Enhanced Development of the Graduate Experience (EDGE)

About EDGE

The Enhanced Development of the Graduate Experience (EDGE) is a comprehensive collection of professional development programs and services that help provide students with the complementary skills required to be successful in their lives after graduate school.

EDGE was initially launched in 2007 and retooled in 2013 after consulting various stakeholder groups and the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) discussion paper, “Professional Skills Development for Graduate Students.”

 Fall 2016 EDGE Calendar

Workshops and resources

EDGE fosters skills and knowledge around nine key themes that are closely associated with the skills identified in the CAGS discussion paper on professional skills for graduate students:

  • Leadership and management
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Integrity and ethics
  • Global and intercultural awareness
  • Teaching skills
  • Societal and civic responsibility
  • Career development
  • Research

Please click on the links below to learn more about the skills and the related workshops and programs available at Memorial.

For more details and to register, visit the Fall 2016 Calendar. Events are added throughout the semester!

Leadership and management

These skills enable you to:

  • Influence, motivate, mentor, and enable others to succeed
  • Manage others by communicating a clear vision, identifying problems and solutions, and facilitating teamwork

Workshops and resources:

  • Memorial Student Leadership Conference: This is a one-day event held in the Winter semester built on practical experiences, leadership theory, and community service.
  • Memorial Ambassador Program: This program allows student volunteers to represent the University at a wide range of special events and activities.
  • HIRE: (Student Supervisory Certificate for Students): This program provides students with useful skills and tools to be an effective supervisor in a professional setting.
  • MUN Mentors Program: This is a peer mentorship program that matches current MUN students with new international students in their first semester of study.
For details of events and to register, please visit the Fall 2016 EDGE Calendar.

Communication and interpersonal skills

These skills enable you to:

  • Effectively and clearly communicate to a variety of audiences using a wide range of media
  • Listen actively, be assertive, persuade others, have empathy, and be diplomatic

Workshops and resources:

  • MUNdays Dining Etiquette Workshop: Ever wonder why there are so many forks at a place setting? Unsure of when to place your napkin on your lap? Are there certain things you shouldn't talk about at the dinner table? You'll get answers to these questions and more at this workshop.
  • 3MT Competition: The Three Minute Thesis is a communication competition in which students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.
  • Memorial Toastmasters: Toastmasters is an international organization that helps individuals conduct meetings and deliver impromptu/prepared speeches.
  • How to Deliver Excellent PowerPoint Presentations: This workshop covers the basics in delivering effective presentations using PowerPoint.
  • Mitacs Step Program - Writing Effective Emails: This online workshop will help students gain the confidence to communicate effectively and learn valuable ways to finesse their email etiquette.
  • Mitacs Step Program - Writing Strategic Business Reports: This online workshop will help students learn how to write clear and strategic business reports that achieve their intended purpose.
  • Mitacs Step Program - Practical Tips for Growing Your Network: This online workshop will help students build a strong personal and professional network.
  • Mitacs Step Program - Time Management: This online workshop will deepen students’ understanding of the time management techniques and knowledge that they need set clear goals, break down work tasks, and estimate task duration.

For details of events and to register, please visit the Fall 2016 EDGE Calendar.

Critical and creative thinking

These skills enable you to:

  • Gather information from various senses: oral/written, reflection, observation, experience, and reasoning
  • Analyze and solve problems of various natures, critique current ideas and maintain an open disposition

Workshops and resources:

  • Teaching Skills Enhancement Program (TSEP): TSEP is designed to provide an introduction to teaching at the undergraduate level and includes a workshop specifically on critical thinking.
  • Study Skills Clinic: An interactive study skills clinic offered each semester for graduate students who are encountering difficulties with academic coursework. These drop-in sessions provide an opportunity for students to discuss their concerns with a psychologist and develop strategies to meet their academic needs.
For details of events and to register, please visit the Fall 2016 EDGE Calendar.

Integrity and ethics

These skills enable you to:

  • Adhere to professional codes of conduct and standards within and beyond a specific discipline
  • Contribute to the promotion and fostering of scholarly integrity across the university community
  • Handle competing obligations ethically and negotiate ethical issues

Workshops and resources:

  • Integrity and Ethics - Scholarly Essentials: This website provides information and resources related to ownership and acknowledgement, data, and potential impact of research on humans, animals, and the environment.
  • PHIA Training for Graduate Students: PHIA training is a requirement for students in any graduate program with a component involving the use of personal health information.
  • TCPS-2 Course on Research Ethics (CORE): The online CORE tutorial is an introduction to the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.
  • Avoiding Plagiarism and Paraphrasing Effectively in Academic Writing: This 1.5-hour workshop offered through the Writing Centre provides excellent advice for students interested in academic writing.
  • Academic Integrity: This workshop, offered through the library, will help you learn more about academic integrity and its importance to your studies and research at Memorial University
For details of events and to register, please visit the Fall 2016 EDGE Calendar.

Global and intercultural awareness

These skills enable you to:

  • Understand diverse cultures and global dynamics
  • Promote global diversity and equity

Workshops and resources:

For details of events and to register, please visit the Fall 2016 EDGE Calendar.

Teaching skills

These skills enable you to:

  • Explain complex concepts concisely and provide clear instruction to facilitate learning
  • Adapt instructional and mentoring activities to various learning styles and backgrounds
  • Promote student information literacy
  • Promote student learning through library-related research activities

Workshops and resources:

For details of events and to register, please visit the Fall 2016 EDGE Calendar.

Societal and civic responsibility

These skills enable you to:

  • Contribute to society as members of various local, national, and global communities
  • Value civic responsibility, citizenship, and diversity

Workshops and resources:

For details of events and to register, please visit the Fall 2016 EDGE Calendar.

Career development

These skills enable you to:

  • Manage your career path by setting goals, committing to continued professional development, and identifying ways to improve employability
  • Demonstrate knowledge of transferable skills to other work environments

Workshops and resources:

For details of events and to register, please visit the Fall 2016 EDGE Calendar.

Research

These skills enable you to:

  • Seek new knowledge and adapt it for practical use
  • Become aware of available funding and modify applications for various funding agencies
  • Enhance your ability to engage in effective information gathering and use
  • Organize your secondary research using citation management software
  • Understand the scholarly publishing landscape
  • Navigate the complexities of author rights

Workshops and resources:

 

  • Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference: The Aldrich Conference is the annual research conference hosted by Graduate Students’ Union that brings together student scholars from across the country to discuss their research and findings.
  • Thesis Writing Retreat: A one-week program offering a dedicated time and space to help graduate students make significant progress on or complete their theses.
  • Funding Information Sessions and Workshops: See funding deadlines and register for various funding information sessions and application writing sessions.
  • Preparing to Write Your Thesis - An Academic Writing Workshop: This interactive workshop gives a general overview of writing expectations for graduate-level. It offers tips that guide you to begin thinking and planning your thesis.
  • Library Research Help: A librarian can recommend resources, help you to plan and organize your research, develop effective research strategies, and more. Individual and small-group appointments are available.
  • Introduction to RefWorks: This workshop, offered through the library, introduces RefWorks, a citation management tool to help you save and organize research sources and automatically generate citations and bibliographies.
  • Open Access Week Workshop: This workshop, offered through the library in October, will provide students with a background in the differences between Open and Closed Access for scholarship, and will also touch on many related services available at the university.
  • Mitacs Step Program - Communicating Your Research:  This online workshop will teach students the latest tips and techniques to make sure their next conference talk, email or poster presentation is impactful and memorable.

For details of events and to register, please visit the Fall 2016 EDGE Calendar.

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