As most scholars of interdisciplinary studies know, engaging in interdisciplinary research is more than academic theory. There are practical and tangible skills sets that can help facilitate and foster and interdisciplinary project of any kind. With this in mind, we often hold workshops and information sessions that are meant to offer a form of professional development to our students. Below are tip sheets that were developed as a product of various workshops. We hope you find them helpful. New tip sheets will be posted as they are developed.
Writing and Winning Grants Tip Sheet
Panel Presentation: Trevor Ross, Pat McGrath and Jon Borwein - March/07
Winning grant proposals can be one of the biggest challenges for a PhD student or recent graduate, but it is a necessary staple of conducting academic research. Although many of these tips were geared towards one of the “big three” granting agencies, SSHRC, CIHR, and NSERC, the advice provided is invaluable for applying to any type of research grant in any discipline.
Empowering Your Transition to an Academic Career Tip Sheet
Jerome Singleton - March/07
It may seem far, far into the future for some, but we will all one day finish this PhD program and start looking for something else to keep us busy. For those who are interested in continuing their career in Academia, the following are some tips and questions to think about when applying for your first Academic job.
Refworks Tip Sheet
Sandra Znajda - March/07
Managing your references can be a monumental task when writing a PhD dissertation. Citation management programs such as RefWorks, Endnote, ProCite, or Reference Manager can help you keep track of references, manage literature searches, and create bibliographies. In no way promoting RefWorks as the best option, this Tip Sheet outlines some of the advantages,
features and user tips for RefWorks to help you in choosing which program works best for you.
Teamwork Primer Tip Sheet
Jack Duffy - Feb/07
Effective teams tend to have a shared sense of purpose and responsibility amongst members, high motivation, complimentary roles, trust and respect. A better understanding of how teams work can help turn a “bad” team into a “good” one, and a frustrating into an enjoyable and effective team experience. This tip sheet provides information on how to do just that.
Effective Library Research Tip Sheet
Joyline Makani - Jan/07
Researching information, or the search through journal articles, books, websites and other resources on our chosen topic, is at the heart of any academic process. Here are some tips from Joyline Makani, Dalhousie Libraries, on how to use library resources to conduct these searches more effectively and efficiently.
Managing Your Career Tip Sheet
Jack Duffy & Sunny Marche - Oct/06
Here are some general steps and things to think about along the way as you are working towards a career in the Academy. It is by no means exhaustive! Remember it is never too early to begin preparing for your future career, and make sure to always do your “homework”.
Meeting Management Tip Sheet
Sunny Marche - Nov/06
Time is valuable. We are all trying to balance tasks from different areas of our lives each and every day. Running effective meetings is important to maximize the efficient use of this time. This tip sheet provides tips, strategies and things to think about in running effective meetings.