Updates from the GCAC

Here are four July updates from the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication:

  1. GCAC will continue to offer Writing Centre appointments through most of the summer. Instructions on how to make an appointment are available here.
  2. GCAC’s asynchronous pre-recorded workshops (listed below) are also available throughout the summer. Workshop descriptions and registration instructions are available here.
  3. In August, GCAC will be offering three intensive grant writing courses: Writing SSHRC Proposals, Writing NSERC Proposals, and Writing CIHR Proposals. The courses will take place over three to four days in early-mid August. Registration for those courses will open in early July.
  4. GCAC’s full group of courses will start again in September.


To learn when registration opens for the grant writing courses and September courses, feel free to join our listserv by following the instructions here.

WORKSHOPS ON DEMAND (Pre-recorded Videos)

Please note, some workshops are relevant to more than one category and are therefore listed more than once.

Cultivating Graduate Communication Skills

Preparing to Write a Grant Proposal by Dr. Jane Freeman
Writing Effective Literature Reviews by Dr. Jane Freeman
Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies by Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman
Quoting and Paraphrasing: Working with Sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities by Dr. Peter Grav
Designing Graphics for Publication by Dr. Vaughn Mangal

Improving Your Oral Presentation Skills

Connecting with your Audience Online by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Focus and Listening in Online Meetings by Dr. Matt Jones
Four PowerPoint Techniques for Academic Presentations by Dr. Matt Jones
Designing Graphics for Publication by Dr. Vaughn Mangal

Improving Academic Writing and Speaking in English

Making Requests Appropriately by Clare Nippard
Disagreeing Respectfully by Clare Nippard
Writing Emails with Your Audience in Mind by Clare Nippard
Building Your Academic Vocabulary by Lina Balsamo
Academic Idioms Part 1 by Lina Balsamo
Academic Idioms Part 2 by Lina Balsamo

Improving Academic Reading and Writing in the Sciences

Creating and Designing Poster Presentations for Scientific Conferences by Dr. Vaughn Mangal
Designing Graphics for Publication by Dr. Vaughn Mangal
Creating Effective Figures by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Writing CIHR Proposals by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Citation and Working with Sources in the Physical and Life Sciences by Dr. Peter Grav

Writing IMRD (Introduction – Methods – Results -Discussion) Research Articles  (for students in Divisions 2, 3 and 4)

Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav
The “I” in IMRD: Writing Effective Research Article Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav
The “M” in IMRD: Crafting Your Methods Section by Dr. Peter Grav
The “RD” in IMRD: Strategies for Successful Results and Discussion Sections by Dr. Peter Grav    


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Have a great summer!

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