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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

MS 476, Math Sciences Building
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
T. 403.220.6299

Professional Development

Both the Department and the University offer opportunities for professional development to graduate students. These will help you build skills that you need now and that yo will need in your future career.

Program and Career

The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers sponsors and offers numerous useful workshops on a wide range of subjects including scholarship application preparation, managing your relationships with your supervisor, thesis writing, and others. In addition, the My GradSkills Program is a valuable source for professional training and development for graduate students. It offers regular workshops on teaching and public speaking, technology, career building, leadership, wellness and other topics. It also offers many other resources to further professional development. FGS workshops are announced in the GRADpost student newsletter.

All graduate students take one year of the professional skills seminar course MATH 600 or STAT 600 as part of their program. requirements. This course is intended to develop technical proficiencies that are essential for students to succeed in their future careers as practicing mathematicians or statisticians in academia, government, or industry, with a special focus on delivering professional presentations and using modern mathematical or statistical research tools.


The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning offers a variety of teaching development workshops specifically targeted at graduate students. The Instructional Skills Workshop is particularly popular, so students are advised to register well in advance.

The Department also offers a three-step Instructional Training Program that is designed to provide instructional training and skills development for graduate students, in particular for doctoral candidates who are interested in becoming instructors in a post-secondary educational environment. 


The Department hosts a variety of research seminars and reading groups that offer students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, discuss research with experts and fellow graduate students, and present their own scholarly work. These seminars also provide a suitable environment for doctoral students in mathematics to give one or more of the three presentations that are required as part of their program. Participation in seminars that are related to your research are strongly encouraged. 


The University's Wellness Centre offers health services, counselling, support and outreach to students, as well as a host of programs  and workshops related to health and wellness. Also check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies Healthy Campus Toolkit.