Research & Project Management Course 2017


The GRPM course introduces graduate students to the management of scholarly and research projects, including administrative and ethical concerns. The course covers several disciplines; encouraging an inter-disciplinary exchange of expertise.

  • 11 one hour sessions will be presented.
  • Completion of 9 of the 11 sessions will earn you a Certificate of Recognition.
  • Course is FREE, but registration LIMITED.
  • To reserve your spot, please email with subject: “Register for GRPM Course”
  • The course is regularly oversubscribed and has a waiting list; please register only if you are able to attend most or all of the sessions

Questions?  Contact Carolyn Dowling-Osborn, Awards & Agreements Officer:

If you wish to withdraw from the course, please email with the subject line “Withdrawal from the GRPM course”.

Time and Location

All sessions will be held on Mondays from 12:00pm-1:00pm in UC442. 

Session List

  1. Welcome, Introduction to Office of Research & Preparing for a Research Career in Academia
  2. Preparing for a Research Career in Industry
  3. Successful Grantsmanship 
  4. Research Integrity and Conflict of Interest session
  5. Data Management & Integrity
  6. Knowledge Mobiliziation – Public Press
  7. Working with Live Subjects: Human Ethics & Animal Care
  8. Conducting International Research
  9. Publishing in Academic Journal
  10. Social Media: Building your Brand and Advancing Science
  11. Intellecutal Property and Entrepreneurship 101

Session 1 - Welcome, Introduction to Office of Research & Preparing for a Research Career in Academia

Date:  January 16, 2017

This session will welcome you to the course with introductory remarks offered by the Associate Vice-President Research Services.  The session with then focus on what a research career in academia is really like (e.g. duties, demands, challenges, rewards, drivers, etc.) and what you need to know to prepare for a career in research in an academic setting.


  • Dr. John Livernois, Associate VP Research
  • Dr. Stuart McCook, Professor, Department of History
  • Dr. Nina Jones, Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Session 2 - Preparing for a Research Career in Industry

Date: January 23, 2017

What is it really like to work in the private sector? This session will explore the duties, demands, challenges, rewards, drivers associated with working in industry, and what you need to know to prepare for a career in research in an industry setting.


  • Leah Lambrakis, Senior Director, Research & Development, Simmons Pet Food

Session 3 - Successful Grantsmanship 

Date: January 30, 2017

There are unique aspects of grant requirements for different agencies and different disciplines, but there are many common features that need be addressed in developing a successful grant.  In this session, Dr. Pat Wright will provide tips for navigating the Tri-Council application process (which funds the vast majority of academic research in Canada), while a writing specialist from the library will provide general advice on how to craft a compelling grant proposal.  


  • Dr. Patricia Wright, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology
  • Jodie Salter, Writing Specialist, University of Guelph Library

Session 4 - Research Integrity and Conflict of Interest

Date: February 6, 2017

All investigators (faculty, staff, students) have certain professional obligations in the conduct of research.  This session will explore what it means to follow best research practices, and what is considered research misconduct.  Different case studies will be presented.  Particular attention will be paid to conflicts of interest, including how to tell if you are in one and what to do about it if you are.  


  • Jill Rogers, Managing Director, Office of Research
  • Randy Ragan, Manager Legal Review, Office of Research

Session 5 - Data Management & Integrity

Date: February 13, 2017

Research projects often involve the use of data, either collected by the researcher or obtained through the university’s access to an exceptional array of regional, national and international data resources. Effectively utilizing, managing and protecting research data is a large part of the research process. Join us in exploring the services and resources available to you as you begin your research project.


  • Carol Perry, Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication

Session 6 - Knowledge Mobilization - Public Press

Date: February 27, 2017

Do you have something interesting to tell the public? How do you go about it? How do you talk to journalists? How do you ensure that the story gets told accurately? What are the ways in which you can communicate your new knowledge to the larger community? An expert in the field of Research Communications will discuss these issues.


  • Owen Roberts, Director, Research Communications

Session 7 - Working with Live Subjects:  Human Ethics & Animal Care

Date: March 6, 2017

Do you plan to work with humans or animals in the course of your research? Both types of research have very important requirements and considerations. The Human Ethics presentation will review the process of ethical clearance, why it’s important, when it is needed, how it can help you, and how long it will take. The Animal Care presentation will introduce you to how the use of animals in research is regulated, and why such regulations are important. Get an overview of the legislative framework and the University’s training and competency requirements - essential information for anyone who will use animals in the course of their research.


  • Sandy Auld, Director of Research Ethics
  • Dr. Anna Bolinder, Assistant Director, Animal Care Services

Session 8 - Conducting International Research

Date: March 13, 2017

Are you interested in conducting field work abroad?  This session will explore the challenges and opportunities of conducting research in another country.  The session will also cover the various services and policies the University has in place to assist students and faculty as they conduct work outside of Canada to avoid exposure to undue risk. 


  • Lisa Blenkinsop, Study Abroad Manager, Centre for International Programs
  • TBD – Faculty member currently conducting international research.

Session 9 - Publishing in Academic Journals

Date: March 20, 2017

So you want to publish in an academic journal. Do you know what your rights are as authors or what you should be negotiating when you submit work for publication? What resources are there on campus to help you? What are successful strategies for getting your work published?


  • Dr. Brian Husband, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Integrative Biology, CBS

Session 10 - Social Media:  Building your Brand and Advancing Science

Date: March 27, 2017

Social media is becoming an increasingly important platform for communication, collaboration and knowledge translation.  In this session, you will learn how to develop your professional online identify, use social media to advance and promote your research program, and use "altmetrics" to measure your online influence.  These tools will be useful to building a research career in any discipline.


  • Melanie Parlette-Stewart, Blended Learning Librarian, U of G Library

Session 11 - Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship 101

Date: April 3, 2017

Do you know what intellectual property is and what your rights are?  In this session, we will learn from the University's technology transfer office about different types of intellectual property and how to protect it.  We will then discuss what is involved in taking a discovery (or idea) to a business or social venture.


  • David Hobson, Manager Technology Transfer, Catalyst Centre