The Research Excellence Workshop Leader Initiative (REWLI) is a pilot program between the College of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Scholarly Communication. The program aims to leverage and support the diverse skill sets of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Through this program, up to ten (10) applicants will receive funding to develop and deliver a workshop relevant to their field or the wider academic community. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop workshops and engage in formalized teaching and learning activities.
  • Learn and develop new skills while gaining valuable teaching experience that can be added to an instructional portfolio or CV as a way to advance one’s academic career.

Program Details

The College of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Scholarly Communication at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) aim to enhance the diversity and availability of learning opportunities available to graduate students beyond what is offered by individual faculties.

Successful applicants will receive a total payment of $1050. The payment will be made in two installments of $525 each: the first upon acceptance of the proposal, and the second after the workshop(s) have been delivered.

Successful applications will demonstrate the applicant’s passion for sharing their skills and knowledge with their peers. They should propose a workshop that is unique and not already offered at UBCO. The proposal should explain why the workshop is needed, how it will be delivered, and what benefits it will provide to the target audience.

Applications are welcome from students of all research backgrounds and domains. We encourage applicants to consider the needs of their colleagues and fellow students when proposing a workshop.

2023/2024 Workshops

Date Time Facilitator Title Description
Wednesday, September 6, 2023


9:00 am – 11:00 am Toria Violo From Overwhelmed to Empowered: Practical Tools for Graduate Student Stress Management Graduate students face a multitude of stressors, including academic pressure, financial concerns, and the need to balance coursework and research with other responsibilities. These stressors can take a toll on their mental health and well-being, leading to burnout and reduced productivity. To promote healthier and more productive academic and lifestyle habits, this stress-management workshop for students will provide practical tools and strategies to help students succeed in graduate school while reducing stress, anxiety, and burnout.
Tuesday, September 19, 2023, and Tuesday, September 26, 2023


12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Fraser Ronan Reading and Presenting for Live Audiences – 2 Part Series As a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow you may be sharing, publishing and promoting your work professionally through presenting research at conferences, reading at book launches or release tours, or even guest lecturing within the academy. This two-part workshop will address reading as a tool for live performance and as a support for professional communication by breaking down and identifying individual vocal characteristics and building the foundations for improving spoken clarity. Session one will focus on live storytelling for creative writing while session two will focus on professional presentation for academic writing and can be attended as a short series or independent, specialized workshops. Both sessions will provide an opportunity to practice and analyze communication techniques, performance for text, and connecting to audience.
Thursday, October 5, 2023 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Ramona Sharma Mixed Methods Research Using NVivo Conducting mixed methods research? This hands-on workshop will cover strategies for planning, conducting, and outputting mixed methods data analyses using NVivo 14 software. Sign up to learn more about the general landscape of what mixed methods data analysis entails, ideas on how to report mixed methods findings in scholarly outputs such as theses and dissertations, and specific NVivo tools for organizing and analyzing qualitative data that is simultaneously paired with quantitative data, as well as exporting NVivo data for statistical analyses in other software such as SPSS. Suitable for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
Thursday, October 12, 2023, and Thursday, October 19, 2023 9:00 am – 11:00 am Fatima Canales Exploring Tactical Urbanism: Strategies for Transforming Cities – 2 Part Series If you are a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow who is involved in research that engages with the community, or if you have a strong interest in improving your community, you may find this tactical urbanism workshop appealing. The workshop aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of tactical urbanism by discussing its concept and presenting examples from both international and Canadian contexts. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to analyze a real-life scenario and put the ideas into action. If you are passionate about creating positive social change, we encourage you to join us for this workshop.
Monday, October 16, 2023 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Annie Furman Strategies for Interdisciplinary Collaborations As you approach the end of your graduate program, you may be interested in bringing your expertise to careers that will ask you to work closely with colleagues from a diverse array of academic backgrounds. This workshop will focus on developing and building on tangible, easily re-teachable skills for successful interdisciplinary collaboration, including tips on how to communicate your research, opportunities to explore how inclusivity between disciplines can strengthen research and/or creative work, and strategies for structuring interdisciplinary projects. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from all fields and programs are welcome to attend.
Thursday, November 2, 2023 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Magpie Winslow Reading Math for the Social Sciences Social science research often treats statistics and it’s models as a series of black boxes. This can lead us to using incorrect tests and misinterpreting their results. Instead of treating math a set of abstract methods, this workshop will focus on reading math as a language with a specific focus on assumptions, probability, and linear models (t-tests, ANOVA, linear regression, etc.). This is a minimal-math introduction to interpreting math for social science researchers who want to feel more comfortable with the tools they use in every study. Suitable for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Matteo Ponzano The Process to Establish Recommendations and Clinical Practice Guidelines: Systematic Reviews, Meta-Analyses, Quality of the Evidence This workshop will provide clarity as to how single studies are combined into systematic reviews and thus the certainty of the evidence on specific outcomes is determined, with an introduction on how clinical practice guidelines are established.
Tuesday, January 23, 2024, and Thursday, January 25, 2024 10:00 am – 11:30 am Emily Comeau Navigating Code-Switching and Language Biases in Academic Settings “Have you experienced or witnessed linguistic gatekeeping during your studies? This workshop will focus on code-switching in academic settings, and the colonial, patriarchal, and exclusionary language barriers that graduate students often face.
We will discuss how to navigate the university’s expectations around language while still asserting our own voices, and how we, as TAs and instructors, can support other students in navigating these questions themselves. This session will be offered twice, once in-person and once virtually.
Suitable for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from all disciplines.”
Wednesday, January 31, 2024, Wednesday, February 7, 2024, and Wednesday, February 14, 2024 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Madeline Donald ReAnimating Research Through Puppet Creation and Performance Land-focused, place-based, and/or ecologically motivated research lends itself to storying. Action-inspiring awe can come from observation of the mini-dramas all around us, and puppetry, like other story telling modes, has the power to cultivate that awe. Using puppetry as a medium we’ll work through three layers of ecologically motivated research creation–theory of practice, practice of practice, product of practice–and how these layers weave and can be woven together. Workshop participants will conceptualize and create a character from their research (molecule, tree, phenomena, etc.) and use these creations to help story their own research projects.
Monday, March 11, 2024, and Tuesday, March 12, 2024 9:00 am – 11:00 am Sarah Lawrason Introduction to Program Evaluation: Developing Skills for Systematic and Useful Evaluations If you’re interested in community-based and health-related programs, join us for an engaging and informative workshop on program evaluation. This workshop will focus on selecting evaluation frameworks and indicators, building evaluation competencies, creating logic models and theories of change, and developing relationships with partners to facilitate useful evaluations. There will be an opportunity to apply your evaluation knowledge and skills by working in groups to assess ‘case studies’.




There are many opportunities to help improve and enhance pedagogical practices, from strategies for identifying objectives and outcomes to addressing historical and current injustices as part of the teaching and learning process that can be accessed through the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at UBC and the Centre for Teaching and Learning at UBCO. It is expected that presentations will follow accessibility best practices, like those outlined on Association for Higher Education Access and Disability’s page for Accessible PowerPoint Presentations.

For one-on-one support for creating accessible presentations or developing a workshop proposal, book an appointment with the CSC Associate, Jessica Lowry.


For any questions regarding this program, please contact:

  • Kristy Baxter, Centre for Scholarly Communication Coordinator
  • (250) 807-9305