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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.

Word: Advanced Topics for Research and Academic Papers

In this hour webinar, we'll look at how you can best store a document to collaborate with authors internal or external to KU. We'll also look at using built-in paragraph styles and how to quickly create a table of contents. Finally, we will look at  how to create footnotes and an index. Please register for this webinar.

September 28, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar via Skype
Curricular (CPT) and Optional (OPT) Practical Training for F-1 Students

ISS Advising staff will explain the purpose, eligibility and application procedures for F-1 Curricular and Optional Practical Training. Plan to attend both the CPT and the OPT segments to learn about the full range of options for employment related to your F-1 academic program. (Note: This workshop will mention, but will not discuss in detail, the 2-year STEM OPT extension option.)

September 29, 2016
11:45 am
Kansas Room, 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
GTA Final Friday: Getting and Using Feedback from Students

In this session we will explore a variety of methods for getting helpful feedback from your students throughout the semester so that you can adapt to their learning needs before the end of the semester course evaluations. We will discuss success stories at KU that resulted from clear communication between instructors and students in a range of disciplines and course formats. With Amy Rossomondo, Spanish and Portuguese.

To participate in a session, register by email at cte@ku.edu 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 at jeddy@ku.edu.

September 30, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
Center for Teaching Excellence
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
Resume Writing for International Students

International students searching for a job or internship in the U.S. will learn from University Career Center staff how to create a successful American-style resume. Workshop topics include general resume guidelines, typical components, and formatting tips.

October 6, 2016
3:30 pm
University Career Center
Excel 2013: 10 Advanced Functions and Operations

Half the battle of working in Excel is understanding what the functions/formulas mean and how they relate to and can help your everyday work. In this hour-long presentation, we will demonstrate how to use more advanced functions such as VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, and Conditional Functions and relate them back to tasks you do every day in Excel. Please register for this webinar.

October 12, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar via Skype
Interviewing Tips for International Students

Whether applying for a job or for an internship in the U.S., interview skills are important. University Career Center staff will explain how to prepare for a successful American-style interview, including interview preparation tips, strategies for answering questions successfully, and post-interview follow-up.

October 13, 2016
3:30 pm
University Career Center
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
Job Search Strategies for International Students

University Career Center staff will explain resources and strategies that will enable international students to conduct a successful search for a job or internship in the U.S.

October 20, 2016
3:30 pm
English 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.

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
H-1b and Employment-Based Permanent Residence

An attorney from Bordeau Immigration Law, LLC, a law firm specializing in employment-based immigration practice, will explain the process for obtaining H-1b employment status and acquiring Permanent Residence (“green card”) through employer sponsorship.

October 25, 2016
3:30 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
Overview of Surveys, Polls, and Forms

Do you want to know more about the different technical solutions for collecting information on campus? In this session, we'll cover the strengths and weaknesses of the options available. These include Adobe PDF fillable forms, Excel Surveys, Excel worksheets set up as forms, Word forms, CMS web forms, and other online solutions. Additionally, we'll share use cases from campus using the various solutions and tools. Please register for this webinar.

October 26, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar via Skype
GTA Final Friday: How Understanding Assessment Enhanced My Graduate Career

Why would a graduate student spend time learning about assessment? What possible use would it have in your career? GTA panelists will discuss their experiences with this facet of higher education and share the impact it has had on their professional preparation. With GTAs Aaron Long, English; Melissa Irwin, Sociology; Amanda Sladek, English; and Patrick Terry, Film and Media Studies.

To participate in a session, register by email at cte@ku.edu 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 at jeddy@ku.edu.

October 28, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
Center for Teaching Excellence
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
15 PowerPoint Tips and Tricks

We all use PowerPoint for a number of job-related tasks, and knowing to press F5 has allowed us to quickly start our presentations. In this hour-long presentation, we'll demonstrate more tips and tricks that can make working in PowerPoint more efficient and help you to quickly create visually interesting slides with just the right amount of information. Please register for this webinar.

November 9, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar via Skype
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
GTA Final Friday: Managing the Grading Load

Are you faced with stacks of assignments to grade? In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to respond strategically to student writing in ways that support learning goals. GTAs are encouraged to bring sample assignments to discuss with peers. With Terese Thonus, Writing Center.

To participate in a session, register by email at cte@ku.edu 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 at jeddy@ku.edu.

November 18, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
Center for Teaching Excellence
Photoshop: Basics for Web

Photoshop is such a powerful photo editing tool that it has become its own verb, "Photoshop it." You'll learn the very basics needed to crop, resize, rotate, color correct, and export your photos for web. Please register for this webinar.

December 7, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar via Skype

 


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