Graduate Peer Coaching Program

Our Graduate Peer Coaching program will provide you access to one-on-one sessions with trained coaches who are also UCalgary graduate students.

Graduate school is a new stage in your learning and it can be difficult to transition into this phase of your academic career. Our graduate peer coaches provide a student-centred perspective on the university and they're trained to help you develop the soft skills you need to succeed in graduate school.

Our Graduate Peer Coaching program can help you with:

  • project managing your dissertation
  • the writing process
  • motivation
  • implementing feedback
  • school/life balance 
  • developing additional skills that’ll help you succeed in graduate school

UCalgary Campus

Contact Info

Taylor Family Digital Library, 3rd Floor

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

General Inquiries & Appointments:

Graduate coaches are also available for campus tours. Book a campus tour with a graduate coach

Meet Your Graduate Peer Coaches

Main Campus

A born and raised Calgarian, Brit completed a BA in German and BA (Honours) in Linguistics at the University of Calgary before pursuing a BEd in Secondary Education (Modern Foreign Languages) at the University of Alberta. After teaching German in Rwanda and England, Brit returned to the University of Calgary to complete an MA in Educational Research (Languages and Diversity) and is now pursuing a PhD in Educational Research (Learning Sciences) in the Werklund School of Education. As a teacher, Brit has always had a passion for helping others achieve academic success, developing an in-depth knowledge of UCalgary's programs and resources during her two terms as President of the Graduate Students' Association. In her role as a Graduate Peer Coach, Brit is excited to work one-on-one with students to help them navigate UCalgary resources while setting and achieving academic goals. Outside of her studies, she is a competitive dragon boat paddler and enjoys crocheting and being in the mountains.

Jessie is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she did her undergraduate degree in Biology at Saint Mary's University. Following the completion of her BSc, she attended the University of Calgary, where she completed an MSc in Veterinary Medical Sciences. Jessie then returned east to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. She is currently in her first year of the Margaret Gunn Laboratory Animal Fellowship/PhD in microbiology, and is training to be a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian. As a Graduate Peer Coach, she looks forward to helping students navigate grad school and being a sympathetic ear for those who need someone to talk to.

Quentin was born and raised in rural Newfoundland Labrador. He completed his Honours degree in History and a minor in classics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. During his tenure there, he was employed as a computer support technician and a digital media mentor for four years. He is currently completing his Master’s degree in History at the University of Calgary and has applied for doctoral studies. He also works part-time as a contract line editor. He is passionate about education and helping students enjoy the learning process. His objectives as a grad peer coach are to provide support for challenges inhibiting students’ success and to help students connect with their passions and ambitions. Outside of university, he enjoys playing guitar, computational development, and learning Jiu Jitsu.

Foothills Campus

Maryam is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology who is researching calcium exchangers. Having already navigated the transitional challenges faced by international students, she is now in a position to help new international students find resources on and off campus. Maryam has also developed strong intercultural competencies in the course of her studies, which have taken her to universities in a number of different countries.  As a Graduate Peer Coach, she likes helping other grad students get through any challenges that may arise for them over the course of their studies.

After completing a BScH in Biology and an MSc in Neuroscience at Queen’s University, Spencer joined the University of Calgary in 2017 to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. Throughout his studies, Spencer has been involved in student engagement within the university community. As a Graduate Peer Coach, he is committed to helping students enhance their academic skills and achieve their goals. Outside of academics, Spencer enjoys staying active by weightlifting, playing hockey, and camping.

Manar is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. Her research, carried out under the supervision of Dr. Karin Orsel, focuses on ecological and behavioural risk factors contributing to gastrointestinal parasitism among Maasai pastoralists and their livestock in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania. This information will eventually be used to develop and implement local health-promotion interventions. Before moving to Calgary, Manar completed her BSc, with a major in Microbiology, at the University of Alexandria, and worked as a high school biology teacher in the Gulf area.