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.

Intro to EndNote

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 12, 2019
1:00-2:00 pm
Watson Library Traning Lab
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 12, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm
Centennial Room, Kansas Union
Mocktails and Mingle: International Professionals and Public Servants

Do you consider yourself a contributor? Ever wonder about the variety of career paths available in the Educators and Public Servants Career Community? We’ve got your answers at Mocktails and Mingle. Join us for appetizers, mocktails (of course), and great conversation. This is a casual networking event where you can talk to people currently working in Education and Public Service career fields. Learn how they leveraged their degree to advance in their careers, and find out the limitless options available to you.

February 12, 2019
5:00-6:30 pm
Adams Alumni Center
Write on Wednesdays

Write on Wednesdays is a new bi-monthly community writing event for graduate students at Watson Library in the Graduate and Faculty Lounge on the 4th floor, conducted in partnership with Shut Up & Write Tuesdays at The Commons.

The idea is simple: write for ninety minutes, grab some coffee and chat with your fellow graduate students to build community. Consultations with library staff are available for assistance with research, literature review, GIS, digital humanities, citation management, open access, copyright, and document formatting. For more info, please contact Scott McEathron.

February 13, 2019
3:30-5:00 pm
410 Watson Library
Humanities Graduate Student Grant Coaching

Continuing this spring, graduate students are invited to attend small group coaching sessions. In these sessions students have the opportunity to ask detailed questions and get hands on help from experienced grant and funding proposal experts. Please register to participate.

February 14, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm
Hall Center for the Humanities
2019 Spring Engineering & Computing Career Fair

The KU School of Engineering offers a Career Fair for job seekers.

February 14, 2019
12:00-4:00 pm
Kansas Union
Red Hot Research: Ethics

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic.

Each installment features faculty members, 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, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration. Learn more at http://thecommons.ku.edu/coming-events

February 15, 2019
4:00-5:30 pm
The Commons
Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write and built-in feedback from peers. Visit the Commons at KU on Tuesdays to participate and write.

February 19, 2019
9:30-11:00 am
The Commons
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 19, 2019
3:15-4:15 pm
Parlors Room, Kansas Union
H-1b and Employment-Based Permanent Residence

An attorney from Bordeau Immigration Law, LLC, a legal 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 20, 2019
3:30-4:30 pm
Room 2425, LEEP2
Intro to Zotero

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 21, 2019
1:00-2:00 pm
Watson Library Training Lab
Job Search Strategies and Tips for Interviewing American Style

University Career Center staff will explore resources and strategies that will enable international students to conduct a successful search for a job or internship in the U.S. Next, knowing how to present oneself in the job interview is key to being hired. A discussion of what to expect in an American style interview and how that may differ from other countries forms a major second focus of this presentation.

February 22, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm
Pine Room, Kansas Union
Capitol Graduate Research Summit

The 16th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit is an opportunity to show the State of Kansas the stellar research conducted by graduate students at Kansas' universities. Eight KU Lawrence campus students will be selected to join their peers from Kansas State University, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, and Wichita State University in Topeka at the Capitol Buiilding. The participating students will present their research in poster board format to legislators and other members of state government. Learn more at the CGRS website.

February 26, 2019
10:00 am-1:00 pm
State Capitol Building, Topeka, Kansas
2019 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. Register and learn more at the University Career Center.

February 26, 2019
1:00-4:00 pm
Burge Union
2019 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. Register and learn more at the University Career Center.

February 26, 2019
1:00-4:00 pm
Burge Union
Write on Wednesdays

Write on Wednesdays is a new bi-monthly community writing event for graduate students at Watson Library in the Graduate and Faculty Lounge on the 4th floor, conducted in partnership with Shut Up & Write Tuesdays at The Commons.

The idea is simple: write for ninety minutes, grab some coffee and chat with your fellow graduate students to build community. Consultations with library staff are available for assistance with research, literature review, GIS, digital humanities, citation management, open access, copyright, and document formatting. For more info, please contact Scott McEathron.

February 27, 2019
3:30-5:00 pm
410 Watson Library
Leveraging Your International Experience into a Career

Presenters will show how to highlight international experiences in the context of a cover letter and resume and will explore how to leverage intercultural competence to become a more competitive job applicant. Also included will be a discussion of networking techniques that can be applied within and beyond one’s own network to maximize on the wealth of available connections. Space is limited and registration is required. Email gap@ku.edu to attend. Pizza will be provided. Hosted by University Career Center, Office of Study Abroad, and Global Awareness Program.

February 27, 2019
5:00-6:00 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
Humanities Grant Development Workshop: Communicating Effectively in Funding Applications and Beyond

The default writing style of academia is ill suited to funding proposals. In order to succeed, scholars must diversify their skill set and adapt to this very different genre. In this workshop we'll compare academic writing to proposal writing and discuss some common pitfalls and ways to avoid them. Activities will include interactive practice of techniques useful to any scholar looking to communicate more effectively to broader audiences. Please register to attend.

February 28, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm
Hall Center for the Humanities
Finals of KU Three Minute Thesis Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, first held in 2008. This event challenges graduate students to present a compelling speech about their research and its significance to a non-academic audience in just three minutes using only one presentation image. In 2018, over 600 universities in 59 countries took part in these competitions, and 2019 is the first year the University of Kansas will participate in 3MT®. Learn more at the KU 3MT website.

February 28, 2019
6:00-7:00 pm
Forum AB, Burge 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.

March 1, 2019
4:00-5:30 pm
The Commons
Guide to Research Skills and Using KU Libraries

Learn how to quickly and efficiently find the best resources for research papers and projects. Attend the KU Libraries workshop to learn tips and skills that the professionals use.

March 1, 2019
2:00-3:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, 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. Please register for this workshop.

*Note: this session is not about formatting your dissertation for submission. Please consult KU Libraries for help with formatting and submission: https://guides.lib.ku.edu/etd

March 4, 2019
12:00-1:30 pm
English Room, Kansas Union
Deadline: Applied Humanities Summer Fellows

This program upports PhD or MA students who demonstrate the ability to make outstanding contributions in their chosen humanities or social science disciplines and are interested in both interdisciplinary studies and community outreach. This program provides $3,000 in fellowship stipends for work at a local or regional non-profit. Learn more and apply at the Hall Center.

March 4, 2019
2019 Education Interview Day

This event is open to students interested in obtaining a teaching or support position within K-12 education. Participants have the opportunity to complete 30 minute 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 65 school districts from across Kansas, Missouri, and a number of other states attend this event. Register and learn more at the University Career Center.

March 5, 2019
8:30 am-3:00pm
Kansas Union
Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write and built-in feedback from peers. Visit the Commons at KU on Tuesdays to participate and write.

March 5, 2019
9:30-11:00 am
The Commons
Intro to Zotero

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.

March 6, 2019
10:30-11:30 am
Watson Library Training Lab
Write on Wednesdays

Write on Wednesdays is a new bi-monthly community writing event for graduate students at Watson Library in the Graduate and Faculty Lounge on the 4th floor, conducted in partnership with Shut Up & Write Tuesdays at The Commons.

The idea is simple: write for ninety minutes, grab some coffee and chat with your fellow graduate students to build community. Consultations with library staff are available for assistance with research, literature review, GIS, digital humanities, citation management, open access, copyright, and document formatting. For more info, please contact Scott McEathron.

March 13, 2019
3:30-5:00 pm
410 Watson Library
Deadline: Applied Humanities Bootcamp

The Applied Humanities Boot Camp is designed to provide practical advice, intensive training, hands-on experience, and professional networking opportunities to up to 12 humanities, arts, and social science graduate students seeking to add a public humanities component to their CV. This professional development opportunity is open to individuals considering the pursuit of careers outside the professoriate as well as to those seeking academic tenure track positions. Learn more and apply at the Hall Center.

March 18, 2019
Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write and built-in feedback from peers. Visit the Commons at KU on Tuesdays to participate and write.

March 19, 2019
9:30-11:00 am
The Commons
Intro to EndNote

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.

March 21, 2019
3:00-4:00 pm
Watson Library Traning Lab
Intro to Zotero

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.

March 26, 2019
1:00-2:00 pm
Watson Library Training Lab
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. The first segment will focus on the 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 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.

March 26, 2019
3:30-4:30 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union
Write on Wednesdays

Write on Wednesdays is a new bi-monthly community writing event for graduate students at Watson Library in the Graduate and Faculty Lounge on the 4th floor, conducted in partnership with Shut Up & Write Tuesdays at The Commons.

The idea is simple: write for ninety minutes, grab some coffee and chat with your fellow graduate students to build community. Consultations with library staff are available for assistance with research, literature review, GIS, digital humanities, citation management, open access, copyright, and document formatting. For more info, please contact Scott McEathron.

March 27, 2019
3:30-5:00 pm
410 Watson Library
Deadline: Institute for Policy & Social Research Doctoral Research Fellows Program

More information coming soon. Learn about the IPSR Fellows program.

TBA April 2019
Graduate 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. Events are listed at the Graduate Student Appreciation Week website and will be regularly updated.

April 1-5, 2019
All Week
All Campus
Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write and built-in feedback from peers. Visit the Commons at KU on Tuesdays to participate and write.

April 2, 2019
9:30-11:00 am
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.

April 5, 2019
4:00-5:30 pm
The Commons
Beyond KU: Sustainability

Take your passion and make it your purpose--no matter your major! Beyond KU: Sustainability hopes to enlighten your passion for the environment by listening to and chatting with career professionals doing just that.

April 9, 2019
5:30-7:00 pm
Forum B, Burge Union
Write on Wednesdays

Write on Wednesdays is a new bi-monthly community writing event for graduate students at Watson Library in the Graduate and Faculty Lounge on the 4th floor, conducted in partnership with Shut Up & Write Tuesdays at The Commons.

The idea is simple: write for ninety minutes, grab some coffee and chat with your fellow graduate students to build community. Consultations with library staff are available for assistance with research, literature review, GIS, digital humanities, citation management, open access, copyright, and document formatting. For more info, please contact Scott McEathron.

April 10, 2019
3:30-5:00 pm
410 Watson Library
Humanities Graduate Student Grant Coaching

Continuing this spring, graduate students are invited to attend small group coaching sessions. In these sessions students have the opportunity to ask detailed questions and get hands on help from experienced grant and funding proposal experts. Please register to participate.

April 11, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm
Hall Center for the Humanities
Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write and built-in feedback from peers. Visit the Commons at KU on Tuesdays to participate and write.

April 16, 2019
9:30-11:00 am
The Commons
Write on Wednesdays

Write on Wednesdays is a new bi-monthly community writing event for graduate students at Watson Library in the Graduate and Faculty Lounge on the 4th floor, conducted in partnership with Shut Up & Write Tuesdays at The Commons.

The idea is simple: write for ninety minutes, grab some coffee and chat with your fellow graduate students to build community. Consultations with library staff are available for assistance with research, literature review, GIS, digital humanities, citation management, open access, copyright, and document formatting. For more info, please contact Scott McEathron.

April 24, 2019
3:30-5:00 pm
410 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 24, 2019
3:30-5:00 pm
Ballroom, Kansas Union
Humanities Grant Development Workshop: What Happens After You Hit Click Submit?

TThe decision to fund or not fund a proposal typically lies in the hands of a review panel, but just who are these reviewers and how can you convince them to fund your application? In this workshop participants will hear from reviewers and participate in a mock review process while learning how to apply insight from these experiences to their next application. Please register to attend.

April 25, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm
Hall Center for the Humanities
Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write and built-in feedback from peers. Visit the Commons at KU on Tuesdays to participate and write.

May 7, 2019
9:30-11:00 am
The Commons
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony celebrates the hundreds of graduate students who complete a doctoral degree at the University of Kansas. Visit the Hooding Ceremony website to find information about this event for students, staff, faculty, and guests. Participating doctoral students must register for the ceremony by March 12, 2019.

The Chancellor's Office provides information about the many other university-wide and school-specific graduation ceremonies at the KU Commencement website.

May 18, 2019
7:30 pm
Lied Center

 


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