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Monday, October 24

10 a.m. - HOw to Prepare a Literature Review

Literature reviews are completed for many purposes: papers, articles, grants, theses, dissertations, etc. This session will explain and show you resources and steps for developing, managing, and completing literature reviews

Noon - Searching for Grant Funding Opportunities

A critical first step in obtaining research or project funding is finding the right grant opportunities. This session focuses on how to do so using COS Pivot, a funding opportunity database that is freely available to Kent State students, faculty, and staff. The session also provides information about KSU's Office of Sponsored Programs and how it assists students with grant application and management. Participants are encouraged to bring an Internet-capable device to set up a COS Pivot account and get hands-on experience.

2 p.m. - Statistical Consulting and Research Software Support

This session will describe what software and services are available to graduate students working on their dissertation or thesis, and how graduate students can access or obtain research software for their personal computers (including SAS, SPSS, JMP, NVivo, Qualtrics, Stata, and R). University Libraries will talk about the library's statistical consulting program, which offers free statistical consulting to Kent State faculty, staff, and student researchers.

Tuesday, October 25

10 a.m. - Overview of Research management tools 

This workshop will show four of the most popular systems out there, Zotero, Refworks, EndNote, and Mendeley.  See how they capture references or full-text articles (pdfs) from databases, generate bibliographies quickly, and work within Word as you write. Laptop not needed, but bring it if you already use the Flashzone-WPA on campus.

Noon - Research Ethics and the IRB Application

This workshop will cover research ethics and will provide you with information about the IRB submission and review processes at Kent State. Topics include an overview of the IRB process, how to develop an informed consent document, and common submission mistakes.

2 p.m. - Conferences and Publications 

The goal of the Conferences and Publications GPAD session is to provide graduate students with advice for navigating two important aspects of graduate student life. Understanding conference attendance and publications are vital steps for building a graduate student’s professional reputation and future employment. This session offers students an introduction to preparing for success in both of these areas.

Wednesday, October 26

10 a.m. - first time TA

The first part of this session will focus on pedagogical concerns of new TA’s, including classroom management, lesson planning, and lesson preparation. In the second part, participants will discuss logistical concerns such as where to locate teaching materials or technical support.

Noon - Overview of launchnet kent State

LaunchNET Kent State is a co-curricular, cross-campus program that serves students, alumni, staff and faculty to promote entrepreneurial thinking, innovative mindset, creative collaboration, and venture creation. Located on the first floor of the Student Center, LaunchNET advisors help clients bring new ideas to the world through presentations, projects, research, and businesses. Explore ways that your academic career can translate into “real-world” success! 

2 p.m. - Ally Training 

This workshop is a modified (shortened) version of Ally Training and will focus on challenging your understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) issues and common misconceptions.  The workshop will center on advancing the knowledge of the KSU community on the lives of people who identify as LGBTQ.  The ultimate goal of Ally Training is to create a group of trained allies to facilitate the transformation of the campus environment to a more welcoming community for all people regardless of sexual identity.

Thursday, October 27

10 a.m. - INterview Do's and Don'ts 

In this session, you will learn about different types of interviews and interviewing tips.  Additionally, recommendations will be shared on evaluating a job offer and negotiating salary and responsibilities with confidence.

Noon - Employment Search strategies Using Linkedin

Worried about creating and managing another social media presence? Unsure of how to use LinkedIn for research and expanding your network? Discover how to get the most out of your LinkedIn account and connect with KSU alumni and other professionals.

2 p.m. - So, What's with the green dot?

What's this green dot people are talking about?  Learn about the Green Dot strategy while being empowered to take action to prevent violence in our community and to be proactive in keeping our community safe. The basic elements of this talk are to introduce groups throughout the university to Green Dot, share simple actions that make a big difference, and begin the process of culture change at Kent State.

Friday, october 28

10 A.M- Resumes, Cv's, and cover letters

This session conducted by Career Exploration and Development will focus on writing resumes, CVs, and cover letters. Learn how to gauge when each document is appropriate and how to get the attention of the reader.   Free online as well as in-person resources will be discussed

Noon - Personal Branding: The quest for Digital Identity 

This session focuses on defining personal branding and how it can be applied to the graduate student experience. As an extension of personal branding, digital identity will be emphasized with examples of how to establish a digital presence appropriate to the academic community.  Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on possible ways to brand themselves.

2 p.m. - Networking: It's Easier than you think 

Networking is the process of collecting and evaluating a list of contacts and developing a professional relationship with them. A majority of positions are found via word of mouth and networking helps build solid foundations to these relationships. It is important to remember that only about 3.5 percent of employment postings ever make it to job boards. This Career Exploration and Development workshop will discuss how to network, both in-person, and online.