Resources for Academic Support and Professional Development


A Program for Doctoral Students at Mac Campus

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A sense of community as well as support for the development of core competencies are key to academic success and student well-being. Named after the successful “Connected Academics” project developed by MLA in 2019, this initiative is designed to support doctoral students in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in their personal, professional, and academic growth, and to create a space for interdisciplinary reflection on their scholarly work.

The program consists of monthly 90 minute sessions that will take place over lunch hour (food provided). The monthly topic (see below) will be introduced, followed by a discussion that will be co-facilitated by an AES postdoc and a member of the GPS student engagement team.

Register now for an upcoming session:
Welcome Back: Get a healthy start to the new year | January 19, 2023

Learn more about the Connected Academics Program and its mission. We will discuss how to stay healthy and foster a meaningful grad school experience.

January 19, 2023
11:30am – 1:00pm
Faculty Lounge

Developing Writing Skills: Challenges and resources | February 2, 2023

Get advice on developing academic writing skills and developing good writing habits in grad school.

February 2, 2023
11:30am – 1:00pm
Faculty Lounge

Career Planning: Discussing options after graduation | March 2, 2023

Hear the stories and experiences of AES Alumni. Join us to discover various paths beyond your graduate experience.

March 2, 2023
11:30am - 1:00pm
Faculty Lounge

Establishing Goals: Identifying priorities and staying on track with an IDP | April 6, 2023

Learn about the benefits of creating an Individual Development Plan that will help you to set goals for your graduate journey.

April 6, 2023
11:30am -1:00pm
Faculty Lounge

Applying for Funding: Planning for next year | May 4, 2023

Former award recipients and experienced faculty members will talk about their strategies for navigating the academic funding landscape.

May 4, 2023
11:30am -1:00pm
Faculty Lounge

For additional information on the Connected Academics Program, contact jennifer.guyver [at] (Jennifer Guyver).


The Supervision: Graduate and Postdoctoral Support website offers research and evidence-based advice to graduate students and their supervisors on how to work together effectively and avoid common problems in supervision.


SKILLSETS is a program that is jointly hosted by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Teaching and Learning Services, offering interdisciplinary professional development to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Over 200 FREE workshops, information sessions and events are offered throughout the year.


Graphos offers graduate students and postdoctoral fellows different ways to become more efficient, precise, and effective scholarly communicators. Offerings include 1-credit courses to complement your degree, focused writing workshops, peer writing groups, and a tutorial service for one-on-one help. Graphos is housed within the McGill Writing Centre, the University's central resource for written communication.

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