How To Guides

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How to Approach a Research Supervisor

Approaching professors to inquire about working with them can take a little courage, but most will welcome a conversation if you are adequately prepared.

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How to Present Your Research

Presentation skills are an important part of your success as a researcher, but like any skill they only get better with practice. Sharing your research ideas and passion with others requires taking the time to learn how to present effectively. 

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How to Participate in a Challenge

Academic challenges and competitions can snag you more than just funding and scholarships - they also help you to establish networks and gain visibility in your field(s) of interest!

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How to Write an Abstract

An abstract is a brief summary of a longer research paper, article or grant proposal. It informs the potential reader about the research within a short amount of text. The abstract, in general, allows potential readers to see if the article, paper, or project might be a match to his or her interests. It can be a paragraph to a page in length and is objective in its writing style. 

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How to Create a Research Poster

Posters, in either digital or physical formats, are one of the main ways academic information is disseminated. Research posters are more accessible and comprehensible than a journal or a formal presentation. They serve as an introduction to how your work expands upon current knowledge in a concise, inviting format with a focus on visual content.

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For University of Saskatchewan poster presentations, feel free to utilise their templates.

Training Services offers free workshops to students and other resources for creating research posters.

How to Plan a Poster Exhibit

Planning a poster exhibition associated with your first-year class’ research experience can result in positive outcomes and accolades for participants but requires some advance planning and coordination in order for things to run smoothly.

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How to Network

At social functions where many different people within your discipline are brought together, such as research conferences, you have an opportunity to form connections and develop contacts that may be useful to you in the future. 

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