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.

If you are a graduate student in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, check out the College Graduate Student 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, Lawrence dot com, and Unmistakeably Lawrence.

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 Orientation

The Office of Graduate Studies invites all new graduate students to participate in the third annual New Graduate Student Orientation! Due to Covid-19 we won't be able to host a campus-wide in person orientation this fall. However, we're moving our orientation activities to an online format so we can make sure new grad students still get acquainted with essential campus resources and offices, have the chance to (virtually) meet other students, and get to learn a little bit about what Lawrence has to offer you and your families. We recognize the unique needs of graduate students, and this event is designed to give you the tools and connections you'll need to be successful in your  professional and personal lives. The orientation will consist of a Blackboard online course full of important information, and a number of virtual activities and meetings the week before school starts.

A full schedule of online events is coming soon!

July & August 2020
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Graduate Admissions 
Software Carpentry Workshop

Software Carpentry teaches fundamental skills that can increase your productivity and improve the quality and reproducibility of your research projects. In this two-day hands-on workshop, you will learn how to automate tasks using the Unix shell, how to track and share your work using version control, and how to write software in R that is readable, reusable, and reliable. This workshop is for you especially if you have no prior experience with these topics.

This workshop is aimed at faculty, staff, and students across disciplines who want to lear how to automate repetitive tasks, approach coding in a systematic way, and document the evolution of their work through version control measures. No prior experience with the workshop topics is expected or required.

January 15-16, 2020
8:30am - 4:30pm, both days
Room G415, LEEP2, Engineering Complex | Lawrence campus
Cost: Free; registration required
Don't forget to RSVP!
Contact: Jamene Brooks-Kieffer, Data Services Librarian 

Zotero: Citing your Sources

Come to 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.

April 15, 2020
3:00 pm
Zoom Workshop (link)
EndNote Basics

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!)

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.

If you would like to work from your own computer, please download and install EndNote in advance. A step-by-step installation guide is available at http://guides.lib.ku.edu/citation/EndNote

April 8, 2020
3:00 pm
Zoom Workshop (link)
Register here
Electronic Thesis & Dissertation (ETD) Submission Workshop

This workshop is for graduate students getting ready to submit their final thesis or dissertation to ProQuest. Join this zoom workshop to learn what you need to do before you graduate (online submission, copyright, deadlines, and formatting). 

March 31, 2020
Zoom Workshop (link)

No Registration Required

Graduate Research Skills

This workshop is an overview of research skills and databases.

February 7, 2020
11:00 am
Clark Instruction Center | Room 340, Watson Library
Register here

Introduction to Data Management

In this workshop, librarians will teach you the basics of Data Management.

No current workshops scheduled
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

This workshop presents information on the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and how to apply to it. The Fellowship funds graduate students for three years, supporting individuals in areas of social science, some humanities fields, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

No current workshops scheduled
Systematic Reviews

"A systematic review is an academic research paper that uses a method called 'evidence synthesis', which can include meta-analysis to look for answers to a pre-defined question. The purpose of a systematic review is to sum up the best available research on that specific question". Campbell Collaboration

In this workshop, you will receive an introduction to the purpose and the structure of systematic reviews.

No current workshops scheduled
More information available here. 
Mentoring 101: Tips & Strategies for Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers

This is a graduate student workshop hosted by the KU Center for Undergraduate Research. It will provide tips and strategies for graduate students working with undergraduates in conducting research.

No current workshops scheduled
Literature Reviews

This workshop includes a brief overview of KU Libraries resources and services; types of literature reviews; forming a research question; choosing databases; harvesting search terms; conducting searches, managing, and synthesizing results.

No current workshops scheduled
More information available here. 

Building Inclusive Graduate Communities: A Gathering for Diverse Graduate Students

A strong network of professional and social support is critical to your academic success and overall well-being, regardless of your fields or stage of study. Please join us for this event sponsored by the Office of DIversity & Equity and the Office of Graduate Studies.

This event is open to all graduate students. It will provide light refreshments and a child-friendly activity.

February 18, 2020
4:00 - 6:30 pm
Kansas Room | Kansas Union

GTA Training - Designing a Course Assignment/ Activity - Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

In this workshop, everyone will spend time planning a course activity/assignment from the learning goal to the assessment of learning. Participants of this workshop will plan a course activity/assignment for a course they will be teaching or hope to teach in the future. The activity/assignment can be something participants hope to implement at KU or for a teaching portfolio when applying for jobs or fellowships. We will spend some time discussing best practices for writing learning goals, choosing teaching methodologies, and planning assessment that aligns. We will then give participants time to apply these practices in their own course activity/assignment design. This session is limited to 20 participants. Once we reach capacity, we will start a waiting list and you will be notified of future workshops.

March 27, 2020                                                                                                      11:30 am - 1:00 pm                                                                                                 Budig Hall | Room 135 

Register here! 


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