Workshops & Events

Memorial University                                                       Athabasca University

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. Please note this webpage is updated regularly. If you have trouble accessing any of this content, please email us at sgs@mun.ca.

Fall 2020 Opportunities 

September

Sept. 16 - Developing a Successful Resume and Cover Letter
Sept. 17 - Building Professional Resilience Through Mindfulness
Sept. 17 - EDI in Research Grant Applications (Hosted by Office of Strategic Institutional Research Initiatives)
Sept. 18 Deadline - Graduate Student Work Experience Program (GradSWEP) *For MUN graduate students*
Sept. 18 Deadline - Student Work and Service Program (SWASP) *For MUN students*
Sept. 22 - Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Information Session *For MUN graduate students*
Sept. 22 - Thinking About Research From Multiple Perspectives
Sept. 23 – Science Career Talk: Psychology, Biology & Chemistry (Hosted by Faculty of Science)
Sept. 24 – Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Graduate Degree: Lessons in Time Management, Self-Efficacy, and Success
Sept. 25 - Writing Café for Graduate Students: What Type of Writer are You?
Sept. 29 - Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Information Session *For MUN graduate students*
Sept. 29 - Tips for a Successful Interview
Sept. 30 - Job Search Strategies (Hosted by Faculty of Science)

October 

Ongoing - English Language Skills for University Success
Oct. 1 - Principled Decision Making: Who are you and what do you stand for?
Oct. 5 to 21 - Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP)
Oct. 6 to Dec. 15 - Afternoon Thesis Writing Group
Oct. 6 - Best Practices for Video Conferencing
Oct. 7 – Working Well With Others: Team Management Techniques for Graduate School and Beyond
Oct. 7 - Career Exploration Workshop (Hosted by Career Development)
Oct. 8 - Research Ethics for Graduate Students: Navigating the New COVID-19 Environment
Oct. 9 - Introduction to SPSS (Hosted by Athabasca University)
Oct. 13 - Time Management (Hosted by Mitacs)
Oct. 14 - Virtual Networking Tips (Hosted by Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Oct. 19 - Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP) Information Sessio
Oct. 20 - Open Access and Scholarly Publishing
Oct. 21 - Creating Your LinkedIn Profile (Hosted by Career Development)
Oct. 27 - Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Information Session*For MUN graduate students*
Oct. 27 - Science Career Talk: Physics, Math & Stats (Hosted by Faculty of Science)
Oct. 28 – Developing a Successful Resume and Cover Letter
Oct. 29 - Writing Café for Graduate Student: Ten Ways to Organize Your Writing
Oct. 29 - Career & Graduate School Fair *For MUN students*

November 

Ongoing - English Language Skills for University Success
Nov. 4 – Tips for a Successful Interview
Nov. 10 - Job Search Strategies (Hosted by Faculty of Science)
Nov. 12 - How to Gain Professional Skills/Experiences Remotely (Hosted by Faculty of Science)
Nov. 17 - Four Things to Consider for Graduate Student Teaching
Nov. 18 - Career Exploration Workshop (Hosted by Career Development)
Nov. 19 – Intellectual Property (IP) 101
Nov. 19 - Network to Get Work & Overcome Networking Stage Fright (Hosted by Faculty of Science)
Nov. 25 – Leadership Skills for Success in Graduate School and Beyond
Nov. 25 - Virtual Networking Tips (Hosted by Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Nov 26 – Writing Café for Graduate Students: Ten Ways to Organize Your Writing

December

Dec. 1 - Communicating Effectively in an Intercultural Professional Setting
Dec. 3 - Best Practices for Video Conferencing
Dec. 8 - Looking Beyond Your Degree: Knowing Your Competencies
Dec. 9 - CV Essentials
Dec. 17 - Writing Café for Graduate Students

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September 

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, September 16, 1 - 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online 
Presenter: Julie Bowering, Career Development Coordinator, School of Graduate Studies
REGISTER HERE

Building Professional Resilience Through Mindfulness
Mindfulness practices have been shown to help train awareness, facilitate clearer thinking, support employee well-being and resiliency, improve workplace relationships and help people navigate stress and anxiety. Join seasoned mindfulness instructor Andrew Safer and facilitator Dr. Janna Rosales who will guide you through a basic mindfulness practice with discussion and reflection on the ways that mindfulness can support your professional growth and development.
Date and Time: Thursday, September 17, 1 – 2:15 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenters: Andrew Safer, Mindfulness Instructor & Dr. Janna Rosales, Facilitator, and Assistant Professor, Engineering
REGISTER HERE

EDI in Research Grant Applications (Hosted by Office of Strategic Institutional Research Initiatives)
Join SIRI Facilitator Dr. Jennifer Stevens, and NSERC Discovery Grant Evaluation Group members Drs. Chris Rowley and Kris Poduska for a session on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Research Grant Applications. They will provide an overview of how EDI may appear in grant applications, particularly NSERC Discovery Grants, as well as some strategies for addressing these sections. A discussion and Q&A will follow the presentation. All are welcome.
Date and Time: Thursday, September 17, 10 am - 12 pm NDT
Mode: Online via Webex
Registration: Email siri@mun.ca for connection details

Thinking About Research From Multiple Perspectives
Research across disciplines can be based in multiple methodologies. In this session we will discuss how graduate students can conduct quality research, regardless of discipline or methodology.
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 22, 1 - 2 pm
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Beverly Fitzpatrick, Education and Assessment Specialist, Pharmacy
REGISTER HERE

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Graduate Degree: Lessons in Time Management, Self-Efficacy, and Success
This session will focus broadly on personal experiences in relation to beginning and ultimately completing a Masters program or a PhD. Areas of discussion will include time management tips as well as how to improve your self-efficacy in order to achieve your goal of completing your degree.
Date and Time: Thursday, September 24, 12 - 1 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Amy Warren, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
REGISTER HERE

Writing Café for Graduate Students: What Type of Writer are You?
Are you struggling to write? Has your motivation gone out the window? Dr. Cecile Badenhorst will hold a Writing Café to answer your questions about thesis/research writing. She will discuss tips, techniques and strategies to start writing and to keep going. This is an interactive session so bring your questions and your cup of coffee. Feel free to attend even if you don’t if you have questions. If you’d like to forward questions prior to the session, or can’t attend but still have questions, please email cbadenhorst@mun.ca. Everyone is welcome!
Date and Time: Friday, September 25, 11 am - 12 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Presenter: Dr. Cecile Badenhorst, Associate Professor, Adult Education/Post-Secondary, Faculty of Education
REGISTER HERE

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: Tuesday, September 29, 2 - 3 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Julie Bowering, Career Development Coordinator, School of Graduate Studies
REGISTER HERE

October

Principled Decision Making: Who are you and what do you stand for?
In this session, you will learn about and discuss various frameworks for making principled decisions in a professional setting, as well as engage in an individual values-setting exercise to help you identify and prioritize your motivators for success and leadership.
Date and Time: Thursday, October 1, 12 - 1 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Janna Rosales, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
REGISTER HERE

Best Practices for Video Conferencing: Things to consider when connecting to a video conference as an organizer, presenter, instructor or participant!
In this presentation you’ll learn about the fundamentals of video conferencing and what you should be responsible for regarding your contribution to the experience. The conversation will be about universal features and function so that these tips can be applied to any video conferencing solution you end up using whether it be Skype for Business, WebEx, Zoom or others. We will also talk about expectations of the various roles that make up a conference such as a presenter or attendee.
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 6, 1 - 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Darcy Andrews, Classroom Technologist, Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)
REGISTER HERE

Working Well With Others: Team Management Techniques for Graduate School and Beyond
Teamwork is required in graduate school as well as in the workplace. Whether it is being a member of a research team or a student group that is part of a course, graduate students have to interact with others regularly. This session will focus on how to make the most out of teamwork and how to resolve conflicts that can occur within teams.
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 7, 12 - 1 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Amy Warren, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
REGISTER HERE

Research Ethics for Graduate Students: Navigating the New COVID-19 Environment
This session covers topics such as why we conduct ethics review, a brief History of Ethics Review in Canada, the TCPS2 Guidelines, the MUN Research Ethics Board (ICEHR), the components of an ethics review and helpful suggestions for successful student applications. Note: this talk will not discuss the technical aspects of navigating the ICEHR website, the Researcher Portal or the ROMEO system
Date and Time: Thursday, October 8, 1 – 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online (Connection details will be forwarded prior to session)
Presenter: Dr. Russell Adams, Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics, Faculties of Science and Medicine; Chair Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research
REGISTER HERE

Time Management (Hosted by Mitacs)
If you find yourself frequently running out of time on a project or impending deadlines are making you anxious, this course is here to help. You’ll learn how to make the most of every minute, avoid procrastination and other “time thieves,” and create achievable plans and schedules, based on project management best practices.
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 13, 9 am - 5 pm
Mode: Online
DETAILS/REGISTER

Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP) Information Session
The APAP, formerly known as the Accelerated Economist Training Program, is a government recruitment program that offers an unparalleled opportunity in the federal public service - the program is geared towards recent master’s-level graduates with backgrounds in any discipline who exhibit leadership and academic excellence, good judgment and analytical abilities, and a keen interest in Canadian public policy and governance. The application period will be open from October 19 to November 6.
Date and Time: Monday, October 19, 1 – 2 pm
Mode: Online via Zoom
Connection Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88599139769?pwd=OUZoTElBa0cwMmFRRmlSWDVDQU9oUT09, Meeting ID: 885 9913 9769
Passcode: 356892
Presenter: Michael Kelly, Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP) alumnus, Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Government of Canada
Details (English)/Détails (Français)
REGISTER HERE

Open Access and Scholarly Publishing
This workshop will focus on the often misunderstood topic of Open Access and the place it occupies in the scholarly publishing landscape. Such topics as author rights, peer review, and publishing economics, among others, will be covered. A special emphasis will be placed on the relevant services currently being offered by MUN Libraries.
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 20, 1 - 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Gamsby, Scholarly Communications Librarian
REGISTER HERE

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 webinar 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, October 28, 1 - 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Julie Bowering, Career Development Coordinator, School of Graduate Studies
REGISTER HERE

Writing Café for Graduate Students: Ten Ways to Organize Your Writing
Are you struggling to write? Has your motivation gone out the window? Dr. Cecile Badenhorst will hold a Writing Café to answer your questions about thesis/research writing. She will discuss tips, techniques and strategies to start writing and to keep going. This is an interactive session so bring your questions and your cup of coffee. Feel free to attend even if you don’t if you have questions. If you’d like to forward questions prior to the session, or can’t attend but still have questions, please email cbadenhorst@mun.ca. Everyone is welcome!
Date and Time: Thursday, October 29, 11 am - 12 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Presenter: Dr. Cecile Badenhorst, Associate Professor, Adult Education/Post-Secondary, Faculty of Education
REGISTER HERE

November

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, November 4, 1 - 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Julie Bowering, Career Development Coordinator, School of Graduate Studies
REGISTER HERE

Four Things to Consider for Graduate Student Teaching
This session discusses and explores specific areas to consider for graduate students in teaching. It focuses on four key lessons for graduate students to focus on to improve their classroom performance, demonstrate effective learning and become better teachers!
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 17, 1 – 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Tom Cooper, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration
REGISTER HERE

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, November 19, 1 - 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenters: Dr. Paula Mendonça and Kara Strickland, Intellectual Property Officers
REGISTER HERE

Leadership Skills for Success in Graduate School and Beyond
You don’t have to be a CEO to require leadership skills. Demonstrating leadership skills in your research teams, course work teams, at your part-time job can enhance your graduate learning experience as well as better prepare you for your career after graduation. This session will discuss various leadership styles, discuss the difference between management and leading, and help you discover how to better hone your leadership skills.
Date and Time: Thursday, November 25, 12 - 1 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Amy Warren, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
REGISTER HERE

Writing Café for Graduate Students
Are you struggling to write? Has your motivation gone out the window? Dr. Cecile Badenhorst will hold a Writing Café to answer your questions about thesis/research writing. She will discuss tips, techniques and strategies to start writing and to keep going. This is an interactive session so bring your questions and your cup of coffee. Feel free to attend even if you don’t if you have questions. If you’d like to forward questions prior to the session, or can’t attend but still have questions, please email cbadenhorst@mun.ca. Everyone is welcome!
Date and Time: Thursday, November 26, 11 am - 12 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Cecile Badenhorst, Associate Professor, Adult Education/Post-Secondary, Faculty of Education
REGISTER HERE

December

Communicating Effectively in an Intercultural Professional Setting
This talk will discuss ways to enhance one’s ability to communicate in a professional setting particularly in intercultural multi-linguistic contexts. That is when participants are of diverse cultural and linguistic background and breakdowns in communication could more easily occur. We will look at how professional communication has changed in recent years and especially over the last few months, due to a surge in remote working, the rise of geographically dispersed teams, the upward trend of outsourcing, and steady growth in workplace diversity. Discussing why being a good communicator is so important in today’s professional world, we will look at what effective communication entails and how one can learn this competence so valued by employers. Lastly, from the use and overuse of acronyms and jargon to Kaplan’s five models for structuring an argument, this talk will highlight potential pitfalls to keep in mind.
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 1, 1  - 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Cristina Fabretto, Per-Course Teaching-Term Appointee, Italian, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
REGISTER HERE

Best Practices for Video Conferencing: Things to consider when connecting to a video conference as an organizer, presenter, instructor or participant!
In this presentation you’ll learn about the fundamentals of video conferencing and what you should be responsible for regarding your contribution to the experience. The conversation will be about universal features and function so that these tips can be applied to any video conferencing solution you end up using whether it be Skype for Business, WebEx, Zoom or others. We will also talk about expectations of the various roles that make up a conference such as a presenter or attendee.
Date and Time: Thursday, December 3, 1 - 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Darcy Andrews, Classroom Technologist, Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)
REGISTER HERE

Looking Beyond Your Degree: Knowing Your Competencies
Description coming soon! 
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 8, 1 - 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Rhonda Joy, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research, Faculty of Education
REGISTER HERE

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: Wednesday, December 9, 1 - 2 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Meghan Burchell, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology
REGISTER HERE

Writing Café for Graduate Students
Are you struggling to write? Has your motivation gone out the window? Dr. Cecile Badenhorst will hold a Writing Café to answer your questions about thesis/research writing. She will discuss tips, techniques and strategies to start writing and to keep going. This is an interactive session so bring your questions and your cup of coffee. Feel free to attend even if you don’t if you have questions. If you’d like to forward questions prior to the session, or can’t attend but still have questions, please email cbadenhorst@mun.ca. Everyone is welcome!
Date and Time: Thursday, December 17, 11 am - 12 pm NDT
Mode: Online
Presenter: Dr. Cecile Badenhorst, Associate Professor, Adult Education/Post-Secondary, Faculty of Education
REGISTER HERE

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