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  • Introduction I am an old business student. I learned that no communication takes place without overheads. My name is Michael McCrae. I run the Professional Development Initiative. You should all have the white brochure. We have two goals: 1. To help you learn well at graduate school and 2. To help you plan for the day when your program ends. Examples are Choosing a Grad Advisor, Business Writing and Project Management. PDI does not run any credit programs. Participation is purely voluntary. PDI is a program for graduate students only
  • Introduction I am an old business student. I learned that no communication takes place without overheads. My name is Michael McCrae. I run the Professional Development Initiative. You should all have the white brochure. We have two goals: 1. To help you learn well at graduate school and 2. To help you plan for the day when your program ends. Examples are Choosing a Grad Advisor, Business Writing and Project Management. PDI does not run any credit programs. Participation is purely voluntary. PDI is a program for graduate students only
  • You can ask them about the paperwork that allows you to stay in Canada, such as passports, study permits and visas, whether for you or your family members.
  • International Student Advisors at I. House are experts in health insurance for international students, especially the first health insurance you have right now – iMED. You can learn more about that when you meet them tomorrow in a workshop just for you.
  • Introduction I am an old business student. I learned that no communication takes place without overheads. My name is Michael McCrae. I run the Professional Development Initiative. You should all have the white brochure. We have two goals: 1. To help you learn well at graduate school and 2. To help you plan for the day when your program ends. Examples are Choosing a Grad Advisor, Business Writing and Project Management. PDI does not run any credit programs. Participation is purely voluntary. PDI is a program for graduate students only
  • 2010 Graduate Orientation

    1. 1. Welcome to Graduate Student Orientation September 2, 2010
    2. 2. Dr. Elizabeth Wallace Graduate Pathways to Success Program September 2, 2010 Welcome!
    3. 3. Today’s Agenda <ul><li>9:00-9:30 Welcoming Remarks </li></ul><ul><li>9:30-10:20 Orientation to Campus Resources </li></ul><ul><li>10:20-10:40 Break </li></ul><ul><li>10:40-11:30 &quot;Being a Successful Grad Student&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>11:30-1pm BBQ lunch and Information Fair </li></ul><ul><li>1:00–4:00    Concurrent Workshop Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>4:00-4:30 Wrap up </li></ul>
    4. 4. A welcome from Musqueam Elder Larry Grant
    5. 5. Graduate Student Orientation September 2, 2010 Dr. Susan Porter Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies Professor Stephen Toope President, UBC Arvind Saraswat President, Graduate Student Society Ph.D student, Resource Management & Environmental Studies Welcome!
    6. 6. Introduction to Campus Resources <ul><li>Jenny Phelps </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Dean </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty of Graduate Studies </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>604.822.2934 </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Campuswide Log-in (CWL) http://www.it.ubc.ca/cwl/homelink.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>Student Service Centre https://ssc.adm.ubc.ca/sscportal/servlets/SRVSSCFramework </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty of Graduate Studies www.grad.ubc.ca </li></ul>Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students
    8. 8. The Graduate Student Society (GSS) http://www.gss.ubc.ca The UBC Graduate Student Society represents and advocates on behalf of all UBC Graduate Students to the University, the Government, and the public. We provide academic, professional, social, and recreational services to our members, and act as stewards of the Thea Koerner House Graduate Student Centre.
    9. 9. <ul><li>International House </li></ul><ul><li>http://students.ubc.ca/international </li></ul>Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students
    10. 10. Immigration & Work permits <ul><li>The most important documents: </li></ul><ul><li>Passport </li></ul><ul><li>Study permit </li></ul><ul><li>Entry visa (TRV) </li></ul>See International House for...
    11. 11. Initial Health Insurance <ul><li>Mandatory for all new international students at UBC </li></ul><ul><li>- Automatic enrollment </li></ul><ul><li>- Covers unexpected sickness/injury </li></ul><ul><li>Card emailed once you register for first class </li></ul><ul><li>More information: www.david-cummings.com/imed </li></ul>See International House for...
    12. 12. <ul><li>Getting involved: </li></ul><ul><li>UBC Rec (Intramurals and Recreational Sports) http://www.rec.ubc.ca/ </li></ul><ul><li>The Birdcoop Fitness Centre http://www.birdcoop.ubc.ca/ </li></ul><ul><li>AMS Campus Life Resources http://www2.ams.ubc.ca/index.php/campus_life </li></ul><ul><li>Grad Student Online Forum http://blogs.ubc.ca/groups/graduate-students/ </li></ul>Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students
    13. 13. <ul><li>Being Well: </li></ul><ul><li>BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) http://www.healthservices.gov.bc.ca/msp </li></ul><ul><li>AMS/GSS Insurance Plan http://www.studentcare.net/ </li></ul>Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students Graduate Student Society
    14. 14. Student Health Service <ul><li>Location: Main floor UBC Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Hours: 8am-4pm Weekdays, except Wednesday, 8am-8pm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.students.ubc.ca/health/ </li></ul><ul><li>Online appointment scheduling and results </li></ul><ul><li>*After Hours Care: UBC Hospital Urgent Care Centre open until 10 pm </li></ul>
    15. 15. Student Health Service <ul><li>All UBC students are eligible for service </li></ul><ul><li>All general medical and health concerns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>primary care and injury management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>contraceptive and sexual health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>immunizations for occupations and study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>chronic disease management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dressings and wound care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specialist care in psychiatry, dermatology, orthopaedics </li></ul>
    16. 16. Counselling Services <ul><li>Brock Hall, Room 1040 </li></ul><ul><li>8:00 – 4:30 Weekdays </li></ul><ul><li>(except Wednesdays, 8:00 – 8:00) </li></ul><ul><li>www.students.ubc.ca/counselling </li></ul><ul><li>604.822.3811 </li></ul>
    17. 17. Common life-management issues for Graduate Students <ul><li>Managing relocation and transition to graduate program </li></ul><ul><li>Effectively managing multiple demands </li></ul><ul><li>Staying connected to family and community </li></ul><ul><li>Managing relationships, kids, parents </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing personal & professional identity issues </li></ul><ul><li>Clarifying career/life planning priorities and decisions </li></ul>
    18. 18. Grad Students: Strategies Used to Cope with Stress and to Improve Mental Health Talk with Friends & Family Time off to relax More exercise More regular sleep Break into steps Remind myself of my abilities Improve nutrition Meditate/pray Get professional advice
    19. 19. <ul><li>Managing Real Life </li></ul><ul><li>Money management help http://www.students.ubc.ca/finance/get-started-from-here/ </li></ul><ul><li>Access and Diversity http://www.students.ubc.ca/access/index.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Childcare Services http://www.childcare.ubc.ca/ </li></ul>Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students
    20. 20. <ul><li>Moving Forward </li></ul><ul><li>UBC Libraries http://www.library.ubc.ca/ </li></ul><ul><li>Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology http://www.tag.ubc.ca </li></ul><ul><li>Office of the Ombudsperson for Students http://www.ombudsoffice.ubc.ca </li></ul>Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students
    21. 21. <ul><li>Moving Forward </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS) </li></ul><ul><li>A Faculty of Graduate Studies program, to guide you through your graduate journey and help you with professional and personal development, career planning and leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate Pathways to Success Program [email_address] </li></ul>Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students
    22. 22. Break Please return to your seats within 15 minutes. Thank you.
    23. 23. Being a Successful Graduate Student <ul><li>“ Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other .” -Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, U.S. President) </li></ul>
    24. 24. Qualities & Expectations of Successful Graduate Students
    25. 25. <ul><li>1. Be proactive – take responsibility for your own grad school experience </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify what you want from graduate school, and seize opportunities to help you attain your goals </li></ul><ul><li>Continue the mental transition from waiting for direction to charting your own course </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for scholarships and grants—having your own money keeps you in the driver’s seat! </li></ul>7 Keys to Success in Graduate School
    26. 26. Working With Your Supervisor
    27. 27. <ul><li>2. Establish positive relationships with your supervisor and supervisory committee </li></ul><ul><li>Seek regular contact with your supervisor. Make your time together productive. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up on items discussed in meetings – keep your supervisor(s) informed of your progress and challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Act as a “junior colleague” – ask questions, advance ideas, show interest and support for shared goals </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with problems sooner rather than later. </li></ul>7 Keys to Success in Graduate School
    28. 28. <ul><li>3. Affiliate with your academic community </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace, don’t isolate – Find projects you are excited about and people who share your interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Become involved with University activities beyond your own work—seminars, committees, events </li></ul><ul><li>Go to and present at conferences ($400 available to every grad student to present at a conference) </li></ul>7 Keys to Success in Graduate School
    29. 29. Planning & Professionalism
    30. 30. <ul><li>4. Know your program requirements and timelines Masters students: </li></ul><ul><li>Your program may require any or all of the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coursework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehensive or ‘qualifying’ exams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A research thesis or major project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public presentation and/or defense of thesis or project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UBC Graduate Policy states: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Masters students must complete all degree requirements within 5 years of enrolment </li></ul></ul>7 Keys to Success in Graduate School
    31. 31. <ul><li>Doctoral students: </li></ul><ul><li>Phase I: Pre-Candidacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take all required courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pass a comprehensive exam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gain approval for a research proposal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Doctoral Students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Should advance to candidacy within 2 years, and must within 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase II: Candidacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete a research project ( dissertation ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defend the thesis at a Doctoral Oral Examination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should complete all degree requirements within 5 years of enrolment and must within 6 years </li></ul></ul>“ Advance to Candidacy”
    32. 32. <ul><li>Develop Effective Time-Management Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Set a ‘Master Plan” for program requirements ( e.g., courses, comprehensives, research, writing, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule regular meetings with your supervisor and committee to keep things moving along </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid productivity killers: misguided work, procrastination and working too much at outside jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can, do complex work early in the morning—most people work much more efficiently in the a.m . </li></ul>7 Keys to Success in Graduate School
    33. 33. <ul><li>“ The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.” </li></ul><ul><li>-Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author). </li></ul>
    34. 34. <ul><li>Bring a professional approach to your studies and further your skills development </li></ul><ul><li>Key skills: organization, planning, teamwork, budgeting </li></ul><ul><li>Build skills for the next stage of your career through the Graduate Pathways to Success program </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about research ethics and scholarly integrity … </li></ul>7 Keys to Success in Graduate School
    35. 35. <ul><li>… All UBC researchers are required to: </li></ul><ul><li>Give appropriate recognition to those who have made an intellectual contribution to the contents of a publication </li></ul><ul><li>Refrain from representing others’ academic work as one’s own (this is plagiarism) </li></ul><ul><li>Conform to UBC requirements for working with humans, animals, biohazards, radioisotopes, and the environment (these need Research Ethics Board approval) </li></ul><ul><li>Use scholarly and scientific rigour in obtaining, recording, and analyzing data, and in reporting results </li></ul>7 Keys to Success in Graduate School
    36. 36. More Tips & Words of Wisdom…
    37. 37. <ul><li>Seek balance and support in your life </li></ul><ul><li>Stay connected to friends and family outside school </li></ul><ul><li>Eat well, sleep consistently, exercise regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to those around you—staff, faculty members and especially other students, who can help you through the tough times </li></ul><ul><li>Keep grad school in perspective—Just Finish! </li></ul>7 Keys to Success in Graduate School
    38. 38. … and remember … when the going gets tough …
    39. 39. At least you live here! UBC Campus
    40. 40. Summary: Your 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School 4. Know your program requirements and timelines 5. Develop effective time-management strategies 6. Bring a professional approach to your work and interactions 7. Seek balance and support in your life 3. Embrace your academic community <ul><li>Establish a positive relationship with your advisor/supervisor and the members of your supervisory committee </li></ul>1. Be proactive – take responsibility for your own grad school experience
    41. 41. Dr. Barbara Evans Dean Faculty of Graduate Studies September 2, 2010 Welcome!
    42. 42. Graduate Student Orientation September 2, 2010 Lunch & Info Fair Please proceed outside and head past the flagpole.

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