Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

April 3-7, 2017

Graduation Student Appreciation Week celebrates the contributions of graduate students to the mission of the University of Kansas, raising awareness of their efforts in teaching, research, and service to the campus. In addition, Provost Neeli Bendapudi has declared the entirety of April 2017 as Graduate Student Month.

Look for “I [heart] Graduate Students” buttons across KU. The Office of Graduate Studies will be handing out these buttons at events during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, and they are also available at the Graduate Studies office in 213 Strong Hall.

Events for Graduate Student Appreciation Week are listed below and will be regularly updated.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event Date
Department of Geology Pizza Friday

Geology will celebrate their graduate students during their Pizza Friday event. If interested in attending, please sign-up at 120 Lindley Hall by Thursday at 2 pm.

March 31, 2017
Lindley Hall
Graduate Student Appreciation Week Kickoff

The Office of Graduate Studies will start the Appreciation Week with this informal event sponsored by KU Libraries. Stop by the bottom floor of the Kansas Union to enjoy free food, talk to other graduate students, meet KU's librarians, learn about offices, services, and programs for graduate students – and celebrate the contributions of graduate students to the research, teaching, and service of the university.

April 3, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Jay, Kansas Union
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Research Symposium

CLACS Graduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for graduate students in Latin American Studies to share their research with fellow students and faculty. It provides valuable feedback for the presenters and creates an opportunity for exchange among researchers at KU.

April 3, 2017
3:00 - 6:00 pm
The Commons
Clinical Child Psychology Program Luncheon

In honor of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Clinical Child Psychology will provide a lunch (with dessert!) for their graduate students.

April 4, 2017
12:30 - 2:00 pm
2009 DHDC
Sodas, Floats & Foundations - Celebrating Graduate Student Appreciation Week at the School of Engineering

KU School of Engineering Distinguished Foundations Professors Mark Shiflett and Steven Soper will talk about their graduate school experience and their current research while we celebrate graduate students over sodas, floats, and milkshakes. A graduate student Ice Cream Social will follow the event from 5:00-5:30.

April 4, 2017
4:00 - 5:30 pm
1420 LEEP2
CLAS Time: Graduate Studies

Join the College's Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for a free weekly lunch talk about how we can all work together to build an inclusive, safe, welcoming campus. Visit and engage with students, staff, and faculty from across campus in an unstructured setting, learn about events and opportunities, and build a community that reaches across our differences through dialogue. The April 5 session is led by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Students are welcome to come and go during the lunches as their schedules allow - and there will be FREE food with KU ID, catered by Burrito King! Come early because the food goes quickly.

April 5, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
3rd Floor, Watson Library
Department of Applied Behavioral Science Graduate Student Breakfast

The Applied Behavioral Science department invites their graduate students to a light breakfast in appreciation of their contributions to the success of the department.

April 5, 2017
7:15 - 9:00 am
Department atrium
Bioengineering Program Sweets and Treats Hangout

Bioengineering graduate students can meet other students and faculty at this get together celebrating Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

April 5, 2017
3:30 - 4:30 pm
1420 LEEP2
Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Celebration

The Anthropology Department will be hosting an event celebrating Anthropology graduate students. Please contact their office for details.

April 5, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 pm
School of Journalism Graduate Studies Awards Luncheon

The School of Journalism Graduate Studies Office is hosting a luncheon and awards presentation to celebrate Journalism graduate students' achievements.

April 6, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Clarkson Gallery
Graduate Research Competition

The 2017 Graduate Research Competition is a campus-wide event focused on showcasing graduate student research. The competition provides graduate students the opportunity to present their research to faculty judges and peers from across the University with prizes awarded by Graduate Studies. Participants with research in engineering or the social/behavioral/physical/biological sciences may also elect to participate in the Sigma Xi Research competition. A program book with students' names and research abstracts will soon be available to download here.

April 6, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Ballroom & meeting rooms, Kansas Union
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Graduate Student Event

Stop by the CEAE office to enjoy food for graduate engineering students.

April 6, 2017
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
2150 Learned Hall
Department of Theatre Graduate Student Workshop & Performance

In honor of KU Graduate Student Appreciation Week, KU Theatre is excited to announce a workshop and performance by Dr. Javon Johnson, poetry performance artist-scholar. The workshop, 3-5 pm, requires registration by April 3, while the performance, 7:30 pm, is open to all. Learn more here.

April 6, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Murphy Hall
Cookies with COGA

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences graduate students are welcome to stop by the College Office of Graduate Affairs (COGA) office for a free cookie - first come, first served.

April 6, 2017
12:00 - 5:00 pm
102 Strong Hall
Talking Back: Digital Identity & Community

Talking Back is led by graduate students as an extension of The Future University programming at The Commons. It explores graduate students’ role in the evolution of the university. In three sessions, graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to reimagine the structure of The Future University. The April 7 session is a collaborative workshop that asks, how does technology in digital and physical spaces interact with teaching?

Facilitated by An Sasala (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies / Film & Media Studies) and Stefanie Torres (English - Nonfiction Creative Writing)

April 7, 2017
2:00 pm
The Commons
Graduate Research/Write-in (Lawrence)

Graduate/Research Write-Ins provide a large block of time during which to focus, relax, and get some writing done. Attendees often appreciate the opportunity to write in a community setting and the energy and helpfulness of staff from the KU Writing Center and KU Libraries. Consultations will be available about writing, research, EndNote, Zotero, and formatting. In addition, participants may attend the following optional workshops:

Consultation with an IT expert will be available for the following software: Excel, InDesign, Power Point, and Photo Shop. If interested in an Excel consultation, please email Claire McMurray ahead of time with specific information about your particular needs.

April 8, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
Building Inclusive Graduate Communities: a gathering for diverse graduate students

Graduate students are invited to Building Inclusive Graduate Communities, an event where you can connect with other members of the KU community – students, staff, and faculty – and learn about helpful resources across the campus. An informal event, please stop by to enjoy light food options, purchase drinks, and meet new people. The agenda will be light with plenty of time and space to socialize in a relaxed and friendly environment. Free childcare will be available. Please register for this event.

April 13, 2017
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Hancock Ballroom, The Oread Hotel
Grant Development as a Professional Skill

Graduate students at the University of Kansas learn many skills in their diverse graduate programs that enhance their education and promote their research. These skills include critical thinking, data analysis, developing a research plan, funding this research through proposals, and writing and publishing their research. Additional skills that can help graduate students as they begin their careers after graduation include collaborating with diverse groups of scholars, working as a team, communication and presentation skills, writing for diverse audiences, grant and budget development, digital literacy, and project management. Join the Humanities Grant Development Office to learn how to apply these skills through a workshop on grant development as a professional skill – register to attend to by April 12, 2017.

April 19, 2017
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Hall Center for the Humanities
Graduate Awards Ceremony

Join the Office of Graduate Studies as it celebrates the accomplishments of KU graduate students. Awards recognize the contributions that graduate students make to the research, teaching, and service mission of the University. Please contact Graduate Studies with questions about the event.

April 20, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Kansas Room, Kansas Union
Talking Back: Political Spaces & Free Speech

Talking Back is led by graduate students as an extension of The Future University programming at The Commons. It explores graduate students’ role in the evolution of the university. In three sessions, graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to reimagine the structure of The Future University. The April 26 session is an interactive panel and discussion that asks, is there an intersection of free speech and political neutrality in a learning environment?

Facilitated by Ramón Alvarado (Philosophy), Abigail Barefoot (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), and Alex Cloyd (American Studies / Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies).

April 26, 2017
3:30 pm
The Commons

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