Summer Research Experience Professional Development Activities

The following activities are designed to help students engaged in full-time research get the most out of their experience.

Register for the workshops below by logging into Experience Guelph and selecting Career > Events / Workshops in the left-hand menu. From the calendar, click on the workshop you’d like to attend and select Register for this event.

All sessions will be facilitated online through Microsoft Teams, and a link to join will be emailed to you on the morning of the workshop.

Note that these are the same workshops being offered multiple times. You do not need to attend all dates listed.

Questions? E-mail Brittney (

Workshop 1: Making the most of your summer research experience

Learn how to build quality relationships with your team and supervisor - even when working remotely - and how to make professional connections in your field. Find out what networking is really about (and how to not feel awkward doing it!).

Workshop Dates

  • Tuesday, May 4, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 6, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Monday, May 10, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 12,12:00 - 1:00 pm

Workshop 2: Connecting your summer research position to life after graduation

This workshop features three hands-on activities designed to identify your career interests, strengths, and values, as well as give you the tools to engage in further career exploration. Whether you have no clue what’s in store for you after graduation or you know exactly the path you’d like to follow, this workshop can help uncover and affirm what you have to offer the world.

Workshop Dates

  • Tuesday, July 6, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 8, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Monday, July 12th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 14, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Download the activity handouts for Workshop 2 (DOC)

Workshop 3: Translating your experience

Is your resume a list of tasks or a list of achievements? Learn how to decode a job posting and make your resume stand out from the pile by reflecting on what you’ve accomplished this summer and marketing the transferable skills.

Workshop Dates:

  • Tuesday, August 10, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 12, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Monday, August 16, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 18, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

>Download the activity handouts for Workshop 3 (DOC)

The goal of this community on Microsoft Teams is to create connections, share resources and facilitate professional development opportunities for students through weekly discussion posts, socials, and virtual Lunch and Learn sessions with guest speakers.

The community of practice will be open May 17 - August 28, 2021. All S21 URA and USRA students will receive an access code to join the group during the week of May 10, 2021. If you do not receive a code by May 14 or if you are not a URA or USRA student but wish to participate, please e-mail

Open to any undergraduate student engaged in research this summer, this is an opportunity to present findings and key learning to the campus community. This is an excellent way to build presentation skills vital to professional work in research. It can also form an assessment opportunity for students taking the UNIV*2800/3800/4800: Independent Research course series.

Students that opt-in will be asked to:

  1. Record a 3-to-5-minute video summarizing their summer research by August 17, 2021.
  2. Present a 3-minute summary of their research in a live presentation group and be prepared to answer questions from the audience during the week of August 23-27, 2021.
  3. Attend one other presentation group as an audience member the week of August 23-27, 2021.
  4. Prepare 2-3 questions for one other presenter within their assigned group

The showcase will be open for the public to view. Watch the S20 Showcase Recorded Presentations to see what to expect.

To participate, please complete the online Summer 2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase Sign-Up Form by August 8, 2021.

Questions about the Showcase can be directed to

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