Research Commons: Workshops for graduate students & postdoctoral fellows

The Research Commons is pleased to offer you a range of workshops, developed in the context of SFU Library's Instruction Strategy. You can register for upcoming workshops and search by workshop date in our workshops calendar.  

If you do not see the topic(s) you are interested in and/or would like a specialized workshop for yourself and a group of colleagues, please send a request to research-commons@sfu.ca.

SFU values diversity and is committed to inclusion. If you require any disability-related accommodations in order to fully access and participate in our workshops and/or events, please contact us directly at library-workshops@sfu.ca. All communication will be kept confidential. Please contact us as early as possible as some accommodations will require lead time to arrange (i.e. CART, ASL)

Unaffiliated with SFU but interested in attending a workshop? See Who can register for SFU Library Research Commons workshops.

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Digital Humanities workshops

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English as an Additional Language (EAL) workshops

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Consultations for EAL Grad Students

About EAL consultations

Tim Mossman, English as an Additional Language (EAL) Coordinator, is available for in-person consultations. He can assist with:

  • academic writing
  • academic reading
  • conversational and academic speaking and listening

  Registration details

No registration is required. You can drop-in at any of the above listed times.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
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Friday, September 23, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, October 7, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, November 4, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, November 18, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, December 2, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Research Commons (RC), Graduate Group Room 7023

Academic Writing for EAL Graduate Students (Workshop Series): Problem-Solution Movement

This online (via Zoom) bi-weekly workshop series (on Fridays) is designed for graduate international students with limited experience writing academic English, “proficient users” with a dominant language other than English, as well as students whose dominant language is English. It is equally concerned with developing academic writers as it is improving academic texts.  Register for sessions that you're interest in:

Using the Field, Tenor, and Mode Framework to support EAL Students’ Writing;

Old to New Information Flow;
Paragraph Patterns: Linking;
Controlling the Theme;
Create a Research Space;
Problem-Solution Movement

About the workshop

Problem-Solution Movement

Learn how to structure your introduction effectively using problem-solution movement.

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DatesLocation
Friday, December 2, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:50pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Knowledge Mobilization workshops

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Unlock Your Research Impact: The power of story with researcher as character [Online]

About the workshop

This webinar will explore how to tell stories that interweave our lives and our research to convey the deeply human motivations that drive us. Lynne Quarmby, SFU professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, will use her own experiences as a scientist, activist, and author to illustrate. 

Presenter

Lynne Quarmby

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This workshop is part of the Knowledge Mobilization Lunch and Learn series.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 12:00pm to 12:50pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Learning workshops

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Research Data Management workshops

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  For assistance with research data management, please contact data-services@sfu.ca.

Check out our recorded workshops on topics in research data management.

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Research Programming workshops

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Got Data? Use R for Data Visualization

Data visualization is the process of graphically representing data. Visualizing data allows you to draw insights, find patterns, as well as define and test models which might be difficult to create by observing raw data only. There are a number of R packages which help you with numerous types of visualizations.
 
By the end of this workshop you will be able to use R to create 2D scatter plots, bar charts, and box plots, and use R functions to ease the process of finding linear relationships and models using data provided throughout the workshop. Additionally, you will learn about selecting appropriate colour palettes for your plots. Depending on interest and time, we will explore adding interactivity to your plots. 
 

Requirements

  • Bring your own laptop, with the latest version of R and RStudio installed
  • Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment including an understanding of basic functionality such as object assignment, data structures, and running scripts 

Required libraries

  • ggplot2,
  • patchwork,
  • RColorBrewer,
  • ggiraph (if time permits).
 

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DatesLocation
Friday, December 2, 2022 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Introduction to R [Online]

 About the workshop

This series of lessons will introduce you to the programming language R.  R is an open-source, widely used, and increasingly popular tool for statistical and data analyses, text mining, geospatial analysis, modelling, and a growing number of other applications.

The topics covered include:

  • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
  • simple commands to get you started,
  • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
  • basic data analysis tools (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.)

 As time permits, an introduction to functions may also be covered.

 Requirements:

  • No prior knowledge is required. Students will learn the skills needed to start analyzing their own data.
  • Prior to attending the workshop, warticipants need to install the latest versions of both:

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Research Software workshops

  Citation Management

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  GIS

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  Web GIS Workshop Series

In the past decade, revolutionary internet technologies have driven Geographic Information System (GIS) to expand far beyond the professional GIS community. Many individuals who lack traditional GIS trainings- engineers, entrepreneurs, journalists, researchers- have been involved in web cartography work. The empowerment is fueled by geospatially enabled technologies such as Global Positional Systems (GPS), the Internet, and user-friendly cartography tools. This workshop series will give you a taste of this new ecosystem, introducing you to a range of concepts, tools, and skills which include how web map is structured, how to create one, how to collaboratively collect field data and populate to a shared web map, and how to combine maps and digital storytelling to communicate your research.

All workshops in this series are designed for beginners- no previous GIS knowledge is required. Attend as many or as few sessions as you like.

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  Python

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  Qualitative Data Analysis

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  R (Software)

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  Consultation appointments in R are available, please email us at data-services@sfu.ca with some details on your specific question about using R. Data anonymization: note that any data needs to be suitably anonymized if working with sensitive subjects before meeting with the Research Programming Peer. 

Got Data? Use R for Data Visualization

Data visualization is the process of graphically representing data. Visualizing data allows you to draw insights, find patterns, as well as define and test models which might be difficult to create by observing raw data only. There are a number of R packages which help you with numerous types of visualizations.
 
By the end of this workshop you will be able to use R to create 2D scatter plots, bar charts, and box plots, and use R functions to ease the process of finding linear relationships and models using data provided throughout the workshop. Additionally, you will learn about selecting appropriate colour palettes for your plots. Depending on interest and time, we will explore adding interactivity to your plots. 
 

Requirements

  • Bring your own laptop, with the latest version of R and RStudio installed
  • Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment including an understanding of basic functionality such as object assignment, data structures, and running scripts 

Required libraries

  • ggplot2,
  • patchwork,
  • RColorBrewer,
  • ggiraph (if time permits).
 

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, December 2, 2022 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Introduction to R [Online]

 About the workshop

This series of lessons will introduce you to the programming language R.  R is an open-source, widely used, and increasingly popular tool for statistical and data analyses, text mining, geospatial analysis, modelling, and a growing number of other applications.

The topics covered include:

  • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
  • simple commands to get you started,
  • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
  • basic data analysis tools (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.)

 As time permits, an introduction to functions may also be covered.

 Requirements:

  • No prior knowledge is required. Students will learn the skills needed to start analyzing their own data.
  • Prior to attending the workshop, warticipants need to install the latest versions of both:

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

  Visual Analytics

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Scholarly Communication workshops

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Thesis workshops 

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  If you are unable to attend one of our thesis template workshops, check out our online tutorials on using the Thesis Word Template.
   For more information, please email the Thesis Office or book an appointment using the online booking system for a one-on-one consultation.

 

Thesis Writing Group [Online]

 About Thesis Writing Group

Join Thesis Writing Group to make some serious progress on your thesis (or other academic writing projects) and to develop a sustainable writing practice! Thesis Writing Group is modelled after other successful online writing groups that use scheduled time to work on their writing with the (quiet) presence and support of other writers.

What you can expect

Thesis Writing Group will be held via Zoom. It will be hosted and moderated by members of the Graduate Writing Facilitator team, who will be available for writing support, along with a Librarian for research support. An Assistant for Theses will also be available for some of the sessions for any questions about using the thesis template, formatting, and the thesis submission process. Optional mini workshops on topics such as library research techniques, copyright, and academic publishing will be offered some weeks. The sessions will be held on Fridays, 9:00 am – 12 noon for 9 weeks, starting Friday, October 7, 2022 and concluding December 9, 2022.

The online writing group format

Some of you may already be familiar with or have participated in online writing groups. For both those with and without experience, we encourage you to join us for this unique experience! Like the Research Commons' Thesis Boot Camp that many of you may be familiar with, the group will begin each session by briefly checking in and setting goals in small groups before turning to dedicated writing time. Participants can request support from our team through the chat feature, and consultations/discussions will take place in a breakout room. The 3-hour sessions will conclude with the group coming together and discussing any reflections or areas of interest/concern.

Writers will be asked to keep their microphones muted while writing, and the use of webcams is welcome but entirely optional for each participant. 

 Registration is for nine weeks

Registration is available for all 9 weeks of sessions combined. We ask that registered participants commit to attending each session to the extent that their schedules allow, and that those who would like to join but know in advance that they will not be available to attend one or several sessions to please let us know in advance. Similar to Thesis Boot Camp registration, this is to ensure that we offer ample resources to best support students dedicated to making serious progress on their theses during this time period.

Please register by Wednesday, October 5 at 4:00pm, after which registrants will be contacted with a confirmation and further instructions.

If you have any questions about Thesis Writing Group, please contact Robyn Long, Graduate Writing Services Coordinator, at robyn_long@sfu.ca.

 

 

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, October 7, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, October 14, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, October 28, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, November 4, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, November 18, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, November 25, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, December 2, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

The Thesis Submission Process [Online]

About the workshop

After you have defended, the final step for graduation eligibility is submitting your thesis, project, or extended essay(s) to the Library. This workshop will walk you through the thesis submission process.

You will learn:

  1. How to log into the Thesis Registration System (TRS)
  2. What required documents you need to upload to the TRS
  3. What “if applicable” documents you need to upload to the TRS
  4. What happens after you have submitted

Note: A good time to take this workshop is sometime during the semester that you’ll be defending or sometime after you know when your defence date is.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Writing workshops

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Thesis Writing Group [Online]

 About Thesis Writing Group

Join Thesis Writing Group to make some serious progress on your thesis (or other academic writing projects) and to develop a sustainable writing practice! Thesis Writing Group is modelled after other successful online writing groups that use scheduled time to work on their writing with the (quiet) presence and support of other writers.

What you can expect

Thesis Writing Group will be held via Zoom. It will be hosted and moderated by members of the Graduate Writing Facilitator team, who will be available for writing support, along with a Librarian for research support. An Assistant for Theses will also be available for some of the sessions for any questions about using the thesis template, formatting, and the thesis submission process. Optional mini workshops on topics such as library research techniques, copyright, and academic publishing will be offered some weeks. The sessions will be held on Fridays, 9:00 am – 12 noon for 9 weeks, starting Friday, October 7, 2022 and concluding December 9, 2022.

The online writing group format

Some of you may already be familiar with or have participated in online writing groups. For both those with and without experience, we encourage you to join us for this unique experience! Like the Research Commons' Thesis Boot Camp that many of you may be familiar with, the group will begin each session by briefly checking in and setting goals in small groups before turning to dedicated writing time. Participants can request support from our team through the chat feature, and consultations/discussions will take place in a breakout room. The 3-hour sessions will conclude with the group coming together and discussing any reflections or areas of interest/concern.

Writers will be asked to keep their microphones muted while writing, and the use of webcams is welcome but entirely optional for each participant. 

 Registration is for nine weeks

Registration is available for all 9 weeks of sessions combined. We ask that registered participants commit to attending each session to the extent that their schedules allow, and that those who would like to join but know in advance that they will not be available to attend one or several sessions to please let us know in advance. Similar to Thesis Boot Camp registration, this is to ensure that we offer ample resources to best support students dedicated to making serious progress on their theses during this time period.

Please register by Wednesday, October 5 at 4:00pm, after which registrants will be contacted with a confirmation and further instructions.

If you have any questions about Thesis Writing Group, please contact Robyn Long, Graduate Writing Services Coordinator, at robyn_long@sfu.ca.

 

 

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, October 7, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, October 14, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, October 28, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, November 4, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, November 18, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, November 25, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, December 2, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Academic Writing for EAL Graduate Students (Workshop Series): Problem-Solution Movement

This online (via Zoom) bi-weekly workshop series (on Fridays) is designed for graduate international students with limited experience writing academic English, “proficient users” with a dominant language other than English, as well as students whose dominant language is English. It is equally concerned with developing academic writers as it is improving academic texts.  Register for sessions that you're interest in:

Using the Field, Tenor, and Mode Framework to support EAL Students’ Writing;

Old to New Information Flow;
Paragraph Patterns: Linking;
Controlling the Theme;
Create a Research Space;
Problem-Solution Movement

About the workshop

Problem-Solution Movement

Learn how to structure your introduction effectively using problem-solution movement.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, December 2, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:50pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)