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SKILLSETS: Unlock Your Potential


November 15, 2019

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Grading Seminars


These hands-on seminars explore the unique challenges and difficulties of grading written work and student research in specific fields. We will discuss the risks of grading bias and accountability from the perspective of both students and instructors.


Grading in the Humanities and Social Sciences

November 19, 10:30am - 12:00pm


Grading in the Sciences

November 27, 3:00 - 5:00pm



Share your research during 3MT/MT180!


Bring your research out of the lab, library, or classroom! Three Minute Thesis (3MT)/Ma thèse en 180 secondes (MT180) is a global competition where you have three minutes to present, in English or French, the impact of your research. By participating, you’ll receive two rounds of training and resources to help you fine-tune your presentation.


Register by December 15, with or without a complete presentation—you’ll have until the first training session in January to create an outline of your talk and a draft slide.






How to Plan Your Life: Create Your IDP (for Arts Students)


November 18 and 25, 5:30 - 7:30pm


An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a tailored roadmap that guides you from where you are now to where you want to be. This two-part workshop will guide you through the myPath workbook in an interactive, classroom style format. In part one, participants reflect on their skills and interests, and start building ideas for future goals. In part two, participants articulate their priorities for the next year and develop an action plan. You will leave with a completed IDP. This workshop is geared toward Arts students.




Mitacs Training Courses


The Mitacs curriculum is designed to build competencies in four key areas that are recognized as vital to professional success. Each course addresses one or more of the following competencies: leadership and management, communication and relationship building, personal and professional management, and entrepreneurialism.


Aptitudes de communication

November 18, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Networking Skills

November 19, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Aptitudes de réseautage

November 26, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Skills of Communication

November 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm




Literature Review for the Humanities and Social Sciences


November 18, 2:00 - 3:30pm


This workshop addresses the main steps for creating a literature review for Humanities and Social Sciences topics. Selecting topics, finding and evaluating information sources, and structuring the literature review will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on using citation management software to create literature reviews.



2019 Library Census Day


November 19, all day as of 8:00am


The Library will conduct a one-day census to learn more about our users. This will help us make decisions regarding improvements to services and spaces. Staff will ask visitors entering Library spaces to scan their McGill ID cards. Those without a McGill ID card will be asked to fill out a short paper form.





Introduction to the Fundamentals of Data Management


November 20, 1:00 - 2:00pm


Interested in making sure your project or thesis is going smoothly? Join us for a workshop at Macdonald Campus Library to learn best practices for the research data cycle, and topics such as data storage options, file keeping, project organization and more. The workshop is also flexible to your needs, so feel free to come with any questions regarding research data management. 




Engaged Science 3 Minute Thesis at MacDonald Campus


November 20, 1:00 - 4:00pm


All are welcome to hear 13 graduate students present their research in under 3 minutes! This is a great opportunity to learn about the wide variety of rigorous research taking place at Macdonald campus.



How to Assess Job Offers and Negotiate Salary


November 20, 3:00 - 4:00pm (Downtown campus)

November 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm (Macdonald campus)


Looking to learn more about the negotiation process? This workshop will provide you with information on the importance of negotiating, preparing to engage in the process, and implementing strategies to help you approach your own negotiations. 




McGill Conversation Series with Alberto Manguel -
Yiddish Spoken: The Yiddish Writers of Quebec


November 20, 5:00 - 7:30pm


Join Alberto Manguel and guests Esther Frank and Sebastian Schulman for an exploration of Montreal’s Yiddish literary culture today. They will guide us through the treasures of Joe Fishstein’s remarkable Yiddish collection. During the early twentieth century, Bronx garment worker Joe Fishstein collected some 2300 works in Yiddish. Fishstein fashioned beautiful hand-made jackets to preserve his unique collection, mostly poetry, in vintage condition. 



Introduction to Zotero


November 21, 2:00 - 3:00pm


Zotero is a free and open source software that enables you to organize your research, create bibliographies, and insert citations or footnotes in your assignments. This workshop, which includes a hands-on component, will introduce participants to the main functions of Zotero.




Office Hours: Copyright


November 21, 2:00 - 4:00pm


The Digital Scholarships Hub is offering office hours to speak with a copyright librarian. The Digital Scholarship Hub is a convergence of Library and campus services that enhance research through the use of digital technologies. It supports the application of digital methods from one field to advance another, promoting interdisciplinary scholarship and innovative research.




Improvisation and Fun: From Old School Knowledge to Co-creating Knowledge


November 22, 1:00 - 3:00pm


This workshop will feature activities that can be added to any classroom at any level to make learning more fun and interactive. If you wish to add some fun to your teaching sessions or integrate co-creating knowledge methods, this workshop is for you!




Would You Fund It?


November 25, one-on-one consultations


This workshop gives you the opportunity to have your two-page project summary reviewed by a former Tri-council or Quebec committee reviewer. You have 30 minutes for a one-on-one consultation. The reviewer will scan the document and provide feedback on the structure, relevance, and language accuracy, with suggestions on how to strengthen your draft.





Sex Cells! A Workshop on Sex and Gender-Based Analysis Plus (SGBA+) in Research


November 26, 6:00 - 8:00pm


Considerations of sex and gender are key to conducting inclusive research, building unbiased technology, and facilitating equitable healthcare. In this workshop, you will learn how you can implement SGBA+ in your research.





Systematic and Scoping Reviews for Social Sciences and Education Students


November 27, 9:30 - 11:00am


This workshop for students in the Social Sciences and Education will cover the differences between systematic and scoping reviews. Participants will learn about protocol development, database selection, citation management, documentation best practices, appraisal tools, and much more.



Life After Your Degree: Finding Your Path Event


November 27, 12:30 - 1:30pm


Participate in one-on-one chats with featured alumni about the various paths they have taken after graduation. Connect with alumni who will share tips and advice to help you prepare for what comes next! 




Concordia - Thesis Boost: 3-day Writing Retreat


November 27 - 29, 9:00am - 5:00pm


Does your thesis or research paper need a boost? Then join us for this three-day writing event, hosted in a supportive and motivating setting, and take a leap towards finishing your writing project. Thesis Boost is for graduate students who are in the middle to later stages of writing their thesis or research paper. We have reserved the beautiful Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre, and are inviting graduate students to spend three days advancing their writing project and adopting effective writing habits.



Endnote Essentials


November 27, 2:00 - 3:30pm (Downtown campus)

December 9, 9:30 - 11:00am (Macdonald campus)


This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to and overview of EndNote, a reference management software. Students will be introduced to the concept of bibliographic management software, and learn to collect references from bibliographic databases and organize them efficiently in EndNote. 





Introduction to LaTeX with Overleaf


November 28, 2:00 - 4:00pm


Come and learn why LaTeX is chosen by so many students and researchers in Science and Engineering for creating documents. This workshop focuses on using LaTeX with Overleaf, a free, online LaTeX collaborative writing and publishing tool. The workshop will also touch on how to write and align mathematical formulas, produce matrices, create tables and figures, and format references in numbered and author-date styles.




Copyright for your Thesis: Getting and Giving Permissions


November 29, 10:00 - 11:30am


This Library workshop offers practical answers to common questions on copyright, permissions, McGill’s online repository, and more. Topics include rights of copyright holders, types of works protected by copyright, and duration of copyright in Canada.



Don’t forget to complete It Takes All of Us by November 29


Over 50% of students have already completed It Takes All of Us, McGill’s new mandatory sexual violence education program. If you have already done so – thank you! You’re helping make McGill a safe, respectful, and inclusive learning environment for all.


All current students must complete the program on myCourses by November 29 or a hold will be placed on your record, blocking course registration for the Winter 2020 term.


Find more information at mcgill.ca/sv-education. If you need support or accommodations to complete the modules, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education at osvrse@mcgill.ca or 514-398-3954. 





How to Plan Your Life: Create Your IDP (Faculty of Medicine Students)


December 2 and 9, 11:30am - 1:30pm 


An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a tailored roadmap that guides you from where you are now to where you want to be. This two-part workshop will guide you through the myPath workbook in an interactive, classroom style format. In part one, participants reflect on their skills and interests, and start building ideas for future goals. In part two, participants articulate their priorities for the next year and develop an action plan. You will leave with a completed IDP. This workshop is geared toward Medicine students.




Leading Effective Discussions: Facilitation Skills for Graduate Students and Postdocs


Improve your facilitation of group discussions and meetings through dynamic active learning workshops! In this workshop, you will learn skills to build your leadership, presentation, and communication skills with peers. Further, this session will explore emerging skills that contribute to professional excellence based on authenticity, autonomy, and integrity.


Facilitation Essentials

December 4, 1:30 - 5:00pm

Advanced Facilitation Skills

December 11, 1:30 - 5:00pm




Graphos Three-Day Writing Retreat


December 10 - 12, 9:30am - 4:30pm


Need to carve out a block of dedicated time to get ahead with your writing? Struggling with writing blocks, “analysis paralysis” or a particular journal submission? Think you might benefit from working in the company of other focused writers? If so, Graphos is holding a three-day writing session for graduate students.






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Course Evaluations for Fall 2019

Your feedback on your courses and instructors makes a difference. Take the time to complete your course evaluations, and if you are a Teaching Assistant, encourage your students to participate.

• Default period: November 11 – December 22
• Condensed period (view units): November 12 - December 5 




Graphos One-Credit Courses


This winter, Graphos is offering one-credit, pass/fail courses on writing and presenting at the graduate level. Doctoral students and Thesis Master’s students are eligible for the University's tuition sponsorship program that permits students to take these courses without extra fees.




Looking to Fund your Next Student Project, Event or Initiative?


December 1 Application Deadline


Apply for funding from the McGill Alumni Association through the Student Sponsorship Program to support your student-led projects that meet eligibility criteria.


New Mac Operating System and Endnote Compatibility


This fall, Apple is releasing their new operating system, which will no longer support EndNote. Apple is aware of the issue and is working to address it.




New Digital Scholarship Hub Now Open for Consultations, Workshops and Office Hours


Services cover topics such as data visualization, author rights, copyright, concept mapping, AI for research gamification, and much more.




Share your Graduate Experience on Social Media!


GradLife McGill showcases graduate student experiences through your voice, photos, and videos. Interested in social media, writing, or building your communication portfolio? Apply to join the #GradLifeMcGill Instagram and Blog teams. 


Student Wellness Hub


The new Student Wellness Hub is your one-stop shop for health and wellness services, health promotion activities, and more. Connect to help and get information through our Virtual Hub website, including information about accessing a professional, extensive program and support offerings, Self-Help tools, and an off-campus Health and Wellness Resource Map.






McGill Career Planning Service


The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) assists students in their career development and search for permanent, part-time, and summer jobs, as well as internships. CaPS provides workshops, individual advising, a comprehensive job posting service, and an extensive Career Resource Centre.




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