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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
December 1, 2015

Canadian Excellence

ASPIRE is a professional skills development training program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Laurier with the aim of setting them on the path for post-degree success. Delivered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) working in conjunction with a range of university partners, the program provides a framework housing a range of training and development opportunities and resources.

The ASPIRE program is divided into four categories: career development, communications, teaching and research and leadership. Students are encouraged to participate in offerings and to access available resources across all four categories.Learn more about the program.

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Adding Professional Development to Graduate Curriculum

Instructors who are planning to include ASPIRE as part of the required components of a graduate course should consult Matt Smith (, Associate Dean: Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, for advice on identifying the elements which meet the learning objectives of that course.

Winner of the 2014 CAGS/ETS Award for Excellence and Innovation in Enhancing the Graduate Student Experience.