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Monday, February 22

10 a.m. - Networking: It’s Easier than You Think

Networking is the process of collecting and curating a list of contacts and developing a professional relationship with them. A majority of jobs 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 job postings ever make it to job boards. This Career Services workshop will discuss how to network, both in-person, and online.

Noon - Searching for Grant Funding Opportunities

 A critical step in obtaining grant funding is searching for and finding funding opportunities that will work for your topic. This session is a tutorial on how to best utilize COS, a funding opportunity database, to extract the most helpful and relevant information to you. The session also includes information about KSU's Research and Sponsored Programs office and how it assists students in the grant process.

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 obtain research software (including SAS, SPSS, JMP, NVivo, Qualtrics, Stata, and R).


Tuesday, February 23

10 a.m. - How to Write 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. 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. - Graduate Research Symposium

The Graduate Research Symposium is the largest annual research event at KSU. This year’s event will be held on April 22, 2016.  This Symposium offers graduate students the opportunity to present their research as an oral or poster presentation in a multidisciplinary environment.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of the Symposium, answer student’s questions about the event, and provide presentation tips.


Wednesday, February 24

10 a.m. - Résumés, CVs and Cover Letters

This session conducted by Career Services 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 - 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.

2 p.m. - Technology Tools for Academic Success

This workshop will provide you with various technology tools to help you improve your productivity and increase your work efficiency. These tools are handpicked to support graduate students in their diverse roles as students, teachers, assistants, and researchers. Participants are introduced to resources that will improve their skills in: time management, collaborative work, content writing, storage and presentation. The workshop will also review tech support and tech training options available on campus.


Thursday, February 25

10 a.m. - RefWorks

RefWorks helps you manage the research you do for papers, theses, dissertations, etc. This session will show you how to use RefWorks when you are writing to automatically insert citations and references according to styles such as APA and MLA. Other advanced functions for managing research and collaboration will also be shown. The new ProQuest “Flow” will also be shown. Laptop not needed, but bring it if you already use the Flashzone-WPA on campus.

Noon - Overview of LaunchNET Kent State

LaunchNET Kent State is a resource on campus that assists students, faculty/staff and alumni with business ideas and current businesses. Despite this, entrepreneurial thought doesn't stop with a business. Learn how to discover and take your projects, passions, and hobbies to the next level.

2 p.m. - Introduction to Qualtrics

Qualtrics is a powerful online survey tool available free to all Kent State faculty, staff, and students. This session will show how to access your Kent State Qualtrics account and create a simple feedback survey.


Friday, February 26

10 a.m. - Utilizing Social Media in your Job Search

As the use of social networking skyrockets, finding jobs in the traditional way is now obsolete.  Employers now view your online presence to assess the kind of person you are, who you’re connected to, and how you present yourself.  Through the lenses of Facebook and LinkedIn, we'll discover how your web presence impacts your job search!

Noon - Interviewing and Negotiating your Job Offer

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.

2 p.m. - Grant Writing

This workshop will provide an introduction to grant writing, including looking for possible funding sources, writing your application, working with collaborators, among other topics.