Events

Spring 2015 Student Success and Professional Development Workshops and Events

WMU graduate students can attend an expansive range of topical workshops and programs designed to support their academic success and professional development. The free events are open to all graduate students and will be held at varied times and locations. Students can learn more about participating, register for sessions, and remain updated on programs at www.wmich.edu/grad/events.

January

  • Brown Bag Mentoring Circle─Tuesday, January 20, from noon to 1 p.m., Emeriti Lounge, second floor, Walwood Hall

This interactive, informal session connects graduate students with peers and university resources to sustain their journey to graduate degree completion. Participants will network and become more familiar with opportunities for student success. Led by Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research & Retention, Graduate College.

February

  • Reboot Your Profile: Using Social Media Tools for Graduate Research and Professional Branding─Monday, February 2, from 3 to 5:15 p.m. in Room 2720, Sangren Hall

Participants will learn techniques and resources to heighten their online presence for improved teaching, research, writing, and professional branding. The event will provide information about using social media tools for research collaboration, promoting research through blogging, and using academic-based social media sites to facilitate professional networking. Sessions will led by

the following facilitators: Dr. Eli Collins-Brown, Associate Director, WMU Office of Faculty Development; Dr. Ilse Schweitzer, Social Media Specialist, Graduate College; and Josh Kohnert, Social Media Manager, WMU Development and Alumni Relations. This event is a collaboration between the Graduate College, Graduate Center for Research and Retention, and Graduate Student Association.

  • Strategies for Navigating the Dissertation─Wednesday, February 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

Students will learn preparation and writing techniques to maximize their dissertation experience, including but not limited to communicating with committee members, addressing writing concerns, and staying focused and on track. Led by Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research and Retention, Graduate College.

  • Preparing to Write Your HSIRB Protocol: What Researchers Need to Know─Tuesday, February 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

This workshop will guide students in writing and organizing an HSIRB proposal and attendees will learn about the HSIRB review process. Dr. Amy Naugle, Chair, Human Subject Institutional Review Board, and Ms. Julia Mays, Research Compliance Coordinator, will lead the event.

  • Hacking the Stacks: The Inside Scoop on Library Resources for Graduate Level Research─Tuesday, February 17, from 2 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 2800, Sangren Hall

Multiple concurrent sessions will feature cutting-edge topics and tools for graduate research in the digital age. WMU research experts from University Libraries will provide hands-on, interactive sessions on topics such as digital portfolios and preparing to publish. Attendees are also invited to consult with librarians on a drop-in basis. The following speakers will present: Ken Craig, Graduate Student; Kate Langan, Humanities Librarian; Ed Eckel, Science and Engineering Librarian; Maria Perez-Stable, Central References Services Librarian; and Maira Bundza, Scholarworks Librarian. This event is a collaboration between University Libraries, Graduate College, Graduate Center for Research and Retention, and Graduate Student Association.

  • Securing Your Data─Wednesday, February 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

Mr. Gregory Lozeau, Director, IT Policy and Communication, Office of Information Technology, will discuss how to identify and manage confidential data and present leading technologies to safeguard research.

March

  • Gwen Frostic, Patricia Thompson, Dissertation Completion Fellowship Workshop: What Applicants Need to Know─Tuesday, March 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

Attendees will learn about developing competitive proposals, including topics such as best practices for preparing and writing submissions, communicating with faculty authoring letters of support, and avoiding common mistakes in proposal development. A special presentation on grant seeking is included. Led by Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research and Retention, Graduate College, and Dr. John Risley, Research Officer, Office of the Vice President for Research.

April

  • Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant Workshop: Preparing Competitive Applications─Monday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

Attendees will become familiar with grant requirements as well as learn best practices for grant application preparation and writing. A special presentation on grant seeking is included. Led by Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research & Retention, Graduate College, and Dr. John Risley, Research Officer, Office of the Vice President for Research.

  • Brown Bag Mentoring Circle─ Wednesday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in Emeriti Lounge, second floor, Walwood Hall

This interactive, informal session connects graduate students with peers and university resources to sustain their journey to graduate degree completion.Participants will network and become more familiar with opportunities for student success. Led by Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research & Retention, Graduate College.

 

For more information visit www.wmich.edu/grad/events.

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