Upcoming Grad School Workshops

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by William Davis under Uncategorized.

Student Perspective by Matt Barrett
Graduate Assistant for Communications

Each year, The Graduate School offers a series of workshops to prepare its students for their thesis/ dissertation while also providing the necessary tools to successfully approach the job market. To attend a workshop, students must sign up ahead of time, and some events have already reached maximum capacity.

PIC13835 Minerva ApplesWith more than 3,000 graduate students enrolled on campus and only 25 – 30 seats available for each workshop, it’s important to note which of these meetings interest you ahead of time. I’ll preview a few of these events throughout this blog, and if you’d like to sign up for any along the way, you can visit the website.

The first workshop I’d like to mention will be held next Friday, October 3rd at 12:00 pm in EUC Dogwood. Called the “Slippery Slope Series,” attendees will discuss what is truly meant by an academic “conflict of interest” when collaborating on research. Many of us are conducting research with our peers, and by doing so, we’re developing our expertise in a given field. Yet there are rules regarding research integrity, and this presentation will attempt to clarify any questions regarding this “much misunderstood concept.”

In a little less than a month, The Graduate School will host two workshops geared specifically to academic fields. While both of these meetings will be led by Dr. Risa Applegarth and Dr. Sarah Daynes, the focus will shift. Those who are pursuing jobs in Human and Social Sciences are encouraged to attend the meeting on Monday October 20th. Sciences should sign up for the one on October 22nd website, and the workshops are meant for those who wish to pursue faculty positions, no matter how many years you have left in your program.

Some events have already come and gone, and attendance has been high for most. One of the most popular meetings, the “Electronic Theses/ Dissertations Workshop” was held twice in order to accommodate the number of students who registered. If you notice this workshop again in the future, I highly recommend attending. Anyone who plans to write a thesis or dissertation, regardless of program, will receive a “step-by-step review of the online submission process” as well as formatting tips and hands-on exercises to create a “Table of Contents, PDF conversion,” etc. As if the prospect of writing a thesis or dissertation wasn’t already stressful enough, you’ll have to closely follow several formatting requirements when submitting your research. Thankfully, this workshop will clarify any questions.

More workshops will arise as the semester goes on, so be sure to check the link periodically. These events are meant for everyone and are intended to provide attendees a “leg up” on the competition. If you have any questions, feel free to email the contact person for a given workshop, and start registering!