W5 of Academic Research

The Research and Scholarly Activity Office is launching a NEW lunchtime research discussion series at VIU called: “The W5 of Academic Research: Research Who, Research What, Research Where, Research When, Research Why, (and Research How)”

Are you curious to know more about different academic research theories, methodologies and methods? Are you teaching research methods or supervising student research and would like to connect with others to gather examples/resources to share in the classroom? Are you interested in potential interdisciplinary research collaboration and would like to know more about who is doing what research here at VIU?

This new series will take place every other Friday (and a few extras besides), beginning on Friday September 27, from 12-1pm. Most events will take place in the ICR Lounge (305/4th Floor). A few will happen on the Cowichan Campus.

Next event will be Friday October 11: Warren Weir, Respectful research with Aboriginal communities and institutions

Check VIU’s Research & Scholarly Activity Events & Workshops webpage for updates.

Everyone welcome
Refreshments will be served

Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Awards ($17,500)

For those planning on applying to graduate school programmes, consider this scholarship.

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Outstanding students who are in their 4th year of an undergraduate degree program who are planning to pursue graduate school, or those in their 1st year of a master’s program, can apply for the Government of Canada’s, Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (CGS-M) award (worth $17,500).

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and have achieved an A- (3.67) average in each of their last two completed years of study. Furthermore, an eligible graduate program must have a significant research component (original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit). Specific eligibility details will be discussed at the information sessions listed below and can be found on the CGS-M web page.

Eligible Canadian universities receive agency-specific allocations based on the 2,500 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) awards available each year. There are 400 CGS M awards available from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), 800 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and 1,300 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Award decisions will be made at each respective institution. VIU will be awarding one SSHRC CGS-M. University allocations can be found on the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Allocations web page.

The application deadline is December 1, 2013.

Students who are interested in applying to register for a Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Information Session, e-mail kathryn.jepson@viu.ca:

CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Sessions:
Wednesday, October 2nd 4:00pm-5:30pm; or
Thursday, October 10th 10:00am-11:30am

SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Sessions:
Thursday, October 3rd 4:00pm-5:30pm; or
Wednesday, October 9th 10:00am-11:30am

NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Sessions:
Friday, October 4th 4:00pm-5:30pm; or
Tuesday, October 8th 10:00am-11:30am

How to ask for a reference letter | University Affairs

How to ask for a reference letter | University Affairs.

At some point, you will need to ask for a letter of reference from one of your professors.  They expect to be asked; it’s also part of their job.  But, remember that who writes and for what matters.  Don’t ask your prof who only taught you one intro course to write a letter of recommendation for graduate school.  Why aren’t you asking your advisor who supervised you on an upper-level research project?

Also, make sure you provide adequate advance notice (minimum of a week)!

Three points addressed in this article:

  • Who to choose and when to approach them

  • What to say and what to give them

  • Thank you etiquette

11 Reasons Graduates Lose Out on Jobs [SLIDES]

11 Reasons Graduates Lose Out on Jobs [SLIDES].

Here’s some sound advice for the job market, whether as an anthropology or some other Social Science undergrad.

Note the three key points:

  • Don’t make your resume longer than a 25 year professional, especially when you’re a graduate!
  • Make sure you bring questions to ask your interviewer – maybe find 30 that they’ve never been asked before?
  • Don’t be dressed for failure!