Recognize the broad impact of your research and knowledge to society and the economy. The following resources are designed to help you articulate how your doctoral knowledge and skills contribute to society through creativity, innovation, community development and/or economic growth.
- The purpose of this course is to develop the business skills that are required to be a successful Technology Entrepreneur on the world stage. Students will learn the requisite skills to do a proper worldwide “market map”, determine their unique and sustainable technology advantage, how to value their innovation, how to protect their innovation, how to approach strategic partners for mutual success, and how to capitalize these activities when you have no money.
- The Design-Driven Innovation course will develop graduate students skills in design thinking, innovation and team-work. Students will participate in seminars and two group projects that will highlight and enhance their research capabilities to address practical and current real-world problems. The course is open to all disciplines. Indeed, you will work in teams with people from different programs. By the end of the course, you will have two practical examples of how your academic, research and life experience can be applied to the solution of challenging, multidisciplinary problems.
- The Collaborate for Community Impact course is designed to provide graduate students with the foundational knowledge to effectively collaborate with peers and community agencies to address community identified needs. Seminar topics will include foundations of community engagement, examining social inequalities and power relations, knowledge translation and mobilization, and principles of effective partnership among others. This course will also give graduate students the opportunity to experience Community Engaged Learning as a teaching pedagogy and reflect on how they can incorporate it within their professional careers. Specifically, students will be challenged to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team and a community partner to complete a community-based project.
- This 6-hour workshop is designed to help international graduate students and new residents prepare for teaching and research-focused job interviews in North America. The workshop highlights cultural differences in the recruitment and interview process and introduces specific strategies to respond to common interview questions. Participants will have an opportunity to practice responding to interview questions during their mock-interview and will receive feedback from peers and the instructor.
- In this 6-hour program, participants learn to communicate their research and its implications to diverse audiences both in academia and industry. Participants have an opportunity to practice techniques, to organize presentations, respond to questions from peers during Q&A sessions, and emphasize the key contributions of their research.
- This one-day conference introduces graduate students to teaching at Western and helps prepare them for their roles as Teaching Assistants. Conference highlights include a keynote presentation by an award-winning faculty member and a panel of experienced Teaching Assistants from across the disciplines. Participants choose from a variety concurrent workshops that focus on different teaching topics including: facilitating discussions, managing difficult situations, communication strategies, and more. Graduate students also have the opportunity to hear from key campus partners including Western Libraries, the Writing Support Centre, Learning Skills Services, the Wellness Education Centre, the TA Union (PSAC Local 610), and the Society of Graduate Students.
- The purpose of the Business Concepts for Life Scientists online course is to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. The course comprises a series of three modules - Business Strategy, Finance and Business Development.