Graduate Student Orientation Workshops

Graduate Student Orientation consists of a number of different conference-style workshops. You will be able to attend up to six different workshops. 

Keynote presentations

Graduate Student Orientation opening ceremony

Join the entire incoming class of graduate students, along with those who started during a virtual semester, to kick-off Graduate Student Orientation! You will hear from the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Students’ Society, and last year’s 3-Minute Thesis winner. Following the opening remarks, get to know your peers a bit better with a fun round of speed friending.

Opening Ceremony recording

Welcome to Graduate Studies

You’ve made it through your undergraduate studies and have taken the exciting next step into graduate studies. What now? In this workshop, you will hear from an Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and representatives from the Graduate Students’ Society (GSS) and Office of the Ombudsperson. You will learn how you fit in to UVic as a graduate student, how to maintain a healthy relationship with your graduate supervisor, where and how to get the help you may need and what services the Faculty of Graduate Studies and GSS can provide you.

Welcome to Graduate Studies recording


Block 1 (Tuesday, August 31, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

UVic Libraries: How to get started

UVic Libraries is here to help! We will be here for you every step of your graduate studies. This session will provide you with an overview of how you can get the best of what UVic Libraries has to offer. You’ll learn about the broad range of resources and services available to you including:

  • Bookable workspaces and equipment lending
  • How to access research resources (both print and online)
  • Who to contact for in-depth research consultations and online digital skills workshops
  • Citation management assistance and workshops

UVic Libraries workshop recording

How to keep your life balanced: Time management skills

Are you a graduate student juggling work, school and life? Have you ever dreamed of controlling time?  By effectively managing your time, you can control your future! In this active learning workshop, we will explore how you perceive time and strategies for planning and staying on track of your schedule to help you reduce stress and achieve your goals. Regarding the latter, we will also cover potential opportunities for graduate students. Remember, such opportunities require planning ahead!

Time management workshop recording

Academic writing 101

In this workshop, we will review the fundamentals of academic writing to prepare you for success! We will review the writing process and offer tips to bolster your academic style. The session will end with an overview of academic writing supports available through the Centre for Academic Communication. 

Academic writing workshop recording


Block 2 (Tuesday, August 31, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

Prioritizing wellness

This workshop will help new graduate students prioritize their wellness during their studies at UVic. In these challenging times, maintaining our wellness is more important than ever. This workshop will highlight practical tips and perspectives for self-care and study/life balance, managing stress and building community connections.

This recording is currently unavailable.

Hybrid learning strategies: Zoom & Brightspace

This workshop will introduce several different learning strategies as well as the online tools students will encounter as they start their studies. Zoom, which is used primarily for live lectures or classes and group work, has many features and tools which we will review. Brightspace is where all course content is generally posted (also sometimes referred to as a course hub). We will cover the basics of Brightspace so that you are prepared to start your classes.

Hybrid learning strategies recording

Tri-council graduate research scholarships 

In this information session, the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) will share useful information about Tri-Council Graduate Research Scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC & CIHR).

*Please note: Tri-Council Scholarships are limited to domestic, and permanent resident students and those identified as Protected Persons.  Permanent resident students must have permanent resident status before applying for a Tri-Council Graduate Research Scholarship. 

Tri-council scholarships workshop recording


Block 3 (Tuesday, August 31, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) 

Avoiding accidental plagiarism

Most cases of plagiarism at UVic happen as a result of lack of clarity regarding the basics of citing and paraphrasing in the Canadian context. In this workshop, we’ll discuss what academic integrity involves and look at examples of poorly integrated direct quotations, incorrect citations, and inadequate paraphrasing, and discuss ways to correct these issues. This workshop will help you become more effective participants in the academic dialogue of your discipline by giving you the tools to paraphrase, quote, and cite effectively.

Avoiding accidental plagiarsim workshop recording

Career development and hands-on learning for graduate students

Whether you are on the fast-track to your dream job or are unsure where to start, UVic’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services can help. In this workshop, you will explore how the skills, knowledge, and attributes you build during your graduate degree support your career path. We will review some of the actions you can take to further your career development, grow your competencies, and build a professional network. You will learn how you can access resources from Co-op and Career Services throughout your studies to enhance your career path. 

Career development workshop recording


Block 4 (Wednesday, September 1, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Avoiding accidental plagiarism

Most cases of plagiarism at UVic happen as a result of lack of clarity regarding the basics of citing and paraphrasing in the Canadian context. In this workshop, we’ll discuss what academic integrity involves and look at examples of poorly integrated direct quotations, incorrect citations, and inadequate paraphrasing, and discuss ways to correct these issues. This workshop will help you become more effective participants in the academic dialogue of your discipline by giving you the tools to paraphrase, quote, and cite effectively. 

Avoiding accidental plagiarism workshop recording

Hybrid learning strategies: Zoom & Brightspace

This workshop will introduce several different learning strategies as well as the online tools students will encounter as they start their studies. Zoom, which is used primarily for live lectures or classes and group work, has many features and tools which we will review. Brightspace is where all course content is generally posted (also sometimes referred to as a course hub). We will cover the basics of Brightspace so that you are prepared to start your classes.


Block 5 (Wednesday, September 1, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

Academic writing 101

In this workshop, we will review the fundamentals of academic writing to prepare you for success! We will review the writing process and offer tips to bolster your academic style. The session will end with an overview of academic writing supports available through the Centre for Academic Communication.

Academic writing workshop recording

Career development and hands-on learning for graduate students

Whether you are on the fast-track to your dream job or are unsure where to start, UVic’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services can help. In this workshop, you will explore how the skills, knowledge, and attributes you build during your graduate degree support your career path. We will review some of the actions you can take to further your career development, grow your competencies, and build a professional network. You will learn how you can access resources from Co-op and Career Services throughout your studies to enhance your career path.

Career development workshop recording

How to keep your life balanced: Time management skills

Are you a graduate student juggling work, school and life? Have you ever dreamed of controlling time?  By effectively managing your time, you can control your future! In this active learning workshop, we will explore how you perceive time and strategies for planning and staying on track of your schedule to help you reduce stress and achieve your goals. Regarding the latter, we will also cover potential opportunities for graduate students. Remember, such opportunities require planning ahead!

Time management workshop recording


Block 6 (Wednesday, September 1, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Starting research at UVic: Planning and research ethics

This information session will offer you an opportunity to start thinking of yourself as a researcher by visualizing the thesis/project process with a sample timeline. As well, we will provide a brief overview of research ethics and UVIC requirements, addressing:

  • What is research ethics and why is it a requirement for conducting research?
  • Does my research require ethics approval?
  • What is the impact on research during the global pandemic?

This recording is currently unavailable.

Tri-council graduate research scholarships 

In this information session, the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) will share useful information about Tri-Council Graduate Research Scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC & CIHR).

*Please note: Tri-Council Scholarships are limited to domestic, and permanent resident students and those identified as Protected Persons.  Permanent resident students must have permanent resident status before applying for a Tri-Council Graduate Research Scholarship.

Tri-council scholarships workshop recording

UVic Libraries: How to get started

UVic Libraries is here to help! We will be here for you every step of your graduate studies. This session will provide you with an overview of how you can get the best of what UVic Libraries has to offer. You’ll learn about the broad range of resources and services available to you including:

  • Bookable workspaces and equipment lending
  • How to access research resources (both print and online)
  • Who to contact for in-depth research consultations and online digital skills workshops
  • Citation management assistance and workshops

UVic Libraries workshop recording