Queen's University - School of Graduate Studies

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Academic & professional development

Queen’s University has many resources available to assist you in attaining your degree and preparing you for life after graduation.

Most of these resources are outlined in our new Expanding Horizons website – the site for academic and professional development. This site provides valuable resources to help you develop the academic and personal skills needed to be successful graduate students while at Queen's. The site also offers assistance in career development. Building a strong foundation for a career after graduation while you are a student will ease this transition. It's not too early to begin.

3 Minute Thesis Competition

We also offer the 3 Minute Thesis Competition – a university wide competition for Queen’s Masters (thesis or research project) and doctoral students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges.

Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying or making overly-complex, and highlighting the wider implications of this research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service.

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This is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by our graduate students.

Thesis writing support

Dissertation on the Lake

This pilot program provides graduate students the opportunity to write in a relaxing and inspiring environment, setting aside the distractions of daily life at home.

Although writing will be the primary activity at this four day writing retreat on the shores of Elbow Lake, there will be ample opportunities for relaxation including swimming, canoeing and hiking (all unsupervised).

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Dissertation Boot Camp

Need help in getting the writing done? Our Disseration Boot Camps allow you to make substantial progress in writing your thesis or dissertation in a supportive and distraction free environment.

To achieve this goal, you’ll spend the majority of your time writing, with breaks for snacks, lunch, and structured group discussions about topics relevant to thesis writers.

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