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.

New Graduate Student Campus Tour (morning)

New to campus? Sign up for a walking tour aimed at new graduate students. Please register to attend

August 17, 2017
9:00 - 10:00 am
Kansas Union
New Graduate Student Campus Tour (afternoon)

New to campus? Sign up for a walking tour aimed at new graduate students. Please register to attend

August 17, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Kansas Union
New Graduate Student Meet-up

After an informal presentation about campus and Lawrence, new graduate students will be free to meet and converse with your new peers. Can't make it for the whole time? That's okay; come over whenever you're free.

August 17, 2017
2:30 - 4:00 pm
Kansas room, Kansas Union
Practicing Data Management

This workshop will guide you through hands-on experience with two core data management practices: systematically naming files and organizing files into folders (directories) on your computer. You will put these practices to work on a sample dataset and walk away with the skills to apply these practices to your own projects, documents, and other files. This workshop has no prerequisites. Please register to attend.

August 17, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Clark Instruction Center
Organizing a Data-Driven Research Project

This demonstration applies and demonstrates the principles from "Practicing Data Management" as implemented in research projects in the Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis. A project is a collection of folders with readily-understood names. The same folder scheme is compatible with all kinds of empirical analysis, whether it is implemented with SAS, R, Stata, or other programs. Please register to attend.

August 17, 2017
2:30 - 3:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center
Graduate Research Skills

The aim of this workshop is to help you become an efficient and effective library researcher. We start with an overview of key services and resources available to KU graduate students. We will introduce a few key Information Science theories that may impact our research. We will review and test common database search strategies and tactics. Through searching, we will compare the strengths and weaknesses of key databases. Please register to attend.

August 18, 2017
9:00 - 10:00 am
Clark Instruction Center
Zotero: Citing your Sources

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.

August 18, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center
ArcGIS 101

This is a hands-on introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), including basic concepts and terminology, data types, applications and software options. The workshop is designed to teach attendees how GIS might be used in class projects, theses and dissertations, and faculty research. We will mainly cover ArcGIS but will discuss some free/ open source GIS and mapping applications, and the majority of skills taught are applicable to other types of  geospatial data and software. Participants will work through step-by-step exercises to become familiar with navigational tools, geospatial data format and to explore GIS data from both the spatial and tabular side. Students, staff and faculty from any discipline are welcome to come. Please register if you would like to come, and attend the workshop if you register.

August 18, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Watson Training Lab
Graduate Research Skills

The aim of this workshop is to help you become an efficient and effective library researcher. We start with an overview of key services and resources available to KU graduate students. We will introduce a few key Information Science theories that may impact our research. We will review and test common database search strategies and tactics. Through searching, we will compare the strengths and weaknesses of key databases. Please register to attend

August 21, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center
EndNote Basics

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.

August 21, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center
QGIS 101

This is a hands-on introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), including basic concepts and terminology, data types, applications and desktop software. The workshop is designed to show attendees how GIS might be used in projects, theses and dissertations, and other research. We will use QGIS (free and open source software) and a class dataset, but the majority of skills taught are applicable to other types of geospatial data and software. KU students, staff and faculty from any discipline are welcome to come. Please register to attend

August 22, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center
Data Management Basics

This workshop will survey some basic data management practices that you can start using today. Whether you’re managing the data output of a research team, your own project or class data, or just trying to keep your documents and other files organized, the practical tips introduced here can help. Topics include naming files and folders (directories), creating logical folder (directory) structures, maintaining documentation, backup practices, file formats for long-term storage, and an overview of services available at KU. Please register to attend

August 23, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Clark Instruction Center
ArcGIS 101

This is a hands-on introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), including basic concepts and terminology, data types, applications and software options. The workshop is designed to teach attendees how GIS might be used in class projects, theses and dissertations, and faculty research. We will mainly cover ArcGIS but will discuss some free/ open source GIS and mapping applications, and the majority of skills taught are applicable to other types of  geospatial data and software. Participants will work through step-by-step exercises to become familiar with navigational tools, geospatial data format and to explore GIS data from both the spatial and tabular side. Students, staff and faculty from any discipline are welcome to come. Please register if you would like to come, and attend the workshop if you register.

August 24, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Watson Training Lab
ArcGIS 101 Online Story Maps

This is a hands-on introduction to creating a basic web map, or a story around geography, and integrating other types of media such as documents and images. We will use ArcGIS Online, a tool for sharing and manipulating geospatial data and maps, that is available through the campus GIS license. The workshop is designed to show attendees how to map a common type of geographic data, and various ways to represent data spatially, as well as linking it to text and images. KU students, staff and faculty from any discipline are welcome to come. Please register if you would like to come, and attend the workshop if you register.

August 28, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Watson Training Lab
EndNote Basics

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.

August 29, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center
QGIS 101

This is a hands-on introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), including basic concepts and terminology, data types, applications and desktop software. The workshop is designed to show attendees how GIS might be used in projects, theses and dissertations, and other research. We will use QGIS (free and open source software) and a class dataset, but the majority of skills taught are applicable to other types of geospatial data and software. KU students, staff and faculty from any discipline are welcome to come. Please register to attend

August 30, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center
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. *Note: this session is not about formatting your dissertation for submission.* Please register for this workshop.

August 31, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union
Ford Foundation Fellowships

This workshop presents information on the Ford Foundation Fellowships, including the Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships. Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Please register for this workshop.

September 5, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Parlor Rooms, 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. 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.

The event has a basic structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna. Learn more here about the SUWT team, read about tips for improving writing time, and find non-academic reads to inform practice.

September 5, 2017
9:30 - 10:30 am
The Commons
Introduction to Academic Publishing & Author's Rights

Navigating academic publishing can be a daunting task for early career researchers. Jargon, legal contracts, predatory publishing practices, and other issues can be confusing and even intimidating. This workshop will present an approachable, non-disciplinary overview of academic publishing, publication contract norms, author rights, and ways that authors can exert their rights to build visibility and impact in their fields as early career scholars. Please register to attend.

September 6, 2017
10:00 - 11:00 am
Clark Instruction Center
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

This workshop presents information on the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and how to apply to it. The Fellowship funds master's and doctoral students for three years, supporting individuals in areas of social science, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Please register for this workshop.

September 7, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
Zotero: Citing your Sources

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 for this workshop.

September 7, 2017
10:30 - 11:30 am
Watson Training Lab
ArcGIS 101 Online Story Maps

This is a hands-on introduction to creating a basic web map, or a story around geography, and integrating other types of media such as documents and images. We will use ArcGIS Online, a tool for sharing and manipulating geospatial data and maps, that is available through the campus GIS license. The workshop is designed to show attendees how to map a common type of geographic data, and various ways to represent data spatially, as well as linking it to text and images. KU students, staff and faculty from any discipline are welcome to come. Please register if you would like to come, and attend the workshop if you register.

September 7, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center
Wikipedia: How to Become an Editor

In this workshop, you will learn: how to register as a Wikipedia editor; how to add new information, citations, and images to articles; and how to communicate with other Wikipedia editors, among other topics. We will also discuss Wikipedia's role as a reference and academic tool. Inspired by the #1lib1ref campaign, this workshop aims to provide individuals with the tools they need to add citations to some of their favorite or most-often used Wikipedia articles. This workshop is designed for novices, and no intricate knowledge of Wikipedia is required. Please register here.

September 12, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Watson Training Lab
EndNote Basics

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.

September 13, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Watson Training Lab
Business Accounting Career Fair

Accounting Career Fair is a special event for recruiters. They have complete access to a pool of talented and energetic students, taught by world-class faculty, and geared to excel in today's business world. KU business students have broad exposure to theory-based and practical methods of solving business challenges. The School's wide range of experiential learning opportunities ensure recruiters that KU business students can successfully execute in any situation and in any environment. Learn about the Fair here.

September 15, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Career Center
Thesis/Dissertation Formatting (Microsoft Word) & Copyright

This workshop is for graduate students at any stage of the thesis or dissertation process. If you're just starting out, you can build your own template for future use. If you’re nearing the end, come join us for some quick tips that will save you some time and trouble as you move forward. 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. The workshop also covers the basics of copyright for grad students as scholars and teachers, including copyright and Fair Use considerations for theses and dissertations, and resources in the KU Libraries that can help. Please register here.

September 19, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Watson Training Lab
Fall Engineering & Computing Career Fair

The Fall Engineering & Computing Fair is open to all current students of any major, as well as alumni. Learn more at the Engineering Career Center website. Please register here.

September 20, 2017
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Kansas Union
Business Career Fair

The Business Career Fair is a special event for recruiters. They have complete access to a pool of talented and energetic students, taught by world-class faculty, and geared to excel in today's business world. KU business students have broad exposure to theory-based and practical methods of solving business challenges. The School's wide range of experiential learning opportunities ensure recruiters that KU business students can successfully execute in any situation and in any environment. Please register here.

September 21, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm
5th & 6th Floor, Kansas Union
Writing Research Abstracts

This graduate student workshop provides instruction on the process of writing abstracts of research, as required for journal articles, dissertations, applications, and many other uses. Please register for this workshop.

September 28, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Jayhawk Room, 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. 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.

The event has a basic structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna. Learn more here about the SUWT team, read about tips for improving writing time, and find non-academic reads to inform practice.

October 3, 2017
9:30 - 10:30 am
The Commons
NSF Dissertation Improvement Grants

This workshop presents information on the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants and how to apply for them. These grants help doctoral students in social, behavioral, and economic sciences to improve their dissertation: for examples, to purchase items not normally available through the student's university, to undertake significant data-gathering projects, or to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Please register for this workshop.

October 4, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Pine Room, 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. 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.

The event has a basic structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna. Learn more here about the SUWT team, read about tips for improving writing time, and find non-academic reads to inform practice.

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
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. 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.

The event has a basic structure: Two 25-minute writing blocks, separated by 5-minute breaks. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to connect via Twitter, using #suwtna. Learn more here about the SUWT team, read about tips for improving writing time, and find non-academic reads to inform practice.

December 5, 2017
9:30 - 10:30 am
The Commons

 


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