Events and Workshops

September

PhD Careers in Language Translation - 2016 Humanities/Social Science forum

Dates: September 19 to 23

The Graduate College along with WMU's Career and Student Employment Services co-sponsor the university's participation with Versatile PHD in order for students to learn how to apply a Ph.D. to non-academic career fields. Students and recent alumni--with access to GoWMU--can access the link in GoWMU, in the My Self Service channel (top left corner). New users must access the subscription through the portal to establish a new account. Once log-in credentials are established, access is available directly at the versatilephd.com website. 2016-17 Career Panel Discussion Series Flyer

 

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
Objectives:  Attendees will learn to:

  • 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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Researching Researchers—
Designing the User Experience at ProQuest RefWorks

Join Mathias Burton, the lead designer on the New RefWorks platform, to see how user research is driving their design decisions.
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 2:00PM EST

Learn More Here

October

Introduction to Academic Libraries for International Graduate Students

This is a free, non-credit bearing endorsement course of 5 modules taught in Elearning by associate professor Kate Langan, faculty in the University Libraries at Western Michigan University. This course is limited to 10 international students enrolled in a graduate program at WMU. This course introduces the research concepts and skills necessary to succeed in an academic graduate program at Western. Each module consists of self-paced, thematic modules followed by a quiz. Coursework should take about two hours per module.
Dates:  Oct. 3 to Nov. 7

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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 

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, Refworks Flow is your solution! ProQuest Flow has become the new RefWorks. This session will introduce the features of ProQuest Flow, including live meta-data capture, linking with Word, and native database search.   

Materials Needed: Laptop computer, 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, program manager, 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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PhD Careers in Medical Writing - 2016 STEM forum

Dates: October 17-21

The Graduate College along with WMU's Career and Student Employment Services co-sponsor the university's participation with Versatile PHD in order for students to learn how to apply a Ph.D. to non-academic career fields. Students and recent alumni--with access to GoWMU--can access the link in GoWMU, in the My Self Service channel (top left corner). New users must access the subscription through the portal to establish a new account. Once log-in credentials are established, access is available directly at the versatilephd.com website.  2016-17 Career Panel Discussion Series Flyer

 

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, program manager, 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 
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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