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.

Thesis/Dissertation Accelerator

This is a five-day intensive event 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 five days. Learn more at the Writing Center.

January 8-12, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Watson Library
Software Carpentry

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 Python that is readable, reusable, and reliable. Learn more and register for the workshop!

January 9-10, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Price Computing Center Auditorium
Winter R Statistical Workshop

The Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis (CRMDA) will host a WinteR Stats Camp in January to provide training in R software for students taking R-based statistic courses in the Spring. This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of data wrangling, including importation and merging of data sets along with graphics for exploration and presentation. It will cover the basics of R software and move on to more advanced practices, tools and applications. Don’t pass up this opportunity to develop your skills and enhance your research techniques. CRMDA is here to help, we've done this before! Register on the CRMDA website.

January 11-12, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
4066 Wescoe Hall
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.

January 25, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Jayhawk Room, 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.

January 30, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
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
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
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
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
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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