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Upcoming Events

The Office of Graduate Studies works with other campus units to provide information on upcoming events of interest to graduate students. Registration may be required; please see each listing below for more information. If you are interested in knowing which events were offered in the past, please consult the 2013-2014 program schedule.

Event Date
Tools for Selecting an Optimal Measurement Model Using Bayesian Confirmatory Factor Analysis: Parallel Computations on the CRMDA Cluster

Establishing measurement equivalence is necessary for valid comparison of latent parameters across groups or occasions, so testing equivalence poses a frequent model-comparison problem for applied researchers. With the increasing popularity of Bayesian options in SEM software, researchers will use the most readily available tool for model comparison in a Bayesian framework, in which chi-squared-difference tests and fit indices are unavailable: the deviance information criterion (DIC). The more general Watanabe-Akaike information criterion (WAIC) has been proposed more recently, along with standard error estimates for WAIC, which are unavailable for DIC. I investigate the sampling behavior of DIC and WAIC in the context of selecting an optimal measurement model in Bayesian CFA. I assess the relative efficiency of WAIC compared to DIC, evaluate analytical WAIC SEs by calculating relative bias, and report how often WAIC and DIC indicate a preference for each invariance model. Please register for this workshop by emailing the Center for Research Methods & Data Analysis.

February 20, 2015
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 455, Watson Library
Creating Online Elements for Your Course

Shifting some course material online can free up class time to focus on problem areas, to go deeper into course content, and to meet with students. In this session, we’ll talk about the best practices for creating and using online material in a flipped or hybrid course format. With Julie Loats, Center for Online and Distance Learning, and Doug Ward, CTE/Journalism. Lunch will be provided; space is limited so please register for this event.

February 27, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
135 Budig Hall
Curricular and Optional Practical Training for F-1 Students

Advisors from the ISS Office will explain the purpose, eligibility and application procedures for F-1 Curricular and Optional Practical Training. Application forms will be available and instructions on how to complete them will be provided. Plan to attend both the CPT and the OPT segments to learn about the full range of options for employment related to your F-1 academic program.

February 27, 2015
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Centennial Room, Kansas Union
Academic Training for J-1 Students

An advisor from the ISS Office will explain J-1 Academic Training employment options. J-1 students who are thinking about participating in a pre-completion internship or similar academic related employment, or who would like to obtain work experience in their field of study following graduation should plan to attend. Covered topics will include purpose, eligibility, and application processes. Application materials will be available and instructions on how to complete them will be provided.

February 27, 2015
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Divine Nine Room, Kansas Union
Graduate Research/Write-In (Edwards)

An intensive day of writing without distractions in a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking. Whether you are preparing for your comprehensive exams, writing your dissertation or dissertation prospectus, editing a paper for publication, writing a book review or fellowship application, the Writing Center can help. One-on-one sessions with a research librarian or writing consultant are available, as well as the following workshops: Database Research (10:30-11:30), EndNote Citation (11:30-1:00), APA Citation and Style Guide (1:00-2:00). Learn more about the workshops and register at the Write-in website.

February 28, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
369 Regnier Hall
Education Interview Day

The University Career Center’s 15th annual Education Interview Day is open to graduating students interested in obtaining a teaching or support position within K-12 education. Participants have the opportunity to complete screening interviews with up to 10 school districts for openings in all teaching fields, as well as special education, school social work, school psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, administration, and other areas. Typically, over 60 school districts from across Kansas, Missouri, and a number of other states attend this event. Please visit the Education Interview Day website for a list of attending organizations and information on signing up for screening interviews.

March 3, 2015
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Kansas Union
EndNote for Collaborative Projects

A workshop specifically for individuals or groups wanting to collaborate on documents with EndNote-formatted references or share EndNote libraries among multiple users. Topics include: how to set up and share an EndNote library, how this differs from sharing through EndNote Web, setting up an EndNote Web account and using it effectively, how (and when) to use EndNote’s document-specific traveling library, and how to use EndNote with Word’s “Track Changes” and “Comments” features. Please register for this program.

March 4, 2015
2:30 - 4:00 pm
Watson Training Lab (419), Watson Library
Digital Jumpstart Workshops 2015

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities hosts annual Digital Jumpstart Workshops. This year, free workshops will provide hands-on introductions to digital tools and practices in order to help you better manage your data, analyze text, work collaborative over long term projects, create digital editions, fund projects, and publish and disseminate your results. All skill levels, from beginner to seasoned digital humanist, are welcome. Learn more about the workshops and register at the Digital Jumpstart website.

March 4 & 5, 2015
All Day
Watson Library
F-1 OPT 17-Month (S.T.E.M.) and H-1b Cap Gap Extensions

Eligibility and application procedures for the 17-month OPT extension available to students in certain Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics degree programs will be explained by an ISS advisor. Also covered will be the potential for extending F-1 status and OPT work authorization for students who have a timely filed petition for H-1b approved or pending with an effective date beyond the expiration of OPT authorization.

March 5, 2015
4:00 - 5:00 pm
International Room, Kansas Union
KU Professionals for Disability Research Conference

Kansas University Professionals for Disability (KUPD) and the School of Education present the 11th Annual KUPD Research Conference, "Examining Social (In)Justice: Intersectionality and Inclusion Across Institutional Contexts." A keynote address by Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, "Disability, Inc. (Incarcerated)", is at 10:30 am in 150 JRP, followed by a free lunch. Graduate student research presentations will take place 12:30-4:00 pm on the 2nd and 3rd floor of JRP. Go here to learn more about the event.

March 5, 2015
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Joseph R. Pearson Hall (JRP)
Resume Writing for International Students

International students searching for jobs or internships in the United States will learn from University Career Center staff how to create a successful American-style resume. Workshop topics will include general resume guidelines, typical components, and formatting tips.

March 6, 2015
3:30 - 4:30 pm
University Career Center, Burge Union
Graduate Research/Write-In (Lawrence)

An intensive day of writing without distractions in a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking. Whether you are preparing for your comprehensive exams, writing your dissertation or dissertation prospectus, editing a paper for publication, writing a book review or fellowship application, the Writing Center can help. One-on-one sessions with a research librarian or writing consultant are available, as well as the following workshops: Data Management Basics (11:00-12:00), Graduate Research Skills (12:00-1:00), Writing for Education Students (1:00-2:00), EndNote Citation (2:00-3:30). Learn more about the workshops and register at the Write-in website.

March 7, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
Mplus software

Mplus is a powerful statistical modeling program that provides researchers from all disciplines with an array of tools for general data analysis. The program draws from a general modeling framework that allows for the evaluation of complex models using both observed and unobserved (i.e., latent) variables. The researcher is offered a wide variety of models, estimators, and algorithms to facilitate use, and Mplus readily accommodates differing variable types, missing data, and complex sampling designs. Furthermore, Mplus features a straight-forward programming language that most researchers find quite approachable.This seminar provides an introduction to Mplus for beginners while offering experienced users an additional perspective on program use and functionality. Attendees are assumed to have some familiarity with basic statistics including regression analysis. Knowledge of latent variable analysis (structural equation modeling) will enhance understanding but is not required. Please register for this workshop by emailing the Center for Research Methods & Data Analysis.

March 7, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 455, Watson Library
ETD Word: Formatting for Thesis and Dissertations

This workshop is for graduate students at any stage of the thesis or dissertation process. If you're just starting out, you can build your own template for future use. If you’re nearing the end, come join us for some quick tips that will save you some time and trouble as you move forward. Specific workshop topics include: general information about the thesis/dissertation process; content order; title and acceptance pages; page numbering; building an automatic table of contents using heading styles; generating a table of contents; captioning figures, equations, tables and more; embedding fonts; converting to PDF. Please register for this program.

March 11, 2015
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Watson Training Lab (419), Watson Library
Causal Inference, Happiness and Experiments in Testing

Presented by the Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis, in this talk by Howard Wainer, Distinguished Research Scientist at the National Board of Medical Examiners, will introduce Rubin’s Model for Causal Inference and show how it can guide us to better answers to important questions. Specifically we will look into issues of happiness, test speededness, correcting for unplanned interruptions, the effect of feedback to judges in standard setting, and the value of teaching to the test.

March 13, 2015
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Room 455, Watson Library
Applied Humanities Panel on Non-Academic Careers

A panel discussion featuring leaders from Kansas City-area museums, archives, foundations, non-profits, and arts and cultural organizations will outline strategies on how graduate students can apply their intellectual interests and scholarly skill sets to pursue productive and satisfying non-academic careers in applied humanities fields.

March 26, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Hall Center for the Humanities
Working with Diverse Students

Teaching at KU involves working with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds. In this session we’ll discuss how to build on the knowledge that students bring to the classroom in order to promote learning and growth for all students. We’ll also talk about how to address controversial topics in a diverse classroom setting. With Meagan Patterson, Psychology & Research in Education/CTE. Lunch will be provided; space is limited so please register for this event.

March 27, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
135 Budig Hall
Interviewing Tips for International Students

Whether applying for a job or for an internship in the U.S., interview skills are important. University Career Center staff will explain how to prepare for a successful American-style interview. Workshop topics will include interview preparation tips, strategies for answering questions successfully, and how to follow up after an interview.

March 27, 2015
3:30 - 4:30 pm
University Career Center, Burge Union
REDCap

This seminar will help researchers learn how to construct a REDCap database and survey in order to collect, manage, and analyze their data in the most secure and organized way possible. While, there are other database and survey tools available, REDCap is certified HIPAA compliant and provides a user-friendly interface for building both surveys and databases. The topics for this seminar include: An introduction and overview of REDCap and REDCap survey; Building various types of REDCap databases and surveys; Importing and exporting data from a survey or database; Managing user rights; Using the scheduling module; How to use the forms library to save time; Building reports. These topics will be addressed through hands-on activities with example data sets. The goal of this seminar is to introduce to students, faculty, and staff an efficient and effective way to capture, manage, and analyze their data. Time will be available for a short period after the seminar for individual consultations. Please register for this workshop by emailing the Center for Research Methods & Data Analysis.

March 28, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 455, Watson Library
Grant Writing

This workshop is targeted to students who have begun actively searching and applying for grants. It will mainly focus on research proposals (common in academia) and problem grants (common in the non-profit world) and will also cover different types of grantors, writing tips, and grant resources for graduate students. Please bring application materials for any grants for which you are applying. Please also register for this event.

April 2, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Big 12 Room, Kansas Union
EndNote Basics

For both Mac and PC users, this hands-on workshop provides an introductory overview of EndNote and information about resources for getting additional help. Step-by-step instructions will be provided for: saving citation information as you comb through databases; annotating and saving journal articles in one place; sorting your citations into different groups for different projects; inserting citations into your Word document with the click of a button; producing and formatting a bibliography. Please register for this event.

April 2, 2015
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Watson Training Lab (419), Watson Library
Job Search Strategies for International Students

International students seeking employment in the United States will learn from University Career Services staff how to conduct a successful job or internship search. Workshop topics will include job/internship resources specific to international students and job/internship search strategies.

April 3, 2015
3:30 - 4:30 pm
University Career Center, Burge Union
Using the KU Thesis and Dissertation template with LaTeX and Lyx

Paul Johnson, Professor of Political Science and Director of CRMDA, will present on how to use KU templates for theses and dissertations with LaTeX and Lyx, systems used to communicate and publish documents in the sciences and social sciences. Please register for this workshop by emailing the Center for Research Methods & Data Analysis.

April 4, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 455, Watson Library
H-1b and Employment-Based Permanent Residence

An attorney from Bordeau Immigration Law, LLC, a law firm specializing in employment-based immigration practice, will explain the process for obtaining H-1b employment status and acquiring permanent residence (commonly known as a “green card”) through employer sponsorship.

April 8, 2015
3:30 - 4:30 pm
University Career Center, Burge Union
Graduate Research Competition

The Graduate Research Competition is a campus-wide event that provides graduate students from all disciplines and departments the opportunity to present their research to faculty judges and peers from across the University. It is a chance to improve communication skills, refining research concepts, and network with students and faculty from other departments. Students can apply to give a poster presentation or an oral presentation. Prizes will be awarded by Graduate Studies and the KU Chapter of Sigma Xi, an international, multidisciplinary research society. To apply, please visit the Graduate Research Competition webpage.

April 9, 2015
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Ballroom, Kansas Union
Graduate Research/Write-In (Edwards)

An intensive day of writing without distractions in a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking. Whether you are preparing for your comprehensive exams, writing your dissertation or dissertation prospectus, editing a paper for publication, writing a book review or fellowship application, the Writing Center can help. One-on-one sessions with a research librarian or writing consultant are available, as well as the following workshops: Database Research (10:30-11:30), Electronic and Thesis Dissertation Formatting (11:30-1:00), APA Citation and Style Guide (1:00-2:00). Registration will be made available later.

April 11, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
369 Regnier Hall
SAS software

Statistical Analysis System is a software suite for advanced analytics and data management. Please register for this workshop by emailing the Center for Research Methods & Data Analysis.

April 11, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 455, Watson Library
Dissertation Completion Toolkit

This session will focus on tips and techniques to move towards completion of the dissertation, and is intended for all types of doctoral students at any stage of the writing process. The workshop will emphasize strategies and methods for setting goals, identifying the necessary elements of your dissertation, making and meeting deadlines, working with your advisor, and managing your dissertation as a large project that you are in charge of. *Note: this session is not about formatting your dissertation for submission.* Please register for this event.

April 15, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Big 12 Room, Kansas Union
Graduate Research/Write-In (Lawrence)

An intensive day of writing without distractions in a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking. Whether you are preparing for your comprehensive exams, writing your dissertation or dissertation prospectus, editing a paper for publication, writing a book review or fellowship application, the Writing Center can help. One-on-one sessions with a research librarian or writing consultant are available, as well as the following workshops: Writing Abstracts (12:00-1:00), Electronic and Thesis Dissertation Formatting (1:00-2:30). Registration will be made available later.

April 18, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission Workshop

This event is for students planning to finish a thesis or dissertation, and is an opportunity for graduate students to learn the steps necessary to submit a theses and dissertations electronically. The workshop is a collaborative effort by the KU Libraries and Graduate Studies. At the time of the event, you may also participate online via Adobe Connect.

April 21, 2015
10:00 - 11:30 pm
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union
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 23, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Ballroom, Kansas Union
Learner-Centered Teaching: Rethinking the Classroom Power Structure

As the Internet continues to offer a platform to anyone who has access, it fuels a democratic view of learning and research that might be overshadowed by classroom hierarchy. Furthermore, this hierarchy may actually be harming our students’ ability to critically engage with the content we’re teaching. How do we rethink the classroom in order to make the next step toward a university in which students have a voice and use it to engage in the academic conversation that’s been going on since long before they arrived? This session will review some of the major points of Maryellen Weimer’s book, Learner-Centered Teaching, prompting a discussion of how to strategically abdicate control of your classroom in order to help your students learn. With Aaron Long, CTE/English. Lunch will be provided; space is limited so please register for this event.

April 24, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
135 Budig Hall
R software

This seminar will introduce the R statistical computing environment. R is an open-source (free!), programmable statistics platform with many options for different types of data analysis. Please register for this workshop by emailing the Center for Research Methods & Data Analysis.

April 25, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 455, Watson Library
ETD Word: Formatting for Thesis and Dissertations

This workshop is for graduate students at any stage of the thesis or dissertation process. If you're just starting out, you can build your own template for future use. If you’re nearing the end, come join us for some quick tips that will save you some time and trouble as you move forward. Specific workshop topics include: general information about the thesis/dissertation process; content order; title and acceptance pages; page numbering; building an automatic table of contents using heading styles; generating a table of contents; captioning figures, equations, tables and more; embedding fonts; converting to PDF. Please register for this program.

April 30, 2015
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Watson Training Lab (419), Watson Library
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Format & Submit Open Lab

Bring your laptop for open, drop-in assistance with thesis and dissertation formatting questions or help with online document submission to ProQuest. This lab will be held in the Shulenberger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright office, which is located on the 4th floor of Watson Library. From the front door of Watson, come up the stairs and follow the signs.

May 13, 2014
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room 400A, Watson Library
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Format & Submit Open Lab

Bring your laptop for open, drop-in assistance with thesis and dissertation formatting questions or help with online document submission to ProQuest. This lab will be held in the Shulenberger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright office, which is located on the 4th floor of Watson Library. From the front door of Watson, come up the stairs and follow the signs.

May 14, 2014
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Room 400A, Watson Library
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Learn more about this event at the 2015 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony site. Students who are graduating should also consult the students' information page to register to attend the event by filling out the participation form.

May 16, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Lied Center

 


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