Events and Workshops

August

2017 Graduate appointee training

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
2028 Brown Hall
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Two sessions are available, morning or afternoon. More details to come. Participation by department recommendation only.

  

September

Graduate Student Resource Fair

Thursday, September 7
3 to 6 p.m
North Ballroom, WMU Bernhard Center
New and returning graduate students are invited to check out the various services available on campus, from Waldo Library offerings to options for study abroad. Other units to be represented include the Graduate Student Association, Career and Student Employment Services, Sindecuse Health Center, Graduate College, Student Recreation Center, and more. Registration is not required. Running concurrently is the One Stop Shop in the West Ballroom (rooms 208-210).

 

Preparing Competitive Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant Applications: What Graduate Students Need to Know

Presenter: Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Program Manager, Graduate Research and Retention, The Graduate College

Wednesday September 13, 2017
1 to 3 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons, First Floor, Walwood Hall, East Campus 
Objectives:
Attendees will learn how to:

  • Follow Directions
  • Understand respective application requirements
  • Ensure that they have prepared a competitive proposal
  • Include critical components of good writing
  • Avoid common mistakes in proposal development

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Writing Ethically and Well: Plagiarism, Patchwriting, and the Thesis/Dissertation

Presenter: Edward Eckel III, Associate Professor, and Engineering and Applied Sciences Librarian
Friday, September 22, 2017
1 to 2 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons, First Floor, Walwood Hall, East Campus 
Seminar Objectives: Attendees will learn how to do the following:

  •  Articulate how institutional definitions of plagiarism differ from their own personal understanding of plagiarism
  • Identify the consequences of engaging in plagiarism at the graduate level
  • Compare and contrast different levels of skill in paraphrasing from synthesis to patchwriting to plagiarism
  • Apply a range of strategies for using sources ethically in their own writing

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October

 

RefWorks "Flow" for Graduate Students: The Right Tool at the Right Time

Presenter: Miranda Jade Lee, Doctoral Candidate, Interdisciplinary Evaluation Ph.D. in Evaluation

Friday, October 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Graduate Student Commons, First Floor, Walwood Hall, East Campus

Are you struggling with citation management - lost in myriad databases - experiencing difficulty in managing, locating, and retrieving information for your dissertation, thesis, specialist project, or journal article? If so then Refworks Flow is you solution!  Materials Needed: Plan to bring your computer so you can follow along with the examples from the workshop. Also, bring along extension cords and batteries.

Objectives:  Attendees will learn how to:

  • Get a RefWorks Flow account
  • Add references to your account
  • Manage the references in your account
  • Cite information and create bibliographies

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Strategies for Navigating the Dissertation

Presenter: Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Program Manager, Graduate Research & Retention, Graduate College

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 
1 to 4 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons, First Floor, Walwood Hall, East Campus

Objectives:  Attendees will learn how to: 

  • Prepare for the dissertation experience
  • Enhance communication with dissertation committee members
  • Manage effectively the dissertation process
  • Stay focused and “on task”
  • Address writing concerns
  • Prepare for Literature Review
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2017 WMU Graduate and Professional School Fair

Monday, October 23, 2017
3 to 6 p.m.
East Ballroom, 2nd Floor, WMU Bernhard Center
School registration:  mywmu.com/gradfair   Students do not need to register

 

November

Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship: Preparing Competitive Applications

Presenter: Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Program Manager, Graduate Research and Retention, Graduate College

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
1 to 3 p.m.
Graduate Student Commons, First Floor, Walwood Hall, East Campus

Objectives: Attendees will learn how to:

  • Follow Directions 
  • Understand respective application requirements 
  • Ensure that they have prepared a competitive proposal 
  • Include critical components of good writing 
  • Avoid common mistakes in proposal development 
  • Confer directly with faculty authoring letters of support

Register Here

 

Dissertations and Theses in the Digital Age

Presenter: Professor Maira Bundza, Scholar Works Librarian, University Libraries

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Graduate Student Commons, First Floor, Walwood Hall, East Campus

Objectives: Attendees will learn how to:

    • Evaluate the different levels of open access, embargo or restriction for their dissertations and theses
    • Discuss publication possibilities with their advisors and other research collaborators
    • Assess the implications of having their work online

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Stress and Personal Life of a Graduate Student: A Balancing Act

Presenter: Dr. Brian Fuller, Interim Director, Counseling Services, Sindecuse Health Center

Friday, November 10, 2017 
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Graduate Student Commons (E-125) first floor Walwood Hall, East Campus

Objectives: Participants will learn how to:

  • Openly discuss stressors unique to academia and their impact on the personal lives of graduate students
  • Discuss signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues
  • Explore coping strategies to find balance between competing life priorities – such as college, work, family, relationships, hobbies, and self-care
  • Provide information about on-campus resources dedicated to assist WMU students maintain a productive and healthy lifestyle.

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