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.

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

Thesis & Dissertation Accelerator

This is a four-day intensive event for graduate students wishing to progress quickly on their theses and dissertations between semesters. The Writing Center will provide help with goal setting and accountability, and a variety of KU staff will be available for individual, specialized consultations on a range of topics: writing, goal setting and creating accountability, field-specific research, database research and locating sources, EndNote, Zotero, and thesis/dissertation formatting. Students will benefit from coaching, encouragement, and plenty of quiet time to write during these four days. Participants are required to attend the morning session each day but may stay and continue writing during the optional afternoon sessions. This event is open to all graduate students drafting their masters theses, master projects, or doctoral dissertations. It is capped at 30 students. The event is free of charge and includes lunch each day.

May 16-19, 2017
8:30 - 5:00 pm
Watson Library
KU Summer Statistical Camp (Stats Camp)

Graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and others are invited to attend the KU Stats Camp. This year, we are offering three weeks of sessions about R, Stata, and Structural Equation Modeling. Learn more about Stats Camp, and register for sessions, at the CRMDA website. There will be 30 seats open in each workshop. Enrollment (as well as refund eligibility) will cease at the close of business (5pm CST) May 15, 2017.

May 22 to June 9, 2017
All Day
Room 455, Watson Library
About Teaching - The New 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


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