You got into graduate school! Now what? Learn how to develop important skills that will get you through and excel in graduate school. Attending this workshop will help you:

  • State your degree, career, and personal goals;
  • Construct your roadmap for your graduate education;
  • Implement effective time management and writing habits;
  • Sustain your progress in graduate school.

You will also learn about resources Purdue has provided and made available for you! 

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Join us to learn more about: Writing roadblocks, writing strategies and rituals, common writing errors, and dissertation support groups!

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How do one secure funding? Learn all about funding options including fellowships, research, teaching, and assistantships!

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Be the best by receiving the best STEM grant in the field! We will discuss:

  • Experiences with application process
  • Questions and discussions with experienced fellows!

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Make the most of your graduate school experience by building your portfolio! Join us and we will equip you with:

  • Marketable skills
  • Strategic Plan
  • Resources available to you! (That you may not know about)

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Be professional and start your portfolio now! Taking this workshop, you should have the knowledge, tips and advice needed to develop your:

  • Resume
  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Research statement

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Build your network now! Attend this workshop and we will help you:

  • Improve your odds of not being screened out
  • Lead you to a deeper level of satisfaction with your efforts
  • Increase your chances of obtaining a second interview
  • Ultimately assist you to strategically stand out among other students

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Your CV and resume provide an important first impression to potential employers. Attend this workshop and experience:

  • Learning tips and strategies to format and update your work
  • Opportunity to receive feedback on your CV and/or resume
  • Learn to peer review!

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Personal relationships between you and well-respected experienced faculty/staff members are essential to success on your Graduate School Journey. Get it in this workshop!

  • Understand the difference and significance of the various types of mentoring relationships
  • Identify ways to make strong lasting connections
  • Discover ways to find a mentor and learn various mentoring strategies
  • Learn about and how to efficiently utilize mentor networking

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They say the new generation lack attentiveness in financial care. Be the outlier and know your money personality! Join our Preparing Future Faculty class for a special speaker from the financial industry who will give you the basics, tips and strategies for your financial life particularly in assessing your money habits, paying debts, creating a budget and more. Have questions? Get it answered in this workshop.

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Networking may be the key to getting the career you want, this workshop is an opportunity for you to polish your networking skills! Come learn:

  • Identify appropriate contexts and situations for professional networking.
  • Create and deliver elevator pitches
  • Tailor your narratives to different audiences
  • Develop your networking map and plan. (Yes! You need it!)

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Career Roadmap? Yes! Start yours now by attending this workshop!

  • Formulate a Career Strategic Plan
  • Create your Job Search Strategy
  • Develop & update your CV
  • Construct an Institutional Profile.

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A strong interview can help you open the door to career success! By taking this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify proper preparation techniques
  • Explain how types of interviews can differ
  • Practice answering questions they are likely to ask!

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Interview: done. Now what? Dr. Rebecca Doerge, Department Head, Statistics, will help you to be prepared. We will discuss:

  • Preparation
  • Travel
  • Expenses
  • What goes on during and after the interview.

Further, we will discuss what to consider, questions to anticipate, how to negotiate, how to decline a job offer, etc. Join us!

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GRIP: Data Management I

Introduction to research data management: This overview will discuss the data deluge and why and where to start to manage research data. The session will look at how A1:H8 where data management and data curation fit into the research lifecycle. Resources to help with data management will be covered. We drill down into issues and problems people have about data, data management, and sharing, so bring your data management questions to this discussion.

GRIP: Data Management II

Data sharing and publication: One way to extend your research reputation and get credit for work is to publish data in PURR, the Purdue University Research Repository. PURR allows you to set up a private account where you can store and selectively share data with colleagues. It also allows you to publish data sets to get a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and citation for the data. This will allow you to link data to thesis/dissertation, facilitate others finding your data (e.g. via Google) and provide reports on how often data has been downloaded. Bring a laptop to start an account and get hands on experience and advice.

GRIP: Data Management III

Storage for data management and sharing: There is a plethora of resources that are available at Purdue and elsewhere for storing data, working with data, and sharing data.  It can be difficult to choose the most applicable solution for one’s data among all the possibilities.  Each resource, with its own strengths and limitations, satisfies the requirements of specific cases, and there is no resource that can fulfill all the needs of a researcher.  In this workshop, we will discuss the various resources for data management and sharing at Purdue and elsewhere, the criteria one can use for making rational choices, and if time permits, available tools for data transfer.

GRIP: Data Management IV

Data hand-off and preservation: Joining a new lab or research project can be stressful, especially if you don't understand the data structures previously put in place by researchers who may no longer be affiliated with the project. This session will discuss ways in which to familiarize yourself with new data structures and ways to ensure your own data structure and organization can weather changes in staffing, versions, infrastructure, or software. Attendees will also learn the basics of digital preservation and how to keep your files (both personal and research) usable and accessible long-term. Bring your laptop to test new approaches and skills.

GRIP: Data Management V

Data visualisation:  Data visualization is a method of communicating results and ideas that includes the ability to make sense of data from a visual, non-textual perspective.   This session will discuss how to convey content and results in a clear way in diagrams and figures.  We will also discuss various software that propose methods for visualizations, including Excel.  This session will not include the visualization of computational simulations. Bring a laptop to take a look and possibly install Open source software.

GRIP: Data Management VI

Data management for qualitative research: Qualitative researchers collect and analyze a wide variety of data and other primary and secondary source materials. Those who work directly with human participants or human participant data have ethical, privacy, community and legal responsibilities that may complicate the ways in which they can collect, store, and disseminate findings and potentially share data and other source materials. Come learn some basic data management principles that can help you meet some of these responsibilities and potentially improve the quality of your research.

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Overview of Research Integrity Issues and Policy
Why should all researchers and scholars consider research integrity to be a core value and personal responsibility? What is research misconduct? What should I do if I believe that I have witnessed Research Misconduct? These and other questions regarding ethical conduct of research will be addressed using a combination of lecture and case studies by Dr. Linda Mason, Associate Dean Graduate School. This is the perfect workshop for researchers wanting to clarify the grey areas we often find ourselves in when conducting research and publishing. It can be used to meet a requirement of face-to-face ethics training required of many departments, colleges, and granting agencies. Pizza and drinks will be served at 11:45 - please arrive before the speaker begins at noon, if you wish to eat, so as not to disrupt the conversation. Pre-registration is encouraged so an appropriate amount of food will be available.

Research Integrity in Engineering and Technology - Authorship and Publications
This Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop focuses on Research Integrity as it relates to authorship and publications in the fields of Engineering and Technology. The presenters include Dr. Audeen Fentiman, Crowley Family Professor in Engineering Education and Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Interdisciplinary Programs and Joanne Lax, Graduate Student Tech. Communication Specialist. This workshop can be used to meet the requirement of face-to-face ethics training required of many departments, colleges, and granting agencies. Pizza and drinks will be served at 11:45 - please arrive before the speaker begins at noon, if you wish to eat, so as not to disrupt the conversation. Pre-registration is encouraged so an appropriate amount of food will be available.

Ethics of Human Subject Research and the IRB Process
This Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop focuses on Research Integrity as it relates to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and human subject research. Dr. Nancy Hathaway, JD, CIP, the IRB administrator associated with Purdue’s Human Research Projection Program, will examine the ethics associated with using humans and other vertebrate subjects in our research projects. An attorney by trade, Hathaway has extensive experience in human subject protection ethics. This workshop can be used to meet the requirement of face-to-face ethics training required of many departments, colleges, and granting agencies. Pizza and drinks will be served at 11:45 - please arrive before the speaker begins at noon, if you wish to eat, so as not to disrupt the conversation. Pre-registration is encouraged so an appropriate amount of food will be available.

Research Ethics and Data Management in Physical Sciences
This Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop focuses on Research Integrity as it relates to data management and research ethics in the Physical Sciences. Dr. George Bodner, the Arthur Kelly Distinguished Professor in Chemical Education, will discuss the various ethical decisions we make during the course of a research career, including publications, who owns my data, what happens when I leave my program and how do I determine authorship in my field. He will offer some insight into how these dilemmas might be resolved. This workshop can be used to meet the requirement of face-to-face ethics training required of many departments, colleges, and granting agencies. Pizza and drinks will be served at 11:45 - please arrive before the speaker begins at noon, if you wish to eat, so as not to disrupt the conversation. Pre-registration is encouraged so an appropriate amount of food will be available.

What You Should Understand About Copyright Before Publishing Your Research
Dr. Donna Ferullo, J.D., University Copyright Office will address the ethical copyright issues associated with publishing your research work. What is copyright? What are copyright requirements? What are copyrightable works? What are the exceptions to the copyright laws? Where does it fit in the research cycle? What is the Fair Use Doctrine? Where does plagiarism fit into this concept? Dr. Ferullo will cover these important topics and more. Come prepared for questions. It can be used to meet a requirement of face-to-face ethics training required of many departments, colleges, and granting agencies. Pizza and drinks will be served at 11:45 - please arrive before the speaker begins at noon, if you wish to eat, so as not to disrupt the conversation. Pre-registration is encouraged so an appropriate amount of food will be available.

Responsible Authorship and Publication in Liberal Arts & Humanities
Dr. Ralph Webb, Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication will lead a discussion on the ethical concerns surrounding publication in the fields of Liberal Arts and Humanities. Dr. Webb will address such issues as Why publish? What are the differences in publishing in the humanities vs. STEM fields? Should you be sole author or is it better to co–author? How do you start the publishing process? Come prepared with questions. This workshop can be used to meet the requirement of face-to-face ethics training required of many departments, colleges, and granting agencies. Pizza and drinks will be served at 11:45 - please arrive before the speaker begins at noon, if you wish to eat, so as not to disrupt the conversation. Pre-registration is encouraged so an appropriate amount of food will be available.

Research Integrity in the Life Sciences - Authorship and Publication
Dr. Linda Mason, Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Professor of Entomology will address hot topics including: How do you determine authorship on a publication? What are the rules for publication? Who owns the data? What are the rules associated with research misconduct? What really is plagiarism? This workshop can be used to meet the requirement of face-to-face ethics training required of many departments, colleges, and granting agencies. Pizza and drinks will be served at 11:45 - please arrive before the speaker begins at noon, if you wish to eat, so as not to disrupt the conversation. Pre-registration is encouraged so an appropriate amount of food will be available.

Research Ethics and Integrity
This Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop focuses on the science and practice of research integrity, as well as Purdue policy and regulation on research ethics. Dr. Deborah Rupp, Research Integrity Officer and the William C. Byham Chair in Industrial-Organizational Psychology will examine the ethics associated with conducting research at Purdue in alignment with the code of conduct associated with research from design to publication. This workshop can be used to meet the requirement of face-to-face ethics training required of many departments, colleges, and granting agencies. Pizza and drinks will be served at 11:45 - please arrive before the speaker begins at noon, if you wish to eat, so as not to disrupt the conversation. Pre-registration is encouraged so an appropriate amount of food will be available.

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Improve Techniques for the Researcher - October 20th, 2016
No comedy skills needed but a willingness to improve your communication, active listening and engagement skills is critical.
Improvisation will teach you about heightening your awareness and improved your listening skills. It is more about connecting with your audience, than acting skills. It can also help you hone your key messages
when speaking time is short at conferences and can actually increase the quality of the audience-speaker interaction

Story Telling 101 - November 2nd, 2016
Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to share your research knowledge with others in an engaging, memorable format. Stories are powerful and can connect you with an audience in ways that you might never connect with traditional presentation techniques. It can make your arguments more persuasive and transfer more information. If your presentations are more of a spewing of facts, rather than a cohesive story, this workshop is for you. In this workshop we will create a few key stepping stones that you can use to progress through your story and work on the hook that will get an audience interested in your message early and keep them interested to the conclusion.

Engaging Presentations & Distilling Your Message - November 15th, 2016
Do you ever get caught in “lecture mode” when presenting your work? Do you find many researchers you listen to lose their energy, enthusiasm and ability to engage you the longer they talk? Do you feel an obligation
to let society know what you are doing and why? If so, come learn techniques for creating engaging presentation. These tips will not only work for talking with the public and the news media, but also increasing the engagement quality of job seminars and conference presentations. One workshop might not make you an outstanding communicator, but you should be able to recognize when you are not communicating well and how to get back on track.

3 Minute Thesis Overview: What does a winning presentation look like? - February 1st and 16th, 2017
Forget all you know about giving scientific presentations – a 3 Minute Thesis audience is different. You must have an emotional argument to support your scientific argument.
In this workshop we will explore why researchers have to communicate with the general public and we will cover the basics of what it takes to prepare a winning 3 minute thesis presentation that is accessible, visually appealing, and engaging

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