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Introduction to Citation Management

This presentation will walk you through the benefits of citation management and explain how you can use citation managers to keep track of your research and speed up the citation process. Participants are required to bring a laptop to the session. We will focus on using Zotero and Mendeley (see this comparison chart) and recommend you come with them pre-installed. However, if you already use a different citation manager the content we work through will still be relevant. Register at

Pronunciation Group: Words

This series provides an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, faculty, and staff with English as an additional language (EAL) to practice their English pronunciation. There is no prerequisite for participation. Participants will meet weekly for a 2-hour session to progress through word-level pronunciation activities in the textbook Clear Speech by Judy Gilbert. Topics include syllables, consonants, vowels and vowel rules, word stress, vowel length and clarity, and word stress patterns.

DEADLINE: SSHRC Storytellers competition

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) annual Storytellers contest challenges postsecondary students to creatively demonstrate to Canadians how social sciences and humanities research has an impact on our lives and on our communities. The contest is open to all students—graduate and undergraduate—enrolled at Canadian postsecondary institutions. The challenge is to tell the story, in 3 minutes or 300 words, of a SSHRC-funded research project. It can be their own or a professor’s project and must be taking place at their institution.

Designing and Creating Infographics

Infographics are a unique way to organize and showcase research or complicated information.  This two-hour workshop will walk you through the steps for designing and creating an effective infographic including, the role of data, graphic design principles, accessibility considerations and an introduction to free tools for creation. After this workshop, you’ll be able to:                 Describe what an infographic is                 Articulate the role of data in story telling                 Choose appropriate chart types to present your data
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University of Guelph's 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) 1st Workshop

Learn how to "pitch" your research by participating in the University of Guelph's 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) workshop series! 3MT is a university-wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research, creative activity, and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide. During the 3MT workshop series, not only will you learn how to prepare yourself for the 3MT competition,  you will gain clarity on your research easing your writing process and teaching you how to effectively synthesize complex ideas for diverse audiences. Don't take our word for it, our past UoG 3MT Champion has some advice for future 3MT participants!   Interested? Learn more and register for the 3MT workshop series. They will be held on January 27th 1-3pm in MacKinnon 019 and February 12th 10:30am-1pm in MacKinnon 019. 

Data Analysis - Manipulation in Python

Join us for a hands-on, two-part workshop for folks with little experience programming. Data cleaning and manipulation usually takes up 80% of the time allotted to data analysis project. We will cover how to handle unstructured and structured data, data manipulation and cleaning tasks using Numpy and Pandas libraries. Please bring a laptop with for your own use during the workshop. The laptop will need to have following software installed:                 Anaconda - Python 3.7 version                 PyCharm - Community Edition

Introduction to Qualtrics Surveys -Creating Data

Many researchers, administrators, and service providers use surveys to collect data. Really, who hasn’t created a survey? With the tools available to us, it is easy to create and distribute a survey. However, there are a number of important issues to consider when creating a survey. In particular, it is paramount to have a clear idea of your intention for both the process and the result before you begin. What is your research question, what will you do with the data that is collected, what decisions or actions will this data guide?

Brain Food: Writing the Literature Review

In this workshop session, we focus on one of the most difficult parts to write, the Literature Review. Please bring your laptop, if possible. Gathering and Reading Literature A good thesis demands a good literature review, and that means finding and critically analyzing the key literature in your field. In this session, learn some methods for finding and evaluating the literature in order to select relevant and authoritative sources. We'll also be discussing the use of Zotero for citation management. Writing the Literature Review

Brain Food: Getting Started on Your Thesis

In this workshop session, we provide foundational skills and strategies that will carry you through the thesis or dissertation process. Please bring your laptop, if possible. Topics covered will include:                 Managing the Thesis Process: We discuss goal setting and time management strategies to keep you motivated throughout your graduate degree

Makerspace: Create a captivating pitch

Learn the basic components of a pitch and apply it to a real topic.    See a list of all workshops for W2020 and register for this event at the Makerspace registration page.

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