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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 2014-2015 program schedule.

Event Date
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.

August 10-21, 2015
All Day
Room 455, Watson Library
Graduate Student Orientations

Schools, departments, programs, and offices across KU host orientation events for new graduate students during the two weeks before classes begin on August 24. To find out about these events, visit the graduate student orientation listing page, or contact your school, department or program for more information.

August 10-21, 2015
Across KU
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 event.

August 11, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Kansas Room, Kansas Union
American Academic Writing for International Students

This workshop will introduce international graduate students to expectations for academic writing in the United States. It will cover various cultural differences in writing – such as topic development, voice, use of metaphors, etc.– as well as plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Please register for this event.

August 13, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
Graduate Research Skills

In this workshop, a specialist from the Libraries' Center for Graduate Intitiatives will provide an overview of important skills and valuable resources for graduate students who are conducting research. Please register for this event.

August 14, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
About Teaching: New GTA Conference

Presented by KU's Center for Teaching Excellence, this event is a mandatory orientation for new graduate teaching assistants (GTA) in Fall 2015. It is open only to those with GTA appointments.

August 17, 2015
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Budig Hall
Jayhawk Welcome and Information Fair

Graduate Students are invited to attend the annual Jayhawk Welcome and Information Fair. Representatives from offices and centers across campus will be available to answer your questions about their services and opportunities. For information on other welcome events for graduate students, including school and department orientations, please visit the Orientation page.

August 17, 2015
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Ballroom, Kansas Union
Data Management Basics

This workshop will introduce some basic data management tips that you can start using today. Whether you’re managing the data output of a research team, your own project or class data, or just trying to keep your documents and other files organized, the practical skills covered here can help. Topics include creating and naming directory structures and files, maintaining documentation, backup practices, file formats for long-term storage, and an overview of research data resources available at KU. Please register for this event.

August 18, 2015
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
GIS 101

This is a hands-on introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), including basic concepts and terminology, data types, applications and software options. The workshop is designed to teach attendees how GIS might be used in class projects, theses and dissertations, and faculty research. We will mainly cover ArcGIS but will discuss some free/ open source GIS and mapping applications, and the majority of skills taught are applicable to other types of  geospatial data and software. Participants will work through step-by-step exercises to become familiar with navigational tools, geospatial data format and to explore GIS data from both the spatial and tabular side. Students, staff and faculty from any discipline are welcome to come. Please register if you would like to come, and attend the workshop if you register. This workshop may only be offered once a semester. Please register for this event.

August 19, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
Graduate Research Skills

In this workshop, a specialist from the Libraries' Center for Graduate Intitiatives will provide an overview of important skills and valuable resources for graduate students who are conducting research. Please register for this event.

August 20, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, 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, and 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.

August 20, 2015
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
Graduate Research Skills

In this workshop, a specialist from the Libraries' Center for Graduate Intitiatives will provide an overview of important skills and valuable resources for graduate students who are conducting research. Please register for this event.

August 21, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
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. Please register for this workshop. Please register for this event.

August 21, 2015
2:30 - 4:15 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
Introduction to Data Visualization: Distilling and Communicating Data

Visualizing data is a valuable technique for identifying outliers (and errors) and transforming complex ideas into digestible pieces. This workshop will cover tips, tools, and a tutorial for effective data communication. Workshop topics will include a brief introduction to different types of visualizations and best practices for utilizing each in crafting a message. Please register for this event.

August 21, 2015
10:00 - 11:00 am
Watson Presentation Room, Watson Library
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. Please register for this workshop. Please register for this event.

September 8, 2015
12:30 - 2:15 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

This workshop presents information on the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and how to apply to it. The Fellowship funds master's or doctoral students for three years, supporting individuals in areas of social science, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Please register for this workshop.

September 9, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
Graduate Research/Write-In (Edwards)

Write-ins provide a large block of time during which to focus, relax and get some writing done. 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, this event is for you. Staff from the KU Writing Center and from KU Libraries are available for on-site consultations. Please register for the event. Also, at the Write-in these programs will be offered:

** APA Style and Citation Guide (12:00-1:00): 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.

** EndNote: Building Your Library and Cite While You Write (1:00-2:30): EndNote is a reference management application that academic writers can use to streamline and simplify the research process, then save time by creating an automatic bibliography in Word from your EndNote library. Specific workshop topics include: downloading EndNote and creating your EndNote library ,adding references to the library, organizing references in the library, attaching files to EndNote references ,backing up your library, using Cite-While-You-Write in Word to automatically create and update your bibliography.

September 12, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
369 Regnier Hall
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, and 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.

September 15, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
C.V. Review Day

Come for an individual, 15-minute CV or resume review during this drop-in event. UCC Career Coaches will be able to give you quick tips for strengthening your document and showcasing your experiences more effectively.

September 15, 2015
12:00 - 3:00 pm
University Career Center, 110 Burge Union
Graduate Research/Write-In (Lawrence)

Write-ins provide a large block of time during which to focus, relax and get some writing done. 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, this event is for you. Staff from the KU Writing Center and from KU Libraries are available for on-site consultations. Please register for the event. Also, at the Write-in these programs will be offered:

** Sign up for a one-hour dissertation consultation with the Graduate Writing Specialist (Ph.D.). Ask your dissertation specific questions and get guidance and support on this difficult process. Spots are limited so consider arriving early in the day to secure one.

** Opening Session: Guided Freewriting (12:30-1:00): Jumpstart your day and increase your productivity as you follow freewriting prompts to get your writing off to an effective, energetic start.

** Graduate Level Research Skills (1:00-2:00): This 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.

** EndNote: Building Your Library and Cite While You Write (2:00-3:30): EndNote is a reference management application that academic writers can use to streamline and simplify the research process, then save time by creating an automatic bibliography in Word from your EndNote library. Specific workshop topics include: downloading EndNote and creating your EndNote library, adding references to the library, organizing references in the library, attaching files to EndNote references, backing up your library, using Cite-While-You-Write in Word to automatically create and update your bibliography.

September 20, 2015
12:00 - 6:00 pm
4th Floor, 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.* Please register for this event.

September 22, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Kansas Room, Kansas Union
Online Image and Linkedin

Bring your laptop for an interactive session where you’ll get tips and tricks for building a positive online presence. In addition to general online image advice, you’ll get to practice setting up and using LinkedIn for professional networking purposes.

September 23, 2015
12:00 - 12:50 pm
4033 Wescoe 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 event.

September 29, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Centennial Room, Kansas Union
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 event.

October 1, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
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 for this event.

October 8, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Jayhawk 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, and 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.

October 19, 2015
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
Graduate Research/Write-In (Edwards)

Write-ins provide a large block of time during which to focus, relax and get some writing done. 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, this event is for you. Staff from the KU Writing Center and from KU Libraries are available for on-site consultations (registration will be available later). Also, at the Write-in these programs will be offered:

**Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting : This workshop will teach you quick solutions for creating your title and acceptance pages, inserting properly formatted page numbers, captioning tables, and more. If you're just starting out, you can build your own template for future use. 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.

October 24, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
369 Regnier Hall
Grant Writing

This 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. Please register for this event.

October 27, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Big 12 Room, Kansas Union
Graduate Research/Write-In (Lawrence)

Write-ins provide a large block of time during which to focus, relax and get some writing done. 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, this event is for you. Staff from the KU Writing Center and from KU Libraries are available for on-site consultations (registration will be available later). Also, at the Write-in these programs will be offered:

** Sign up for a one-hour dissertation consultation with the Graduate Writing Specialist (Ph.D.). Ask your dissertation specific questions and get guidance and support on this difficult process. Spots are limited so consider arriving early in the day to secure one.

** Opening Session: Guided Freewriting (12:30-1:00): Jumpstart your day and increase your productivity as you follow freewriting prompts to get your writing off to an effective, energetic start.

** Data Management Basics (1:00-2:00): This workshop will introduce some basic data management tips that you can start using today. Whether you're managing the data output of a research team, your own project or class data, or just trying to keep your documents and other files organized, the practical skills covered here can help. Topics include creating and naming directory structures and files, maintaining documentation, backup practices, file formats for long-term storage, and an overview of research data resources.

**Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting (2:00-3:30): This workshop will teach you quick solutions for creating your title and acceptance pages, inserting properly formatted page numbers, captioning tables, and more. If you're just starting out, you can build your own template for future use. 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.

**APA Style and Citation Guide (3:30-4:30): 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.

November 8, 2015
12:00 - 6:00 pm
4th Floor, 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, and 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.

November 19, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
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. Please register for this workshop. 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

 


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