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Upcoming Events

The Office of Graduate Studies works with other campus units to provide information on upcoming professional development events of interest to graduate students. Registration may be required; please see each listing below for more information. If you are interested in knowing what professional development events were offered in the past, please consult the 2014-2015 program schedule.

For information on social events of interest to graduate students, see the Student Union Activities events calendar. For listings of all campus events, go to the KU Event Calendar.

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Increasing Openness and Reproducibility in Quantitative Research

Aimed at faculty, staff, and students across disciplines who are engaged in quantitative research, the purpose of this workshop is to learn easy, practical steps that researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. The workshop does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current workflows. Learn more about this workshop, and register for it, at this website.

December 2, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting

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 and converting to PDF, copyright and fair use info.

The workshop also covers the basics of copyright for grad students as scholars and teachers, including copyright considerations for theses and dissertations, and resources in the KU Libraries that can help. Topics include: general information about copyrights in the U.S.; copyrights and scholarly publications, including theses and dissertations; Fair Use and scholarly work; Copyright Decision Tree – Tool developed at KU to help users decide whether they are using copyrighted materials in compliance with U.S. copyright law and/or fair use; copyright services provided by the Libraries’ Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright. Please register for this workshop.

December 3, 2015
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, 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.

December 17, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
New GTA Conference

This conference provides orientation for January 2015 new Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA), and is open only to those with GTA appointments. Please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence if you have any questions regarding this event.

January 12, 2016
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Budig Hall
Abstract Writing

This graduate student workshop provides instruction on the process of writing abstracts of research, as required for journal articles, dissertations, applications, and many other uses. Please register for this workshop.

January 14, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Pine Room, Kansas Union
Grant Writing

TThis workshop is targeted to graduate 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. This workshop is especially recommended for students applying for the Doctoral Student Research Fund (due Jan. 25-Feb. 8). Please register for this workshop.

January 21, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union
Finding Funding

Finding, applying for, and securing funding is a crucial part of higher education in the 21st century. In this workshop, graduate students can learn how to creatively search for funding opportunities of all types, sizes, and purposes: from academic to non-academic, and from travel grants to multi-year fellowships. Please register for this workshop.

January 27, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Big 12 Room, Kansas Union
Dissertation Completion

This session will focus on tips and techniques to move advanced graduate students towards completion of the dissertation. 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 workshop.

February 3, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 pm
English Room, Kansas Union
Publishing Journal Articles

Come learn from KU Writing Center staff about writing journal articles for publication. This graduate student workshop will cover how to choose a journal for publication; how to analyze the tone, structure, and scope of articles in that journal; and how to tailor your article accordingly. We will do a hands-on activity and provide a question-and-answer session with faculty members experienced in publication. Please bring a copy of an article from a journal to which you wish to submit. Please register for this workshop.

February 9, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union
Making Your Master's Work

Career paths for many doctoral students and practice-oriented graduate students (e.g. medicine, law, business) are never easy but they are fairly well known and frequently discussed. What about those who receive a master’s degree outside of these areas? What are the career options and the career development process for those working toward a master’s degree?

This workshop focuses on how master’s students can make the most of their degree, including methods for career exploration, professional identity development, and the unique job search processes that many master’s students conduct. Please register for this workshop.

February 17, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Alderon Auditorium, Kansas Union
Creative Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Learn a new way of preparing Power Point presentations that will engage your audience and convey information effectively, clearly, and memorably. We will cover best practices for using images and wording and discuss examples of effective and ineffective slides. Please register for this workshop.

February 25, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union


The Hall Center's Applied Humanities Panel Discussion & Internship Fair is 12/10. RSVP to attend by 12/3: https://t.co/MtqgfyWHcB

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