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.

Resiliency workshop

Jayhawks Breaking Barriers, a STEM leadership program run by graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, is having a workshop to discuss strategies to recognize personal and professional strengths and build resiliency. This is a great opportunity to identify ways you can leverage your skills as strengths to impress potential employers and to constructively overcome failure to reach success. Learn more about the workshop, panelists, and RSVP at the workshop website. Light snacks provided.

March 27, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The Commons
Lecture: Serving Social Justice and Pedagogical Innovation Through Open Educational Practices

Please join KU Libraries' Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright for a lecture by Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani.

Higher education promises to be a vehicle for economic and social mobility; however, this promise increasingly goes begging as our institutions are often structured to reinforce existing social inequalities. Open Educational Practices (OEP) encompass both the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open educational resources (OER) as well as the design of renewable assignments where students are empowered as co-creators of knowledge. More broadly, OEP embrace a collaborative, transparent, flexible, and learner-centered approach to education. This presentation will make a case for why the shift away from traditional (closed) practices is not only desirable but inevitable, and how OEP support the modern university’s mission by serving both social justice and pedagogical innovation.

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the University Teaching Fellow in Open Studies and a Psychology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Jhangiani serves as the Senior Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow with BCcampus, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching, and a faculty workshop facilitator with the Open Textbook Network.

March 30, 2017
10:00 - 11:00 am
The Commons
GTA Final Friday: So You Want to be a College Professor?

Learn ways you can supplement your graduate program with various professional activities to build a stronger CV for academic positions. With Blair Schneider, Geology. To participate in a session, register at least two days before the event. A light lunch will be provided.**If you sign up for a session, please understand that we will be buying a lunch for you and saving a spot for you—so be sure to attend! If you have any questions or need accommodations, contact Judy Eddy.

March 31, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
135 Budig Hall
Graduate Research/Write-in (Edwards)

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. In addition, participants may attend the following optional workshops:

APA Citation and Style Guide (12-1pm): 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.

April 1, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hawks Nest (Room 120), Regents Center
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 Appreciation Week website and will be regularly updated.

April 3-7, 2017
All Day
Entire Campus
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Research Symposium

CLACS Graduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for graduate students in Latin American Studies to share their research with fellow students and faculty. It provides valuable feedback for the presenters and creates an opportunity for exchange among researchers at KU.

April 3, 2017
3:00 - 6:00 pm
The Commons
Closing the Gap: Salary Negotiation for Women

Closing the Gap: Salary Negotiation Skills for Women will be held on Equal Pay Day to address salary disparity. Join the KU Career Services Alliance and The Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity for a panel event followed by application and networking to learn about salary equity issues and develop salary negotiation skills. Sponsored by the KU Career Service Alliance and the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity

April 4, 2017
5:00 pm
The Commons
CLAS Time: Graduate Studies

Join the College's Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for a free weekly lunch talk about how we can all work together to build an inclusive, safe, welcoming campus. Visit and engage with students, staff, and faculty from across campus in an unstructured setting, learn about events and opportunities, and build a community that reaches across our differences through dialogue. The April 5 session is led by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Students are welcome to come and go during the lunches as their schedules allow - and there will be FREE food with KU ID, catered by Burrito King! Come early because the food goes quickly.

April 5, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
3rd Floor, Watson Library
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, improve their communication skills, refine their concepts, and network 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. Learn more and apply to participate in the Competition by February 6, 2017.

April 6, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Ballroom, Kansas Union
Talking Back: Digital Identity & Community

Talking Back is led by graduate students as an extension of The Future University programming at The Commons. It explores graduate students’ role in the evolution of the university. In three sessions, graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to reimagine the structure of The Future University. The April 7 session is a collaborative workshop that asks, how does technology in digital and physical spaces interact with teaching?

Facilitated by An Sasala (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies / Film & Media Studies) and Stefanie Torres (English - Nonfiction Creative Writing)

April 7, 2017
2:00 pm
The Commons
Graduate Research/Write-in (Lawrence)

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. In addition, participants may attend the following optional workshops:

No workshops are scheduled at this time, but consultation with an IT expert will be available for the following software: Excel, InDesign, Power Point, and Photo Shop. If interested in an Excel consultation, please email Claire McMurray ahead of time with specific information about your particular needs.

April 8, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
LaTeX – Thesis/Dissertation Template workshop

This seminar will demonstrate how to get started using the KU thesis/dissertation LaTeX template through the easy to use (and free!) software LyX. Topics for this seminar include: Introduction to LyX; How to cheat on your LaTeX Homework Using LyX; Creating and referencing tables, figures, and equations; Creating and managing a BibTeX bibliography with JabRef; Creating and managing separate chapters of your document.

Register for this workshop, and learn more about LaTeX and Lyx, at the CRMDA website.

April 8, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 455, Watson Library
Building Inclusive Graduate Communities: a gathering for diverse graduate students

Graduate students are invited to Building Inclusive Graduate Communities, an event where you can connect with other members of the KU community – students, staff, and faculty – and learn about helpful resources across the campus. An informal event, please stop by to enjoy light food options, purchase drinks, and meet new people. The agenda will be light with plenty of time and space to socialize in a relaxed and friendly environment. Free childcare will be available. Please register for this event.

April 13, 2017
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Hancock Ballroom, The Oread Hotel
Registration Deadline for Thesis / Dissertation Accelerator

This is a four-day intensive event, May 16-19, 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. Learn more and register here by April 15.

April 15, 2017
 
Grant Development as a Professional Skill

Graduate students at the University of Kansas learn many skills in their diverse graduate programs that enhance their education and promote their research. These skills include critical thinking, data analysis, developing a research plan, funding this research through proposals, and writing and publishing their research. Additional skills that can help graduate students as they begin their careers after graduation include collaborating with diverse groups of scholars, working as a team, communication and presentation skills, writing for diverse audiences, grant and budget development, digital literacy, and project management. Join the Humanities Grant Development Office to learn how to apply these skills through a workshop on grant development as a professional skill – register to attend to by April 12, 2017.

April 19, 2017
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Hall Center for the Humanities
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 20, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Kansas Room, Kansas Union
Talking Back: Political Spaces & Free Speech

Talking Back is led by graduate students as an extension of The Future University programming at The Commons. It explores graduate students’ role in the evolution of the university. In three sessions, graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to reimagine the structure of The Future University. The April 26 session is an interactive panel and discussion that asks, is there an intersection of free speech and political neutrality in a learning environment?

Facilitated by Ramón Alvarado (Philosophy), Abigail Barefoot (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), and Alex Cloyd (American Studies / Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies).

April 26, 2017
3:30 pm
The Commons
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

August and December 2016 doctoral graduates, as well as May and August 2017 doctoral degree candidates, are eligible to participate in the 2017 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Registration is mandatory. 

May 13, 2017
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Lied Center
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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