well-rounded experience.

This camp is held in July each year. Learn more about the Lake Shift and how/when to register on the School of Graduate Studies website

Media & Technology Skills

Media Training

Host Presenters: SGS & Queen's Communications

Part 1 – overview of what it means to be interviewed.

Outline: A presentation from Queen’s communications officers. They will discuss their jobs including writing news stories; pitching Queen’s experts to the local, national and international media; facilitating media visiting campus and filling media requests when they phone or email. Communications specialist Anne Craig will also speak briefly about her position.

After a short break participants would re-assemble as a group for the final presentations. Some of our leading experts will offer their thoughts on working with the media. Eg fellow grad students or faculty who are currently being asked to speak to the media.  The experts would offer a short presentation which would allow ample time for a Q & A period.

At the end of the first part of the training, students will have the option of signing up for an actual practice session being interviewed by the media. These individual practice sessions will take place at a different time over the summer.

Part 2 – Individual practice

Outline: In groups of five, any student committed to working with the media will be interviewed by the communications team. The interviews will be on a one-to-one basis and focus on their areas of expertise. A copy of the interview will be provided to each student to analyze their performance.  Feedback from the interviewer will also be available.

After the training, each student interested in working with the media will be provided with a form to fill out. This information will be added to the expert database for use by media and the communications team.

Interacting with the Media (Career Week)

Host Presenter: Vicky Arnold (SGS)

This will be a hands-on workshop on how to pitch yourself to the media, how to respond to media inquiries, and tips for doing interviews for print, radio and television/video. Participants may volunteer for live practice and feedback.

Mitacs Workshops

Networking Skills

A good network is vital to career growth and can be your link to important new opportunities. However, getting started or knowing how to grow an existing network can be intimidating. This workshop will give you insights into how to establish and expand a stable network, both in-person and online. Each session is customized, with exercises reflecting the professional interests of participants and determined by the location of the event.

Workshop Objectives - Gain an understanding of the importance of a professional network to career health. Learn how to start a network, how to recognize and make the most of your existing network and how to grow your network successfully.     

Learning Outcomes - in this one day workshop you will learn to:

  • Plan and prepare for networking opportunities
  • Share contacts effectively
  • Refresh and build existing networks, both virtually and in-person
  • Make an impact on important contacts

Key Topic Areas

  • The Value of Your Network
  • Effective social media profiles
  • Transactional vs. engaged networking
  • Impactful connections: The art of conversation
  • The strength of weak ties
  • How to introduce others effectively
  • Assessing and building a network
  • Mapping and identifying existing networks
  • Networking opportunities in life and work
  • The importance and effective use of business cards
  • How to plan and prepare for networking opportunities
  • How to answer the “What do you do?” question
  • Follow through and follow up

To register for this workshop and other Mitacs STEP workshop go directly to the Mitacs website

Skills of Communication

Skills of Communication is a full-day session featuring the tools and tips of better verbal communication. It will test your assumptions and mental models and for many it may be the first time you learn about the Ladder of Inference, the Johari Window and more.  The goal is to make you more aware of the tools available to help you become a better communicator in both your work and personal lives. The mastery of these skills is a long-term process, but by simply becoming more conscious of the various communication styles, including your own, you can approach conversations differently and change conversational direction to achieve better outcomes.

Workshop Objective:

To increase participant awareness and application of tools available to them to become better communicators in work and life.

Learning Outcomes:

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand how personal assumptions and mental models adversely influence communication
  • Learn how to determine your own personal assumptions and how to avoid them
  • Learn to navigate and approach difficult conversations
  • Identify and implement communications tools and techniques for team success

Key Topic Areas:

The purpose of communication

  • Communication not as simple as it appears
  • When bad communication happens to good communicators
  • Identifying challenging conversations
  • How mental models & personal assumptions influence communication
    • Mental models and The Ladder of Inference
    • 3 Steps: Reflection, Advocacy, Inquiry
    • Culture and communication
    • Gender and communication
    • Unspoken words
    • Johari Window Model

Power of Rapport

  • Non-verbal communication
  • Closed-ended, open-ended and probing questions
  • Listening challenges
  • R.E.A.L Communication Model: Research, Engage, Ask Questions, Listen
    • Tips on handling difficult conversations
    • Communicating like an expert: How to use different communication styles based on different audiences.

To register for this workshop and other Mitacs STEP workshop go directly to the Mitacs website

Practice your Presentation Skills (Mitacs)

In this one-day workshop, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving feedback.

The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

Workshop Objective:

To create opportunities for participants to build and practice their presentation skills by applying workshop concepts through a series of short presentation practices while receiving in-person peer and expert feedback.

Learning Outcomes:

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:

  • Broaden their understanding of presentation logistics
  • Gain a greater ability to persuade and motivate others
  • Understand how to plan and structure presentations
  • Understand how (and how not to) use visual aids
  • Learn to engage others through genuine and authentic presentation
  • Learn tools to overcome and manage fears of public speaking
  • Gain onsite practice and receive expert and peer feedback
  • Be perceived as an expert in their topic area

Key Topic Areas:

Presentation Structure

  • Types Of Presentations
  • Mind maps as a design tool
  • Constructing your Argument
  • Opening & closing
  • Synthesis
  • Body
  • Length & Breaks
  • Closing
  • Q & A

Managing Fear

  • Why people fear presenting
  • Overcoming Fear

Engaging Your Audience

  • Authenticity
  • Developing rapport
  • Body language & Voice
  • Questioning the audience
  • Story-telling
  • Metaphors
  • Humour

Presentation Logistics

  • Room Layout
  • Getting there early
  • Whiteboards & Flipcharts  
  • Visual Aids

Presentation Practice

Register for this workshop directly with Mitacs

Suite Four: Management and Leadership Development

  • Learn how to work effectively in a team and manage collaborative projects.
  • Develop the skills to set goals and objectives and provide leadership to achieve these goals.
  • Enhance awareness and understanding of the principles of teaching and learning in diverse settings.
  • Develop self-awareness about your leadership capacity and potential.


Principles of Teaching and Learning

Host Presenters: Centre for Teaching and Learning

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • Probe assumptions of what learning looks like in your discipline.
  • Relate formal and theoretical knowledge of teaching and learning to the post-secondary teaching and learning context.
  • Select and implement a variety of instructional practices that encourage deep learning.

Project Management

Foundations of Project Management I (Mitacs)

Host Presenters: Mitacs

Workshop Objectives

This 2-day workshop provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to integrate the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics and leadership that participants can apply immediately and in their future careers and lives. Participants experience the processes of collaborative planning and management and can see the benefits firsthand.

Learning Outcomes - in this two day workshop you will understand

  • Foundational project management principles
  • How to get the most from your project team
  • How to meet project deadlines

Key Topics

Principles of Project Management and Team Building

  • Forming new teams
  • Planning and conducting effective project meetings
  • Utilizing the experience of team members
  • The Strength Deployment Inventory
  • Personal styles of learning and problem solving
  • Team agreement on practices and processes
  • Team decision making


  • The role of leaders in decision making
  • Leadership behaviours in different situations

Project Planning and Scheduling

  • Basics of the Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Work breakdown, time calculations, and shortening the project
  • Collaborative techniques and processes
  • Positive project practices and procedures
  • Monitoring and reporting progress
  • Risk assessment

Review and Discussion

  • Constructive criticism for positive results

To register for this workshop and all Mitacs STEP workshops, go directly to the Mitacs STEP website

Foundations of Project Management 2 (Mitacs)

*Pre-requisite required: Foundations of Project Management I

Workshop Objective - Gain in-depth knowledge of project planning and management with the goal of transferring these skills directly to the workplace. Experiment with the ideas presented in a group-learning environment.      

Learning Outcomes - in this two day workshop you will:

  • Solidify concepts and learning from Level I
  • Broaden your grasp of project planning and implementation
  • Refine your knowledge of CPM applications
  • Effectively integrate estimation and budgeting into project plans
  • Learn planning methods to reduce risk and manage crises
  • Deepen your understanding of team dynamics and the importance of teams
  • Know how to meet project deadlines

Key Topic Areas

Implement the Project Plan

  • The project overview statement
  • Refine the use of CPM: cost and resource planning, resource constrained schedules
  • Estimating and budgeting
  • Resource scheduling
  • Project procedures
    • Practices manual
    • Responsibility charting
    • Document schedules
  • Monitor, measure and report
    • Time and cost reporting systems
    • Trend analysis
    • Project change control

Crisis Management

  • Bottlenecks and constraints
  • Positive management of a project crisis
  • Causes of conflict and resolutions
  • Alternative solutions
  • Post-project review

The Ideal Project Culture

  • Collaborative techniques for problem solving and decision making
  • Constructive criticism
  • Situational leadership
  • Group process skills
    • Conflict resolution
    • Management styles
    • Making effective use of different personalities

To register for this workshop and all Mitacs STEP workshops, go directly to the Mitacs STEP website

Essentials of Productive Teams - (Mitacs)

Recognize and utilize the skills of others to achieve workplace goals quickly while gaining the understanding of what it takes to lead and participate in a truly effective work team that meets deadlines and sees results.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn:

  • The key steps and competencies in building effective teams
  • How to manage barriers to team success
  • The best practices of team communication

Key Topic Areas

  • Essentials of team building
  • Creating a team action plan
  • The importance of clarifying roles
  • Understanding conflict within teams
  • Building trust and accountability
  • Identifying issues
  • Motivating teams
  • Available resources

To register for this workshop and all Mitacs STEP workshops, go directly to the Mitacs STEP website


Leadership Series

Host Presenter: Dr Hugh Helferty

Session 1:  Understanding Leadership

This workshop will help you understand what leadership is, what leaders do and how you can develop your leadership capability. It is applicable to people in both formal and informal leadership roles. You will be introduced to a Leadership Model/Framework that integrates four key capabilities. ‘Sensemaking’, the first capability for anyone wanting to lead, will be described. It enables you to turn the complexity of a situation into one that is comprehended explicitly and serves as a springboard to action. Students will be asked to apply Sensemaking to a situation or project they are currently engaged in.

Session 2:  Developing Leadership Capability

This workshop builds on Session 1:  Understanding Leadership. Students will have an opportunity to practice/demonstrate ‘Sensemaking’, which was discussed in Session 1. In addition, students will learn about three other elements of the Leadership Model/Framework:  Visioning, Relating and Inventing. Together with Sensemaking, these capabilities constitute a framework you can use to develop your leadership capability now and throughout your career. 


Dr Hugh Helferty

Dr. Hugh Helferty has 30 years of experience in industry including more than two decades in senior operational, planning and research leadership roles with a major multinational corporation. He has served as Executive-in-Residence at Queen’s Smith School of Business and is currently an adjunct in the Department of Chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. and M.B.A. from Queen’s.  

Suite Five: Career Building

  • Explore and envision yourself in diverse career paths, including academia, industry, government, private and public sectors.
  • Learn how to write job-appropriate cover letters, resumés, and CVs.
  • Learn about professional etiquette and how to perform optimally in interviews for various types of jobs.
  • Develop strategies and apply planning tools to determine what career path to take and how to navigate it.

The Academic Job Search

CV’s and Cover Letters for Academia (Career Week)

Host Presenters: SGS and faculty

Did you know that the terms “résumé” and “CV” are often used interchangeably, but are not the same thing? These next two workshops (CVs and Cover Letters: Academic Positions and Résumés and Cover Letters: Positions in Sectors Outside Post-secondary Education) will help you understand the difference and learn to produce effective CVs and résumés, as well as provide strategies for writing successful cover letters for positions within and beyond academia.

Learn the purpose and components of a CV, effective ways of presenting and organizing information about your educational, employment, and community service achievements, and strategies for writing informative, engaging, and persuasive cover letters for academic positions. To get the most out of the workshop, please bring your draft CV to work on, as well as a particular job ad you would consider applying for. In the workshop, you will have an opportunity to customize your CV and cover letter for this particular position as well as learn general strategies that can help your application stand out. 

Preparing for your academic Career (Career Week)

Host Presenters: SGS & Faculty

If you are seeking an academic career as a university professor, what can you do now to prepare? A panel of professors at various career stages from disciplines in STEM and Humanities/Social Sciences will give you their top strategies for increasing your chance of success in securing an academic job and succeeding in it. Topics include networking, publishing, teaching, research, service, and the job search. 

Mock Interviews for Academic Positions 

Host Presenters: SGS & Faculty & students

Learn how interviewing in academia is similar to and different from other job interviews. Practice a strategy for dealing with behaviour-based interview questions and staying focused when talking about your past experiences. Identify key messages about yourself that you want to convey during an often multi-day interview. Get tips on how to: prepare for the interview, develop a list of questions that reflect your interest in the position and the organization, stand out from other candidates, and demonstrate the strengths that you bring to the position.

This workshop also provides students with the opportunity to observe academic interviews in action as several graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are on the job market will be interviewed for 15 minutes by faculty members acting as the hiring committee (provided with students’ CVs and cover letters in advance). Workshop facilitators will then evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate's interview in discussion with workshop attendees. Attendees will gain valuable insight into the interview process and leave with practical tips and strategies for effective performance in an academic interview.

How to find a post-doctoral position (Career Week)

Host Presenters: SGS - & faculty & post-docs

Postdoctoral fellowships are an invaluable bridge between graduate study and a post-graduate career. Opportunities for these competitive positions are limited. This workshop will help you find out where to find post doctoral opportunities, how to complete applications, and how to make the most of the opportunities provided by post-doctoral study.

The Business Job Search


Résumés and Cover Letters for Business, Government and non-profits (Career Week)

Host Presenters: Career Services

Are you interested in working outside academia?  Learn how to translate the skills and expertise from your academic CV to a resume that is more suited to non-academic applications.  You will also learn about key components and strategies that make an effective cover letter and work on exercises designed to help you customize it.  To gain the most benefit from this workshop, it is helpful to have a specific opportunity/sector in mind. Please bring a draft copy of your resume or CV to work on (if you have one). 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the key differences between a CV and a resume and when to use each
  • Identify key sections of the resume that help convey my career identity/match
  • Use at least one new strategy to write a compelling cover letter

What Employers Want and the Employable You - 2 sessions: STEM & Health Sciences and Humanities & Social Sciences (Career Week)

Host Presenters: SGS, alum, professionals

Panelists will outline their own career pathway and address the following questions: How do I begin to identify skills gained in my graduate program; How do I translate these skills into a non-academic setting?; What are employers looking for? - theory and practice; How employers hire. Panelists will then offer some tips on how to present yourself when looking for work and highlight what employers look for when they are hiring.

Interviewing for Business, Government & Non-Profits

Host Presenters: Career Services

Preparation for an interview can help you succeed. Develop an overall strategy for succeeding in an interview and improve your ability to convey key competencies in answers. Gain insight into ways in which interviews may vary by sector and by organization. Pinpoint relevant experience and competencies, plan your stories and practice telling them. Develop confidence as you hone your messages and become more persuasive as you talk, listen and learn in a supportive environment. In order to get the most out of this experience, bring along your resume and a list of competencies you want to focus on. Consider making an appointment for a career consultation at Career Services for guidance as you prepare.   

  • Practice developing and delivering a response to a behavioural question using the STAR method
  • Be able to differentiate strong from weak responses and explain your choice
  • Understand ways in which interviews vary by sector and organization
  • Assess your storytelling abilities using four criteria

Other Career Development

Jump Start Your Career in Grad School (Orientation week)

Host: Career Services and SGS

 How to deal with the Top Four Career Challenges faced by grad students. In this informative 1-hour 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.

The Versatile Graduate:  What do I want to do with my life/degree?     (Career Week)

Host Presenters: Career Services

Are you wondering what career you might pursue after graduation? Join us in a guided and interactive workshop for graduate students and post-docs and discover the 5 questions that unlock your career future. Come with an open mind — leave with a list of career possibilities.

Learning Outcomes:  Students will

  • Be able to identify at least one career “theme”
  • Have created a short list of career options to explore
  • Clarified at least one strategy for researching ideas

Preparing a Teaching Dossier

Host Presenters: Centre for Teaching & Learning

Teaching dossiers are increasingly required as part of the application process for academic positions and are often required for consideration for promotion within the academy. This session will provide an introduction to the essential elements of a teaching dossier. It is designed to assist you in highlighting your teaching accomplishments, strengths and instructional initiatives. Activities and discussions will focus on the process of writing a teaching philosophy statement as well as on a variety of ways to seek and interpret feedback on the effectiveness of your teaching.  

Learning Outcomes: by the end of this session participants will

  • Identify the components of a TD
  • Develop an approach to writing their own teaching philosophy
  • Describe their own teaching experiences
  • Create a plan to collect and analyse their evidence of teaching effectiveness

Use LinkedIn to Find Great Work (Career Week)

Host Presenter - Career Services

In July 2017, 56% of millennials reported in a LinkedIn survey, that they were introduced to a new job through a casual conversation. Using LinkedIn effectively in your job search could save you time, energy and money.  Come to this workshop to learn how to discover common career paths and unique opportunities that exist for you, learn how to start career-related conversations, and other important skills. Please bring a laptop to use during the workshop and have an existing LinkedIn Profile. For help creating a Profile from scratch, see LinkedIn Tipsheet 1 at www.careers.queensu.ca/LinkedIn.

  • Use the Alumni Tool to research the career paths of alumni from your discipline and explore options based on your unique interests
  • Prepare a career-related question for alumni in LinkedIn Queen’s Connects Career Network for Students and Alumni
  • Learn how to improve the impact of your Profile and how to design an effective job search strategy for yourself using LinkedIn tools


Suite Six: Setting Ideas in Motion

The theme Setting Ideas in Motion focuses on learning how skills acquired in the pursuit of a graduate degree can be applied to address the challenges that organizations, businesses, and communities face today and on recognizing the transferability of academic training to non-academic settings. Making sense of graduate work in the broader context and conveying its significance to multiple audiences, transforming ideas into action, developing and discovering insights and acting upon them in different ways will be the subjects of interactive workshops and discussions.

  • Apply the knowledge and skills learned in graduate school by active participation in outreach, information dissemination, and knowledge transfer.  (for example, GradChat, 3MT Competition, TEDxQueensU).
  • Engage in experiential learning opportunities to apply academic knowledge and skills to situations and issues in other disciplines and/or outside academia.(e.g., Matariki Global Citizenship Forum, BISC Graduate Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment).
  • Mobilize ideas, strategies for ideation, and creative thinking to increase research impact.(e.g., PhD-Community Initiative).

Telling Your Research Story to Diverse Audiences

Host: SGS

Description: The workshop will focus on how to use the technique of storytelling to shape an account of your research that is understandable and engaging to a range of audiences, including academic audiences. In preparation for the workshop, could you please write a 4-5 sentence ‘story’ about your research, in whatever way makes sense to you right now? Print it out and bring it with you to the workshop. Also bring a pen or pencil. At the workshop, we will discuss and analyze some effective research stories and you will have an opportunity to work on your own as well as to share it with your group. You will leave the workshop with an understanding of how storytelling can help you communicate effectively about your research.

Grad Chat

Location: CFRC studio, east side of Carruthers Hall

Host: CJ the DJ

Description: A 30 minute radio show featuring one to two graduate students each week.  This is an opportunity for our grad students to showcase their research to the Queen's and Kingston community and how it affects us.  From time to time we will also interview a post-doc or an alum or interview grad students in relation to something topical for the day.

Grad Chat is a collaboration between the School of Graduate Studies and CFRC 101.9FM

For more details and how to get on the show, go to the Grad-Chat web page

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Hosted by: The School of Graduate Studies

Description: 3MT® is a university wide competition for Queen’s Masters (thesis or research project) and doctoral students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying or making overly-complex, and highlighting the wider implications of this research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service. This is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by our graduate students.

For more details and how to register go to the Queen's 3MT website.

TEDxQueensU & SGS Exchange

In partnership with TEDxQueensU, the School of Graduate Studies will be co-hosting two TEDx Salons each year at Queen's.

Banting-Vanier Lecture Series

The inaugural Banting-Vanier Lecture Series will feature 10-12 minute lectures by three post-doctoral fellows and three graduate students who have been awarded Canada’s top scholarships and fellowships.

Held during Homecoming weekend, this is an opportunity for you to come and listen and support your colleagues and then have the opportunity to mingle with alumni after.  What a great way to talk about what you do to alumni and ask them questions about how they got where they are today.

Design Swarm

The School of Graduate Studies will organize a design swarm on different themes that benefit our communities. Join us in a fun, creative and action focused six hours of blue-sky thinking, that specifically addresses the needs of communities both within and beyond academia. Work with your fellow graduate students from across the University as part of an interdisciplinary team to develop ideas, plan your marketing strategy, and ultimately pitch it to a panel of judges. Teams of 4-5 graduate students will work within a ‘design thinking’ framework to generate ideas, principles, and program models that address the theme .

Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Own Business Using Lean Start-Up Method

Host Presenter - Ed Thomas, Office of Partnership and Innovation

The Lean-start-up methods workshops, offered by Queen's Office of Partnerships and Innovation, focus on the use of simplified, step-by-step procedures for validating start-up business models that can apply to a broad range of ideas and innovations, including both for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises.

This workshop will be of interest to any student who wants to learn more about the process of creating a new business.Lean-start-up encompasses a procedural and iterative-experimental approach to innovation. It is based on a minimum-risk/fastest-validation path for confirming that an innovative idea could become a sustainable enterprise. The process is initiated from observing problems of value creation/destruction. The process concludes with the delivery of innovative solutions that can be sustainably delivered at scale. 

PhD-Community Initiative

This initiative brings together PhD students from different programs of study into inter-disciplinary teams of 3 to 5 members to assist local community organizations in addressing a particular issue or challenge of importance to them. With the benefit of a fresh, interdisciplinary, analytical approach, the organization may receive the help needed to move forward in a positive way.

The PhD-Community Initiative provides PhD students with an exceptional interdisciplinary, experiential learning opportunity that requires the application and translation of skills and knowledge gained in graduate training to address a problem outside of their area of research or scholarship.

For more details and how to register, go to the PhD-Community Initiative webpage.

Career Week

These workshops are also part of the Expanding Horizons workshop series covered under the Career Development theme. Registration is still through this site.

See details under the main Career Week page.

Get credit for these activities too:

  • Aboriginal Cultural Safety Training with the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. You will be awarded a certificate upon completion. This training can also be credited to the Expanding Horizons certificate.
  • Intercultural Competence Training is offered by the Queen's University International Centre. Completion of this training can also be credited towards your Expanding Horizons certificate.
  • Volunteering  on campus or within the Kingston community (minimum 4 hours) can also to go towards your Expanding Horizons certificate. Documentation must be provided to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Volunteering at Homecoming you can get credit towards your Expanding Horizons certificate.
  • You may also get credit towards your Expanding Horizons certificate by completing any of the online workshops hosted by Mitacs STEP program or MyGradSkills.ca.

Documentation for any of the above must be sent into the School of Graduate Studies to the attention of Colette Steer - grad.recruitment@queensu.ca.

Supplemental Training Record - did you know?

Any Expanding Horizons workshop attended including Career Week, Special events as listed above, Mitacs STEP workshops and MyGradSkills.ca workshops will also be listed on your Supplemental Training Record which will be available to you upon graduation.

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