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 2015-2016 program schedule.

For information on academic semester dates and deadlines, go to the KU Academic Calendar.

For listings of all campus events, go to the KU Events Calendar.

For information on social events of interest to graduate students, see the Student Union Activities events calendar.

For information on the Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) and Student Senate participation by graduate students, see the Student Senate website.

New GTA Orientation

This is a mandatory training program for new graduate teaching assistants. Please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence with questions about this event.

January 10, 2017
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
135 Budig Hall
Thesis/Dissertation Accelerator

The Thesis/Dissertation Accelerator is a four-day intensive event for graduate students wishing to progress quickly on their theses and dissertations between semesters. The Writing Center will provide help with goal setting and accountability, and a variety of KU staff will be available for individual, specialized consultations on a range of topics: writing, goal setting and creating accountability, field-specific research, database research and locating sources, EndNote, Zotero, and thesis/dissertation formatting. Students will benefit from coaching, encouragement, and plenty of quiet time to write during these four days. This event is open to all graduate students drafting their masters theses, masters projects, or doctoral dissertations. Learn more here.

January 10-13, 2017
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Room 410, Watson Library
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.* This event requires registration.

January 25, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union
Finding Funding

In this workshop, graduate students can learn how to 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 to attend this event.

February 1, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
Introduction to Fellowship Development Workshop

Learn how to apply for graduate research grants in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts. Develop a research agenda or plan for what you need to accomplish during your time as a graduate student: where is the research you need to do, who are the agencies who provide grant and fellowship funding, and when do you need to do this research. Learn how to read grant guidelines, how to match your research needs with the right funder, and how to explain your research clearly and concisely. Join the Humanities Grant Development Office to get hand-on experience in how to develop a fellowship application – register to attend this workshop by February 8, 2017.

February 15, 2017
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Hall Center for the Humanities
Capitol Graduate Research Summit

The 14th Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit is an opportunity to show the State of Kansas the stellar research conducted by graduate students at Kansas' universities. For 2017, eight KU Lawrence campus students will be selected to join their peers from Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Pittsburg State University, and Wichita State University in Topeka at the Capitol. The participating students will present their research in poster board format to legislators and other members of state government. Learn more about the Summit here and see who are the KU representatives for 2017.

February 28, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
State Capitol Building, Topeka, KS
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission

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 theses and dissertations electronically. The workshop is a collaborative effort by the KU Libraries and Graduate Studies.

March 14, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union
Graduate Student Appreciation Week

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. Events  are listed at the Appreciation Week website and will be regularly updated.

April 3-7, 2017
All Day
Entire Campus
Graduate Research Competition

The Graduate Research Competition is a campus-wide event that provides graduate students the opportunity to present their research to faculty judges and peers from across the University, improve their communication skills, refine their 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. Learn more and apply to participate in the Competition by January 30, 2017.

April 6, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Ballroom, Kansas Union
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
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

August and December 2016 doctoral graduates, as well as May and August 2017 doctoral degree candidates, are eligible to participate in the 2017 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Registration is mandatory. 

May 13, 2017
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Lied Center


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