Workshops & Events

                                                      

Over 100 professional and academic skills development workshops are offered through the EDGE program. Through a special agreement with Athabasca University’s (AU) Faculty of Graduate Studies, EDGE workshops and programs are open to both MUN and AU graduate students (unless noted in the workshop title). Workshops and programs offered by AU are also made available to MUN graduate students through this page. Recordings of the EDGE workshops will be available through the Graduate Commons (under “Toolboxes”) for MUN graduate students. If you have trouble accessing any of this content, please email us at sgs@mun.ca. Note that the opportunities below are updated regularly.

Winter 2021 

January

Ongoing - Thesis Writing Group
Jan. 13 - Job Search Strategies (Hosted by Faculty of Science)
Jan. 18 - SPSS II Workshop - Intermediate (Hosted by AU)
Jan. 19 - Fundamentals of Project Management in a Research Context​
Jan. 20 - Developing a Successful Resume and Cover Letter
Jan. 22 Deadline - Graduate Student Work Experience Program (GradSWEP) *For MUN graduate students*
Jan. 22 Deadline - Student Work and Service Program (SWASP) *For MUN student parents*
Jan. 26 - Building and Sustaining Your Integrity and Voice as Research Professionals (Hosted by AU & MUN)
Jan. 27 - Tips for a Successful Interview
Jan. 28 - Voice and Speech Training Workshop

February 

Ongoing - Thesis Writing Group
Feb. 3 - Making the Most of Your Remote Job (Hosted by Career Development)
Feb. 4 - Ethical Considerations for Conducting Research
Feb. 5 Deadline - CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship (Hosted by Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences)
Feb. 8 to 24 - Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP) *For MUN graduate students*
Feb 9 to 25 - English Language Skills for University Success
Feb. 9 - Creating Your Individual Development Plan (IDP)
Feb. 10 - Virtual Networking Tips (Hosted by Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences)
Feb. 10 - How to APA: Scavenger Hunt (Hosted by AU)
Feb. 11 - Copyright for Students
Feb. 17 - Career Exploration Workshop (Hosted by Career Development)
Feb. 18 - Intellectual Property (IP) 101
Feb. 24 to 25  - Project Management (Hosted by Mitacs) *For MUN graduate students*
Feb. 25 - Science Career Talk: Psychology & Behavioural Neuroscience (Hosted by Faculty of Science)

March 

Ongoing - Thesis Writing Group
Mar. 1 - 5 - Memorial University Career Week (Hosted by Career Development) 
Mar. 2 - Three Key Areas to Achieve Great Career Success
Mar. 2 to 11 - English Language Skills for University Success
Mar. 3 - Creating Your LinkedIn Profile (Hosted by Career Development)
Mar. 4 - Scotiabank Networking Session for Graduate Students
Mar. 4 - CV Essentials
Mar. 5 - Practice Your Presentation Skills (Hosted by Mitacs) *For MUN graduate students
Mar. 8 - Converting your Thesis or Dissertation into a Journal Article (Hosted by AU)
Mar. 10 - How to Conduct an Informational Interview (Hosted by Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences)
Mar. 11 - Graduate Student Workout
Mar. 17 - Employability Skills Workshop (Hosted by Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences)
Mar. 18 - Open Access Publishing (Hosted by AU)
Mar. 23 - Creating your Career Game Plan: Employer Perspective (Hosted by Career Development)
Mar. 24 - Job Search Strategies (Hosted by Faculty of Science)
Mar. 25 - From Proposal to Poster: An Introduction to Academic Posters
Mar. 29 - Creating your Career Game Plan: Exploring your Strengths (Hosted by Career Development)
Mar. 31 - Tips and Techniques for Effective Scientific Presentations (Hosted by Faculty of Science)
Mar. 31 - Developing a Successful Resume and Cover Letter 

April

Ongoing - Thesis Writing Group
Apr. 1 - Avoiding Plagiarism
Apr. 6 - Increasing Motivation During a Global Pandemic
Apr. 7 - Tips for a Successful Interview
Apr. 8 - Documenting Your Teaching (for Academic Job Applications)
Apr. 14 - Get a Head Start: Tips for the Canadian Common CV (CCV)
Apr. 20 - Tips for a Successful Mid-Career Change
Apr. 20 - Free SPSS Alternatives (Hosted by AU)
Apr. 22 - Going Virtual: Networking and Adapting to the World of Online Conferences
Apr. 26 to 30 - Thesis Writing Retreat

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January 

Fundamentals of Project Management in a Research Context​
This session will discuss the application of project management methodology throughout the entire research project life cycle, from project conception, through to final reporting or publication.
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 2 - 3:30 pm NST/10:30 am - 12 pm MST
Mode: Online
Presenter: David Miller, Director of Research Grants and Contract Services
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Developing a Successful Resume & Cover Letter
A professional résumé and cover letter are critical to securing an interview in today’s competitive job market! Learn how to market yourself effectively so you stand out and make a positive impression. This session will help you to prepare and tailor a resume and cover letter that clearly reflects your education, experience and skills to ensure that your documents are directly relevant to the position you are applying for.
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 20, 1 - 2 pm NST/9:30 - 10:30 am MST
Mode: Online 
Presenter: Julie Bowering, Career Development Coordinator, School of Graduate Studies
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Tips for a Successful Interview
Would you like to improve your interview skills and technique? This session will cover all interview formats, including video conferencing, as well as offer useful resources to ensure you make a positive impression with employers, and land that job!
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 27, 1 - 2 pm NST/9:30 - 10:30 am MST
Mode: Online
Presenter: Julie Bowering, Career Development Coordinator, School of Graduate Studies
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Voice and Speech Training Workshop
This practical workshop, offered by a voice coach, will help students to develop the speaking voice with special attention to the articulation of English sounds. It will offer exercises to source your voice, shape sounds, and speak for meaning. This is an ideal session for those wanting to improve their communication skills, particularly their presentation skills.
Date and Time: Thursday, January 28, 1 - 2 pm NST/9:30 - 10:30 am MST
Mode: Online
Presenter: Morris Hodder, Voice Coach
REGISTER

February

Ethical Considerations for Conducting Research
This session will focus on ethical dilemmas that students need to think about when planning their research, from those that are the more obvious to ethical conundrums that one might not think about unless challenged.
Date and Time: Thursday, February 4, 1 - 2 pm NST/9:30 - 10:30 am MST
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Beverly Fitzpatrick, Education and Assessment Specialist, Pharmacy
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Creating Your Individual Development Plan (IDP)
An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a tool that supports graduate students and PDFs in actively preparing for the career(s) of their choice by exploring career paths, establishing career goals, and identifying skill gaps, culminating in an action plan to achieve their career goal(s). The use of the IDP presents an opportunity for self-evaluation, and also allows graduate students and PDFs to map their progress over time. Finally, IDPs serve as a communication tool between trainees and mentors (supervisor or other mentor(s)) regarding the training outcomes and expectations of both parties. In this interactive session, we'll discuss what IDPs are, how to create them, and identify tools to help you complete one. We’ll also discuss general planning tools for all aspects of your research and scholarship. This session is appropriate for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at all stages.
Date and Time: Tuesday, February 9, 12 - 2 pm NST/8:30 - 10:30 am MST
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Aimée Surprenant, Associate Vice-President (Academic) and Dean, School of Graduate Studies
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Copyright for Students
In the digital age, copyright has emerged as a growing concern, especially since it touches so many aspects of our lives. Understanding copyright law can be an advantage in any field. This presentation will give you some basics, including advice of about copyright use in theses, the classroom, presentations, publications, and on the web.
Date and Time: Thursday, February 11, 1 - 2 pm NST/9:30 - 10:30 am MST
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Gamsby, Scholarly Communications Librarian
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Intellectual Property (IP) 101
This session will provide an introduction to Intellectual Property (IP) and Memorial’s Technology, Transfer and Commercialization team. It will cover the basics of IP, delving into copyright, trade secrets, trademarks and patents which are all different methods of IP protection that are utilized at Memorial. Finally, the session reviews IP ownership, inventorship and the disclosure process. This overview will help attendees understand when to engage with the team, important IP considerations for students, and how we can help move ideas toward commercial opportunities.
Date and Time: Thursday, February 18, 1 - 2 pm NST/9:30 - 10:30 am MST
Mode: Online
Presenters: Dr. Paula Mendonça, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship & Kara Strickland, Intellectual Property Officer, Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office
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Project Management (Hosted by Mitacs)
This workshop delivers a balance of “core” project management knowledge and skills. These are blended with practical learning on key interpersonal skills essential to successful achieve project goals. It is also aligned with the most recent proposed Project Management Institute (PMI) body of knowledge (PMBOK), the most recognized approach to project management.
Dates and Times: Wednesday - Thursday, February 24 - 25, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm NST
Mode: Online
DETAILS/REGISTER

March

Three Key Areas to Achieve Great Career Success
Would you like to learn how to become more successful in your career? In this workshop, offered as part of #MUNCareerWeek, we will explore the three most important but often overlooked areas for career success. This session will provide you with tons of practical tools and techniques that you can start using today to increase your chances to succeed.
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 2, 12 - 1:30 pm NST/8:30 - 10 am MST
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Judit Lovas, Career Success Coach, Judit Lovas Coaching and Consulting
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Scotiabank Networking Session for Graduate Students
The session will include information on positions within Scotiabank as well as job application tips. Scotiabank is committed to increasing diversity and as such we are inviting equity seeking graduate students who are interested in careers in the banking industry to attend! Please note that the event is being hosted using Microsoft Teams, you will be prompted to logon as a guest when you click the meeting link below if you do not have a Microsoft Teams account.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 4, 11:30 am - 1 pm NST
Mode: Online
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CV Essentials
What are the qualities of a good CV and what is its purpose? A CV is an archive of your academic history that is used is in different ways by different people throughout your academic career. Learn about the critical aspects of developing and enhancing your academic CV by:
• Incorporating Data – The CV is a database as well as your personal archive. Referees analyze the ‘data’ in your CV to craft individualized and specific reference letters.
• Focusing on the individual – Your CV is unique to you, and your position in your career. It’s important not to compare with others when critiquing your own CV.
• Growing a Living Document – Different aspects of your CV can shine for specific opportunities, and by reviewing your CV for each new opportunity you can customize your CV for maximum impact.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 4, 1 - 2 pm NST/9:30 - 10:30 am MST
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Meghan Burchell, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology
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Practice Your Presentation Skills (Hosted by Mitacs)
This workshop creates opportunities for participants to build and practice their presentation skills by applying course concepts through a series of short presentation practices while receiving in-person peer and expert feedback.
Date and Time: Friday, March 5, 9 am - 5 pm NST
Mode: Online
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Graduate Student Workout
Students who would like to attend this workout will need a little bit of space to move (a bedroom is fine), and a couple of weights if you have them – but they are not required.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 11, 12 - 1 pm NST/8:30 - 9:30 am MST
Mode: Online
Facilitator: Dr. Kevin Power, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation
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From Proposal to Poster: An Introduction to Academic Posters
What makes a good academic poster? How do you turn an entire thesis into a visual 750-word display? Can a proposal be a poster? What font size? What colours? In this workshop, we’ll discuss tools available for making academic posters, as well as some do’s and don’ts for poster design. This workshop will focus on inter-disciplinary posters, design basics, expectations, accessibility and innovation in student poster dissemination. It will also discuss ways to engage your audience as you walk them through your research.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 25, 1 - 2 pm NDT/9:30 - 10:30 am MDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Meghan Burchell, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology
REGISTER

Developing a Successful Resume & Cover Letter
A professional résumé and cover letter are critical to securing an interview in today’s competitive job market! Learn how to market yourself effectively so you stand out and make a positive impression. This session will help you to prepare and tailor a resume and cover letter that clearly reflects your education, experience and skills to ensure that your documents are directly relevant to the position you are applying for.
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 31, 1 - 2 pm NDT/9:30 - 10:30 am MDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Julie Bowering, Career Development Coordinator, School of Graduate Studies
REGISTER

April

Avoiding Plagiarism
This workshop shows some of the common mistakes academic writers make when incorporating sources into text - mistakes that can lead to unintentional plagiarism. It also provides tips to avoid plagiarizing through developing paraphrasing and summarizing strategies.
Date and Time: Thursday, April 1, 1 - 2 pm NDT/9:30 - 10:30 am MDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Carolyn Best, Manager, The Writing Centre
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Increasing Motivation During a Global Pandemic
Are you feeling unmotivated, stuck, and tired? Join the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre to learn ways to help increase motivation during this difficult time. This session will include goal setting, scheduling, living a balanced life, and positive practices.
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 1 - 2 pm NDT/9:30 - 10:30 am MDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Emily Gatehouse, Healthy Campus Lifestyle Coordinator, Student Wellness and Counselling Centre (SWCC)
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Tips for a Successful Interview
Would you like to improve your interview skills and technique? This session will cover all interview formats, including video conferencing, as well as offer useful resources to ensure you make a positive impression with employers, and land that job!
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 7, 1 - 2 pm NDT/9:30 - 10:30 am MDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Julie Bowering, Career Development Coordinator, School of Graduate Studies
REGISTER

Documenting Your Teaching (for Academic Job Applications)
Institutions seeking to fill an academic position often require applicants to submit documentation describing their teaching. In this session, graduate students will receive advice about what documents to prepare and what evidence to collect to describe their teaching responsibility, goals, approaches, and effectiveness for potential employers.
Date and Time: Thursday, April 8, 1 - 2 pm NDT//9:30 - 10:30 am MDT
Mode: Online 
Presenter: Allyson MacNeill, Instructional Design Specialist, Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)
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Get a Head Start: Tips for the Canadian Common CV (CCV)
The Canadian Common CV (CCV) is required for all students who wish to apply for funding from SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC. It's also required for all faculty and post-doctoral researchers who are applying for funding from the tri-council agencies. This workshop is designed for graduate students to help navigate the CCV system and to understand what are the most critical pieces of information that should be included. The workshop will also discuss how elements of the CCV are evaluated by review committees. The CCV is a time consuming process - start early and learn how to turn your CV into the CCV to apply for funding.
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 14, 1 - 2 pm NDT/9:30 - 10:30 am MDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Meghan Burchell, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology
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Tips for a Successful Mid-Career Change
Moving into a new career an certainly come with extra challenges, but it isn’t always a bad idea. Control and empowerment come from not being afraid of trying something new. A career pivot could also be a great move to ensure your future happiness and success in the workforce!

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the most important aspects to consider when changing your career. We’ll review the best practices to land your dream job, and you’ll be provided with the tools and techniques you need to create great career success for yourself.
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 20, 1 - 2:30 pm NDT/9:30 - 11 am MDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Judit Lovas, Career Success Coach, Judit Lovas Coaching and Consulting
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Going Virtual: Networking and Adapting to the World of Online Conferences
The world has changed quite a bit in the last year. The way we work is now different, as well the manner we interact with different people, communicate, and go to conferences! In this session, we will talk about the “World of Online Conferences”, and will offer advice, tips, and tricks to students on how to adapt to this new way of networking, connecting, and sharing your research.
Date and Time: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 1 - 2 pm NDT/9:30 - 10:30 am MDT
Mode: Online
Presenters: Juliana Vidal, PhD Candidate and Dr. Lindsay Cahill, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
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Contact

Enhanced Development of the Graduate Experience (EDGE)

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000