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GPLL439 - Peer-review: CGS Master’s applications (all discplines)

Peer-review is the cornerstone of academic assessment and provides a useful exercise to improve projects, proposals, and papers. In this workshop, we strive to improve scholarship applications for potential and current Master’s students at Concordia University – applying for the Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s program.

Participants in this workshop will be expected to provide 2-3 pages of text from their draft applications to drive the peer-review process (submitted ~1 week prior to the meeting), and will subsequently have 5-6 days to provide feedback on the text from 2-3 other students (written feedback ~24h before the class, and verbal feedback within the actual workshop). This exercise can be done for virtually any section of the scholarship application but will likely be most useful for research proposals or other “contribution” statements. The Canada Graduate Scholarship application process is harmonized across the Tri-Agency, so applications can include research proposals in the natural sciences and engineering (NSERC), health (CIHR), or the social sciences and humanities (SSHRC).

Note: Students are ultimately still responsible for ensuring their own applications conform to the instructions and standards laid out on by each agency for the specific funding program(s) they select.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Gain insight to the peer-review process and start building a network of peers that can help with the development of scholarship applications.
2. Provide respectful peer-review feedback on scholarship application materials
3. Receive constructive feedback on their own application materials, which once addressed, could help to make their applications more competitive.

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Michael Verwey, the Fellowship Development Advisor in the School of Graduate Studies at Concordia University. After completing his doctorate in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, Michael was a postdoctoral researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute. In support of these research experiences, Michael has held several competitive scholarships and fellowships, from the FRQS, CIHR, NSERC, and Concordia University. More recently, Michael has continued to contribute to the development of research proposals and the management of funding competitions through his roles in the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) at McGill University, as the Manager of Programs at Brain Canada Foundation, and as an independent consultant for Canadian researchers.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
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