Graduate Center for Research and Retention

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    Services offered to all Western graduate students. Please click on the image to see more info.

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  • Libertie Bael Mantilla (Department of Statistics; Ali Bolandi (Department of Chemistry); Stephanie Means (Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation Program); Justin Moore (Department of Psychology); Sylvie Coulibaly (Department of Biological Sciences); Ewing Tiong (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering); Marlene Camacho-Ochoa (Department of Spanish); Kristin Hobson (Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation Program); Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Graduate College's Graduate Center for Research and Retention.

    Dissertation Café

     Left to right Libertie Bael Mantilla, Ali Bolandi, Stephanie Means, Justin Moore, Sylvie Coulibaly, Ewing Tiong, Marlene Camacho-Ochoa, Kristin Hobson and Dr. Marianne Di Pierro. Not featured Matthew Rine and Milan Bird.

  • Dissertation Café

    Graduate students working hard at the Dissertation Cafe in Walwood Commons

Graduate Center for Research and Retention has collaborated with Universities Libraries at Western Michigan Univeristy to offer you two free, non-credit courses:

1. Advance research Methodology for graduate students in the humanities.

This course consists of 8 online modules in Elearning taught by Kate Langan, associate professor in the University Libraries at Western Michigan University. It is limited to graduate students enrolled in humanities-related graduate programs such as literature, art, music, philosophy, etc. The time frame for the course is Sept. 9 to Dec. 22. Each module consists of skills-based and concept-based components. In order to successfully complete the course and receive the certificate of completion, students are expected to watch a tutorial, complete a skills-based activity, read a scholarly selection, and respond to reading discussion prompts. For a more information about this course, please click here. To register for the course, please click here.

2. Introduction to Academic Libraries for International Graduate Students in All Disciplines.

This course consists of 5 online modules in Elearning taught by Kate Langan, associate professor in the University Libraries at Western Michigan University. It is limited to international graduate students looking for an introduction to academic libraries. The time frame for this course is Oct. 3 to Nov. 7. This is a pass/fail endorsement course. In order to be endorsed and receive your final certificate of completion, it is expected that you complete assignments for all modules including the interactive tutorials. For more information about this course, please click here. To register, please click here.

 

The Graduate Center for Research and Retention--housed within the Graduate College--is an innovative, one-of-a-kind center that provides sustained individual mentoring, guidance, and advising support to graduate students in all fields. The center represents an integrated approach to graduate student retention and success, conducts research on time to degree, ensures best practices in graduate education, and implements programmatic interventions to enhance opportunities for degree completion and professional development for all Western graduate students. The Center provides conflict resolution for students and faculty, statistical consultation services for dissertation and thesis research, dissertation and thesis coaching, proposal development and writing support, development of the CV or resume, as well as other resources. In addition, the Center oversees all Graduate College awards for graduate student research and travel, as well as dissertation completion awards, fellowships and prizes. Contact Dr. Marianne Di Pierro (maria.r.dipirro@wmich.edu), director of the Graduate Center, for additional information.

Baochun Zhou, the recipient of the 2014 Thelma M. Urbick Outstanding Doctoral Student in counselor education award, is a doctoral student in counselor education and supervision who joined Western Michigan University in 2011. Zhou has been working at the Graduate Center for Research and Retention, Graduate College, since summer 2012. She holds a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from Governors State University, University Park, IL. During her studies at Governors, she received the Student of the Year award from the counseling department. Her current research focus concerns traditional college students’ adjustment issues, as well as doctoral advising in counselor education. She received the North Central ACES Research Grant Award in 2013, and the Graduate Student Travel Grant award from Western in 2013. She originally came from China, and enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling. 

Libertie Mantilla is a doctoral  student with the Western Michigan University department of statistics and currently working on  her dissertation. She obtained her Master’s in statistics from Western, as well. Mantilla received her undergraduate degree in statistics at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños.  Mantilla was a teaching assistant in the department of mathematics and statistics from 2010 to 2012 and also was a research assistant for Health Data Research and Mapping from 2012 to 2013. She is currently working as a statistics consultant at the Graduate Center for Research and Retention, Graduate College, assisting Ph.D. and master’s students with research on their dissertations and theses, respectively. Mantilla enjoys dancing, working out, cooking, and playing the guitar. 

Contact Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research and Retention/ Graduate College/ marianne.dipierro@wmich.edu or 7. 8249