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!).

The dates for this workshop have now passed. Listen to a recorded version of workshop 1: making the most our of your summer research experience.

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.

The dates for this workshop have now passed. Listen to a recorded version of workshop 2: connecting your summer research position to life after graduation.

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.

The dates for this workshop have now passed. Listen to a recorded version of workshop 3: translating your experience.

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.

If you didn't receive an access code, email to inquire.

Open to any undergraduate student engaged in research this summer, this is an opportunity to present findings and key learnings 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. Pre-record a 3-to-5-minute video summarizing their summer research by August 20, 2020.
  2. Present a 1-2-minute executive summary of their research in a live presentation group and be prepared to answer questions from the audience during the week of August 24-28, 2020.
  3. Attend one other presentation group as an audience member the week of August 24-28, 2020.
  4. Prepare 2-3 questions for one other presenter within their assigned group

The showcase will be open for the public to view and vote on their favourite for the Audience Choice award.

To participate, please complete the online Summer 2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase Sign-Up Form by August 7, 2020.

Questions about the Showcase can be directed to

Experience Profiles

  • Alyssa graduated from University of Guelph having engaged in course-integrated experiential learning in the curriculum. Outside the classroom, she worked for Student Housing Services, the work study program and held an undergraduate research assistant position.