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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.”

For more information, please contact Julie Bowering, Career Development Coordinator (Graduate Studies), at jbowering@mun.ca or visit the Winter 2015 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. To find information on dates/times of workshops and programs and register, please visit the Winter 2015 EDGE Calendar.

 

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.
To find information on dates/times of workshops and programs and register, please visit the 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:

  • Mitacs Step Program - Writing Effective Emails: This online workshop will provide students with the skills to communicate effectively over email including drafting precise emails and proper email etiquette.
  • Mitacs Step Program - Writing Strategic Business Reports:  This online workshop will provide students who are transitioning from an academic to a professional environment with business report writing skills.
  • Mitacs Step Program - Time Management: This online workshop will provide students with the skills necessary to manage their time and priorities effectively in both their academic and personal lives.
  • A Menu for Success: Dining Etiquette in the Professional World: 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.
  • How to Deliver Excellent PowerPoint Presentations: This 1.5-hour workshop covers the basics in delivering effective presentations using PowerPoint.
  • 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 Ambassador Program: This program allows student volunteers to represent the University at a wide range of special events and activities.
  • Memorial Toastmasters: Toastmasters is an international organization that helps individuals conduct meetings and deliver impromptu/prepared speeches.

To find information on dates/times of workshops and programs and register, please visit the 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.
To find information on dates/times of workshops and programs and register, please visit the EDGE calendar.

Integrity and ethics

These skills enable you to:

  • Adhere to professional codes of conduct and standards within and beyond a specific discipline
  • 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 interesting in academic writing.
To find information on dates/times of workshops and programs and register, please visit the 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:

To find information on dates/times of workshops and programs and register, please visit the 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

Workshops and resources:

To find information on dates/times of workshops and programs and register, please visit the 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:

To find information on dates/times of workshops and programs and register, please visit the 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:

To find information on dates/times of workshops and programs and register, please visit the 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

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.
  • IP (Intellectual Property) Workshop: This is a workshop on intellectual property guidelines as they pertain to Memorial graduate students
  • Thesis Writing Retreat: This Writing Retreat is a week-long intensive program that provides time and space to facilitate dissertation writing.

To find information on dates/times of workshops and programs and register, please visit the EDGE calendar.

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