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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 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.

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. Please register for this workshop.

August 29, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instruction Lab, Budig Hall
Volunteer Fair

The Volunteer Fair includes organizations offering post-graduate volunteer opportunities and Lawrence community organizations offering volunteer opportunities to students. This is a great opportunity for students to explore a variety of volunteer positions and visit with organizations about their needs. The fair is co-sponsored by the Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, KU Center for Community Outreach, The Roger Hill Volunteer Center, and the University Career Center.

August 31, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
4th Floor, 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 event.

August 31, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 pm
English 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 workshop.

September 7, 2016
1:00 - 2:30 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 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Please register for this workshop.

September 7, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
NSF Dissertation Improvement Grants

This workshop presents information on the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants and how to apply for them. These grants help doctoral students in social, behavioral, and economic sciences, and selected areas of the biological sciences, to improve their dissertation: for examples, to purchase items not normally available through the student's university, to undertake significant data-gathering projects, or to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Please register for this workshop.

September 8, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Centennial Room, Kansas Union
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

September 9, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Libraryn
Ford Foundation Fellowships

This workshop presents information on the Ford Foundation Fellowships, including the Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships. Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Please register for this workshop.

September 15, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Centennial Room, Kansas Union
Diverse Graduate Student Welcome

Graduate Students are invited to the inaugural Diverse Graduate Student Welcome, an event to support diverse community for graduate students at KU. Come connect with other members of the KU community – students, staff, and faculty – and learn about helpful resources across the campus.

An informal event, please stop by to enjoy light food options, purchase drinks, and meet new people. The agenda will be light with plenty of time and space to socialize in a relaxed and friendly environment. Please RSVP to attend the Diverse Graduate Student Welcome.

September 15, 2016
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Hancock Ballroom, The Oread Hotel
Coffee @ The Commons

Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay “We Should All Be Feminists,” this event will begin with an introduction by three graduate students whose research connects to Adichie’s work from different disciplinary perspectives.

Charlesia McKinney (English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies); Chris Martin (Theatre); and Jameelah Jones (African and African-American Studies) will begin the discussion with contributions from their research on related themes. After these prompts, the audience is charged with carrying the conversation. Topics may include: intersectionality and construction of identity; how this work relates to contemporary literature; and more.

Registration is required for this event. The first 20 audience members to register will receive a copy of the essay in advance of the event. Please note that this event requires prior familiarity with the essay. The TEDx talk from which the essay was adapted can be viewed here.

September 16, 2016
10:00 am
The Commons
EndNote Basics

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. 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!)

Please register for this workshop

September 19, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
Abstract Writing

This 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 20, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Centennial Room, Kansas Union
Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshop

All graduate students are invited to attend interdisciplinary workshops. The talks will incline more to method, problem, or theory than to subject content, to increase their appeal to a wider audience.

The Sept. 20 workshop will be presented by Creighton Brown, English, on the topic of “Educational Archipelago: Alternative Knowledges and the Production of Docile Bodies.” Please RSVP to attend by September 13.

September 20, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Seminar Room, Hall Center for the Humanities
Fall Engineering & Computing Career Fair

The Fall Engineering & Computing Fair is open to all current students of any major, as well as alumni. Learn more at the Engineering Career Center website.

September 21, 2016
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Kansas Union
Business Career Fair

The Business Career Fair is a premier opportunity for recruiters to get face-to-face with top-tier KU business students. Each year, more than 125 companies set up shop on campus to meet with and collect resumes from more than 1,300 attending students whose credentials are unrivaled. Learn more at the Business Career Fair website.

September 22, 2016
3:00 - 6:00 pm
Ballroom, Kansas Union
Digital Humanities Forum

The 6th annual Digital Humanities Forum is entitled “Places, Spaces, Sites: Mapping Critical Intersections in Digital Humanities.” The three-day event consists of keynote talks, paper and poster presentations, and workshops. Registration for the Forum is free, but space is limited, especially for workshops. To learn more and register for the event, please visit the Digital Humanities Forum website.

September 29 to October 1, 2016
All Day
Watson Library
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 this event.

Also, at the Write-in there will be these programs offered:

Graduate Level Research Skills (11-12): 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.

APA Citation and Style Guide (12-1): 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 Citation (1-2:30): We’ll go over the specifics of EndNote, a citation management software that is free to all KU graduate students. We’ll show you how to download the software to your computer and then how to download citations from databases directly into EndNote. We’ll take a look at how EndNote can be used as a research manager for your notes, PDF copies of articles and downloaded images, tables and charts. We’ll also take a look at how to use the citation power of EndNote within the text of your Word documents (Cite-While-You-Write).

October 1, 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshop

All graduate students are invited to attend interdisciplinary workshops. The talks will incline more to method, problem, or theory than to subject content, to increase their appeal to a wider audience.

This Oct. 4 workshop will be presented by Christy Miller, Musicology, on the topic of “Sending Songs Across the Pond: American Folk Music as World War II Propaganda.” Please RSVP to attend by September 27.

October 4, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Seminar Room, Hall Center for the Humanities
Red Hot Graduate Research

Red Hot Graduate Research is intended to bring together graduate researchers from all disciplines. The format of these sessions is inspired by Red Hot Research, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. In this iteration, Red Hot Graduate Research will feature five graduate researchers speaking for six minutes each.

Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, graduate students will have an opportunity for cross-disciplinary discourse that will in turn give new perspectives on their work and provide a forum for future work in their chosen research fields.

October 14, 2016
4:00 pm
The Commons
An Introduction to SEM in Mplus

This workshop will provide an introduction to the popular structural equation modeling (SEM) software Mplus.  Attendees are not expected to have prior knowledge of Mplus or any other statistical programming language; however, some basic knowledge of SEM is assumed. Learn more about this workshop on the CRMDA site.

October 15, 2016
1:00-4:00 pm
455 Watson Library
Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshop

All graduate students are invited to attend interdisciplinary workshops. The talks will incline more to method, problem, or theory than to subject content, to increase their appeal to a wider audience.

This Oct. 25 workshop will be presented by Corinne Schwarz, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, on the topic of “Constructing the Victim: Conflicting Narratives of Human Trafficking in the Midwest.” Please RSVP to attend by October 18.

October 25, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Seminar Room, Hall Center for the Humanities
LaTeX Workshop

This seminar will demonstrate how to get started using the KU thesis/dissertation LaTeX template through the easy to use (and free!) software LyX. A university-approved KU Thesis/Dissertation LaTeX template was prepared by CRMDA staff members - see also here for more information on LaTeX. Click here for more information on the LaTeX workshop.

To enroll in this workshop requires a refundable $10 deposit.  This $10 is refunded to you when you show up for the workshop.  Click here to reserve your seat.  All refunds will be made on Monday, October 31.  If you do not attend the workshop, your deposit is forfeited and not eligible for refund. 

October 29, 2016
1:00-4:00 pm
455 Watson Library
Journalism Career Fair

Each year, students meet with employers from dozens of companies during the Journalism Career Fair. Students and employers interact in mini interviews, which helps employers narrow the field from the résumés they receive and saves time by visiting with students on campus. Learn more at the Journalism Career Fair website.

November 1, 2016
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kansas 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 for this event will be available in October.

Also, at the Write-in this program will be offered:

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting (11-12:30): 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.

November 5, 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshop

All graduate students are invited to attend interdisciplinary workshops. The talks will incline more to method, problem, or theory than to subject content, to increase their appeal to a wider audience.

This Nov. 8 workshop will be presented by Nur Soylu, Social Psychology, on the topic of “The Essence of Essentialism: Belief in Cultural Essences and Support for Social Justice Policies.” Please RSVP to attend by November 1.

November 8, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Seminar Room, Hall Center for the Humanities
Education Career Fair

The 17th annual Education Career Fair is open to students and professionals interested in learning more about career opportunities in PK-12 education. Attendance is free, and there is no pre-registration required for attendees.

Candidates in all areas of PK-12 education, including elementary and secondary education, speech-language pathology, special education, school social work, physical/occupational therapy, counseling, administration and school psychology, are welcome and encouraged to attend to explore job opportunities and to network with school administrators from more than 60 school districts from Kansas, Missouri, and across the country.

November 9, 2016
12:30 - 3:30 pm
Kansas Union

 


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