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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
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). Please register for this event.

April 18, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
Using the KU Thesis and Dissertation template with LaTeX and Lyx

Graduate Studies at KU requires each student completing a thesis or dissertation to submit an electronic copy (i.e. (ETD) following a specific format. Students who use Microsoft Word can find this cumbersome and challenging. Particularly when a document contains many equations, figures, tables, or appendices, the LaTeX document approach may be more likely to result in a uniform, high-quality presentation with correctly numbered tables, figures, and table of contents. LaTeX includes easy tools for cross-references and automatic re-numbering of document elements. A university-approved KU Thesis/Dissertation LaTeX template was prepared by CRMDA staff members. This seminar will demonstrate how to get started using the KU thesis/dissertation LaTeX template through the easy to use (and free!) software Lyx.

The lab is equipped with computers, and the final hour of the seminar will be reserved for users to practice creating their own documents with the template and receive individual consultation, LaTeX, and the approved KU dissertation template. If you care to attend this workshop, please notify Roxie Lytle.

April 18, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Clark Instructional Lab, 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
see/saw Film Festival

Presented by graduate students in the School of Education, the See/Saw Film Festival centers on exhibiting, disrupting and renegotiating constructions of children and young people who come from historically underserved and marginalized backgrounds. The festival takes place April 24 - 26, 2015 at the Lawrence Public Library. The festival is free and open to the public. Check out the festival's website for trailers and program information.

April 24 - 26, 2015
All Day
Lawrence Public Library
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
2015 Summer Statistical Institute

The Summer Statistical Institute is presented by KU’s Center for Research Methods & Data Analysis, and graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and others are invited to attend. Held in August before classes begin in Fall 2015, the Institute has workshops on statistical methods and related computer programs. The Institute follows a daily topic framework along with daily pricing for participants; participants can “pick and choose” days in which they are interested and pay for those days. There will be 40 seats open in each workshop and enrollment (as well as refund eligibility) will cease at the close of business (5pm) on August 7, 2015. Visit the Summer Statistical Institute website to learn more and sign-up for workshops.

Augst 10-21, 2015
All Day
Room 455, Watson Library


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