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.

Zotero: Citing Your Sources

Come learn about the Zotero citation software that is freely available from Firefox. This application allows you to store, organize, format your citations, and cite your references in your papers. This workshop will cover building your library to citing sources. Please register for this workshop.

January 23, 2017
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Watson Training Lab, 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
EndNote Basics

With EndNote you can: Quickly save citation information as you comb through databases; annotate and save journal articles in one place; sort your citations into different groups for different projects; insert citations into your Word document with the click of a button; skip the worry about producing and formatting a bibliography (EndNote does it for you!) For both Mac and PC users. This hands-on workshop provides step-by-step instructions for these tasks, as well as an introductory overview of EndNote and information about resources for getting additional help. Please register for this workshop.

January 25, 2017
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
Wikipedia: How to Become an Editor

This is the first part of a two-part series. In this workshop, you will learn: how to register as a Wikipedia editor; how to add new information, citations, and images to articles; and how to communicate with other Wikipedia editors, among other topics. We will also discuss Wikipedia's role as a reference and academic tool. Those who attend this event are heavily encourage to also sign up for the follow-up workshop, "Wikipedia: How to Improve Articles" on Feb. 3, at 3 pm. Inspired by the #1lib1ref campaign, this workshop aims to provide individuals with the tools they need to add citations to some of their favorite or most-often used Wikipedia articles. This workshop is designed for novices, and no intricate knowledge of Wikipedia is required. Please register for this workshop.

January 27, 2017
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
GTA Final Friday: Blackboard Shortcuts

Once a month, CTE hosts lunchtime workshops for experienced GTAs who want to discuss facets of teaching in higher education. In January, learn to use the features in Blackboard that will help you the most. We’ll present a handful of useful ways to use Blackboard. You’ll also get a list of resources to learn more. With Jenine Meston, KU Information Technology.

To participate in a session, register at least two days before the event. A light lunch will be provided. If you sign up for a session, please understand that we’ll be buying a lunch for you and saving a spot for you—so be sure to attend! If you have any questions or need accommodations, contact Judy Eddy.

January 27, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Center for Teaching Excellence, Budig Hall
ETD Word: Thesis and Dissertation Formatting and Copyright

TThis 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. Please register for this workshop.

January 30, 2017
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
Graduate Research Skills

The aim of this workshop is to help you become an efficient and effective library researcher. We start with an overview of key services and resources available to KU graduate students. We will introduce a few key Information Science theories that may impact our research. We will review and test common database search strategies and tactics. Through searching, we will compare the strengths and weaknesses of key databases. Please register for this workshop.

January 30, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
Writing Research Abstracts

This workshop provides instruction on the process of writing research abstracts, which are required for journal articles, theses, dissertations, grant applications, and many other uses. Please register for this workshop.

January 31, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Jayhawk 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
Wikipedia: How to Improve Articles

This is the second part of a two-part series. In this workshop, you will learn: choose an article of your choice, find a reliable source that can support that article, and add a citation using Wikipedia Style. We will also discuss Wikipedia's role as a reference and academic tool. Inspired by the #1lib1ref campaign, this workshop aims to provide individuals with the tools they need to add citations to some of their favorite or most-often used Wikipedia articles. This workshop is designed for novices, and no intricate knowledge of Wikipedia is required. Please register to attend this event.

February 3, 2017
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
Zotero: Citing Your Sources

Come learn about the Zotero citation software that is freely available from Firefox. This application allows you to store, organize, format your citations, and cite your references in your papers. This workshop will cover building your library to citing sources. Please register to attend this event.

February 6, 2017
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
EndNote Basics

With EndNote you can: Quickly save citation information as you comb through databases; annotate and save journal articles in one place; sort your citations into different groups for different projects; insert citations into your Word document with the click of a button; skip the worry about producing and formatting a bibliography (EndNote does it for you!) For both Mac and PC users. This hands-on workshop provides step-by-step instructions for these tasks, as well as an introductory overview of EndNote and information about resources for getting additional help. Please register to attend this event.

February 8, 2017
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
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
Zotero: Citing Your Sources

Come learn about the Zotero citation software that is freely available from Firefox. This application allows you to store, organize, format your citations, and cite your references in your papers. This workshop will cover building your library to citing sources. Please register to attend this event.

February 21, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 am
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
Fair Use Trending: Copyright in the Classroom

Many instructors view copyright with apprehension, especially as we increasingly migrate instruction onto the Web through Blackboard and Canvas, as well as into virtual classroom spaces. However, U.S. copyright law is designed to be flexible, and courts have interpreted it as supporting and empowering teaching and learning. Dean of KU Libraries Kevin L. Smith, J.D, M.L.S., is a recognized expert on copyright as it applies to higher education. In this talk, Dean Smith will contextualize classroom copyright concerns in light of recent litigation and other trends in Intellectual Property law, including how the application of copyright differs in virtual and physical spaces. Instructors will become more familiar with best practices and gain insight into what can, and cannot, be safely done with copyrighted content in their teaching.

February 22, 2017
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Watson Library
EndNote Basics

With EndNote you can: Quickly save citation information as you comb through databases; annotate and save journal articles in one place; sort your citations into different groups for different projects; insert citations into your Word document with the click of a button; skip the worry about producing and formatting a bibliography (EndNote does it for you!) For both Mac and PC users. This hands-on workshop provides step-by-step instructions for these tasks, as well as an introductory overview of EndNote and information about resources for getting additional help. Please register to attend this event.

February 24, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 am
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
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:

Graduate Level Research Skills (11am-12pm): The workshop provides participants with an orientation to the resources available from KU Libraries. Also, key databases such as Web of Science and Google Scholar are discussed, and how to find and select the best resources, as well as tips and strategies for becoming efficient and effective researchers.

Zotero: Citing Your Sources (12-1pm): This workshop will teach you how to use the free citation management software Zotero to store, edit, and export references. Why use Zotero? Zotero is free, user-friendly, and efficient, making it a great tool for anyone doing research or writing papers. Specific workshop topics include: a brief overview of the software interface, how to import citations, how to edit citations, how to import PDFs & retrieve metadata for PDFs, how to build & export a library, how to export citations & whole bibliographies, and how to use Zotero with Microsoft Word.

Please register for the Write-in.

February 25, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
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.

March 10, 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 Research/Write-in (Edwards)

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:

APA Citation and Style Guide (12-1pm): This workshop will teach you the basics for citing with APA style at the graduate level. You will learn about tone, writing style, verbs, punctuation, formatting, paraphrasing, direct citations, the reference page, citing websites, and citing a source within a source.

April 1, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hawks Nest (Room 120), Regents Center
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 February 6, 2017.

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

No workshops are scheduled at this time, but 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
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

 


Hall Center for the Humanities Graduate Summer Research Awards applications are due Feb. 6 - https://t.co/oKnyYe8Hil


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