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 recent KU press releases and stories, go to KU News.

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.

Information for postdoctoral researchers is provided at the KU Postdoctoral Association website.

New Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Conference

Led by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), new graduate teaching assistants will attend this mandatory conference as part of their training process. Please contact CTE with questions about this event.

August 14, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
135 Budig Hall
Graduate Welcome Fair

Graduate Students are invited to attend the annual Graduate Welcome Fair. Representatives from offices across campus -- like the Registrar, the Parking office, museums and centers, and student organizations -- will be available to answer your questions about their services and provide opportunities to register, sign-up, and get involved.

For information on other welcome events for graduate students, including school and department orientations, please visit the Orientation page.

August 14, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Ballroom, 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 workshop.

August 31, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union
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 5, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Parlor Rooms, Kansas Union
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 and doctoral students for three years, supporting individuals in areas of social science, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Please register for this workshop.

September 7, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
Writing Research Abstracts

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 workshop.

September 28, 2017
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 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.

October 4, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Pine Room, Kansas Union


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