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Grad Success Week helps graduate students with research and writing

Three-day development event May 3-5 features keynote on procrastination by Haskayne prof Piers Steel
April 26, 2016
University of Calgary's Piers Steel, professor in the Haskayne School of Business and author of The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done, is this year's Grad Success Week keynote speaker. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

University of Calgary's Piers Steel, professor in the Haskayne School of Business and author of The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done, is this year's Grad Success Week keynote speaker. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary 

Grad Success Week runs May 3-5 and offers lunches, workshop and panels for graduate students to focus on topics of research, writing, publishing and wellness.

Grad Success Week runs May 3-5 and offers lunches, workshop and panels for graduate students to focus on topics of research, writing, publishing and wellness. 

This year’s Grad Success Week, May 3 to 5, will focus on the topics of research, writing, publishing, and wellness. For attending graduate students, there will also be a keynote address, free lunches, and opportunities to network.

“The summer is typically a time used by graduate students to really focus on their research and writing projects,” says Dale Block, manager, learning support services.

“Held before the summer period, Grad Success Week gives graduate students the opportunity to learn new skills, find guidance and gain access to helpful resources they may not have known about, and then apply these to their research and writing projects," says Block. "We hope this event motivates graduate students to work on their projects effectively and productively throughout the summer.”

Haskayne prof gives keynote on procrastination

This year’s keynote will be given by procrastination expert Dr. Piers Steel, a professor in the Haskayne School of Business. Steel has been studying the topic of procrastination since his dissertation at the University of Minnesota, as well as for many of his other projects, including his book, The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done.

Steel is also the Distinguished Research Chair in Advanced Business Leadership at the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business. His research considers personnel selection, culture, motivation, and procrastination. He has been recognized for exemplary teaching, is highly sought after as a featured speaker at conferences and events, and has been published extensively.

Panels, workshops and lunches offer networking opportunities

Grad Success Week panels include Myth-Busting the Grad Student Experience; Articles That Get Published: Arts and Social Sciences; and Articles That Get Published: Science and Engineering. Grad Success Week also offers a range of workshops, opportunities to network with peers and colleagues, and free lunches generously provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and IEEE Publishing.

Grad Success Week is presented by the Student Success Centre, Libraries and Cultural Resources, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the SU Wellness Centre.

Find more information about Grad Success Week and register at ucalgary.ca/ssc/events/gradweek.