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Professor Anthony "Tony" Silva, Director of the Graduate Program in Second Language Studies/ESL at Purdue University will visit Western Michigan University
"English Language Learners and Plagiarism," Talk. Thurs., Feb. 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Brown 4705 (Open to all)
"Encouraging English Language Learners' Writing Engagement (and Avoidance of Plagiarism)," Workshop. Fri., Feb. 27, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Sangren 4705 (Open to all)
Midwest Graduate Research Symposium invites students to participate
The Midwest Graduate Research Symposium is the largest multidisciplinary symposium in the Midwest. This event is the perfect opportunity for students to practice presentation skills by presenting research to other students and faculty from over 65+ schools from the Midwest! This all day symposium will include graduate student presentations (poster and oral), an awards ceremony, and will end with a dinner and keynote speaker.
Online registration is open and is free to all students. The deadline to register for this year’s Symposium is February 28th. To learn more, or register as a participant (abstract submissions encouraged), visit the website at: www.utoledogsa.com
WMU Doctoral Student Missy Callaway Awarded Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Scholarship
Congratulations to Missy Callaway, doctoral student in WMU's Clinical Psychology program for being awarded the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) scholarship. The PPCLI's bursary is awarded by the Canadian Army to an individual who demonstrates a significant dedication to military members, veterans and their families. In particular, it is given to those who have portrayed an extensive commitment to supporting the military community in multiple different capacities. Missy has been working with the armed forces community for over five years with a special interest in addressing combat stress reactions such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and moral injuries. She is passionate about her work and looks forward to continuing to learn under the supervision of Dr. Spates.
WMU again called best buy, top-100 school by Washington Monthly
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has once again been named one of the country's top 100 national universities and a "Best Bang for the Buck" school in rankings released Aug. 25 by Washington Monthly.
WMU is one of four Michigan universities to make the 2014 list, which the popular Washington, D.C., magazine has published annually since 2005. The publication's College Guide and Rankings rates schools based on what they are doing for their students and the country. This is the second year WMU has appeared on the list of top-100 national universities and its second appearance in the more recent "best bang for the buck" category. On earlier Washington Monthly lists, WMU consistently appeared on the overall list of national universities.
WMU ranked No. 90 on the list of top national universities and No. 54 on the "best bang for the buck" list. Also appearing on the overall list were University of Michigan and Michigan State and Michigan Technological universities. Of Michigan's top national universities, only Michigan State and Michigan Tech also appeared with WMU on the "best bang for the buck" list.
The lists appear in the magazine's September/October issue. The overall list is based on three factors the publication characterizes as college qualities that are good for the nation--producing cutting-edge research and new Ph.Ds., encouraging students to give back to the nation through service, and promoting social mobility by recruiting and graduating low-income students. The editors also, for the second year, credited universities for offering a good value proposition, giving its highest marks "based on the economic value students receive per dollar: Best Bang for the Buck."
"Our rankings have always rejected the idea that expense, luxury, and exclusivity should be held up as the highest values for colleges and students to aspire to," wrote the editors in an introduction to this year's rankings. "Instead, we ask a different question: What are colleges doing for the country?"
WMU's rankings in the public service measures were particularly high this year, with two key measures--participation and institutional support for service ranking nationally at No. 35 and No. 28, respectively.
"I've always found the Washington Monthly rankings intriguing," says WMU President John M. Dunn. "The measures used by the group to assess quality and effectiveness dovetail with Western Michigan University's values, which are centered on opportunity, scholarship and serving the community. Washington Monthly gets it right."
The Graduate College announces a new associate dean
The Graduate College has announced Christine Byrd-Jacobs as the new associate dean. Dr. Byrd-Jacobs comes to the Graduate College from the department of biological sciences and will begin her new position on July 1st.
Council of Graduate Schools Launches GradSense
The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a nonprofit organization devoted to graduate education and research, has launched GradSense, a novel on-line tool. This tool was designed and developed by CGS in collaboration with leading financial service provider TIAA-CREF to help students plan financially for their education and future careers. Among other features, the tool provides a Debt to Salary calculator as well as federal data on education debt. GradSense is part of the Enhancing Student Financial Education projects, which awarded grants to 15 colleges and universities across the country to develop innovative financial literacy programs that teach students about successful strategies for borrowing, lending and managing personal finances. Lessons and data from each of the 15 university programs and many of the 19 affiliate partner universities, which includes Western Michigan University will inform the development of new financial education resources for students nationwide.
Check out GradSense to help plan financially for your education and future career.
Western Michigan University Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Launches New Discovery Experts Database
Western Michigan University is home to a variety of amazing people who are doing great research. Do you have an interest in a specific field of study? See why WMU stands out from the crowd with faculty such as Dr. Chris Coryn Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation and Associate Professor of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research. Or look up other experts on the database here:
Graduate Center for Research and Retention Announces New Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial
The Graduate Center for Research and Retention now provides an E-learning course: Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial. This tutorial is available to all WMU students and faculty who want to gain an understanding and knowledge of basic statistics concepts. This tutorial is free, self-paced, and moves students from module to module in a logical order that builds skills sequentially. The tutorial was prepared by Haolai (Lincoln) Jiang, Ph.D. student with the WMU Department of Statistics. We acknowledge the expertise of Dr. Magdalena Bugaj, David Nivala, John Mackenzie, and Bradley Morgan in the preparation, design, and delivery of this important tutorial.
Instructions for course registration:
1. Visit https://elearning.wmich.edu/ and enter Bronco ID and password to log in.
2. Click "Self Registration" on the upper right bar.
3. Find course "Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial" and register for the course by following the instructions.
4. After registration, the course name should appear on the E-learning home page.
WMU announces new participation with Versatile Ph.D.
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.
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