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.

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
Bridging the Gap Financial Wellness Workshop #2: Own Your Loan

Learn how to own your loan from figuring out how much your should really be taking out, when to defer your payments, and setting up an appropriate payment plan after graduation. Register here.

October 11, 2017
3:30 - 5:30 pm

Malott Room, Kansas Union
Mozilla Working Open Workshop (WOW)

KU Libraries is partnering with Mozilla to host the popular Mozilla Working Open Workshop (WOW, a highly customized and agile two-day event for early career researchers to learn, share, and connect around open research best practices designed to improve research collaborations and ensure access to research data and findings, thereby speeding the pace of discovery. Workshop modules will cover the essentials of designing an open project, using collaboration tools such as GitHub, sharing research products as a default, and fostering an active community around an open project. It is hands-on and project-based, including lots of time for participants to make real, meaningful progress on their projects, and to network and collaborate across projects and disciplines. Learn more about WOW here.

October 16 & 17, 2017
All Day

Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
ASCEND: Career Exploration and Informational Interviewing

In this workshop participants will learn techniques for exploring career options and how to use informational interviews to learn about career paths and network professionally. This session will be available online to those attending at a distance. Please contact organizers for more details. Space is limited, please register for this workshop and let us know if you are unable to attend.

October 18, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Jay/Spare Room, Kansas Union
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 (2:00-3:00pm): 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
EndNote Workshop

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. Register here.

October 23, 2017
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 419, Watson Library
Zotero Workshop

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. Register here.

October 25, 2017
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 419, Watson Library
Prof^2 – Grant Proposal Development Workshop

Hands-on workshop where students will work with successful grantees on common (and maybe unusual) questions around various proposal elements including narratives, budgets and budget justifications, and data management plans. Register here.

October 26, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 pm
The Commons
GTA Final Fridays: Learning to Network in Grad School

Come have lunch and learn about networking in grad school and how building your network now can benefit you during your job search post-graduation at the Center for Teaching Excellence in 135 Budig Hall. Please register to attend here by October 25th.

October 27, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
135 Budig Hall
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
Thesis/Dissertation Workshop: What do I need to do before I graduate?

This workshop covers what you need to know as you get ready to submit your thesis or disseration, including: Copyright considerations and resources for assistance; Increasing the visibility of your work through KU ScholarWorks; Considerations for delaying the release of your thesis or dissertation; Path to completion and deadlines; Required paperwork; Tips and tricks for formatting your thesis/dissertation, including resources for LaTeX help; Step-by-step demonstration of the online submission process; Dealing with supplementary files during submission; Optional fees.

No RSVP is necessary. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies, the KU Libraries and the Center for Research Methods & Data Analysis (CRMDA)

October 30, 2017
3:00 - 4:30 pm
455 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.

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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