Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Research Skills

In your career as a researcher, you will have many responsibilities, perhaps including crafting research methods and theories, providing data analysis and interpretation, and writing grant applicaionts. Creating a development plan for your career as a researcher can help you maximize your time and prepare for your future career. The following resources available to Scholars at Western can help you develop in your selected areas. The Postdoctoral Association at Western provides a calendar of postdoctoral programming available to all:

If you are interested in developing a Professional Development Plan around your Research Skills some of the available resources at Western include the following:

“CONSULT THE EXPERTS” SERIES 
offers support to scholars who are writing research proposals for competition. Scholarship and fellowship applicants are required to write a detailed description of their proposed research project for the period during which they would hold the award – each September

RESEARCH FORUM 
created to foster scientific interaction, interdepartmental collaboration and garner greater exposure and recognition for the scholars’ invaluable work

INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION WORKSHOP
panel discussions or ins and outs of interdisciplinary collaboration between postdocs and peers and faculty and industry/organizations

BANTING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
panel discussion to prepare for the completion, each June

RESEARCH INTEGRITY PROGRAM (COLLABORATIVE INSITUTIONAL TRAINING INITIATIVE)

  • GOOD CLINICAL PRACTICE (GCP)
  • RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH (RCR) – LIFE SCIENCE
  • RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH (RCR) – PHYSICAL SCIENCE
  • THE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH ETHICS TUTORIAL
  • SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH COURSE
  • TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS TDG/IATA COURSE
  • HEALTH CANADA DIVISION 5 – DRUGS FOR CLINICAL TRIALS INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS

ORIENTATION 
provides information and materials to help start experience at Western on the right foot – last Monday of January, May and September

APPRECIATION WEEK
during the third week in September, events and activities are designed to recognize postdocs on campus

TAX INFORMATION session each February

WELLNESS series

westerncareercentral.ca
includes job posting board, events calendar featuring career-related events including employer visits and information sessions, career fairs and special events

Career Fair/Job Fair
a great way to network with recruiter contacts who can help gain a better understanding of the transferable skills your degree has given you that can ultimately help you in your career

Grad Path (gradpath.uwo.ca)
Western-based portal that helps scholars and graduate students identify the competencies developed through graduate studies, and highlights professional development opportunities that will help develop these competencies

The Grad Student Way (thegradstudentway.com/home)
created to help postdocs and graduate students get through the process and answer questions along the way

GradWrite
offers services tailored to postdocs and graduate students including one-on-one counseling