In this short course, participants will work through activities to develop their academic professionalization skills by having a P.L.A.N. – tips on Professional development, Life skills, Academic development, and Networking. Originally developed by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville, PLAN is a framework for understanding and addressing the needs of students in the midst of graduate school or transitioning into junior faculty members. Using the PLAN framework as a springboard, this session will provide one mini-workshop in each of the following areas: (1) Professional development - The tried, tested and true grant application; (2) Life Skills - Snakes and ladders: Research, teaching, and service as a graduate student in Canadian post-secondary institutions; (3) Academic development (ideation) – Visual mind mapping tools for project success; and, (4) Networking - Lessons learned on how to avoid a conference flop. 

Participants should come equipped with an understanding of their (proposed) research project or grant in mind. Participants should also take part in the google forms survey to help the instructor prepare the material (7 days in advance)



Friday, July 26, 2019 - 09:00 to 16:00




This workshop is intended for undergraduates entering graduate school, or a current Masters or PhD student enrolled in graduate school.