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.

January 24, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 419, 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 workshop.

January 25, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
Career Close-Ups: Developing a Career in the Museum World

Graduate students are invited to explore how any major can lead to a career in a cultural organization. A panel of museum professionals will share their experiences, followed by a networking reception and behind-the-scenes tours of KU’s museums. This year’s panelists include: Dina Bennett (Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University), Glenn North (Black Archives of Mid-America), and Adrianne Russell (Cabinet of Curiosities). Advance registration is required by Wednesday, January 24.

January 26, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium
Thesis/Dissertation Formatting & 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 for this workshop.

January 30, 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Room 419, Watson Library
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.

January 30, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
ASCEND: Cover Letters and Personal Statements

ASCEND offers STEM graduate students and postdoctoral trainees strategic training, resources, and the opportunity to explore and experience career options. In this workshop, participants will learn techniques for writing strong cover letters, personal statements, and other application materials. This session will be available online to those attending at a distance. Please contact organizers for more details. Registration is required.

January 31, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Alderson Auditorium, 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 to attend.

January 31, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 419, Watson Library
University in the Art Museum for Graduate Students: Place and Representation

University in the Art Museum (UAM) introduces graduate students to the many opportunities for object-based teaching, learning and research through collaborative partnerships with the Spencer Museum of Art. The spring 2018 UAM will include discussions led by Mariah Crystal (Women, Sexuality and Gender Studies) and Samuel Henkin (Geography and Atmospheric Science) based on their own experiences with classes in the museum. Advance registration is required by Monday, January 29. 

February 1, 2018
3:00-4:30 pm
Spencer Museum of Art
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 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.)

February 2, 2018
CPT at 11:45 a.m. OPT at 12:15 p.m
Alderson, Auditorium, Kansas Union
Academic Training for J-1 Students

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

February 2, 2018
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Centennial Room, Kansas Union
Mocktails and Mingle: Turn Your Cause into a Career

Do you dream about changing, growing or shaping our society? If you’ve ever considered a career in government or nonprofit then you don’t want to miss this event. Join us for appetizers, mocktails (of course), and great conversation. This is a casual networking event where you can talk to people in the government and nonprofit sector. Learn how they leveraged their degree to advance in their careers. Find out the limitless options available to you. Mocktails and Mingle is co-sponsored by the University of Kansas Alumni Association.

February 6, 2018
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Bruckmiller Room, Alumni Center
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.

February 8, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Room 419, Watson Library
Spring Engineering & Computing Career Fair

Learn more about this Career Fair at the KU Engineering website.

February 8, 2018
12:00 - 4:00 pm
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 to attend.

February 15, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Room 419, Watson Library
Capitol Graduate Research Summit

The 15th Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit is an opportunity to show the State of Kansas the stellar research conducted by graduate students at Kansas' universities. For 2018, eight KU Lawrence campus students will be selected to join their peers from Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Pittsburg State University, and Wichita State University in Topeka at the Capitol. The participating students will present their research in poster board format to legislators and other members of state government. Learn more and see who are KU’s representatives for 2018 at the Research Summit webpage.

February 20, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
State Capitol Building, Topeka, Kansas
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.

February 21, 2018
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Pine Room, Kansas Union
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 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.)

February 22, 2018
CPT at 3:30 pm OPT at 4:00 pm
Alderson, Auditorium, Kansas Union
Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters for International Students

Submitting an effective cover letter and resume is crucial to the job application process in the U.S. University Career Center staff will provide guidance on American-style composition, including typical components, and formatting tips.

February 23, 2018
3:30 - 4:30 pm
University Career Center
2018 Design Career Fair

This event provides an opportunity for KU Design and design affiliated students to network with industry employers and learn about available career opportunities. Learn more at the Career Center website.

February 27, 2018
1:00 - 4:00 pm
6th Floor, Kansas Union
2018 Architecture Career Fair

This event provides an opportunity for KU Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Design, and Urban Planning students to network with industry employers and learn about available career opportunities. Learn more at the Career Center website.

February 27, 2018
1:00 - 4:00 pm
5th Floor, Kansas Union
F-1 OPT H-1b Cap Gap Extension and 24-month OPT STEM Extension

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

March 1, 2018
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Room 1415A, LEEP 2 building
Presenting Your Best Self – Tips for Interviewing American-Style as an International Student

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

March 2, 2018
3:30 - 4:30 pm
University Career Center
Graduate/Research Write-In

Graduate/Research 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. Consultations will be available about writing, research, EndNote, Zotero, and formatting. Please register to attend. In addition, participants may attend the following optional workshops:

Graduate Level Research Skills (12-1pm): 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.

EndNote Citation (1-2pm): This workshop will 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).

March 3, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
Education Interview Day

This event is open to graduating students interested in obtaining a teaching or support position within K-12 education. Participants have the opportunity to complete screening interviews with up to 10 school districts for openings in all teaching fields as well as special education, school social work, school psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, physical/occupational therapy, administration, and other areas. Typically, over 60 school districts from across Kansas, Missouri, and a number of other states attend this event. To participate, please follow instructions on the Career Center website.

March 6, 2018
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Kansas Union
Journalism Career Fair

Each year, about 200 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. Go to the School of Journalism to learn more about this event.

March 7, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kansas Room, Kansas Union
Job Search Strategies for International Students – Finding Your First Job

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

March 9, 2018
3:30 - 4:30 pm
University Career Center
Graduation Student Appreciation Week

Graduation Student Appreciation Week celebrates the contributions of graduate students to the mission of the University of Kansas, raising awareness of their efforts in teaching, research, and service to the campus. Check for a regularly updated listed events for Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

April 2-6, 2018
All Campus
Graduate Research Competition

The Graduate Research Competition is a campus-wide event that provides graduate students the opportunity to present their research to faculty judges and peers from across the University, improving their communication skills, refining their concepts, and networking with students and faculty from other departments. Students can apply to give a poster presentation or an oral presentation. Prizes will be awarded by Graduate Studies and the KU Chapter of Sigma Xi, an international, multidisciplinary research society. Get more information and apply to present in the 2018 Graduate Research Competition.

April 3, 2018
1:00-4:00 pm Ballroom & meeting rooms, Kansas Union
Graduate/Research Write-In

Graduate/Research 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. Consultations will be available about writing, research, EndNote, Zotero, and formatting. Please register to attend. In addition, participants may attend the following optional workshops:

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting (12-1pm): This workshop will teach you quick solutions for creating your title and acceptance page, 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.

April 7, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
Graduate Awards Ceremony

Join the Office of Graduate Studies as it celebrates the accomplishments of KU graduate students. Awards recognize the contributions that graduate students make to the research, teaching, and service mission of the University. Please contact Graduate Studies with questions about the event.

April 12, 2018
3:30-5:00 pm Ballroom, Kansas Union
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony celebrates the hundreds of graduate students every year who complete a doctoral degree. The graduating doctoral candidates come from all of the professional schools, including the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas. Please go to the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony website to learn more about this special event.

May 12, 2018
7:30-9:00 pm Lied Center

 


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