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Upcoming Events

The Office of Graduate Studies works with other campus units to provide information on upcoming events of interest to graduate students. Registration may be required; please see each listing below for more information.

Event Date
New Graduate Student Orientation Events

Schools, departments, programs, and offices across the KU Campus offer orientation events through out the months of July and August. Many of these events are listed on the orientation webpage. Please also contact your school and department/program to learn more.

July & August 2014
Multiple Days
Lawrence and Edwards Campus
New International Student Orientation - YOU at KU

New International Student Orientation, called YOU at KU, is a mandatory program that all international students are required to attend, including graduate students. YOU at KU is designed to ease the transition to the U.S. and to KU. More information, a registration form, and a program brochure is available at International Student Services Orientation. Please make sure you also check on your expected arrival date in the U.S. and at KU.

August 6-12, 2014
All Day
Across KU & Lawrence, KS
The Summer Methodology Institute

Presented by KU’s Center for Research Methods & Data Analysis, the Summer Methodology Institute is a two-week series of workshops on statistical analysis open to graduate students. Also known as “Stats Camp,” this series will include 3 days of mathematics & statistics review (notation, calculus, matrix algebra, probability) and 6 days of work with statistical packages (R, Stata, SAS). The daily schedule and registration material is available on the CRMDA website. A few sessions in the late afternoons will soon be added (remote Linux systems and the basics of cluster computing). The price of attending the Summer Methodology Institute is $50 per day and there are 40 seats open in each workshop.

August 11-22, 2014
See event website for times
4th Floor, Watson Library
New GTA Conference

Led by the KU Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), new graduate teaching assistants will attend this mandatory conference as part of their training process. If you have any questions about the event, please contact CTE.

August 18, 2014
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Budig Hall
Jayhawk Welcome and Information Fair

Graduate Students are invited to attend the annual Jayhawk Welcome Information Fair. Representatives from offices across campus will be available to answer your questions about their services and opportunities.

August 18, 2014
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Ballroom, Kansas Union
EndNote X7: Building your Library and Cite While you Write

This workshop is an introduction to Endnote, a reference management application that academic writers can use to streamline and simplify the research and writing process. You can export citation information to EndNote from online searches, attach PDF files to the citations in your library, then save time by creating an automatic bibliography in Word from your EndNote library. Endnote is available free to KU graduate students, faculty and staff at. This workshop requires registration.

August 19, 2014
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
GIS I:ArcMap Introduction

This is an introductory, instructor-led, hands-on workshop open to any KU student, staff or faculty member in any discipline. The exercise is designed to teach attendees how to start using geospatial data and software such as ArcGIS. Participants will learn about some fundamental geographic information systems (GIS) concepts. Participants will work through step-by-step exercises in ArcMap to become familiar with navigational tools, geospatial data format and to explore GIS data from both the spatial and tabular side. Please register for this workshop.

August 19, 2014
12:30 - 2:30 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
ETD Word: Formatting for Thesis and Dissertations

This workshop is for graduate students working on their thesis or dissertation. The topics that will be covered include general formatting for: title page, acceptance page, abstract, acknowledgements, table contents, page numbering, and more. This workshop requires registration.

August 20, 2014
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
Data Management Basics

This workshop will introduce some basic data management tips 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 skills covered here can help. Topics include creating and naming directory structures and files, maintaining documentation, backup practices, file formats for long-term storage, and an overview of research data resources available at KU. Please register for this workshop.

August 20, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Watson Training Lab , Watson Library
On-Campus Employment for International Students

This workshop introduces new international students to how and where to look for a job on-campus, and to educate them on needed work authorizations, how to apply for a job, and what to do once hired. Staff from International Student Services and other offices will discuss legal implications as related to immigration status, how to search and apply for a job using the KU Jobs web site, the on-boarding process, and how to prepare for the Part-Time Jobs Fair on August 25.

August 20, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Relays Room, Burge 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 requires registration.

August 21, 2014
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Room 305, Anschutz Library
GIS I:ArcMap Introduction

This is an introductory, instructor-led, hands-on workshop open to any KU student, staff or faculty member in any discipline. The exercise is designed to teach attendees how to start using geospatial data and software such as ArcGIS. Participants will learn about some fundamental geographic information systems (GIS) concepts. Participants will work through step-by-step exercises in ArcMap to become familiar with navigational tools, geospatial data format and to explore GIS data from both the spatial and tabular side. Please register for this workshop.

August 22, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
American Academic Writing for International Students

This workshop will introduce international students to expectations for academic writing in the United States. It will cover various cultural differences in writing – such as topic development, voice, use of metaphors, etc. – as well as plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Please register for this workshop.

August 22, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union
Graduate Research Skills

In this workshop, a specialist from the Libraries' Center for Graduate Intitiatives will provide an overview of important skills and valuable resources for graduate students who are conducting research. Please register for this workshop.

August 22, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Anschutz Instruction Center, Anschutz Library
Part-Time Job Fair

The Part-Time Job Fair is an opportunity to network with  employers who are hiring part time help. For current part-time job listings, visit the Career Center's Part-Time Jobs website.

August 25, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
4th Floor Lobby, Kansas Union
Spencer Museum of Art Graduate Student Reception

The Spencer Museum of Art welcomes entering and returning graduate students from all departments to this social event. Join us for food, conversation, and interdisciplinary networking opportunities with other graduate students.

August 28, 2014
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Spencer Museum of Art
Graduate Research Skills

In this workshop, a specialist from the Libraries' Center for Graduate Intitiatives will provide an overview of important skills and valuable resources for graduate students who are conducting research. Please register for this workshop.

August 29, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library
Non-Academic Job Search

In this presentation Career Center specialists will guide you through the process of a non-academic job search. Please register for this event.

This presentation is a webinar delivered through Adobe Connect to your internet browser. Access to the webinar occurs through a hyperlink that will be provided before the presentation on Sept. 3.

September 3, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 pm
via webinar
Online Image and Networking

In this workshop Career Center specialists will provide information and guidance about online networking and managing your online professional image during the job search process. Please register for this event.

This presentation is a webinar delivered through Adobe Connect to your internet browser. Access to the webinar occurs through a hyperlink that will be provided before the presentation on Sept. 10.

September 10, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 pm
via webinar
GIS II: ArcMap Intermediate

Work through hands-on exercises using ArcMap and ArcToolbox, and continue learning how to manupulate data and get around in ArcGIS. Workshop may also involve use of extensions (special add-on capabilities) such as Spatial, Network, etc. Analyst. This workshop requires registration.

September 11, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Budig Instruction Lab, Budig Hall
C.V. & Resume Clinic

For this walk-in clinic, bring your resume or curriculum vita (C.V.) and visit with Career Center specialists to polish your document(s). No registration or appointment required - stop by any time from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.

September 17, 2014
12:00 - 3:00 pm
University Career Center, Burge Union
GIS II: Running ArcMap with Keyboard Shortcuts

This hands-on workshop will show attendees how to perform basic functions in ArcMap without using the mouse (most of the time), i.e. by the use of keyboard shortcuts. Attendees should be familiar with geospatial data and comfortable working in ArcGIS. Participants will be introduced to shortcuts or hot keys that are more efficient and ergonomic ways for regular users of ArcGIS software to effectively use this application, where intensive use of the computer mouse is often required. Please register for this workshop.

September 18, 2014
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Watson Training Lab, Watson Library
Graduate Research/Write-in (Lawrence campus)

An intensive day of writing without distractions in a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking. One-on-one sessions with a research librarian and writing consultant are available, as well as the following workshops: "Writing in the Sciences", "APA Style and Citation Guide", "Using EndNote", and "Graduate Level Research Skills". Please register for this event.

September 20, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library
Dissertation Completion Toolkit

This interactive program will focus on tips and techniques to move advanced 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.

September 23, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Parlors Room, Kansas Union
Graduate Research/Write-in (Edwards campus)

An intensive day of writing without distractions in a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking. One-on-one sessions with a research librarian or writing consultant are available, as well as the following workshops: "EndNote and Database Research", "APA Style and Citation Guide", and "Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting". Please register for this event.

September 27, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
369 Regnier Hall
Grant Writing

This workshop is targeted to students who have begun actively searching and applying for grants and awards. It will mainly focus on research proposals (common in academia) and problem grants (common in the non-profit world) and will also cover different types of grantors, writing tips, and grant resources for graduate students. Please bring application materials for any grants for which you are applying. Please also register for this event.

October 21, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
Mentoring 101: Tips and Strategies for Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers

In this interactive workshop, graduate students will learn tips and strategies for mentoring undergraduate researchers.  We will share strategies for preparing students to get started in research, troubleshooting problems as they arise, and managing the time demands of mentoring undergraduate researchers.  The workshop is open to any KU graduate student, including those who have not yet started mentoring students and those who already have several years’ experience. Please register for this event.

October 22, 2014
1:30 - 2:00 pm
Centennial Room, Kansas Union
Abstract Writing

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

October 29, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 pm
English Room, Kansas Union
Graduate Research/Write-in (Edwards campus)

An intensive day of writing without distractions in a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking. One-on-one sessions with a research librarian or writing consultant are available, as well as the following workshops: "EndNote and Database Research", "Writing Academic Job Search Materials", and "Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting". Registration for this Write-In will be made available as the event nears.

November 1, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
369 Regnier Hall
Education Career Fair

The Education Career Fair is open to all 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. Candidates in all areas of PK-12 education, including elementary and secondary education, speech-language pathology, special education, school social work, physical/occupational therapy, counseling, administration and school psychology, are welcome and encouraged to attend to explore job opportunities and to network with school administrators from more than 60 school districts from Kansas and Missouri and from across the country.

To prepare for this event, please attend the Education Career Fair Prep Workshop on Tuesday, October 7th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. OR on Thursday, October 9th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 150.

November 5, 2014
12:30 - 3:30 pm
Ballroom, Kansas Union
Graduate Research/Write-in (Lawrence campus)

An intensive day of writing without distractions in a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking. One-on-one sessions with a research librarian or writing consultant are available, as well as the following workshops: "Writing the Literature Review", "Writing Academic Job Search Materials", and "Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting". Registration for this Write-In will be made available as the event nears.

November 8, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4th Floor, Watson Library

 


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