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.

For information on academic semester dates and deadlines, go to the KU Academic Calendar and the Graduate Student 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.

EndNote Basics

Get started with EndNote! 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 here.

September 13, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Watson Training Lab
Business Accounting Career Fair

Accounting Career Fair is a special event for recruiters. They have complete access to a pool of talented and energetic students, taught by world-class faculty, and geared to excel in today's business world. KU business students have broad exposure to theory-based and practical methods of solving business challenges. The School's wide range of experiential learning opportunities ensure recruiters that KU business students can successfully execute in any situation and in any environment. Learn about the Fair here.

September 15, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm
5th floor, Kansas Union
KU Graduate Certificate Fair

The University of Kansas offers a variety of certificate programs for both current graduate students and non-KU students. Representatives from various certificate programs will be available to provide information and answer questions. More information about certificate programs can be found here.

September 18, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
4th floor, Kansas Union
Thesis/Dissertation Formatting (Microsoft Word) & Copyright

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; converting to PDF. The workshop also covers the basics of copyright for grad students as scholars and teachers, including copyright and Fair Use considerations for theses and dissertations, and resources in the KU Libraries that can help. Please register here.

September 19, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Watson Training Lab
Curricular (CPT) and Optional (OPT) Practical Training for F-1 Students

ISS Advising staff will discuss the purpose, eligibility and application procedures for F-1 CPT and OPT. Plan to attend both segments to learn about the full range of options for employment related to your academic program. (This workshop will not cover the H-1b Cap Gap or the 2-year STEM OPT Extension options. A later workshop is scheduled to address those specific topics.)

September 19, 2017
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union
Academic Training (AT) for J-1 Students

An ISS advisor will explain how AT can provide J-1 students with an opportunity for employment in order to obtain practical work experience in their field of study. Covered topics will include purpose, eligibility, and the application process.

September 19, 2017
4:00 - 5:00 pm
English Room, Kansas Union
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. Please register here.

September 20, 2017
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Kansas Union
Business Career Fair

The Business Career Fair is a special event for recruiters. They have complete access to a pool of talented and energetic students, taught by world-class faculty, and geared to excel in today's business world. KU business students have broad exposure to theory-based and practical methods of solving business challenges. The School's wide range of experiential learning opportunities ensure recruiters that KU business students can successfully execute in any situation and in any environment. Please register here.

September 21, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm
5th & 6th Floor, Kansas Union
Prof^2 Workshop: Introduction to Grant Writing and Development

This workshop is for all graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. We will cover the basics of finding grant and fellowship opportunities, preparing a timeline for developing a proposal and the basic elements of grant writing and development. This is the first workshop in a three-part series on grant writing and development as part of the Prof Squared Workshop series. Please register here.

September 21, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 pm
The Commons
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.

The Sept. 22 session presenters are: Sam Henkin, Geography and Atmospheric Science; Sierra Watt, Political Science; José Héctor Cadena, American Studies; Alyson Wilkins, Museum Studies; M. Polo Camacho, Philosophy; and the Emcee is Roseann Pluretti, Journalism and Mass Communications

September 22, 2017
4:00 - 5:00 pm
The Commons
F-1 H-1b Cap Gap Extension and 24-month STEM OPT Extension

ISS advising staff will present this dual topic workshop on two unique OPT extension options. The first segment will focus on the potential for extending F-1 status and OPT work authorization for students with a timely filed petition for H-1b that is approved or pending for an effective date beyond their OPT expiration date. The second portion will offer an overview of the 24-month OPT extension available to students with degrees in certain Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields.

September 26, 2017
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Parlors Room, Kansas Union
ASCEND Professional Development Series for STEM Grad Students: Goal Setting and Individual Development Plans

The College Office of Graduate Affairs and the KU Med Center Office of Postdoctoral Affairs & Graduate Studies presents ASCEND, a career development program modeled after NIH BEST. ASCEND offers graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in the natural sciences strategic training, resources, and the opportunity to explore and experience career options.

In this workshop, participants will learn about setting achievable goals and utilizing Individual Development Plans to navigate and track progress toward long term goals. This session will be available online to those attending at a distance. Please contact organizers for more details. Registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

September 27, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union
Bridging the Gap: Financial Wellness for Graduate Students

This workshop is first in a four-part series on financial wellness for graduate students. This hands-on workshop will focus on all aspects of budgeting. Learning how to budget will reduce stress, help you cut wasteful spending, and make it easier to bounce back after a job loss or other money crisis. Please register here.

September 27, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Centennial 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
Planning for the Unexpected in Your Classes

Come learn from the Center for Teaching Excellence how to plan for and deal with unexpected events that affect the classes you teach. Lunch is provided, please RSVP here to attend.

September 29, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
135 Budig Hall
Graduate Research/Write-in

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. Participants can attend optional workshops and one-on-one consultations about writing, research, citation software, or formatting. Participants may also simply use the time to write. Please register here.

Workshops Include:

  • 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 (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 and retrieve metadata for PDFs, how to build and export a library, how to export citations and whole bibliographies, and how to use Zotero with Microsoft Word.
  • APA Citation and Style Guide (1-2pm): 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.
September 30, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

Please join us for coffee in The Commons in Spooner Hall for some concentrated writing time. Whether you’re writing a dissertation chapter, blog post, thesis, research paper, or creative work – everyone is welcome! Structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks Community: Connect via Twitter using #sutwna. Learn more here.

October 3, 2017
9:30 - 10:30 am
The Commons
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
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 employment in the U.S.

October 4, 2017
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Parlors Room, Kansas Union
Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright and Fair Use

What are the principles of copyright law, and how does fair use doctrine protect freedom of expression? Learn how copyright applies to works by nonfiction/documentary video and film professionals, journalists, nonfiction writers, documentary photographers and others during this free, 4-hour seminar open to attorneys, students, faculty and the general public. New York attorney Karen Shatzkin will lead the program. Known for her expertise in copyright law, Shatzkin will share lessons based on her more than 30 years of experience in dealing with legal issues affecting documentary films. Her experience includes vetting films pre-release; negotiating contracts with creative personnel, distributors, studios and networks; and responding to claims against filmmakers. Four hours CLE credit pending for interested attendees. Space is limited. Registration will open in late August via the KU School of Law website. Sponsored By: KU School of Law’s Media, Law, and Technology Program, Spencer Museum of Art

October 6, 2017
12:30 - 4:30 pm
Room 307, Spencer Museum of Art
Writing Effective Résumés and Cover Letters 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 résumé and cover letter, required for most employment applications. Workshop topics include general composition, typical components, and formatting tips.

October 10, 2017
3:00 - 4:00 pm
201 Summerfield Hall
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, approaches to answering questions, and post-interview follow-up.

October 20, 2017
3:00 - 4:00 pm
201 Summerfield Hall
Graduate Research/Write-in

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. Participants can attend optional workshops and one-on-one consultations about writing, research, citation software, or formatting. Participants may also simply use the time to write. Please register here.

Workshops Include:

  • Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting (12-1:30pm): 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 21, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, 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 27, 2017
3:00 - 4:00 pm
201 Summerfield Hall
Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

Please join us for coffee in The Commons in Spooner Hall for some concentrated writing time. Whether you’re writing a dissertation chapter, blog post, thesis, research paper, or creative work – everyone is welcome! Structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks Community: Connect via Twitter using #sutwna. Learn more here.

November 7, 2017
9:30 - 10:30 am
The Commons
Education Career Fair

The event 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. Learn more here.

November 8, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Kansas Union
Journalism Career Fair

Each year, about 200 students meet with employers from dozens of companies during our 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 here.

November 9, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kansas Union
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.

November 17, 2017
4:00 - 5:00 pm
The Commons
Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

Please join us for coffee in The Commons in Spooner Hall for some concentrated writing time. Whether you’re writing a dissertation chapter, blog post, thesis, research paper, or creative work – everyone is welcome! Structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks Community: Connect via Twitter using #sutwna. Learn more here.

December 5, 2017
9:30 - 10:30 am
The Commons

 


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