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.

CRMDA Colloquium: Setting Up Your Independent Consulting Practice

Professor Steve Simon from UMKC will discuss various opportunities for how to become an independent statistical consultant. Free to attend, no registration necessary! More info here.

February 16, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 pm
455 Watson Library
Shut Up & Write Tuesday

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write, and built-in feedback from peers. Free coffee provided!

It began as a movement for writers in San Francisco to structure their time and connect with other writers. The idea was simple: write for an hour, then grab coffee afterward to converse and build community. Academics embraced the practice, and the idea spread. Dr. Sioban O’Dwyer founded a virtual Shut Up & Write Tuesdays to provide the benefits of the traditional meetups for those who could not attend in-person. The event has a basic structure: Two 45-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna. Learn more about the SUWT team; read about tips for improving writing time; and find non-academic reads to inform practice,

February 20, 2018
9:30 - 11:00 am
The Commons
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
Prof²: Getting the Mentoring You Need

This workshop is designed to help graduate students understand how to get the mentoring they need while in graduate school. Facilitators from the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences will be on hand to work with graduate students through the workshop portion of this event. This workshop is open to all masters and PhD students. Space is limited, please register.

February 20, 2018
3:30 - 5:00 pm
The Commons
ASCEND: Searching and Applying for Jobs

The KUMC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs & Graduate Studies and the College Office of Graduate Affairs presents ASCEND, a career development program modeled after NIH BEST. 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 skills for locating job announcements and opportunities, how to get the most information out of a description, and how to prepare to submit an application.

This session will be available online to those attending at a distance. Please contact organizers for more details. Registration is required, pizza is provided.

February 21, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 pm
The Jay, Kansas Union
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
Red Hot Graduate Research No. 5: Alternative Framing

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.

Presenters on Feb. 23:

Anna Klompen, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Diversity of Jellyfish Venoms

Igor Ristić, Communication Studies, Experiencing Culture Shock? Watch TV

Nicholas Natchoo, Curriculum and Teaching, Creolizing the Curriculum

Brian Trump, History, Narratives of Sexual Violence

Alysha Griffin, Theatre, Richard B. Harrison Before Broadway

Emcee: An Sasala, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

February 23, 2018
4:00 - 5:00 pm
The Commons
Talking Back: Citizen and You, An Interdisciplinary Conversation

In this interactive panel and conversation, graduate students will draw on themes in the KU Common Book, Citizen: An American Lyric, to host critical discussion that will inform and challenge a variety of topics, including: notions of identity; acts of everyday racism; constructions of Blackness; institutional racism; prevalance of exclusion; and the role of art. Talking Back is led by graduate students as an extension of The Future University programming at The Commons. This event engages The KU Common Book, Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine, through an interactive panel and discussion. Building on current ideas for teaching Citizen, this event will concentrate on methods for deconstructing and extracting the subject matter across disciplines.

February 26, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 pm
The Commons
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
Shut Up & Write Tuesday

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write, and built-in feedback from peers. Free coffee provided!

It began as a movement for writers in San Francisco to structure their time and connect with other writers. The idea was simple: write for an hour, then grab coffee afterward to converse and build community. Academics embraced the practice, and the idea spread. Dr. Sioban O’Dwyer founded a virtual Shut Up & Write Tuesdays to provide the benefits of the traditional meetups for those who could not attend in-person. The event has a basic structure: Two 45-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna. Learn more about the SUWT team; read about tips for improving writing time; and find non-academic reads to inform practice,

March 6, 2018
9:30 - 11:00 am
The Commons
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
Red Hot Graduate Research No. 6

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 30, 2018
4:00 - 5:00 pm
The Commons
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
Shut Up & Write Tuesday

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write, and built-in feedback from peers. Free coffee provided!

It began as a movement for writers in San Francisco to structure their time and connect with other writers. The idea was simple: write for an hour, then grab coffee afterward to converse and build community. Academics embraced the practice, and the idea spread. Dr. Sioban O’Dwyer founded a virtual Shut Up & Write Tuesdays to provide the benefits of the traditional meetups for those who could not attend in-person. The event has a basic structure: Two 45-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna. Learn more about the SUWT team; read about tips for improving writing time; and find non-academic reads to inform practice,

April 3, 2018
9:30 - 11:00 am
The Commons
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
Leading Difficult Conversations and Handling Hot Moments

KU's Office of Diversity and Equity present this graduate student workshop on teaching strategies for leading difficult conversations in the classroom. No preparation is necessary and refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in attending this session, a registration link will be available soon.

April 3, 2018
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Kansas Room, 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
Self Graduate Fellowship Symposium Lecture: Big Science and the Future of Discovery

Come here leading theoretical physicist, New York Times bestseller, and co-founder of the World Science Festival, Brian Greene. Sponsored by the Self Graduate Fellowship program, Dr. Greene will present a lecture, "Big Science and the Future of Discovery." The lecture is open the public and no tickets are required. Learn more about his research here; contact the Self program with questions about the event.

April 13, 2018
4:30-6:00 pm
Burge Union
Midwest Music Research Collective Spring 2018 Conference

The University of Kansas graduate students in music theory and musicology have formed a new student organization: the Midwest Music Research Collective (MMRC). The MMRC aims to provide opportunities for graduate students to present and share their research on music. To that end, they have established an inaugural spring symposium. If you wish to present your research on music at the symposium, please see the MMRC website. All types of music research is welcome.

A keynote address will be given by Dr. Brad Osborn from the University of Kansas entitled “Cart-Horse-Cart: Putting Theory Before Composition (and then putting it back).”

In addition to paper presentations, the conference will offer a special session geared toward emerging scholars called “Giving Talks,” which will be hosted by the faculty members at KU and selected guests from surrounding universities. This session will cover aspects of project development from initial inception and abstracts to conference talks and publishing.

April 14, 2018
238 Murphy Hall
Shut Up & Write Tuesday

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write, and built-in feedback from peers. Free coffee provided!

It began as a movement for writers in San Francisco to structure their time and connect with other writers. The idea was simple: write for an hour, then grab coffee afterward to converse and build community. Academics embraced the practice, and the idea spread. Dr. Sioban O’Dwyer founded a virtual Shut Up & Write Tuesdays to provide the benefits of the traditional meetups for those who could not attend in-person. The event has a basic structure: Two 45-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna. Learn more about the SUWT team; read about tips for improving writing time; and find non-academic reads to inform practice,

April 17, 2018
9:30 - 11:00 am
The Commons
Shut Up & Write Tuesday

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write, and built-in feedback from peers. Free coffee provided!

It began as a movement for writers in San Francisco to structure their time and connect with other writers. The idea was simple: write for an hour, then grab coffee afterward to converse and build community. Academics embraced the practice, and the idea spread. Dr. Sioban O’Dwyer founded a virtual Shut Up & Write Tuesdays to provide the benefits of the traditional meetups for those who could not attend in-person. The event has a basic structure: Two 45-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna. Learn more about the SUWT team; read about tips for improving writing time; and find non-academic reads to inform practice,

May 1, 2018
9:30 - 11:00 am
The Commons
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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