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All in a Day workshops for SFU grad students

SFU Library's Research Commons is delighted to present All in a Day - Research Roadmap. This suite of our most popular workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at SFU Surrey.

Register for as many workshops as you choose (please note that some sessions are concurrent) and stay all day! Mid-morning refreshments will be served at 11:00am

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Research Ethics: Ethics Principles and Institutional Requirements

The purpose of this session is to engage students in considering and discussing the ethical conduct of research involving humans. A number of topics will be covered, including a brief overview of the ethics review process.

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00amSurrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3290

Communicate with Purpose and Intent

Do you feel lost or challenged when communicating your research to audiences who are non subject matter experts?  When you're asked about what your research is about, do you often feel it may be too complicated to explain, or you feel as though you must provide all the details for your audience to understand? In most situations, constraints with time limits what and how we can communicate with our research.  This workshop session will address some of those questions and provide strategies for communicating your research with purpose and intent.  If you are preparing for an upcoming presentation or just curious about how you can further develop your communication skills, we invite you to join us for this interactive workshop. 

Dr. Poh Tan is an entrepreneur, a stem cell biologist, an educator, a volunteer and a mother.  She has made substantive contributions to many different fields and has made positive impacts on many people’s lives throughout her career. Poh’s current focus is on inspiring young children and their educators to use scientific thinking as a tool to open up their world and courageously walk into a bright future full of limitless possibilities.  Poh obtained her first PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at UBC focusing on the biology of blood stem cells. Her experience led her to a successful career in the biotechnology sector and eventually, helped her become a successful entrepreneur with two businesses.  Poh's passion lies in developing scientific literacy in young children and is currently pursuing a second PhD at SFU.  Through her academic and industry experience, Poh has communicated her research to national and international audiences, including sharing her knowledge as a two time TEDx speaker.  She coaches graduate students to develop their oral and written skills to effectively communicate their research to different types of audiences.     

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00amSurrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3280

Writing and Researching Your Literature Review

This interactive workshop focuses on the literature review and literature search. At this session you will learn:

  • conventions of literature reviews,
  • search strategies,
  • advanced features of research databases,
  • and tips to further develop effective and efficient research skills.

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:15pmSurrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3280

What is the Open Science Framework (OSF)?

The OSF is a free, open-source web app that manages research projects at all stages of the research lifecycle. It is used for documentation, file storage, versioning, collaboration, and it connects the various tools researchers currently use. The OSF is produced by the Center for Open Science (COS) and has over 60,000 users across various academic disciplines. Attend the workshop to learn more and explore the OSF.

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pmSurrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3290

Preparing to Publish

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does the publishing cycle work?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pmSurrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3290

Hands-on with the Library Thesis Word Template

The SFU Library thesis template is a Microsoft Word file designed to assist students in preparing theses, projects, and extended essays. The template uses custom styles to ensure that your document  conforms to SFU-specific formatting standards and acceptable for Library submission.

This hands-on workshop will cover:

  • the structure of the SFU Library thesis/project/extended essays
  • styles: what Word styles are, the organization of the Library thesis template styles and how to apply the styles
  • how insert tables, figures/images, auto-numbered captions and notes
  • how generate & update the Table of Contents, List of Tables and List of Figures
Requirements: Participants will need to bring their own laptop (either Mac or PC) with Microsoft Word installed. Note: the template has been tested with the following versions of MS Word: Word 2011 (Mac), Word 2013 (Windows), and Word 2016/365 (Windows and Mac), so it is advisable not have anything older than these versions.
Working Files: Closer to the workshop date, necessary working files will be emailed to all registrants.

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pmSurrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3280

Making Literature Reviews Easier with NVivo for Mac

This interactive workshop introduces importing and coding of literature review materials and key tools that can be particularly helpful when reviewing literature in your area of research.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing NVivo and setting up a project
  • working with your information
  • identifying themes, topics and ideas and collecting data to support them
  • using tools such as text search query, matrix coding query, and Framework Matrix.

What will you achieve from this session? You will have the knowledge to set up a literature review in NVivo, and begin to work with your information. You will also be able to use NVivo to organize your content and begin to identify themes, topics or ideas. It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

Note: You will need to bring your own Mac laptop, installed with the latest version of NVivo for Mac.

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pmSurrey, Galleria 3, Lab 3100


January 19


9:30 am to 4:30 pm


SFU Surrey Campus, Galleria 3, Rooms 3280 + 3290

Registration information

Register for each workshop individually.

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