Events and Workshops

September

Graduate Student Resource Fair

Date: Thursday, September 8
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
Location: WMU Bernhard Center North Ballroom

New and returning graduate students are invited to check out the various services available on campus. Registration is not required. At the same time, the One Stop Shop will be open in the West Ballroom (rooms 208-210) until 6 p.m. Watch for more details! 

Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant Seminar: Preparing Competitive Applications

Presenter: Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research and Retention, The Graduate College
Date: Monday September 12, 2016 
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Emeriti Lounge, second floor, Walwood Hall
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
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016 
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: 125 E. 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

Preparing to Write Your HSIRB Protocol: What Researchers Need to Know

Presenters: Dr. Amy Naugle, Chair, Human Subject Institutional Review Board, and Ms. Julia Mays, Research Compliance Coordinator
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: 125 E. Walwood Hall
Objectives:  Attendees will learn how to:

  • Become familiar with the distinct elements of the HSIRB application 
  • Understand the HSIRB process 
  • Learn about CITI Program training 
  • Understand how to write and organize an HSIRB proposal 

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

Presenter: Miranda Jade Lee, Doctoral Candidate, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: 125 E. 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! Description: ProQuest Flow has become the new RefWorks!  This session will introduce the features of this new version of RefWorks, including live meta-data capture, linking with Word, and native database search.   
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: Participants in this workshop 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, Director, Graduate Center for Research & Retention, Graduate College
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016 
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: 125 E. Walwood Hall
Objectives:

  • How to prepare for the dissertation experience 
  • How to enhance communication with dissertation committee members 
  • How to manage effectively the dissertation process 
  • How to stay focused and “on task” · How to address writing concerns

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Graduate and Professional School Fair

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016 
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
Location: East Ballroom, Bernhard Center
Registration for school representatives will be available June 13; registration fee is $100. Please contact Linda Comrie at 269-387-8237 or email linda.comrie@wmich.edu with questions.
This is a free event for students with free parking for anyone interested in exploring opportunities for graduate education.

November

Gwen Frostic, Patricia Thompson, Dissertation Completion Fellowship Seminar: What Applicants Need to Know

Presenter: Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research and Retention, Graduate College
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: 125 E. Walwood Hall
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

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DISSERTATIONS AND THESES IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Presenter: Maira Bundza, Associate Professor and Scholar Works Librarian, University Libraries
Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: 125 E. Walwood Hall 
Objectives: Students 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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Strategies for Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression During Graduate School

Presenter: Dr. Geniene Gersh, WMU Director of Counseling Services, Sindecuse
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: 125 E. Walwood Hall (East Campus)
Objectives: Participants in this workshop will learn how to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression 
  • Understand the importance of adjusting expectations: managing schedules and tasks 
  • Understand the value in managed self-care 
  • Reach for professional support

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