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Grad students: Sign up for the New Year's Resolution Writing and Research Spectacular


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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.

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Graduate students can register now to join us for a half day of online workshops on writing strategies, research productivity hacks, research ethics, and challenging impostor syndrome. 

The programme takes place on January 22nd, and runs from 9:00 am to noon, Pacific Time.


9:00 - 9:30: Sketching Your 2021 Writing Road Map, with Dr Robyn Long

In this power-charged mini-workshop, facilitators will help students establish clear writing goals for the New Year and plans of action to achieve them.

Key topics will be making a realistic schedule, crafting benchmarks to assess your progress, foreseeing and planning for potential challenges or road blocks, and overall providing a structured path through the seemingly abstract, amorphous journey of thesis writing!

9:30 -10:00: Level Up! Tips and Tricks for Research Productivity, with Ali Moore

Learn how to keep up with research! In this workshop, we'll go over tips and tricks that can save you time during your research, including setting search and citation alerts, forward chaining, software tools to help with writing reference lists and literature reviews, and more.

10:10 - 10:40: Research Ethics, with Jeff Toward

The purpose of this session is to engage students in reading about, considering, and discussing the ethical conduct of research involving humans. At the end of the session, students should have:
  • basic knowledge of the purpose and value of ethical decision-making,
  • key issues and concepts in research ethics,
  • and the three core principles as defined by the Tri-Council Policy Statement and how to apply them to their own research studies.
We will also discuss:
  • the definition of minimal risk and how that is applied in the review of research,
  • consent and confidentiality,
  • and vulnerability in context.
There will be a brief overview of the ethics review process, and some issues that may arise. Finally, students will be made aware of resources where they can obtain more information about research ethics and the ethics review process.

11:00 - 12:00: Challenging Impostor Syndrome, with Dr. Susan Brook

Ever feel like your success is due to luck? That others around you are more intelligent? That your graduate program made a mistake admitting you--a mistake they might realize soon? If you have struggled with feeling like you don’t fit in academia, this workshop is for you.

We will focus on understanding and challenging “impostor syndrome”—a remarkably common syndrome amongst graduate students. You will learn about research on the topic, hear others’ experiences and reflect on your own, and discover some concrete tools for dealing with the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours associated with feeling like an impostor.


January 22


9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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