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Research Commons: Workshops for graduate students & postdoctoral fellows

 

During COVID-19, Research Commons' services continue.

SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with the Research Commons staff and partners. Consultations are available by phone, via email, or through online video-conference.

Not finding what you're looking for? Please get in touch with us at research-commons@sfu.ca so we can discuss your research support needs. 

 

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)

Digital Humanities workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) workshops

Academic Writing for Graduate Students

This seminar-style workshop series is designed for multilingual graduate students with English as a non-dominant language. Workshop activities include richly varied writing, reading, and language-specific tasks designed to develop academic writers. Participants will learn how to apply their analytical skills to the discourses of their chosen disciplines and explore how effective academic writing in Western scholarly tradition is achieved.

Required textbook:
Swales, John M., & Feak, Christine B. (2011). Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills (3rd Edition). Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press (ISBN: 978-0472-03475-8). (PDF Available)

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Webinar

Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers

This seminar style workshop is designed for multilingual graduate students with English as a non-dominant language. Grammar is presented through a functional description of the language resources that can be used to create meaning clearly, communicate with the reader appropriately, and organize a message effectively.

Required textbook:
Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers (2nd edition) by Nigel A. Caplan University of Michigan Press, 2019. An e-book is available from Amazon. 

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Webinar

Learning workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Research data management workshops

For assistance with research data management, including help with SFU's Research Data Repository Radar, please contact data-services@sfu.ca.

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Research programming 

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Research software workshops

Citation Management

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

GIS

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Note: UBC welcomes SFU students to participate in their online GIS workshops this summer (2020). There are 6 GIS workshops starting from July 23, 2020 to Aug 14, 2020. Use this link to browse and register for these workshops (no UBC credential is required).

Python

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Qualitative Data Analysis

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

R (Software)

Due to current restrictions our consultations in R will all be done remotely (e.g., Skype, Zoom, email, etc.) until further notice. To set up a consultation appointment, please email us at data-services@sfu.ca with some details on your questions 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. 

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Statistics

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Visual Analytics

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Scholarly communication

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Writing workshops

Drop-in Graduate Student Writing Support (online)

We welcome you to “drop in” to one of our live sessions with a graduate writing facilitator to discuss your writing questions or concerns. They will be able to answer quick questions, refer you to resources, and provide direction on next steps.

Join our Graduate Writing Online (Canvas) Community to make use of our drop-in writing support in Blackboard Collaborate, find additional writing resources, and connect with other graduate writers.

Upcoming Summer 2020 drop-in sessions:

Tuesday, May 19 2:00 – 4:00pm

Monday May 25, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday June 2, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Monday June 8, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Writing Workshops

Please register for the following writing workshops:

Summer Thesis Writing Group [Online]

Description: Join the Summer Thesis Writing Group to make some serious progress on your thesis! The Summer Thesis Writing Group is modeled after other successful online writing groups that use scheduled time to work on their writing with the (quiet) presence and support of other writers. The Research Commons remains devoted to supporting SFU graduate student researchers, even though we are now working from a distance!

What you can expect

The Summer 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, or the thesis submission process. The sessions will be held on Fridays, 9:00 am – 12 noon for 5 weeks, starting July 17th and concluding August 14th.

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 Thesis Boot Camp that some 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

Registration is available for all 5-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.

Registration will be limited to 30 participants. Please register by Tuesday, July 14th at 4:00pm, after which registrants will be contacted with confirmation and further instructions.

If you have any questions about the Summer Thesis Writing Group, please contact Robyn Long, Writing Services Coordinator for graduate students, at robyn_long@sfu.ca.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 17, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, July 24, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, July 31, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, August 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, August 14, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers

This seminar style workshop is designed for multilingual graduate students with English as a non-dominant language. Grammar is presented through a functional description of the language resources that can be used to create meaning clearly, communicate with the reader appropriately, and organize a message effectively.

Required textbook:
Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers (2nd edition) by Nigel A. Caplan University of Michigan Press, 2019. An e-book is available from Amazon. 

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Webinar

Thesis workshops 

Thesis Submission Process: Information Session for Graduate Program Assistants [Online]

This informational workshop is for SFU Graduate Program Assistants. If you are a graduate student wanting more information about the thesis submission process for the purposes of graduation, please email  thesis@sfu.ca or book an appointment via the online booking system for a one-on-one consultation.

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This session will introduce Graduate Program Assistants to the Library’s thesis submission process including formatting , documentation requirements, deadlines, and available support.  The session will also review the Thesis Assistance webpages and the new Results, Approval & Degree Recommendation (RAD) form that will replace both the Approval Page and the Supervisor Revision Memo effective Fall 2020.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Thesis Word Template Q & A Session [Online]

We invite you to attend this Q & A session once you have reviewed the following online video tutorials on using the thesis Word template:

  1. Getting started: Download and setup (2min 13s)
  2. Organization of the Thesis (3min 54s)
  3. Styles & Organization Template Styles (8min 33s)
  4. How to Use Styles: Basics (8min 56s)

You may also want to review these additional online video tutorials prior to attending, but it is not required.

Please bring any questions you have about using the thesis Word template. We can also use the screen sharing capability to guide you, provide clarification, examples and demonstrations.

 

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

In the meantime, please check out our online tutorials on using the Thesis Word Template.