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Featured ASPIRE Workshops

Once a month, ASPIRE features special offerings for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. More information on the 2016/17 schedule of ASPIRE sessions will be posted soon.


Scholarship Proposal Writing Workshop
In this workshop, we give you the tools you need to approach scholarship proposal writing with confidence. Working from samples of winning OGS, SSHRC, and NSERC proposals written by graduate students, we will examine common features of successful proposals, and we will teach you how to apply these writing strategies in your own proposal.


  • Sept. 20
  • 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Writing Centre
  • Location: Arts 2C3


What's Your TYPE?
Understanding the quirks and perks of your personality can have a major impact on your personal, academic and professional success. Using Personality Type Theory, this workshop will help you to explore the core dimensions of personality and the potential implications on your skills, preferences, strengths and weaknesses. 

Objectives for this workshop:

  • Introduce the origins Personality TYPE Theory
  • Gain Clarity of your own and other’s personality ‘Types’ and understand strengths of dichotomies
  • Recognize how TYPE factors can enhance communication style and teamwork through practical applications
  • Discover resources for further TYPE exploration
  • Enhance career planning and career management


  • Oct 6
  • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Paul Martin Centre
  • **Register by October 1 to receive your assessment instructions.

Creating a Culture of Inclusion 101

In this interactive and creative workshop, participants will engage in conversations about how we can foster a culture of inclusion on campus collectively to demonstrate our commitment to diversity and equity, and how we can mobilize our privilege individually and be a Pro-Active Equity Advocate.


  • Oct. 21
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • Waterloo: Students' Union Boardroom (2nd Floor, Fred Nichols Campus Centre
  • Brantford: Students Union Boardroom (1st Floor, Student Centre)


Get the Most Out of Your Student-Supervisor Relationship
This workshop will introduce you to tools and resources to help prepare you for your first and subsequent meetings with your graduate advisor (and committee), and generate strategies (pro/reactive) to build strong advisory relationships and address potential dilemmas.  


  • Nov. 8
  • 11:30 am - 1 pm
  • MCD109


  • Nov. 15
  • 10 - 11:20 am
  • DAWB 5-103 (Dean of Art's Boardroom)


How (not) to Present and How (not) to Publish

This workshop will discuss procedures for presenting at conferences and for submitting work for publication, including discussion of the differences between refereed and non-refereed journals, and how to submit a book  proposal. 

Drawing on her 35 years of experience as a academic editor, manuscript reviewer, and author, Dr. Howard-Hassmann will present some examples of common errors made by junior (and sometimes not so junior) scholars. The workshop will be most useful for graduate students in the humanities and social scientists, but students and postdocs from other disciplines will find the session useful and are welcome to attend as well.


  • Dec. 1
  • 11 am - 12:20 pm
  • The Purpose Lab - DAWB 1-101B

Contact Us:

T: 519.884.0710 x3127
Office Location: DAWB 1-102

Office Hours:

Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm