Fall 2015 Graduate Enhancement Workshop Series
Note that workshop times, locations and descriptions are subject to change at any time. All workshops will be held in the Graduate Research Center in Bender Library unless otherwise noted. Updates will be posted here - so check back often!
Graduate Enhancement Program Workshop Descriptions
These workshops have been offered in past semesters. Depending upon presenter availability and demand, workshops may or may not be repeated.
Framing A Research Question
Presented by Paula Warrick, Career Center, Office of Merit Awards
Description: Successful applications for nationally competitive grants have one element in common: a clear and compelling central question or research problem. Developing such a question usually requires many drafts and a process of trial and error. In this session we will address some of the challenges associated with framing a research question, such as determining the appropriate breadth versus narrowness of the topic achieving the right level of concision and "punch," and anticipating the needs and expectations of national screening committees. This session is intended for students who expect to apply for awards to fund field research or an international internship.
Finding Your Way into Academic Writing
Description:Has it been a while since you were in school? Not familiar with school in the states? Unsure about what might be expected when you write papers in graduate school? We will be discussing how to get the most out of your research, ways to manage your notes, and ways to use them in your writing. Expect information on finding the thesis and argument in academic work, interpreting assignments, and structuring your own academic paper. Bring a laptop or notebook and your questions!
Promoting Success in Graduate School
This workshop will provide a broad overview of factors predictive of success in graduate education and career development. Topics discussed will include: student-faculty engagement in graduate education, mentoring, establishing a research trajectory; peer review and publication processes, developing a professional identity, financing your education and more.
Fulfilling (and Excelling at) your Foreign Language Requirement Examination: Resources & Strategies
In this workshop we will review the language requirements currently in place for the different areas of graduate study and the best ways for you to prepare to demonstrate the required proficiency. We'll start by specifically discussing what is entailed by the required proficiency examination and how to tailor your prep efforts to address the exam's demands. We will then utilize a standardized instrument so you can individually determine your foreign language experience and capabilities and have a clear idea of where you stand in regard to the required proficiency. For those planning on starting a new language or brushing up on a language you have not revisited for some time, we will discuss strategies specific to language study as well as the resources available to you on the AU campus.
Graduate Writing Process: Professional Dev (Abstracts, Cover Letters, Grant Proposals)
You know you'll need to write them, and we'll help you craft these three types of professional writing not taught in classes. The Writing Center's graduate consultants will offer techniques, examples, and a chance to ask questions about abstracts, cover letters, and grant proposals in this interactive presentation.
Library Research for the Adult Learner
Has it been a while since you were last in school? Come learn all the things that have changed in the library/research world while you were away. This one-hour session is a refresher for returning and non-traditional students. It covers the basics of searching for and accessing resources, evaluating information, and incorporating this material into your work.
Theses and Dissertation: Electronic Submission Process
This session will provide critical information about the thesis and dissertation completion process, including: formatting requirements, the online submission system, your publishing options, and copyright considerations. Whether you are just beginning your thesis or dissertation, or plan to submit it this semester, come learn about the resources available to help you.
Graduate Writing Process: Research (Analyzing Sources, Integrating Sources, Evaluating)
Starting your research? Trying to figure out what to use and what not to? This research workshop led by graduate Writing Center consultants will help you navigate the process of evaluating, analyzing and integrating your sources.
Career Services for Masters Candidates
Learn about how the Career Center can help to prepare for your career. The workshop will include an overview of Career Center services, and an introduction to effective job search strategies, including a discussion of LinkedIn and other social media tools. This workshop will include a brief demonstration of key ways LinkedIn can help you to present yourself and make connections in your career.
An Overview of Grant Writing
This interactive workshop will look at the fundamentals of proposal writing in the context of a successful funding strategy. It will examine the process of matching a project to a potential funder's interests and presenting it in the most effective way.
Making the Grade: A Conversation with National Scholarship Selection Committee Members Our panelists are all AU faculty and staff members who have served on national selection committees for prestigious grants. Join us as they share insights on the composition of the selection committee, the review process, and elements of a successful candidacy.